About The Book
Have you ever asked yourself, “There’s got to be more to the Christian life than this? ” Do you sometimes struggle with discouragement, doubt, fear, guilt, bitterness, spiritual burnout or spiritual complacency? Do you ever feel you’re just not doing enough to please God? And have you ever been puzzled because God allowed something to happen in your life that you didn’t understand?
If you have any of these questions, you’re not alone.
A New Project Born From Experience
As someone who has been following Jesus for over 30 years and who has been a part of numerous movements, denominations, churches, and parachurch organizations, I know the struggle against fear, doubt, discouragement, consumerism, spiritual burnout and spiritual complacency. I also know the pain of being misunderstood. The heartache of being unjustly criticized. The agony of being rejected.
But I’ve found a narrative in the Gospels that speaks to all of these challenges
powerfully . So much so that it changed my life.
This is why I wrote God’s Favorite Place on Earth . It contains lessons that were born out of my own struggles, challenges, mistakes, and disappointments.
“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. The gift given to Lazarus can be yours as well.”
~ John Ortberg
Senior pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church
Author of Who Is This Man?
Max Lucado Meets A.W. Tozer
Someone who read God’s Favorite Place on Earth made the following remark about it.
I think your book is best described as Max Lucado meets A.W. Tozer. The book has the poetic, word-smithing, breezy and easy to read style of Max Lucado combined with the depth and insight of A.W. Tozer. It’s an amazing book.
God’s Favorite Place on Earth is different from anything I’ve ever written. It’s a work of biblical narrative that combines story with non-fiction. It’s a fast and easy read.
The premise of the book is simple and 100% Biblical: when Jesus was on the earth, He was rejected everywhere He went . . . from Bethlehem, to Nazareth, to Jerusalem. The only exception was the little village of Bethany.
The curtain opens with Lazarus, who is now ready to die, telling the incomparable story of Jesus’ interactions with him, Martha, and Mary. God’s Favorite Place on Earth blends drama, devotion, theology, biblical narrative, and first-century history. Within each narrative, the common struggles that we Christians face are addressed and answered.
So if you enjoy escaping into an engaging story and reading for entertainment, then this book is for you. But if you enjoy thoughtful books packed with theological insights, this book is for you too. It combines both elements under one cover.
What follows is perhaps one of the greatest compliments I’ve ever been paid:
“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
Why Read the Book? Conquering 18 Struggles
Using story, biblical narrative, and practical teaching, God’s Favorite Place on Earth will equip you to:
Gain God’s peace and presence in the midst of your worst storm.
Grow to the place where you are beyond being offended.
Truly forgive and release those who have rejected you.
Learn how to live life without fear of anything.
Trust God when He doesn’t meet your expectations or doesn’t appear to fulfill His promises.
Increase your faith and overcome doubt.
Defeat discouragement with a new perspective on Jesus.
Find out what Jesus means and doesn’t mean by the command, “Follow Me.”
Be set free from a guilty conscience and delivered from spiritual burn-out.
Learn how we’ve been misinformed about Mary and Martha and why this is important for your own walk with God.
Handle rejection, misunderstanding, and unjust criticism, especially from fellow Christians.
Be set free from bitterness.
Discover what God is looking for beyond everything else, solidifying the vision for the Christian life into “one thing.”
Identify what touches the heart of Jesus the most. (It may surprise you.)
Be inspired to serve the Lord with renewed vigor and zeal.
Have your heart awakened with newfound love for Jesus by seeing Him afresh.
Find deliverance from materialism (consumerism) and discover the meaning of “wasting yourself” on Jesus.
Respond wisely to well-meaning friends when they give you poor advice during your suffering.
These are just some of the many lessons you’ll find in God’s Favorite Place on Earth .
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One person remarked that
God’s Favorite Place on Earth reads like a movie on paper. Here’s a preview.
“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. Frank probes the ‘deep calls unto deep’ content of the Holy Spirit’s call within the Scriptures, and awakens that hunger that must be regularly fed to secure renewal in each of us.
God’s Favorite Place on Earth is the kind of book I’ve discovered I need to periodically find and read; thereby keeping ‘the fallow ground’ of my own soul plowed, re-sown and watered, in order to continue fruitfulness and to deepen the root system of my spiritual walk and growth in Christ.”
~ Pastor Jack Hayford
Chancellor of The King’s University, Los Angeles
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