God's Favorite Place on Earth
A TRULY INSPIRING, WORTHWHILE READ!!
GODÃ¢ÂÂS FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH by Frank Viola
Publisher: David C. Cook
Date published: May 1, 2013
Reviewed by Lynne
Obtained via publisher
While on Earth, Jesus Christ was rejected by those He came to save. A man with no place to lay even His head until...Bethany. The one place he felt welcomed, accepted, and loved.
While in Bethany, Jesus and his talmidim came to love the family of Simon the Leper, which included Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, whose lives He touched in a unique, memorable, and awe-inspiring way.
GODÃ¢ÂÂS FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH by Frank Viola is told by Lazarus, after he is raised from the dead. It is the story all believers have speculated about for centuries. What was it like, many have often wondered, to know a man who was dead for four days and was then miraculously resurrected back to life by the most rejected man on Earth?
Viola shares in GODÃ¢ÂÂS FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH the incredible, heartwarming story of this great miracle. A miracle that still lives on in the Word of God, that proves Jesus Christ is indeed the Resurrection and the Life, as He professes to be.
GODÃ¢ÂÂS FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH gives insight into what may have happened after this great miracle took place. The problems and unexpected fame Lazarus faced.
Deeply moving and well written, GODÃ¢ÂÂS FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH is an extraordinary book that will touch your heartstrings and brings this story to life in such a way as to make one marvel at not just the writerÃ¢ÂÂs unique skills, but at God Himself.
GODÃ¢ÂÂS FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH also brings understanding to the reader of challenges that many believers often face, including doubt, discouragement, fear, guilt, rejection, materialism, and spiritual apathy. Viola skillfully weaves a wondrous tale that will captivate oneÃ¢ÂÂs heart and will help the reader discover how to live as a Ã¢ÂÂBethanyÃ¢ÂÂ even in todayÃ¢ÂÂs world.
GODÃ¢ÂÂS FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH is magnificently told and hard to put down. I read it in one day, I was so intrigued by the story and touching message it contains.
GODÃ¢ÂÂS FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH is full of depth, charm, incredible wisdom, beauty, and great spiritual insight. I am certain that anyone reading GODÃ¢ÂÂS FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH will be drawn more closely to Jesus Christ and embrace Him as never before.
Clearly GodÃ¢ÂÂs anointing was on Viola as he wrote GODÃ¢ÂÂS FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH. It is one of the most exquisite, memorable books I have read in a long time. By the time I was done reading it, I felt more love for my Savior than ever before. It is with new eyes I look at Him and marvel at His works.
I recommend GODÃ¢ÂÂS FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH for anyone interested, not just believers. GODÃ¢ÂÂS FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH is an experience that few will want to miss. It is a crowning achievement for Viola that I know many will enjoy.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author and/or publisher through the Speakeasy blogging book review network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255.
June 24, 2013
Beautiful Work of Art!
Viola introduces this work with "narratives anchor people to a unified vision. May this book give you a unified vision that will govern the rest of your life".
The Lord used this writing in my life in exactly that way!!! I couldn't put this book down.
The story part of this work of art is unforgettable, really. I will always remember the way this book made me feel and the mental pictures it gave me of Jesus - fully human - as I imagined His interactions with others.
As a personality who operates from the heart primarily - I know my tendency to be lead by my emotions & not the Spirit... but I had over corrected of recent in trying to ignore my emotions and the Lord used this book to bring me back. Like a spring of water poured over a dry land, I felt His love just drown me as it has so many times before. He stirred my heart's affections for Christ so much that I literally feel the warmth of His love back in me.
Visualizing the stories I've read so many times in the NT and focusing on the Lord's heart....looking at the bigger picture and storyline behind it all.... has opened my heart up in ways I was yearning for. It changed the way I read the NT accounts of Jesus. It did exactly what I was desiring the Lord to do in my heart - help me know Him more intimately - as Lord, as Savior, as fully God and fully man, as friend.
Drawing me in to the heart of our Lord Jesus, God used this book to help me truly partake from the spring of living water and be quenched. It lead me back to the place of reverent awe & worship I always desire to stay in! Through this book, God helped fuse the disconnect I was feeling between my heart, emotions & my journey with the Lord. Though our feelings & emotions can trick us and we must be sure not to be lead by them or even focus on trying to "feel" a certain way......... the truth is He DOES make us feel and He uses our emotions perfectly to draw us to His heart! LOVE does FEEL. We can't expect them or lean on them.....but praise God He has gifted us with feelings and it all fits right when He helps us bring them under His reign! We can't make the mistake of trying to disconnect our emotions from our faith... and we must never desire to give the Lord anything less than our whole heart.
I am sure that the Lord will use this book for other personalities in different ways... there are so many practical lessons in how we relate to God, how we journey with Him... and others. But I wanted to share what He did in me through it.
This is one of those works I know I will continually come back to. Through this story & lessons following, He has imprinted many lessons & visuals in my heart & memories to draw from in future dry seasons.
I see so much clearer what the Lord is desiring in His people and I have been reignited in my vision to "waste my life" on surrendering to the Lord Jesus and giving Him lavishly my whole heart, soul & mind.
Praise by to the Lord on the throne! He is so worthy of all our praise!!! I can't wait to see Him in person and look in His eyes and feel His embrace!! I can't wait to see every knee bowed at His name and SEE Him in His place of King!! I am so EXCITED for Him!!! To get all He deserves!!! For all the glory & honor for ALL to see!! For the full redemption He is going to feel of all He endured for me and you!! For the amazement of everything set right!!!!
To look in His eyes and SEE the pure LOVE and acknowledgement, it was worth it, it was worth it!!! OHHH Lord Jesus!!! I can't wait to see you on the throne and to see your heart satisfied, your longings met in your beautiful Bride that you have presented to yourself radiant without blemish!! I see glimpses of it among this groaning and I am yearning to see the conclusion!!! I LOVE YOU JESUS!
June 11, 2013
This was written in the "style" of Max Lucado, only better. I am recommending it to others.
June 6, 2013
A story about Bethany
Frank Viola is an American writer and blogger on Christian topics. He has written and co-authored a number of books including Jesus a Theography and the Jesus Manifesto. His latest book Ã¢ÂÂGodÃ¢ÂÂs Favorite Place on EarthÃ¢ÂÂ is a book about the city of Bethany.
In truth, IÃ¢ÂÂve never read a book quite like this, I donÃ¢ÂÂt know if I could classify this book as historical, or expository, creative or devotional. It almost reads as one long sermon filled with all of the accounts of Christ that take place in Bethany. And if that doesnÃ¢ÂÂt sound like much, think again. Bethany is where all of the events with Mary, Martha and Lazarus take place. And even though the author does take some literary liberties in re-telling some of the bible stories, he is never far from the heart of the scriptures.
Frank Viola has an easy to read voice and is a wonderful story teller. If you like Max Lucado or Brennan Manning it has that same feel to it. GodÃ¢ÂÂs Favorite Place on Earth is a wonderful tale told in six parts through the eyes of Lazarus Ã¢ÂÂ in fact it could have been titled: the Gospel according to Lazarus! Mr. Viola is presenting a very creative, very enjoyable read for those who have grown too familiarwith the gospel narrative that I think most will find delightfully refreshing.
Thank you to David C. Cook for providing a free copy of this book for a fair and honest review.
May 29, 2013