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Hunger for God: Desiring God Through Fasting and Prayer | [John Piper]

Hunger for God: Desiring God Through Fasting and Prayer

There is an appetite for God. And it can be awakened. I invite you to turn from the dulling effects of food and the dangers of idolatry, and to say with some simple fast: "This much, O God, I want you."Our appetites dictate the direction of our lives - whether it be the cravings of our stomachs, the passionate desire for possessions or power, or the longings of our spirits for God.
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There is an appetite for God. And it can be awakened. I invite you to turn from the dulling effects of food and the dangers of idolatry, and to say with some simple fast: "This much, O God, I want you."Our appetites dictate the direction of our lives - whether it be the cravings of our stomachs, the passionate desire for possessions or power, or the longings of our spirits for God.

But for the Christian, the hunger for anything besides God can be an arch-enemy. While our hunger for God - and Him alone - is the only thing that will bring victory. Do you have that hunger for Him?

If we are full of what the world offers, then perhaps a fast might express, or even increase, our soul's appetite for God. Between the dangers of self-denial and self-indulgence is this path of pleasant pain called fasting. It is the path John Piper invites you to travel in this book. For when God is the supreme hunger of your heart, He will be supreme in everything. And when you are most satisfied in Him, He will be most glorified in you.

©1997 John Piper; (P)2009 christianaudio.com

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    J. Tague 11-13-09
    J. Tague 11-13-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Proper Perspective"

    Excellent book on the correct perspective of fasting and how it fits into the Christian life. Permeated with the author's fervency to glorify and serve God, and exhorts the reader to do the same.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 05-17-15
    Paul 05-17-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book on Fasting!"

    As usual John Piper keeps his focus on the Word of God rather than his own opinion. Worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila 01-01-15
    Sheila 01-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Spiritually invigorating"
    Would you listen to Hunger for God again? Why?

    Yes, it inspires me to develop a closer relationship to God.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It's not written in a narratively but rather in a motivational tone. I am glad to be reminded that to have God fill our souls, we must empty ourselves.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last chapter.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The many scriptural references were helpful in reinforcing deeper concepts.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. C. Curtis Tucson, AZ United States 11-14-14
    D. C. Curtis Tucson, AZ United States 11-14-14 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    The first three quarters of the book were as much spent on biblical support of fasting as they were on defending the practice as a Christian. It felt more like Christian Apologetics than a book on the benefits of fasting and prayer.A large portion of the last quarter of the book turned away from the holy bible to the US Constitution, the decay of modern society, and abortion being the root of all evil. No matter what your Kingdom of this World beliefs are, taking the book away from the Kingdom of God to politics and ideology felt like a bait and switch. Nevertheless, the book does contain some good biblical support of fasting, it is just obscured by apologetics and minimized by the author's direction in the later portion of the book. I will continue my search for good books on prayer and fasting, unfortunately given the above reasons I cannot recommend this as one of them.

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    DJ Van Cleve 06-06-14
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    "Learn how to connect to God"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was informative, instructive and inspirational


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I Listened to the complete book in one setting


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't / Couldn't want to stop listening to the author's words. It was that powerful!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cj Hayward, CA, United States 02-13-11
    cj Hayward, CA, United States 02-13-11 Member Since 2015
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    "A thorough disappointment"

    Went to this book with high expectation to be encouraged instead I @ first felt attacked. Piper sounds more like a theologian writing from some castle and not really living where the common folk live. Although I found redemption through parts of the book I was not truly encouraged to fast anymore than I already do. A better read is Jenetzen Franklin's book on Fasting. That book spawned and compelled me to fast and believe God for the miraculous. Piper does a good job to cover the subject but I think two starts is about right. I will not read any more of his stuff from my experience. The best parts of this book were the quotes from Mother Teressa about Abortion and our call to fast for the unborn. Again 2 stars @ best.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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