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Friday, March 18, 2011

Lazarus Awakening Confirms That I'm Not So Different

I've just finished reading Joanna Weavers new book Lazarus Awakening.  I use the word finished loosely because even though I've read it, I am by no means finished with it.  This is not fantasy or a fairytale.  It's a chance to do some personal reflection and to uncover some truths about my own life with insights rooted in scripture. So I'm giving this book a 5 star rating.  Below you can read my review.
This was the first book that I've ever read by Joanna Weaver and without question I plan to read another book written by her.

This book pulled me in from the first chapter.  How very wise of Joanna to start with our own insecurities.  I often look at other people and think they have it all together, while I question my own relationship with God.  I can meet a stranger and with all sincerity tell them that God loves them no matter what, that there is every reason to have hope and expect great things.  But I don't, in my heart always feel that same assurance in my own relationship with God.  My mind and my heart are on two different wavelengths at times.

So for me it was nice to hear this was an issue that other women address as well.

This book helped me to see the story of Lazarus beyond the few words in the bible.  It help me to understand how much more there is to be uncovered in the words of the bible.  Which brings me to another important aspect of Joanna's book.  She has included a 10 week study guide, which I love because it gives me questions to reflect on so that I might gain even more understanding.

This book may be a faster read for others than it was for me.  I found myself reading various paragraphs over again.  I wanted to understand and gain a better perspective.  I don't think I'm done with this book yet.  Even though it's written in a very straightforward fashion, I feel like it's a book I can pick up and read again and gain new insight each time.

I really enjoy the style of Joanna's writing and think most women will find answers that speak to their lives.

I would rate this book a strong 5 stars.

Disclosure:  I received a free advance copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for my review.  This is my honest review after reading the book.  Transparency is everything.


  1. Sounds right up my alley too....I will look for the book! :) Sandy Will talk more later....:):)

  2. I have never read her writing either but would like to read this after reading your review.
    Sounds like something I would enjoy and glad you were able to share it with us.
    Hope you have a great weekend

  3. Don't you love a good book that pushes you in your personal growth? I've always got one on my nightstand...this might have to go on the list. Be blessed!