February 25, 2016

Book Review: Lazarus Awakening

“I never planned on writing a trilogy about Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, the siblings from Bethany that we meet in Luke’s and John’s gospels,” said Joanna Weaver, on page six, of Lazarus Awakening.  However, this book is a perfect follow-up to Having a Mary Spirit [which my ladies Bible study is currently reading and studying, this year] and Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World [which I’ve yet to read, so I'm unable to fully recommend this one].

As the third book in this unplanned book series, Lazarus Awakening: Finding Your Place in the Heart of God, by Joanna Weaver, is a challenging and encouraging book about the love of God through the story of Lazarus.

With a primary focus on scripture, there are ten thought-provoking chapters.  In addition to scripture passages, the author shares her personal experiences and includes supplemental sources and references throughout the book, regarding the chapter’s topics.  Plus, there are six appendixes, including The Story (John 11:1-12:11), Study Guide, Resources for Resurrected Living, Who I Am in Christ, Identifying Strongholds, and Hints for Unwinding Graveclothes.  Each chapter’s study guide is divided into two sections: Questions for Discussion or Reflection (with two questions) and Going Deeper (with six questions). 

Lazarus Awakening is a great resource for a small group Bible study to utilize, particularly a ladies Bible study, as well as for an individual’s personal reading.  Please note that it’s not necessary to read this series in order: Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, Having a Mary Spirit, and Lazarus Awakening. 

Note: I received this book from Litfuse Publicity, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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