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.
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Started off well, but lost its subject (fasting) and spent a chapter ranting about abortion. I happen to agree with the author on the topic, but if I want to listen to a rant about abortion I will do - I don't really want it inserted into a book on fasting via a tenuous link. 'All these people in the Bible fasted and their motives/methods/pride pleased/displeased God. Because God rewards those who do His will and are nice to others without getting up themselves about the whole business, we should fast and pray about serioua world problems. I am now going to talk about abortion, abortion law in America, American governmental ills and how the Supreme Court ia a failure of democracy for 45 minutes.'
Having said that, the other five hours were excellent. I would just recommend skipping the last chapter as it really doesn't relate to the topic of the book. With that in mind, I would still recommend it to anyone interested in Christian fasting and a Biblical argument for it.
Although not as deep an epiphany as "Desiring God", this book has deeply challenged me to make fasting a regular part of my walk with the Lord - for His glory.
Great, even if you're not that interested in fasting. There's lots of interesting content & it's not solely focussed on fasting. I could happily listen to this again a good few times!
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.
Well written and well read. John does a great job explaining the fundamental details of a topic that is typically radicalized or totally avoided.
great explanation about fasting. he took the religious view and made it about relationship with God
Thought-provoking study of fasting it's history and purposes biblically an application today this format on audible was awesome because I couldn't listen anytime cooking exercising walking driving I love it
"Great book on Fasting!"
As usual John Piper keeps his focus on the Word of God rather than his own opinion. Worth the time.
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!
"Two Books In One?"
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.
"Learn how to connect to God"
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!
"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.
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