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  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: David C Cook Publishing Company (5 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781405904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781405904
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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FRANK VIOLA has helped thousands of people around the world to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and enter into a more vibrant and authentic experience of church. He has written many books on these themes, including "From Eternity to Here," "Reimagining Church," "Pagan Christianity?," "Jesus Manifesto," "Jesus: A Theography," "Revise Us Again," and "Finding Organic Church." He blogs regularly at frankviola.org, which is rated in the top 10 of all Christian blogs on the Web today.

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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. Frank Viola presents a beautifully crafted narrative from the viewpoint of Lazarus, one of the people who lived in Bethany with his two sisters. This incomparable story not only brings the Gospel narratives to life, but it addresses the struggle against doubt, discouragement, fear, guilt, rejection, and spiritual apathy that challenges countless Christians today. In profoundly moving prose, God's Favorite Place on Earth will captivate your heart with its beauty, charm, and depth. In this book you will discover how to live as a "Bethany" in our world today, being set free to love and follow Jesus like never before.

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Hmm, not what I was expecting. At all! But then I confess that I never know quite what to expect with Viola's writing. Sometimes I love it; sometimes, I'm afraid to say that I hate it. This one I sort of loved and hated! It's fictionalised truth yet with a twist. (I think it was the twist which made me not sure about this book.) But let me explain...

Viola's latest offering is a fictionalised account of the family in Bethany whom Jesus loved. Written in the first person from the perspectives of Lazarus, Mary and Martha, this book is beautiful and was an encouragement to me to reflect upon the relationships within this family as well as their friendship with Jesus. I do enjoy fiction and especially historical fiction; when that fiction is as well-researched as this seems to be, the joy is all the greater.

But then there was the twist. Picture me, caught up in this carefully-woven story, enjoying being lost in the text, and then suddenly - out of nowhere - comes the non-fiction bit. This is the bit where Viola offers commentary on the story that he has has been telling. And it's not that the commentary was bad; it wasn't. But it just felt like a rude awakening every time it happened - that is, in every chapter! I wish it could have been presented in some other way, perhaps by dividing the book into two halves, but I recognise that this format would have been a conscious choice of the author's; it just didn't work for me.
Overall? Worth a read but don't get lost in the story-telling as you won't be allowed to stay there for long!

I received a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley.
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Frank Viola has produced many best seller books over the years, and this one is no exception!
He traces the movements of Jesus during His final week on Earth. You will get to meet some of the main characters in this narritive and gain insight into their lives and how the Master touched and affected each one.
I found myself in tears many times as I read this book because of the clarity and imagination that has been coloured into the story.
Meet busy Martha, devoted Mary and many others as they steal their way onto the scene. Then meet the Christ who so lovimgly touched each life in only the way He could do.
This book is worth it's weight in Gold!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. P. Kennedy on 18 Sept. 2013
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Thanks to Frank Viola for producing this text. As moving as anything I have ever read in the Christian world, but with a gentle prod to love The Lord Christ more as the friend Jesus. Read and be blessed.
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By Amazon Customer on 21 May 2013
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On February 14th 2013, God gave us very clearly a new name for our church: ‘Bethany’. We were so excited, in April, to discover that this was the subject of the book that Frank Viola calls his life’s work. I have been greatly moved by reading the Kindle version, we are waiting for paper copies to be available in the UK. Richard Spencer, Vicar, Holy Trinity Church (HTBV), Belle Vue, Shrewsbury
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