God's Favorite Place On Earth by Frank Viola
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Others Writing About Gods Favorite Place

Here are some of the other people writing about Frank Viola‘s new book God’s Favorite Place On Earth, which I wrote about in my last post. This post serves as a collection of links to other people’s say about the book. As you probably already know, you can get 25 gifts for ordering between May 1st and May 7th. Find out how at the book’s website.

I hope this helps. 🙂

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God’s Favorite Place On Earth

Frank Viola has just released his new book God’s Favorite Place on Earth and if you order the book between May 1st to May 7th, you will also receive 25 GIFTS from over 15 different authors.

Go to GodsFavoritePlace.com for information on how to order and easy instructions on how to get your 25 gifts.



“In Frank Viola’s hands, the story of Lazarus—like Lazarus himself—once again comes to life. In a world where hope is battered and life can so easily beat down the human spirit, we are reminded once more of the possibility of becoming a host of Life.”
John Ortberg, pastor and author of Who Is This Man?

God’s Favorite Place on Earth realigned my heart toward Jesus and His mysterious, confounding, surprising, beautiful ways. It’s not often I learn something new when reading a book, but Frank Viola’s sharp storytelling and insightful interpretation made me hunger for more of the real Jesus.”
Mary DeMuth, author of Everything: What You Give

“God’s Favorite Place on Earth is the kind of book I’ve discovered I need to periodically find and read. Frank Viola’s pen and voice are consistently both penetrating and trustworthy. Beyond his invitingly beautiful writing skill—which makes reading a joy and a sight-seeing tour that brings God’s Word into 3-D when he relates narrative passages, I’m grateful for the depth of his themes.”
Pastor Jack Hayford, Chancellor of The King’s University, Los Angeles

“This is a masterfully engaging book that distills the vision of the Christian life into one focused quest: To be God’s favorite place on earth today. I recommend this little volume to all Christians and Christian leaders.”
Mark Batterson, New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker

“Combining masterful storytelling, historical knowledge, biblical insight and practical wisdom, Frank artfully uses the Gospels’ depiction of Lazarus and the small town of Bethany to lay out a beautiful and compelling vision of a God who longs to make every human heart and every church ‘His favorite place.’ This is a beautifully written, timely, prophetic work all would benefit from reading!”
Greg Boyd, pastor and author of Benefit of the Doubt

“A lot of people write books, Frank writes stories and in this one we once again see why he’s such a master. Honored to call him a friend, excited to call him an author I love to read.”
Jon Acuff, bestselling author of Start, Quitter, and Stuff Christians Like 

“Frank Viola surpasses himself in his best book yet—a work of serene, soaring magnificence. Part novel, part biography, part theology, part Bible study, Frank’s imaginative touch and command of prose haiku leaves the reader resolved more than ever to be a Bethany—God’s favorite place on earth.”
Leonard Sweet, Drew University, George Fox University, sermons.com

“Reading God’s Favorite Place on Earth by Frank Viola, my soul began to burn from Chapter One. To delve into Lazarus’ heart and thoughts … I received a beautiful glimpse into the life of Christ on earth. Lazarus’ stories make a perfect foundation for God’s truth, God’s intimacy. I can’t wait to share this book!”
Tricia Goyer, USA Today best-selling author of 35 books

“In spite of my Ph.D. in Theology, I had never considered the importance of Bethany in the life of Jesus.”
Phil Cooke, media consultant and author of Unique

“The best thing I can say about Frank Viola is this: When I read his books—and I read them all—I don’t think much about Frank Viola. I think about Jesus. And I learn to love Him more. This book is no different. Read it, and you’ll find yourself thinking, if you’re like me, ‘I knew Jesus was great, but… Wow!’ And that, at least from me, is as good as it gets.”
Brant Hansen, Radio personality and blogger 

See all 47 Recommendations at GodsFavoritePlace.com 

Sample Chapter

Check out the book sampler and share it with others: http://frankviola.org/GodsFavoritePlace.pdf

Video Trailer

Check out the short video trailer and share with friends: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG_9TeE-BO8

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Much has happened since I last wrote on this little blog. Perhaps I will share more about those things soon. But until then I want to make a recommendation.

I believe the issues in our faith and in our churches and in life in general stems from our lack of vision of Christ. That we only see parts of Him, and maybe in the wrong light. I also believe that the solution to our problems really is beholding the entire Christ. Brother Milt Rodriguez writes about seeing Jesus Christ in all his fullness in this blog post, which I enjoyed very much. I recommend that you read it as well, and seek to lay hold of a three-dimensional view of Him.

The Blog of Milt Rodriguez

Part 1 – The Heavenly Vision

This article is inspired by the upcoming ebook with the same title… look for it soon!

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints…”  (Eph 1:18) 

“So, King Agrippa, I did not prove disobedient to the heavenly vision,”  (Act 26:19) 

Have you noticed lately how popular movies in 3-D have become?  You would have to be living in a cave to have missed it.  It seems that almost every action movie now comes in two formats: 2-D and 3-D.  The 3-D movies are more expensive to watch and you have to wear those funky 3-D glasses.  I don’t like those glasses because they usually hurt my eyes and give me a headache! …

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Words on New Year Resolutions


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A brother in the U.S., Jamal Jivanjee, recently wrote an interesting and striking blog post on how we treat the “Word” today. As I read the scripture referenced I stopped at the words:

“… and the Word was God” (John 1:1)

It finally dawned on me that brothers and sisters around the world might mistakenly misread this and take it literally. I almost started laughing to myself, but at the same time I felt a sort of grief. So many things and “its” try to steal us away from our precious Lord. I believe satan schemes to divert our full attention from Christ, who truly deserves to be our all and to have His place of supremacy. Not that we can accomplish a prioritized list with God as our number one. I believe the only way He can become the all in all is when He can have us for long enough time to fully captivate us. I long and at the same time fear to step into that. Because I know that true fellowship with God comes from spending quality time with Him and also with brothers and sisters in community.

Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some, letters of commendation to you or from you? You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,  who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. (2 Cor. 3:1-6)

I also want to divert your attention to Jamal’s new year’s resolution post from last year, which also is available to anyone who can read Swedish at the e-zine called “Hans hus av levande stenar” (His House of Living Stones, in English). It talks about how our use of words concerning Church reveals much on how we view her. I hope you can find time to read any of these and that the Lord will use it to open your eyes to more of Him.

May the Lord Jesus Christ, because of His grace, continue to open our eyes and ears to the reality of Him.