John chapter 11 gives the reader of the Bible the wonderful story of Christ raising his dear friend Lazarus from the dead. It’s a tale of majesty, might, sadness, and compassion. Christ, showing the most human of emotions, brings His friend Lazarus out of the tomb in which he was buried and as Lazarus, dead for days, walks out of the tomb, Christ shows His rule over every aspect and element that could enter the feeble mind of mankind.
In her book Lazarus Awakening, Joanna Weaver paints the picture of this story in a way that helps it to come to life and aids the reader in feeling the mood that would have surrounded this occasion. Other than this though, I cannot say that this book provides much more. In typical American Evangelical fashion, Weaver then leads the reader to read their self into the story in John 11 and while Christ’s might makes brief cameos, this book quickly becomes a study of humanity and, as Weaver words it, “the tombs” that we bury ourselves in keeping us from the happiness of Christianity.
I struggled to finish this book as I lost interest quickly. This book was a job for me to finish and that type of reading exercise would not be the type I would recommend to anyone.