While I was expecting "Lazarus Awakening" to be filled with scripture about the unconditional love of God, there is also a big focus on the tactics of the enemy. The author, Joanna Weaver, does bring the reader's attention to God's love but I feel that she also gives just as much attention to Satan and his ways of luring the Christian away from God. My opinion as a sold out Christian is that when we mention Satan, we give him power by acknowledgement. God lives in us and that truth empowers us to defeat anything the enemy throws at us- Simple!
Joanna Weaver uses the story found in John 11 about Lazarus dying and Jesus choosing to wait for 2 days after being informed that Lazarus was sick before healing him. She asks the same questions that many of us have had throughout out lives when bad things happen: Where was God when I needed Him? Why didn't God come sooner? How does God get the glory out of this pain I'm in? While I feel that it is very hard to answer those questions on this side of heaven, I do believe that Weaver did a good job of pointing the reader to the only answer that comforts: God loves us through it all.
This book is a pretty deep read so be prepared to take time to get through it. I think all in all it is good for those who might be questioning the love of the Father or just stuck in a spiritual rut and need to be revived. But, I also think there is a lot of focus on Satan and his attempts to take us out when really our focus should be on the love of God which always conquers all.
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