Thursday, March 31, 2011

Lazarus Awakening

Author: Joanna Weaver
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
February 2011
ISBN: 978-0-307-44496-7
Genre: Inspirational/Christian Living

It’s easy to believe that God loves the world…but sometimes you wonder if He truly loves you…

For many of us, it is easy to tell others that God loves them. Easy to share the good news of God’s love and to convince others. But it is a completely different thing to imagine that God actually loves you—personally.

In LAZARUS AWAKENING Ms. Weaver takes a very short passage of scripture, where Lazarus took sick, Jesus tarried, and when He arrived, Lazarus had been buried four days. Jesus cried, and then spoke the words that raised Lazarus from the dead. And Ms. Weaver uses this passage to start showing us that God loves us that very same way. He loves you apart from anything you accomplish, He loves you apart from what you bring, He loves you despite your inadequacy or your shattered dreams.

Jesus wants to help free you to live fully in the light of His love—unbound from fear, regret, and self-condemnation.

If you—like so many of us—suffer from imagining God welcoming everyone else into Heaven with open arms, but greeting you with an “oh, it’s you” type greeting, and then when that biblical banquet is served watching everyone else placed at the table while you are given a spot outside with the dogs, then this book is for you. A workbook/study guide is included at the end of this book, so you can use this as a devotional, or as a small group study, or even in a Sunday school class.

I highly recommend this book, and even though I read it through once for review, I’m going to be going back through it with my Bible and a pen so I can glean more from it’s pages. This is a book that belongs in personal libraries and church libraries. $19.99 hardcover. 221 pages.

About Joanna:
Joanna Weaver is known the world over for her transparent and life-changing books, Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World and Having a Mary Spirit. These two books have sold over a million copies and have been translated into several languages including Spanish, French, Dutch, Chinese, German, Korean and more. Joanna has appeared on a wide variety of nationally syndicated radio and television broadcasts. Past appearances include: The Harvest Show, At Home Live With Chuck & Jenni, Midday Connection, HomeWord, and Janet Parschall’s America . She is also a highly sought after speaker and shares her message at intimate gatherings and several high profile events each year. But Joanna's greatest joy is found in being a wife and mother and her role as a pastor’s wife. For more information about Joanna, please visit her website.

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About the giveaway:

Joanna is celebrating the release of Lazarus Awakening with the Heart of God KINDLE Giveaway!

In Lazarus Awakening Joanna writes about getting God’s love from our heads to our hearts. We all know Jesus loved Mary – look how she worshiped. And we can understand why He loved Martha – after all, look how she served. But what about those of us who don’t know where we fit in the heart of God? Lazarus Awakening explores the tale of the third follower – Mary and Martha’s brother, Lazarus. We never hear him speak, we never see him serve. The only thing of any significance that Lazarus did was to die. And yet, the Bible is clear. Jesus loved Lazarus. And He loves you and me as well. Lazarus Awakening looks at different aspects of the story we find in John 11. We learn what it means to be a friend of God and begin recognizing the tombs we spend far too much time in. Find out more here.

One grand prize winner will receive:

* A Brand New KINDLE with Wi-Fi
* Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World
* Having A Mary Spirit
* Lazarus Awakening

Joanna will also select two additional contest entrants to receive copies of her trilogy. Enter soon by clicking the icons below (you’ll find these in the attached html code document) and then tell your friends. Hurry the contest ends April 16th. The winner will be announced on Joanna's blog on April 18th.

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