I recently had the opportunity to read and review Lazarus Awakening by Joanna Weaver, the best-selling author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World and Having a Mary Spirit. This is the the third book in that trilogy. This book invites us to take a closer look at our relationship with God by showing us that God does love in spite of ourselves. To many people this idea is too overwhelming for them to believe. Many people fail to recognize the compassion of Jesus when He does not intervene in crises in their lives. But just as he waited for four days to go to Bethany when He heard of Lazarus' illness, he allows his children to experience tribulations in order to fulfill the plans and purposes he has for their lives. He works in His time frame and not ours.
Ms. Weaver takes the story of Lazarus found in the bible (John 11:1-12:11) and relates it to our lives today. Sometimes taking off the grave clothes we wear can be a painful process but is necessary if we want to experience the wholeness of God's love for us.
I found this book to be an enlightening read and realized that sometimes I am more comfortable wearing the grave clothes because I am afraid of what lies ahead if I take them off.
I do recommend this book to anyone who desires to find their place in the Heart of God.