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Praise for Lazarus Awakening

“Joanna Weaver has done it again!  By revealing the profound love Jesus had for Lazarus and the shocking “life-after-death-on-earth” He lavished on His friend, she skillfully points the reader to a vibrant choice—ABUNDANT LIFE!  If you long to wake up to God’s unrestricted mercy, unconditional love, and supernatural power, read this book!  Joanna reminds us: ‘Grave clothes consist of layers.’  You can experience a true awakening if you embrace the process!”
—Carol Kent, Speaker and author of Between a Rock and a Grace Place

“I needed to read this book.  You need to read this book. Sometimes we can get stuck in sin sickness, living a Christian life that is neither glorious or free. Joanna Weaver reminds us of all that Jesus offers us when we step out of the tomb of our own making into the joyous life he has created us for. Lazarus Awakening awakened something in me.”
—Susanna Foth Aughtmon author of My Bangs Look Good and Other Lies I Tell Myself:  The Tired Supergirl’s Search for Truth

“Joanna Weaver has given us two insightful books about some of Jesus’ closest friends—Martha and Mary. Lazarus Awakening completes the trilogy by taking an inspiring look at the life of their brother Lazarus. A closer look at his story will help you draw closer to Christ as his intimate friend. I recommend it.”
—Ann Spangler, author of Praying the Names of God

“The word that wouldn’t leave me when reading Lazarus Awakening is ‘deep’. Joanna Weaver’s words are rooted deep in Scripture, they dove deep into my heart, and they deeply impacted my emotions as I’ve come to a better understanding that Jesus loves me because of who I am, not what I’ve done. I cried many tears through these pages, as my own questions were tackled, my own fears revealed. In the end, I’ve come away with a deeper understand of what it means to be loved by God. I am blessed. I am loved, and Jesus means more to me than ever before. High recommended.”
—Tricia Goyer author of 25 books, including Blue Like Play Dough

“I sat down to read Lazarus Awakening and quickly realized this wasn’t going to be a fluffy read I’d soon forget. I needed a pen and a journal and time to take notes. Lazarus Awakening is full of life-changing truth and application. Through Joanna’s beautiful teaching, God is calling us all to resurrected life!”
—Angela Thomas best-selling author and speaker

About the Author

Joanna Weaver is the best-selling author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, Having a Mary Spirit, and the award-winning gift book With This Ring. Her articles have appeared in such publications as Focus on the Family, Guideposts, and HomeLife. Joanna and her pastor-husband, John, have three children and live in Montana. Visit her website at

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307444961
  • ASIN: B0085RZFIC
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,104,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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: Focus on the Family, The Harvest Show, Moody's 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 of all her roles, including serving beside her pastor husband, Joanna loves most being a wife and mother. For more information about Joanna and her books, please visit

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Heather Marsten on February 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Lazarus Awakening: Finding Your Place in the Heart of God

Joanna Weaver has a gift of taking a Bible passage and looking at it from new angles. In the passage where Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead, most commentators focus on Mary and Martha, but Joanna shows us that Lazarus plays a vital role as well. What did he do? He died. He never speaks in the Bible, never does anything dramatic, but when Jesus is sent for, they tell Him that the one He loves is sick unto death. We live in a performance-oriented world and it is hard to believe that God loves us and it has nothing to do with what we do or don't do. Joanna shows us how to live in His love and how Jesus can bring us back to life no matter how dead our circumstances and life seems. There is a resurrection awaiting each and every one of us if we reach out and accept His love.

Jesus rolls away the stones of our lives and commissions others to remove our grave clothes. Lazarus Awakening speaks about how God deals with the stones of unbelief, unforgiveness and unworthiness that cover the tombs of our lives. Jesus calls us forth from our tomb, but we need to take the first shuffling steps out. With study guides that provide provocative questions, individuals and small groups can begin to look at what stones need to be rolled away and how to shuffle out of our tomb. Joanna answers questions that we have most likely asked, such as, why did Jesus wait for so long to come to aid Lazarus? Why do circumstances seem to repeat themselves in our lives? Why is God taking so long to answer my prayer? This book provides answers that make it easier to trust in God and wait on His timing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Denise G. Evanoff on February 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am not a big fan of buying books just to sit on a bookshelf; I am definitely more of a library kind of gal. But this book is one you will want to buy, keep close, and reread many times. I first became aware of Joanna Weaver when my aunt gave me a copy of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World. I loved that book and tagged pages, highlighted, and underlined several passages. Joanna's newest book Lazarus Awakening is just as good, maybe better! She takes the story of Lazarus, the one Jesus loves (John 11:3) and shows us how a relationship with Jesus is the most important thing. Just like Martha was taught, only one thing is needed .

I have to admit my favorite chapter in this book is chapter 4, When Love Tarries. Joanna talks about her need to take control over situations when they aren't going as she has planned. She wants to plot, plan, and scheme when things aren't going so well. Yet in these times, if she listens closely, God is saying That wasn't my plan. If you want to walk with Me, you have to SURRENDER your itinerary and TRUST Mine. This is when we must make the choice to choose the "one thing" and not "our own thing". This is my new prayer after finishing this book, "Help me to surrender my agenda and trust Yours, Lord!"

*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review*
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By HandwovenLife on February 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
God loves us. We seem to know this in our heads, but do we truly believe it and feel it in our hearts?
In her book, Lazarus Awakening, author Joanna Weaver gets to the heart of this issue: "Until we get around to accepting His (Jesus') amazing undeserved favor, I fear we will miss everything a relationship with Christ really means."
Weaver explains that this "love-doubt" we experience can be "traced back to troubling contradictions not unlike the one in the story of Lazarus." Then she skillfully takes us through the bible story, exploring both the obvious as well as the deeper, more subtle layers of meaning we can uncover there, as she relates them to our own struggles, fears, and tough questions.
Weaver says, "Suspended halfway between death and life, we've accepted the Lord as our Savior, but we have yet to step out into the fullness of life Christ came to give. Instead, we're holed up in the dark, held captive by our hurts, hang-up, and habits." Weaver then gently and humbly provides us with new insights and fresh perspectives as well as practical help in overcoming our hurts, feelings of unworthiness, and unbelief that hinder us from allowing God's love to flow from our heads to our hearts.
Lazarus Awakening includes a ten-week Bible study, filled with thought-provoking questions, and it encourages further exploration of the Bible as it relates to the theme of the book. The appendix includes the story of Lazarus in full, as well as a list of books and other resources that the author has found helpful in her journey. Sidebars placed throughout each chapter help us to further apply what we learn in real, practical ways.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carmen on April 18, 2011
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Learning to let and believe that God really loves us is the premise of Joanna Weaver's latest book "Lazarus Awakening," which I received from WaterBrook Press for review. (Weaver is most well-known for her book, "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World.") She attempts to help readers take this knowledge of God's extravagant love and learn to believe it, once and for all. She illustrates this message by looking to the story of Lazarus' death and how Jesus raised him from the dead.

She offers readers beautiful biblical insights into this oft glazed-over story and opened my eyes to new details that I'd never thought twice about. In that way, I felt like I gained a much deeper appreciation for this story.

The part of the book that really provided the most practical application regarding learning to live in God's love was from an example Weaver provided of two friends: "When she'd asked Joan how she finally became convinced of God's love, Ann had expected a dramatic story--something about how God had spared her friend from tragedy or brought her through a dark time. Instead, Joan described a simple decision to 'set aside one month in which to act as though God loved her.' All that month 'whenever she was tempted to doubt his love, she simply shifted her thoughts and then put the full force of her mind behind believing that God loved her. And that settled it for her--for good.'" (page 94)

It reminds me of the father who so eloquently and desperately said it best: "I believe, help my disbelief!" We believe, and yet we still have to continue asking God to help us remove those bits of doubt that keep us from fully living in the truth.
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