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
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.
Yes, it inspires me to develop a closer relationship to God.
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.
The last chapter.
The many scriptural references were helpful in reinforcing deeper concepts.
I liked the book!
Say something about yourself!
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.
Yes, it was informative, instructive and inspirational
Yes, I Listened to the complete book in one setting
I didn't / Couldn't want to stop listening to the author's words. It was that powerful!
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.
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