"At some point in life every Christian will be confronted with the question, "Do I really believe this stuff?" That question will inevitably be raised in times of trial, or tragedy, or in dealing with the everyday stresses of life. In such times it is poor theology to simply toss out a bit of evangelical jargon ("God is good; all the time"), or blandly quote Romans 8:28.
Slyman's exposition of John 11, and the life (death and life) experiences of Lazarus and his sisters Martha and Mary, offers the reader a picture of good theology put to work in a real-world setting. These friends of Jesus had to answer the question, "Do I really believe this stuff?" The way they dealt with the question and the answer they arrived at will be helpful to anyone, in any real-world circumstance, who asks themselves that question." Kevin Zuber, Theology Department Chairman at The Master's Seminary