From Eternity To Here Q & A

I loved Frank Viola’s latest book, From Eternity To Here, so when his ministry team offered readers an opportunity to be a part of a blog tour today, I jumped on the bandwagon. I had the opportunity to ask Frank a couple of questions as well as join the conversation taking place around the blogsphere today about the book. My questions (and Frank’s answers) are below, followed by a list of other blogs participating in the tour today.

(1) If the pastor and leadership team of an institutional, evangelical program- and building-centered church were to read From Eternity To Here and all were to deeply embrace the paradigms you present in the book, what might that church look like a year from now? Please be as specific as you can.

I think that church would be heading more toward community. It would be more Christ-centered. And I also think that if they took the entire message to heart, they would rethink their leadership structures, their mode of operations, and what they did in their services or gatherings. I’ve had some pastors tell me that after reading the book, they’ve begun a journey of knowing the Lord anew and afresh. And they are rethinking many things they had assumed, but now are admitting do not work.

(2) Which of the three paradigms (Bride, House, Family) has impacted you the most? Why? How has it changed the way you relate to God? To other believers? To those who don’t yet believe?

They all have. The Bride of Christ has caused me to see my Lord as a passionate Lover and so I’ve learned to join the eternal love relationship that’s been going on before time between the Father and the Son. The House of God has caused me to see that I cannot live the Christian life by myself. I need other “living stones” with which to be built together to form a habitation for God’s pleasure –a Bethany , a place where Christ can lay His head and where He can find rest and reception. The Family of God has caused me to see my fellow Christians as real brothers and sisters and to see that I share the same life that Jesus, the Firstborn Son, does. The life of God.

Today (June 9th), the following blogs are discussing Frank Viola’s new bestselling book “From Eternity to Here” (David C. Cook, 2009). The book just hit the May CBA Bestseller List. Some are posting Q & A with Frank; others are posting full reviews of the book. To read more reviews and order a copy at a 33% discount, go to

For more resources, such as downloadable audios, the free Discussion Guide, the Facebook Group page, etc. go to the official website:
Enjoy the reviews and the Q and A:
Out of Ur –
Shapevine – (June newsletter)
Brian Eberly – –
Greg Boyd –
Vision Advance –
David Flowers –
Kingdom Grace –
Captain’s Blog –
Christine Sine –
Darin Hufford – The Free Believers Network –
Zoecarnate –
Church Planting Novice –
Staying Focused –
Take Your Vitamin Z –
Jeff Goins –
Bunny Trails –
Matt Cleaver –
Jason T. Berggren –
Simple Church –
Emerging from Montana –
Parable Life –
Oikos Australia –
West Coast Witness –
Keith Giles –
Consuming Worship —
Tasha Via –
Andrew Courtright –
ShowMeTheMooneys! –
Leaving Salem, Blog of Ronnie McBrayer –
Jason Coker –
From Knowledge to Wisdom –
Home Brewed Christianity –
Dispossessed –
Dandelion Seeds –
David Brodsky’s Blog- “Flip the tape Deck” –
Chaordic Journey –
Renee Martin –
Bob Kuhn –
Living with Freaks:
Real Worship –
Fervent Worship –
Julie Ferwerda Blog – /
What’s With Christina?! –
Irreligious Canuck –
This day on the journey –
Live and Move: Thoughts on Authentic Christianity –
Spiritual Journey With God –
Dries Conje – / /
Journey with Others –
On Now to the Third Level –
Christine Moers –
Breaking Point –
Hand to the Plough –
Jon Reid –
Weblight –
D. L. Webster –
Searching for the Whole-Hearted Life –

Note from Michelle: Not sure why the hyperlinks aren’t working on the list of sites above – I do encourage you to visit some of these other sites, but you’ll have to do it via cut `n pasting.

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4 thoughts on “From Eternity To Here Q & A”

  1. Great questions. I think it will be very interesting to see how the continued success & exposure of From Eternity to Here impacts churches' self-conceptions.

  2. Thanks, Mike. I'm so glad to be a part of the conversation about this important book.

    And thanks, too, for all you've done to encourage so many of us via your site.

  3. The Church desperately needs to hear this message. We need to reorient ourselves to line up with HIS eternal purpose and desires, and in the process I believe our deepest longings-and mission-will be fulfilled as well.

  4. AMEN, Julliefl1! Everything changes when we're living out of out true identity as bride/home/family. I loved this book because it portrayed this reality so clearly and winsomely.

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