Saturday, February 11, 2012

Lazarus Awakening

Joanna Weaver has so many good things to say, and she says them all in this book. The paperback edition even includes an additional chapter that she was inspired to write after the hardback edition was printed.

It seems like this book was more of a magazine then a book. Interspaced throughout each chapter are sidebars and segments which are part of the reading but not written as a fluid piece. Instead, the reader would bounce back and forth between the body of the book and these sidebars. I found it distracting.

Another reason this book read like a magazine is the numerous sources quoted throughout the narrative. These quotes and stories come from Max Lucado, Beth Moore, Charles Spurgeon, Oswald Chambers, Philip Yancey, Pricilla Shirer, Joyce Meyer, Brother Lawrence, and Frank Peretti, just to name a few. It seemed like more of the book came from other authors than from the author herself.

This was not a bad book. On the contrary, it is full of encouragement and hope. Toward the end, it felt like there was so much in the book that I was not sure what was the main focus of the book. The book includes the salvation message, steps to overcoming strongholds, how to hear from God, and prayer method as well as many other Christian principles. It just seems like the author had too much to say and tried to include all of it in this short book.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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