Book Review: From Eternity to Here by Frank Viola

There are thousands of new Christian books released every year. Having read tons of these books I can honestly say that no book has had an impact on me as much as Frank Viola’s “From Eternity to Here“. From Eternity to Here is a stunning narrative revealing God’s eternal purpose and how it relates to us – His bride, His body, His family and His dwelling place. This book touches the very heartbeat of God in a way that I have never experienced from any other book.

From Eternity to Here takes a broad sweeping look at God’s grand narrative starting from before time began, in Eternity, to where we are here and now. Frank often points out that most books, sermons, and teachings have their premise and beginning rooted in Genesis Chapter 2 – The Fall. Topics that are often preached such as Salvation, Redemption, and mission are centered around man and the fall. Simply put, most of modern day teaching is centered around human need dating back to the fall in Genesis 2. From Eternity to Here takes us back to Genesis chapter 1 and even back to before time and looks at God’s desires and purpose.

In From Eternity to Here, Frank shows that God purposed His creation before time began. In other words God has and Eternal Purpose, which caused Him to create. He shows that there is an eternal purpose at the very heart of God that is not centered on human need, but on God’s needs and desires. The beauty is that we are at the very center of God’s eternal purpose and desires.

The book is split up into three main sections each dealing with a different aspect of God’s eternal purpose. Part 1 starts with showing how Adam was a type of Christ and how Adam longed for a companion that matched him and whom he could love and be loved in return. From Eternity to Here then paints a striking picture of how this was a shadow of Christ, and how Christ also desired a bride. Frank then unpacks the bible from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22 showing how Christ obtained His bride, and how obtaining His bride was part of His eternal purpose. He does this by skillfully and beautifully unpacking the main types and shadows of Christ and His bride. This part strikes the reader with God’s Divine romance and unwavering love and passion for His bride. It leaves the reader awestruck realizing that all other romances in human history pale in comparison to the romance between Christ and His bride (you and I).

Part 2 describes how God always desired to have a dwelling place or a house. In Genesis 1 God dwelt with man in the garden. After the fall, God lost His dwelling place. Frank beautifully shows God’s search for a dwelling place starting from the foreign land where he sent Abraham, to the tabernacle of Moses and the tabernacle of David, to Solomon’s Temple, through the incarnate life of Jesus, and ending off with Christ joining himself to humanity so that we now form His dwelling place, a temple made without hands, which is finally consummated in eternity where God dwells with man in a garden.

Part 3 describes how God always desired to have a body that would give his character and personality a visible expression. Christ was this body that gave God a visible expression and displayed His full divinity to mankind. Frank theologically shows how we are now Christs body and expression in corporate form. He does this in a way that shows how deeply and intimately we are connected to Christ. This section does not read like the beautiful and awe inspiring eloquence of parts 1 and 2, but it is perhaps the most deep and profound section of the book as it shows our true identity as functioning members of Christ’s physical body here on earth.

This book is truly a masterpiece as it shows our purpose in fulfilling God’s eternal purpose. This is not a book to be simply read and studied, but it is window into the Divine romance between God and His creation, and how He desires desperately to extend the community between the Godhead among His creation. I can say in all honesty this book will change the way you see God and your purpose here on earth. You will see the meta-narrative of the bible, which is ultimately God’s eternal purpose and you will realize that you are invited to be a part of it.

From Eternity to Here is a must read for any Christian. It is by far one of the most important book I have ever read. Simply put, this book was a game changer for me and many people I know. If you’ve read it, feel free to comment on the blog, otherwise get yourself a copy!

Here is a link to buy the book: From Eternity to Here: Rediscovering the Ageless Purpose of God

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