Thursday, February 23, 2012
Lazarus Awakening by Joanna Weaver
I found this book to be very well-written, pulling together insights from many sources. But it wasn't until Chapter 8 that my pencil started underlining frequently and God really started speaking to my heart. I'm at a point in my life where my struggle is not with whether or not God loves me (I've thankfully got that truth moved from my head to my heart already)...it's if and how He can use me. That's what Unwinding Graveclothes is all about. When Lazarus came out of the tomb, resurrected but still wrapped in graveclothes, Jesus instructed others to "loose him, and let him go." (John 11:44) This chapter explores what our part is in helping to free others. Jesus does the work, but we get to be involved in "loving someone back to life." Joanna learned a few lessons that were important reminders for me. "First, that I'm not responsible for everyone, but I am responsible for the ones God lays upon my heart...Second, to lay down my expectations for the people I try to help...and finally to obey God and His promptings, then leave the outcome to Him." As Mother Teresa once said,"God has not called me to be successful. God has called me to be faithful." Great words of wisdom for any ministry leader!
I now enjoy seeing the story of Lazarus through a new set of eyes, and I'm sure the truths in this book will stick with me in the years to come. Click here to read the first chapter for yourself...
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.