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When he came to earth, Jesus Christ was rejected in every quarter in which he stepped. The creator was rejected by his own creation. “He came to his own and his own received him not,” said John. For this reason, Jesus Christ had “no where to lay his head.” There was one exception, however. A little village just outside of Jerusalem named BethanyBethany was the only place on earth where Jesus was completely received.

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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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a masterfully engaging book that distills the vision of the Christian life into one focused quest: to be God’s favorite place on earth today. I recommend this little volume to all Christians and Christian leaders.”

    Mark Batterson, New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker

  • “In Frank Viola’s hands, the story of Lazarus—like Lazarus himself—once again comes to life. In a world where hope is battered and life can so easily beat down the human spirit, we are reminded once more of the possibility of becoming a host of life.”

    John Ortberg, pastor and author of Who Is This Man?

  • “Combining masterful storytelling, historical knowledge, biblical insight, and practical wisdom, Frank artfully uses the Gospels’ depiction of Lazarus and the small town of Bethany to lay out a beautiful and compelling vision of a God who longs to make every human heart and every church ‘his favorite place.’ This is a beautifully written, timely, prophetic work all would benefit from reading!”

    Greg Boyd, pastor and author of Benefit of the Doubt

  • God’s Favorite Place on Earth realigned my heart toward Jesus and his mysterious, confounding, surprising, beautiful ways. It’s not often I learn something new when reading a book, but Frank Viola’s sharp storytelling and insightful interpretation made me hunger for more of the real Jesus.”

    Mary DeMuth, author of Everything: What You Give

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