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Lazarus Awakening: Finding Your Place in the Heart of God

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For many of us, moving the truth of God’s love from our heads to our hearts is a lifelong process.

You believe that God loves the world…
but sometimes you wonder if He truly loves you.

In Lazarus Awakening, the final book in her life-changing Bethany trilogy, Joanna Weaver invites you to experience a divine shift in how you view your relationship
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by WaterBrook Press (first published February 8th 2011)
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Renee
When the daily grind of this oppressive world leaves me feeling used up and wasted, I wonder if it would be easier to turn off my emotions, just stop caring, and travel through life with a little less pain. But when I follow this plan, my joy slips away, too, and I find myself simply ‘going through the motions’–walking, talking, working–but falling far short of the abundant life the Father planned for me.

This is the kind of half-living Joanna Weaver addresses in her book Lazarus Awakening. Does
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Cindy
"I'm tired of watching Christians walk out of church just as bound as they were when they walked in." I like how Joanna Weaver takes the story of Lazarus and describes life before we die to self, and after we die to self. She uses the story of Lazarus grave clothes as the those things in life that we carry with us that hold us in "death" and how we need Jesus and other believers to help us remove those grave cloths. She also talks about our view of life after we die and Jesus brings us back to l ...more
Pamela
Joanna Weaver is back again with an insightful down-to-earth Bible study book! Like a visit from an old friend, this book touches you where you need it...in your head and your heart. Weaver uses Jesus' raising of Lazarus from the dead and parallels that with your life.

Lazarus was sick...in what ways are you sick, either physically or mentally?
Lazarus was separated from Jesus behind a huge stone...what huge boulders are you hiding behind?

Each chapter in Lazarus Awakening consists of approximat
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Julie D.
This book is an in-depth view of John 11 and 12. These Scriptures are about Mary, Martha and their brother, Lazarus. We all remember the story of Lazarus getting sick and then dying. Jesus is told about his illness, but he lingers where he is for two more days and, by the time he gets to Mary and Martha, Lazarus is dead.

This book, to me, was an extension on Joanna's book, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, which I highly enjoyed. You would imagine that the book would be somewhat difficult si
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Brenda
Joanne Weaver took a familiar passage and made it come alive for me. I loved the new insight I gleaned from this book. I had not read the previous ones in the series so this was my first exposure to her writings. Lazarus Awakening speaks about how God deals with the stones of unbelief, unforgiveness and unworthiness that cover the tombs of our lives.Our relationship with Jesus is the most important thing in our lives but do we act like it.We are encouraged to wake up from our spiritual slumberin ...more
Emily LaVigne
Here is a summary from Joanna Weaver's website:
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 lo
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Laura
Title: 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 ver
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Tammy
Having heard the Bible story of Lazarus from Sunday School and church I was interested to read Joanna Weaver's book Lazarus Awakening.
I was pleasantly surprised that this wasn't just another "rehash" of the Bible story. In reading this story I always thought of Mary and Martha, Lazarus' sisters, and their reactions to the miracle of Lazarus being awakened from the dead. I never really thought of Lazarus' reaction.
Joanna brings out the joy and the laughter that must have erupted from Lazarus. He
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Clockstein Lockstein
Lazarus Awakening by Joanna Weaver is the final book in her trilogy about the trio of siblings of Bethany who were Jesus' good friends. Lazarus was ill and his sisters, Mary and Martha, sent word to Jesus. He delayed for several days before coming, and when he finally arrived, Lazarus was dead. Jesus approached the tomb and told them to roll away the stone, then he commanded Lazarus to come out. Lazarus did, making many in the crowd turn to following Jesus and inspiring the Jewish leaders to wan ...more
Kaylea
Have you ever wondered what it was like, to stand outside the grave, listening to Jesus say "Lazarus, Come Out," and watch as Jesus brought Lazarus back from the dead?

Imagine the emotions you might feel, as the one Jesus loved, came back to life.

Using the story of Lazarus as a jumping off point (after writing about his siblings Mary and Martha), Joanna Weaver has crafted a book that helps her readers find their place within the heart of God.

This booke, written in an easy, conversational tone, we
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K Rae
I was so looking forward to reading this book. I think the message, "Finding Your Place in the Heart of God" is an important one and one that I certainly need to read more on, but it isn't what I got from reading it. Not long after I began, I was bored to tears and totally confused.

The book and its stories were choppy and metaphors seemed forced. There was no flow and after having read it, I honestly cannot even tell you what the book was about. Weaver used so many personal viewpoints throughou
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Robin
Lazarus Awakening
Joanna Weaver
This is a book that takes a look at the life, death and life of Lazarus. This book goes through the events of Lazarus' amazing life. His friendship with Jesus is a mystery but very real. The reaction of his sisters, the people around them and Jesus. It is immersed with personal examples, also using examples of people the author knows or has some relationship to bring out the Biblical truths the life of Lazarus reveals.
I found this book to be an interesting perspect
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Dana Rongione
The Bible clearly states that God loves the world. Over and over again, we read of His love for His people. Yet many times, we somehow feel excluded from that love. Perhaps we feel unworthy of His love or we simply don't understand God's love. For whatever reason, the process of getting God's love from our heads to our hearts is a complicated one. Enter: Lazarus -- the perfect example for understanding and interpreting God's love.

In her newest book, Lazarus Awakening, Joanna Weaver explores the
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Christine Smith
Lazarus Awakening, Finding Your Place in the Heart of God by Joanna Weaver is a microscopic view of the relationship between Jesus and Lazarus. Martha and Mary sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” (John 11:13 NIV [Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)] ) Weaver examines this invitation for Jesus to come to the side of his beloved friend, as she pulls apart scripture verse-by-verse, and revels more than just words on a page. She writes “Only Christ can perform the spiritual ...more
Paula-O
JoAnna Weaver's 3rd book, "Lazarus Awakening".

I did not read the first two books in her Bethany triolgy-one of Martha and the other of Mary-the sisters of Lazarus. Still you can read this one by itself and get a lot of insight from JoAnna.

There is not much told in the Bible about Lazarus, he was a brother and he was loved by Jesus and he Died and was brought back to life after 4 days in his tomb. Only a little but a LOT. Read the verses and refresh your mind about this man in John chapter 11.

JoA
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Hattie
Lazarus Awakening by JOANNA WEAVER is a very powerful and simply laid out Bible study about the life of Christ and the people whom he met during his life here on earth. The names were not unfamiliar to me. There is: Lazarus, Martha, Mary and Jesus. What is magnificent and inspiring about this book is that it took me deeper in to the lives of these ordinary people. Mary is more complex than the Mary who sat at Jesus' feet anxious to hear His words rather than do kitchen duties. Martha also is mor ...more
Amy (ArtsyBookishGal)
“We live in graveyards, filled with memories, wandering through life in perpetual mourning over the things we have down and the thing that have been done to us,” writes Joanna Weaver in her latest book, Lazarus Awakening: Find Your Place in the Heart of God. Highlighter in hand, this is one of the many passages I colored a fluorescent shade of yellow while reading this book. While I expected Lazarus Awakening to be a good read, since I enjoyed Weaver’s first book in the series, Having a Mary Hea ...more
Jennifer Short
I usually can read a book in two to three days. This book, however, was a two month journey for me. Why? Because I couldn't get into it. I didn't really enjoy it, but there isn't really anything to say negatively about it either. The one exception is I felt her calling a town “Lazarusville” and then later in book saying that wasn't the real name was confusing. (I thought at the time why not just say “The town could have been called Lazarusville.”) I also didn't particularly like the use of Lazar ...more
Sunflower
Looking at John 11 from a different aspect, "Lazarus Awakening" is a fascinating read that addresses several challenges that the Christian woman, in particularly, often faces such as:

What does it mean to follow our Father in Heaven and what does it mean of His love for us
How to recognize the state of mourning we often put ourselves in our as Joanna shares, the "grave clothes" we wrapped ourselves around,and
The tombs that we sometimes place ourselves in and never leave, or spend way too much tim
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Grace
Jun 26, 2011 Grace rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
"What do we do when God doesn't come through the way we hoped he would? What should we feel when what is dearest to our hearts is suddenly snatched away? How do we reconcile the love of God with the disappointments we face in life? There are no easy answers here but in this story of Jesus' three friends maybe we can find clues to help us in our time of need."

"I'm convinced that Saran isn't nearly as concerned about losing you from his kingdom as he is committed to keeping you from being effectiv
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Nicole
This book was a bookclub pick at an apt time. I was really struggling (and somewhat still am) with some heavy questions like "'Who am I really?' 'How does God see me presently?' 'Why does God's love not always make sense?' 'Why did God choose to do x at this time and not when I think it would have made more sense?'" While there aren't always definitive answers to these questions, these are the very sort of topics woven into this book. I've been to a great deal of funerals in the last couple of y ...more
Wendy Hines
Lazarus Awakening is an excellent spiritual book that doesn't preach to you but guides you to how you can find your place with God. Joanna Weaver obviously walks the path of God as you can tell she is living what she writes about from a first-hand perspective. We all have times when we wonder why things happen and for what purpose. Why would God let such horrible things happen to good people? Lazarus is not mentioned by name in the bible, but we all know who he is. God loved him, even though he ...more
Anita
This was even better than her Mary/Martha book which got so much press. This was a gift and a pleasant surprise. Deep but easy to read.
Glenda Alexander
This is a great book for a study group, one that takes it step by step and reviews it with the Bible. I think when used as a tool to learn you will love the way this book lays a path. I put this book with Secrets of the Vine, and The Purpose Driven Life they are "great" books that are wonderful books for study groups. I do hope you have an opportunity to join others in Finding Your Place in the Heart of God. This is a wonderful book and a wonderful learning tool and has a personal message for ea ...more
Nique
I love Joanna Weaver's books. Her insights are always so valuable to me. I think her writing style is beautiful & passionate. Her words always fill me with Jesus' love. I listened to the audiobook and liked the narrator, for the most part. There were a few times her where her voice started sounding a bit monotnous, so I wished I would have read it instead.
Loraine Alcorn
I really thought this book was very good and very uplifting , I am trying to read more uplifting things now and this book really helped me to see things in a different light .I also like that it comes with study questions and other helpful info , I think this is a fantastic book for any christian to readd and I would recommend it and have
Alicia
I started reading this, and it's very good. However, I have to put it on the back burner to read Acts 29 for my Bible study group. Well, my Bible study group has just finished this book. It was a great follow up to the first two books (Having a Mary Spirit in a Martha World and Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World).
Theresa
I received this book from the publisher to review, and it is one of my favorites that have been sent to me thus far. The teaching is based on Jesus' raising of Lazarus from the dead, and in the hands of a skilled teacher, the scripture comes alive and is easily applied to us today.
Michelle
An uplifting, reassuring book for women. Joanna Weaver does a great job of getting at the heart of what actually worries women of faith who fear they are falling short. Her guidance is scripturally based and easy to read.
Theresa
Inspirational and thought-provoking. I highlighted so many passages in this book. I need to make it a point to go back from time to time and read those highlights. Great book.
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Joanna Weaver is known the world over for her transparent and life-changing books, Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World, Having a Mary Spirit and Lazarus Awakening. These books have sold over a million copies. Joanna has appeared on a wide variety of nationally syndicated radio and television broadcasts. She loves sharing the heart of God for women at conferences around the country.
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