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God’s Favorite Place On Earth

Frank Viola’s new book, God’s Favorite Place on Earth, has just released. If you get the book between May 1st to May 7th, you will also receive 25 FREE books from over 15 different authors.

Click GodsFavoritePlace.com to ordering information and easy instructions on how to get your 25 free books.



“The best thing I can say about Frank Viola is this: When I read his books—and I read them all—I don’t think much about Frank Viola. I think about Jesus. And I learn to love Him more. This book is no different. Read it, and you’ll find yourself thinking, if you’re like me, ‘I knew Jesus was great, but… Wow!’ And that, at least from me, is as good as it gets.”

Brant Hansen, Radio personality and blogger

“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?

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

“God’s Favorite Place on Earth is the kind of book I’ve discovered I need to periodically find and read. Frank Viola’s pen and voice are consistently both penetrating and trustworthy. Beyond his invitingly beautiful writing skill—which makes reading a joy and a sight-seeing tour that brings God’s Word into 3-D when he relates narrative passages, I’m grateful for the depth of his themes.”

Pastor Jack Hayford, Chancellor of The King’s University, Los Angeles

“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

“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

“A lot of people write books, Frank writes stories and in this one we once again see why he’s such a master. Honored to call him a friend, excited to call him an author I love to read.”

Jon Acuff, bestselling author of Start, Quitter, and Stuff Christians Like 

“Frank Viola surpasses himself in his best book yet—a work of serene, soaring magnificence. Part novel, part biography, part theology, part Bible study, Frank’s imaginative touch and command of prose haiku leaves the reader resolved more than ever to be a Bethany—God’s favorite place on earth.”

Leonard Sweet, Drew University, George Fox University, sermons.com

“Reading God’s Favorite Place on Earth by Frank Viola, my soul began to burn from Chapter One. To delve into Lazarus’ heart and thoughts … I received a beautiful glimpse into the life of Christ on earth. Lazarus’ stories make a perfect foundation for God’s truth, God’s intimacy. I can’t wait to share this book!”

Tricia Goyer, USA Today best-selling author of 35 books

“In spite of my Ph.D. in Theology, I had never considered the importance of Bethany in the life of Jesus.”

Phil Cooke, media consultant and author of Unique


See all 47 Recommendations at GodsFavoritePlace.com 

Check out the book sampler and share it with others: http://frankviola.org/GodsFavoritePlace.pdf

Check out the short video trailer and share with friends: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG_9TeE-BO8



New Series: Your Actual Identity

Our brother, Michael Young, has started a new series of posts entitled, “Your Actual Identity,” where he has invited fellow bloggers from around the country to contribute to the series.  All of the posts in this series will appear on Michael’s blog, All Things In Christ, with links to the blog writers’ own blog pages.  I’m excited to say I have been invited to contribute and am excited about the series.

So far there have been three posts in the series and it has been great!  I invite you to check them out.  They are linked below.

Your Actual Identity, Part I: Holy by Michael Young

Your Actual Identity, Part II: Powerful in Weakness by Nathan Burgman

Your Actual Identity, Part III: Accepted by Heather Proctor


This post will be listed on the “Shared Writings” page of re:Think, so be sure to check there for it, with all of the updates, in the future.  I’m also linking each blog author’s individual blog page here as well.  The list of posts in the series, as well as the list of original blog pages of the authors, will be updated as the series progresses.

Blog Authors from the series “Your Actual Identity”:

Michael Young, Nathan Burgman, Heather Proctor,

What I’ve Learned In Organic Church: A Series

Last year, a few of the saints here in Gainesville blogged about some of the things they have learned while in this organic expression of Christ, more commonly described as an organic church.  All total there were eight brothers and sisters who shared one of the many things they had learned so far during their time as part of this expression.  A few of these brothers and sisters have since moved geographically, changed blog sites, or have not continued blogging for one reason or another, but I thought it would be good to still include their posts.

I was hoping to contribute a post to the series when it was originally done, but I could not decide what specifically to write about.  In time, perhaps, there will be more posts on this topic from saints around the country, perhaps, even from around the world.

I’ve listed the links to the blog where each post was originally published.  Please check them out.  I would encourage you to read through any comments made on their posts, as some had continued conversations going on.  So, here they are in the order they were posted.

What I’ve Learned in Organic Church: An Introduction to a Series, by Michael Young

What I’ve Learned in Organic Church: Part 1, The Difference Between Brotherhood and Buddyhood (this includes Sisterhood), by Michael Young

What I’ve Learned in Organic Church: Part 2, The Life of the Church Flows From Christ’s Life in Us, Not From Our Activity, by Mark Lake

What I’ve Learned in Organic Church: Part 3, Desperation For The Lord, by Marc Hardy

What I’ve Learned In Organic Church: Part 4, Just Say Yes, by Jackie Dukes

What I’ve Learned In Organic Church: Part 5, The Lord is Able, by Bridget Babione

What I’ve Learned In Organic Church: Part 6, Turning to the Lord as True Source of the Christian Life, by Seth Roach

What I’ve Learned In Organic Church: Part 7, Christ is My Source of Worth, by Carrie Walters

What I’ve Learned In Organic Church: Part 8,Christ, by R.C. Babione

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