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God's Favorite Place on Earth

God's Favorite Place on Earth

by Frank Viola

“As masterly as a Cezanne canvas or a Stravinsky score, Frank Viola surpasses himself in his best book yet—a work of serene, soaring magnificence."

—Leonard Sweet, Professor of Evangelism, Drew University and Visiting Distinguished Professor, George Fox University

About the Book and Author

About the Book and Author

Bethany was the only place on earth where Jesus was completely received. God's Favorite Place on Earth is a retelling of Jesus' many visits to Bethany and a relaying of the message it holds for us today.

Read an Excerpt

Read an Excerpt

The story of Bethany is a beautiful saga about the challenges of doubt, discouragement, fear, guilt, consumerism, and apathy. Challenges we all face as believers.

What People Are Saying

What People Are Saying

"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.'"—Greg Boyd, pastor

Jesus' True Home: A Q&A with Frank Viola

Jesus' True Home: A Q&A with Frank Viola

In God's Favorite Place on Earth, I demonstrate that the place where Jesus Christ -- God incarnate -- was happiest, the most satisfied, and felt most at home was Bethany. It is in this sense that I am using the phrase "favorite place."

Frank Viola's Blog

Frank Viola's Blog

Follow Frank on his Patheos blog here.

Retelling the Old, Old Story: A Book Review

Retelling the Old, Old Story: A Book Review

Greg Garrett

We need to hear the old stories in new ways to understand our own story of life in Christ.

Book Club Roundtable

Viola's Bethany Song

Viola's Bethany Song

Kathleen Mulhern

The simple rhythm of storytelling and gentle application lead us into Jesus' humanity while inviting us into his divinity.

Inspiration from Bethany

Inspiration from Bethany

Adrian Warnock

Viola's book highlights the massive benefits that come to us from accepting Jesus, rejecting bitterness, and being freed from a guilty conscience, fear and doubt.

A Q&A with Frank Viola

A Q&A with Frank Viola

Andrew Farley

"The narrative of Bethany and what it meant to Jesus is little known today. I believe it's an inspiring story whose time has come."

Convicting and Uplifting

Convicting and Uplifting

Rebecca Hamilton

Frank Viola has written a fine book that gave me meat for thought about my own Christian walk and the ways in which I put things ahead of Him in my life. 

Home is Where the Heart Is

Home is Where the Heart Is

David Swartz

The point of God's Favorite Place lies in Frank's premise that the heart (core) of every Christian should be a place where Jesus knows He has intimacy, joy and sabbath; he writes because many do not, maybe they are unaware or are playing shallow for many reasons.

A New Vision from Bethany

A New Vision from Bethany

Kurt Willems

This is a book that will jar you out of your "Christian rut" and give you new eyes for looking at EVERYTHING.

A Favorite Place on Earth

A Favorite Place on Earth

Sarah Reinhard

This book is the kind that shakes you out of your comfort level with stories you thought you knew from the Bible. I highly recommend this as a book for spiritual growth and deeper insight into the Gospels.

Pondering Thin Places

Pondering Thin Places

Bruce Epperly

As I read God's Favorite Place on Earth, I was reminded of the Celtic description of "thin places," those locales in which the veil between heaven and earth and God and the world is lifted.  

Frank Viola on God's Favorite Place on Earth

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