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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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