Frank Viola is a blogger, speaker, and writer. Viola, the author of several titles available through Vyrso and Logos, has just completed a book titled God’s Favorite Place on Earth. We interviewed Viola to get his perspective on his latest work.
You recently released a new book, God’s Favorite Place on Earth. What’s behind the title?
When he came to earth, Jesus was rejected everywhere he went. There was only one exception. In the book, I detail what that exception is, and I show that God wants all of us, as well as our churches, to be his “favorite place on earth” today. The book unfolds how that can be done and what it entails.
Reading the story of Jesus as a narrative may be a new idea for some people. What do you hope people will gain from reading this?
It puts readers into the story. I also blend a great deal of first-century history into the narrative. The result: the Gospels open up and Jesus comes alive.
Why did you choose to write this narrative from Lazarus’ point of view?
It’s a more effective way to bring readers into the story. Based on the reviews (over 100 on Amazon right now), it has resonated with many readers.
Your blog, Beyond Evangelical, is consistently ranked as one of the most influential Christian blogs. This is in addition to your books and speaking engagements. What motivates you to write so much?
For me, writing is like breathing. I process my thoughts best through writing. In addition, my readers want me to write new content, so that plays a role also. And the feedback is always helpful.
How has using Logos helped you maintain your volume and quality of writing?
It’s a great tool for Scripture study, searching texts, and consulting commentaries and Bible helps.
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Here’s what a few leaders and thinkers have to say about Viola’s new book:
“Frank’s refreshing and infectious passion for Jesus permeates every word.” —Adrian Warnock, author of Raised with Christ and blogger at AdrianWarnock.com
“Few authors challenge me in my faith like Frank Viola. This book and the stories it contains will force you to face the myth of religion and instead adopt a life of deeper dedication to God, to find your own Bethany. It sure did for me.” —Jeff Goins, author of Wrecked
“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?
“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 and Quitter
“The insights of this book are profound for someone seeking a clear understanding of Jesus’ character.” —Dale Partridge, CEO at Sevenly.org
Pre-order God’s Favorite Place on Earth today!