God’s Favorite Place on Earth

Believe me when I say God’s Favorite Place on Earth by Frank Viola is one of the best Christian books I have ever enjoyed.

It’s not too much of a stretch to say this book has given me a new way of seeing what it means to be a follower of Jesus, and what he is looking for in his people.FrankViola

I’ve often been struck by how little a difference Jesus seems to make in the lives of many Christians. What I mean is, it seems we so often compartmentalize Jesus as someone we talk about for an hour on Sunday morning. How sad, when in reality He is someone we could be talking to every hour of every day.

“Sectarianism and elitism are religiously transmitted diseases that appear symptomless to those who have them.”
From God’s Favorite Place on Earth

God’s Favorite Place on Earth is a unique blend of fiction and nonfiction. Through this startling approach, Viola manages to bring fresh life into an all too familiar story. Told from the viewpoint of Lazarus, the man Jesus raised from the dead, we get to see a portrait of the son of God that is astoundingly fresh.

You may be, as I was, surprised to learn that Jesus did indeed have a favorite place on earth. And it was not Jerusalem.

This book is more than just a good story, although it is that. It is also grounded with rock-solid precision in Scripture, and provides real answers for real people living today.

“Sometimes God will deliver you from trouble. Oftentimes He will deliver you through it.”
From God’s Favorite Place on Earth

If Jesus actually lives inside of us, as we who follow Him believe, why do we still struggle with things like fear, doubt, loneliness, guilt, complacency, and burnout?

Why is it, when Jesus promises us He will give rest to those who are weary, we still feel laden with guilt because we’re “not doing enough” to please God?

In this book, you’ll discover:

  • How to forgive and release those who have rejected you.
  • How to to live life without fear of anything.
  • How to trust God when He doesn’t appear to fulfill His promises.
  • How to gain God’s peace in the midst of your worst storm.
  • How to increase your faith and overcome doubt.

God’s Favorite Place on Earth deserves a spot on your reading list. In fact, you may want to do as I did, and put whatever you’re reading now on hold, and read this first.

I do have one complaint about this book.

It was too short.

 

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