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  • Posted May 2, 2013

    I purchased a Nook copy of God's Favorite Place On Earth yeste

    I purchased a Nook copy of God's Favorite Place On Earth yesterday and am already on my second reading! This unique little book is like the cherry on the top of all the books Frank Viola has written to date (I have been re-reading all his books from the late 90's onward)! It touched me in so many ways - anguish, laughing, crying, praying, edgeofmyseat anticipation, and finally - triumph! I had seen the beauty of Bethany previously, but Frank made it come alive in a way that provokes one to re-examine one's priorities in the who-when-where-why-how of worshipping our Lord and Savior. The most poignant part that really brought me to my knees in tears was the full understanding of Mary anointing Jesus with her expensive flask of nard - and just what that meant to Jesus and the reaction of all who surrounded them in that unforgettable moment. The beauty of her worship, the prophetic sub-moment, the totality of her love and commitment for Jesus is almost too hard to wrap your head around unless you have been at that same place in your life. I am just stunned.

    Simply a beautiful rendering of the facts about Bethany and its people, as told through Lazarus. I am recommending this little jewel to everyone , that they may better understand what Jesus needs from us (and by extension, Father God). It is my opinion that truly, if each Christian took the facts as presented in this book to heart and became a Bethany for Christ, we would see a totally changed 'church' in America. It would become a true Ecclesia exhibiting a oneness in Christ, a total love for Father, Christ and each other, that would have a great affect in local communities and eventually the world!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    Drawing me in to the heart of our Lord Jesus, God used this book

    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!

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  • Posted May 29, 2013

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     Frank Viola is an American writer and blogger on Christian topi

     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 “God’s Favorite Place on Earth” is a book about the city of Bethany.

    In truth, I’ve never read a book quite like this, I don’t 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 doesn’t 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. God’s Favorite Place on Earth is a wonderful tale told in six parts through the eyes of Lazarus – 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.

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