Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Book Review: Lazarus Awakening

Jesus loves you!

While reading Lazarus Awakening, I became convinced that this is the most basic, the foundational message that people need to hear. Yes, they need to realize they have sinned and need a Savior. Yes, they must seek forgiveness and receive Christ. But how can they do this if they don’t know that the One they are counting on to save them for eternity can be trusted completely because of His great love for them? “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son . . .”

I was struck by the true story Joanna Weaver told in the first pages of the book about the woman who confided she could tell anyone else that Jesus loves them, but couldn’t look at her own face in the mirror and say it to herself. Even women who’ve heard from childhood that Jesus loves them struggle to believe it and seek to earn his love through self-improvement and good works. Lazarus Awakening shows why this is a burden we don’t have to bear. Jesus loves us. We are free to serve from thankful hearts and out of love—because we want to—not to earn something we’ve had from the moment He created us: His love.

Lazarus Awakening is the third book in a series based on the lives of siblings Mary, Martha, and Lazarus.This book focuses on Luke 11:1-12:11, the story of Lazarus’ resurrection. Weaver ties other Bible stories and personal experience into each chapter to make her points. The book includes a 10-week Bible study and several appendices with helpful information to enhance learning from the book.

I thank the LitFuse Publicity Group for sending this book for my review. I enjoyed the study and plan to read Weaver’s other books, too.

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