FRANK VIOLA is a bestselling author, blogger, and conference speaker.
His mission is to help serious followers of Jesus know their Lord more deeply so they can experience real transformation and make a lasting impact.
This website hosts his brand new 3-minute podcast called The Deeper Journey.
Scroll down to subscribe to Viola’s new podcast, read endorsements, and check out Viola’s books, blog, courses, and other resources.
Endorsements for Viola’s Work
There cannot be enough books written about the majesties and excellencies of Christ. To see Jesus as He is will transform us from one degree or glory to the next. Everything is about Him, for Him and to Him. I am grateful that Frank and Leonard did the work and are putting this in the lap of so many.
Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor of The Village Church (Endorsement for Jesus Manifesto)
Dissent is a gift to the Church. It is the imagination of the prophets that continually call us back to our identity as the peculiar people of God. May Viola’s words challenge us to become the change that we want to see in the Church … and not to settle for anything less than God’s dream for Her.
Shane Claiborne, author and activist (Endorsement for From Eternity to Here)
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, author and blogger (Endorsement for God’s Favorite Place on Earth)
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.’ In the process, Frank prophetically exposes the subtle but all-important difference between hearts that embrace Jesus and hearts that merely appear to do so. This is a beautifully written, timely, prophetic work all would benefit from reading!
Greg Boyd, pastor and author (Endorsement for God’s Favorite Place on Earth)
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, author and radio personality (Endorsement for God’s Favorite Place on Earth)
Frank Viola’s God’s Favorite Place on Earth is a fast-moving, groundbreaking look at the Christian’s struggle against legalism, discouragement, doubt, rejection, and spiritual complacency. 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. It brings several familiar Gospel stories to life in a fresh and compelling way.
Mark Batterson, pastor and author (Endorsement for God’s Favorite Place on Earth)
Frank Viola is a master at the discipline of historical context, and Jesus Now is a masterpiece that shows us how to ‘Christify’ our story–to move from an unscripted spirituality to a scripturally scripted identity.
Leonard Sweet (Endorsement for Jesus Now)
Reading God’s Favorite Place on Earth illuminates the story of Jesus in such a new and captivating way that it’s bound to impact your life. Read this powerful book and reconnect with the Lord’s heart for every Christian, every church, and every city.
Pete Wilson, pastor and author (Endorsement for God’s Favorite Place on Earth)
I just finished From Eternity To Here. I’m in process of reading it again. It has moved into my top ten books. It informs the mind with great theology. It transforms the heart because the matchless vision of Jesus and His grace. And it inspires a love for God’s eternal purpose, the Church by inviting others to experience God’s eternal purpose. Brilliant.
Derwin Gray, pastor and author (Endorsement for God’s Favorite Place on Earth)
Frank continues to challenge the church-at-large with a powerful mind, an impassioned voice, and a love for the Bride of Christ. You need to get this book and wrestle with Frank through the biblical passages regarding our identity in Christ as His body and the mission our God has entrusted to us.
Ed Stetzer (Endorsement for From Eternity to Here)
What a treasure this diary-style book is! This impactful message focuses on five broken women in the Bible and their life-changing encounters with Jesus. The way Mary and Frank portray their stories will help any woman who has experienced heartbreak, loneliness, and rejection step right into the extravagant grace and love of Jesus.
Lysa TerKeurst (Endorsement for The Day I Met Jesus)
Jesus, from the very beginning, has been ‘good news for women.’ Perhaps that news has rarely been needed more clearly than in our day. One reads of His encounters with the women described in this book with a sense of wonder that these interactions took place two thousand years ago. He is good news for women still.
John Ortberg, pastor and author (Endorsement for The Day I Met Jesus)
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 and blogger (Endorsement for God’s Favorite Place on Earth)
Whether you are a seminary professor or someone seeking answers about Christ for the first time, Jesus Manifesto promises to illuminate the truth about the greatest personality to ever walk the earth. And along the way you will rediscover, or experience for the first time, the power, prestige and primacy of Jesus Christ.
Ed Young, Pastor of Fellowship Church (Endorsement for Jesus Manifesto)
The unrelenting purpose of the Holy Spirit is to lead us into the living presence of Jesus Christ. If we follow the Spirit, Christ can become as real to us as the world was when we were sinners. Jesus Manifesto is a compass pointing toward this holy pursuit.
Francis Frangipane, pastor and author (Endorsement for Jesus Manifesto)
I thought I knew the women in these stories well, but in this beautiful book I met each one in a fresh, personal, and profound way. The life-changing grace and mercy Christ extended to these our sisters so long ago is here right now for you and for me.
Sheila Walsh, author and speaker (Endorsement for The Day I Met Jesus)
Inventive, engaging, compelling, and filled with freedom, this book will help you see the wonder of our Jesus more clearly. Here is very simply the truth about Jesus and His relationship with women: He loved us. What a powerful truth for women in the world today! Jesus is always the hero of the story. Through this book, we see and know that He is the hero of our stories too.
Sarah Bessey, author and blogger (Endorsement for The Day I Met Jesus)
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. Frank probes the ‘deep calls unto deep’ content of the Holy Spirit’s call within the Scriptures, and awakens that hunger that must be regularly fed to secure renewal in each of us. God’s Favorite Place on Earth is the kind of book I’ve discovered I need to periodically find and read; thereby keeping ‘the fallow ground’ of my own soul plowed, re-sown and watered, in order to continue fruitfulness and to deepen the root system of my spiritual walk and growth in Christ.
Jack Hayford, renowned pastor and author (Endorsement for God’s Favorite Place on Earth)
Viola’s work has been called a meticulous collection of Light and Shade, a characteristic that makes it so unique.
His readership is mostly made up of seriously devoted followers of Jesus who are in their 20s, 30s, and 40s.
Most of them live in North America, although there are many who live outside the USA.
The majority are disaffected with the Christian Right and the Progressive Left, and they know that there is something more to the Christian faith than what’s typically presented in Christian circles.
A bulk of them are pastors, teachers, bloggers, and seminary professors who are looking for something higher and deeper.
Viola has written over 12 books released by major Christian publishers (Thomas Nelson, Tyndale, David C. Cook, Baker, etc.) and over 12 digital books.
Here are some of his most popular titles in order of their release date:
Jesus Speaks (Thomas Nelson, 2016) – a groundbreaking work on how to recognize the Lord’s voice.
The Day I Met Jesus (Baker, 2015) – CBA Bestseller.
Jesus Now (David C. Cook, 2014) – CBA Bestseller.
God’s Favorite Place on Earth (David C. Cook, 2013) – Amazon bestseller, reaching #13 on Amazon out of all 7 million titles.
Jesus: A Theography (Thomas Nelson, 2012) – a 400+ page highly acclaimed magisterial work.
Jesus Manifesto (Thomas Nelson, 2010) – Amazon bestseller, reaching #6 on Amazon out of all 7 million titles.
From Eternity to Here (David C. Cook, 2009) – CBA Bestseller.
His sod-turning book with George Barna in 2008 was also a bestseller, hitting #11 on Amazon out of all books and selling over 100,000 copies. His 2005 book — The Untold Story of the New Testament Church — is a Wall Street Journal Bestseller.
For details on Frank’s entire book catalog, featuring over 20 titles with descriptions and discounts, click here.
Frank Viola’s podcast – Christ is All – has ranked #1 in Canada and #2 in the United States in “Christianity” in iTunes.
Episodes include Christ-centered conference messages, monologues, interviews, and lots of humor.
The podcast contains 125 episodes.
For details on the podcast, click here.
Frank Viola’s blog – Beyond Evangelical – is one of the most popular Christian blogs on the Web today, regularly ranking in the top 10 of most blog ranking directories.
To read Frank’s blog, click here.
Frank’s premium discipleship courses have been taken by over 1,800 people, including pastors and ministry leaders.
For details on Frank’s courses, click here.
Viola is a popular and frequently sought-after conference speaker.
Above Photo: From Viola’s keynote address at the 2015 Urbana Christian Festival.
Frank has spoken in conferences with N.T. Wright, Shane Claiborne, Brennan Manning, Jon Acuff, Leonard Sweet, Paul Young, George Barna, Scot McKnight, Larry Osborne, Dan Kimball, Neil Cole, Alan Hirsch, Andrew Farley, Mark DuPont, and many others.
Viola is known for bringing the Scriptures to life and unveiling Jesus Christ passionately with seminal insight.
Click here for details and samples of Viola’s conference talks.
The Deeper Christian Life Network
Frank runs The Deeper Christian Life Network which is a premium online network for mentoring and making connections with others who are like-minded and like-hearted, who want to go deeper in their relationship to the Lord.
To contact Frank, write to TheDeeperJourney @ gmail.com