God’s Favorite Place on Earth by Frank Viola
Recently I had the opportunity to talk with Frank Viola about his new release, God’s Favorite Place on Earth. In this newest volume, Viola examines the small town of Bethany from New Testament times. He uses a narrative structure in parts of the book, telling the story from the perspective of Lazarus to show how Jesus’ interactions in this town and with Lazarus’ family in particular were special. Bethany was the only place close to being called Jesus’ home apart from heaven. He received hospitality and friendship there while many other places rejected him. I hope that you’ll take a listen to the interview and check out this moving exploration of this place that was so close to Jesus’ heart.