Monday, April 25, 2011

Lazarus Awakening: Finding Your Place in the Heart of God

     I knew this book would resonate with me on a very deep level even before I’d made it through the first chapter of Lazarus Awakening by Joanna Weaver, best-selling author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World. The concept of having a relationship with God in which you see Him more as a harsh judge ready to condemn you at every turn rather than a loving father who wishes to shower affection upon you is one I can identify with all too well.
     The idea that God’s love for us is not based on what we do is a radical one that I’ve been hoping and praying will eventually sink in much deeper than my brain into the very core of my heart and soul. So much of this world’s affirmation comes when you perform well, do what is expected of you, and then some. The notions that God loves us just because we are made in His image and simply because we exist are
rather baffling ones to comprehend, at least in terms of all the implications of such truths.
     “Though our acts of service are vital to our walk with God and even prove our faith, according to James 2:17, they were meant to be the outflow of a relationship with God—not a replacement for it.” (pg. 40)
     Weaver’s describes present-day tombs that can be strongholds in our lives and keep us from living freely, fully open to God’s love and peace. Through personal stories, a carefully selected smattering of wisdom gleaned from other writers, and some very poignant reflection sidebars, in-depth Scripture reflections, and a very thought-provoking study guide, the reader is transported into the story of Lazarus being raised from the dead and invited to consider the implications of Christ’s love and ability to resurrect us from sinfulness and death.
     I recommend reading Lazarus Awakening and taking ample time to consider the questions and meditations included for quiet prayer, reflection, and journaling as they are perfect for guiding you to spiritual growth through the healing, love, truth, and wisdom the Lord shows us.
    For more information about, Lazarus Awakening or to order your copy, click hereTo watch the video about this book by Joanna Weaver, click here. I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing
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