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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 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? As John Piper puts it: "If we don't feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because we have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Our soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great." 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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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 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? As John Piper puts it: "If we don't feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because we have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Our soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great." 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.

30 review for A Hunger for God

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    In almost every way this is the best book I've read on fasting. Piper really sells the importance of this oft-neglected discipline, particularly for our current satisfaction-obsessed culture. The only real misstep of this book--and it's a jarring one--is the seventh chapter, in which Piper focuses on the importance of fasting over the issue of abortion. Of course, it makes sense to talk about fasting over a particular issue of world concern. But he doesn't do much to justify the topic's inclusio In almost every way this is the best book I've read on fasting. Piper really sells the importance of this oft-neglected discipline, particularly for our current satisfaction-obsessed culture. The only real misstep of this book--and it's a jarring one--is the seventh chapter, in which Piper focuses on the importance of fasting over the issue of abortion. Of course, it makes sense to talk about fasting over a particular issue of world concern. But he doesn't do much to justify the topic's inclusion, and the sudden appearance of a passionate pro-life plea late a book on fasting felt was off-putting, even for someone who doesn't disagree with most of what he said. I can only imagine how others might react to this hot-button topic, hidden like a springy snake in a can and popping into the reader's face with no warning. Still, despite my concerns about that one chapter, the book is still well worth a read for anyone curious about how fasting might improve their spiritual life.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Zack Migioia

    I would highly recommend this book to any and all Christians. Fasting is not practiced or taught in most churches today and the Bible speaks very clearly to subject of fasting. It's so helpful to look at fasting as a privilege and joy, rather than a duty and dread. Whether we eat or don't eat, we should be joyful. Joyful eating and Joyful fasting make up the Christian's life. God rewards those who fast, but it's important to know that it's not in a meritorious way. The reward that comes from fas I would highly recommend this book to any and all Christians. Fasting is not practiced or taught in most churches today and the Bible speaks very clearly to subject of fasting. It's so helpful to look at fasting as a privilege and joy, rather than a duty and dread. Whether we eat or don't eat, we should be joyful. Joyful eating and Joyful fasting make up the Christian's life. God rewards those who fast, but it's important to know that it's not in a meritorious way. The reward that comes from fasting comes from the death of Christ and it's because of Christ that we are blessed, healed, strengthened, etc. Fasting, like prayer, is a means that God chooses to bless his children. I would once again recommend this book to be read by every Christian!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kaley

    Powerful and informative. Thankful for my small group and The Common Rule for pushing me to learn more about fasting!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Brown

    An convicting read, especially in our culture of comfort and affluence. Favorite quote: “If you don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.”

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    The more I listen to and read John Piper, the more I appreciate his gift of teaching and preaching. His mastery of bringing various Scripture to bear on a topic is truly wonderful. This book on fasting is no different from his other tomes. What a great encouragement to follow the Lord in this neglected discipline!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kyle McFerren

    Honestly, I was pretty disappointed by this book. It felt like the same things Piper says in his other books, just with "and that's why you should fast" tacked on, and some chapters felt like he forgot he was talking about fasting altogether. Oddly enough, for a book about fasting he literally said nothing about how to fast or any practical advice about fasting. I did appreciate his theology and how he got to the heart behind fasting, but overall this book just wasn't what I was looking for. Honestly, I was pretty disappointed by this book. It felt like the same things Piper says in his other books, just with "and that's why you should fast" tacked on, and some chapters felt like he forgot he was talking about fasting altogether. Oddly enough, for a book about fasting he literally said nothing about how to fast or any practical advice about fasting. I did appreciate his theology and how he got to the heart behind fasting, but overall this book just wasn't what I was looking for.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Diana Barrick

    I've read so many Piper books that they begin to sound like a broken record in my head. "John Edwards...blah...blah..." I skimmed through this book until I got to his chapters explaining Isaiah 58. Reading these chapters came as an unexpected splash of cold water in the face. I had wanted to read a book on fasting because of this very passage I'd stumbled across in my own Bible study! I went back and reread this book; taking notes and the time to digest (hah!) it all. I loved his explanation of I've read so many Piper books that they begin to sound like a broken record in my head. "John Edwards...blah...blah..." I skimmed through this book until I got to his chapters explaining Isaiah 58. Reading these chapters came as an unexpected splash of cold water in the face. I had wanted to read a book on fasting because of this very passage I'd stumbled across in my own Bible study! I went back and reread this book; taking notes and the time to digest (hah!) it all. I loved his explanation of Isaiah since this is what had inspired my further study on the subject in the first place. This book has been a good reminder for me to engage in fasting and to do it with pure heart and motives. I read this as a READS library book for the Kindle and do not own it. Notes are in my S-note, book notes.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rod Innis

    This was truly a great book. It is one of those books that needs to be reread. I plan to do that. A great quote (there were many) is "Jesus is the light of the world. Living near him is the brightest place in the universe. To find out where he lives, read the gospels and follow his path." The main focus of the book is fasting/going without food in order to hunger for God. An intimate relationship with God is worth it! If you want a more intimate relationship with God, I recommend this book. In f This was truly a great book. It is one of those books that needs to be reread. I plan to do that. A great quote (there were many) is "Jesus is the light of the world. Living near him is the brightest place in the universe. To find out where he lives, read the gospels and follow his path." The main focus of the book is fasting/going without food in order to hunger for God. An intimate relationship with God is worth it! If you want a more intimate relationship with God, I recommend this book. In fact, I recommend many of the books written by John Piper!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Powerful and motivating book on how fasting can express our hunger for God and deepen our understanding of how helpless and hopeless we are without His love and grace. I found the history of fasting through the ages and throughout all religions to be very interesting. The Audible.com version was beautifully read by Cris O’Brien. I tend to speed up my listening speed on many audible books, but this one I had to slow down in order to savor its message. I will definitely be reading this one again.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Zach Barnhart

    In my opinion, one of Piper's best books. A very important but often ignored aspect of our faith that Piper meets with deep biblical consideration. In my opinion, one of Piper's best books. A very important but often ignored aspect of our faith that Piper meets with deep biblical consideration.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This book had some excellent, scripturally based information. I learned a lot. I thought the way it was organized was sometimes hard to follow.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    This book will dramatically change your view of fasting for the better. As a Christian you can't afford NOT to read it. This book will dramatically change your view of fasting for the better. As a Christian you can't afford NOT to read it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chad Warner

    Helpfully makes the case from the Bible that Christians should fast. It's much more than a biblical defense of fasting; it also examines proper motives for fasting, gives historical examples of fasting, and presents purposes or causes for which to fast. I wish it included more practical guidance on how to fast. You can download the ebook for free. Notes Foreward Reasons to fast • We're hungry for God's Word and Spirit in our lives. • We long for God to be glorified in the Church and among the nations. Helpfully makes the case from the Bible that Christians should fast. It's much more than a biblical defense of fasting; it also examines proper motives for fasting, gives historical examples of fasting, and presents purposes or causes for which to fast. I wish it included more practical guidance on how to fast. You can download the ebook for free. Notes Foreward Reasons to fast • We're hungry for God's Word and Spirit in our lives. • We long for God to be glorified in the Church and among the nations. • We yearn for Jesus to return and God's Kingdom to come. • We want God more than want anything in this world. Introduction "The issue is not food per se. The issue is anything and everything that is, or can be, a substitute for God."Fasting if we conceive of it truly, must not … be confined to the question fo food and drink; fasting should really be made to include abstinence from anything which is legitimate in and of itself for the sake of some spiritual purpose. —Martyn Lloyd JonesIs Fasting Christian? John 16:22-23 doesn't mean Christians wouldn't fast after Christ's resurrection. The early church fasted (Acts 13:1-3; 14:23; 2 Cor 6:5; 11:27). When Jesus said His followers would fast when He was taken away, He was referring to the entire church age, when He's in Heaven, away from His church (Matt 25:1-13). Matt 9:14-17 means that Jesus' disciples will fast, but the fasting they knew in the OT isn't suitable to the new reality of the NT. Jesus didn't call for no fasting, but for new fasting. Paul's warnings about fasting (1 Tim 4:3-5; Jas 1:17; Col 2:23) aren't objections to fasting, but objections to distortions of fasting. Even thought God's Kingdom has broken in, it isn't yet fully realized, so we still long for and desire its full realization. This is why we fast. Paul mentions fasting in 2 Cor 11:27 and 6:5.Rising early is a kind of fast. And coming to pray when it is hard to get there is another kind of fast. When we make such choices, we make war on the deceitfulness of our desires and declare the preciousness of prayer and the all-surpassing worth of God."This is the essence of Christian fasting: We ache and yearn—and fast—to know more and more of all that God is for us in Jesus." Man Shall Not Live By Bread Alone Of all the things Jesus could have done to prepare for being tested by Satan, He fasted.Fasting tests where the heart is. And when it reveals that the heart is with God and not the world, a mighty blow is struck against Satan. For then Satan does not have the foothold he would if our heart were in love with earthly things like bread.Fasting is a way of revealing to ourselves and confessing to our God what is in our hearts. Where do we find our deepest satisfaction—in God or in his gifts? And the aim of fasting is that we come to rely less on food and more on God.Fasting for the Reward of the Father In Matt 6:16, Jesus says, "When you fast," not "If you fast." He assumed fasting was good, and would be done by His disciples. "The Bible has virtually nothing to say about the physical dangers of fasting … But great are the biblical concerns for the spiritual dangers of this sacred deed." Matt 6:17-18 doesn't preclude corporate or public fasting. The Bible records several instances of such fasting, including in the NT (Acts 13:1-3; 14:23). He was speaking about the motive of fasting, not whether it's public or private. "Being seen fasting and fasting to be seen are not the same." Matt 6:17-18 means we should make some efforts (such as personal hygiene) to prevent others from knowing that we're fasting. Fasting for the King's Coming Matt 9:15 isn't a command or ordinance, but it is a prediction. It states that fasting will seem normal for those who love and miss Jesus.Hunger for God is spiritual, not physical. And we are less sensitive to spiritual appetites when we are in the bondage of physical ones. That mans that fasting is a way of awakening us to latent spiritual appetites by pushing the domination of physical forces from the center of our lives.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Natalija Elijas

    So much food for thought. I read this for a research paper about fasting and must say that I have never thought about fasting in the Bible like this. Will probably come back to the book at a later time again. Much to process and digest.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Duane

    Insightful and profound in tackling the issue of the Christian fast. I love the way Piper looks at Fasting. Fasting is just like prayer. It isn't like something Christians must or are obliged to do. It's something that IS part of Christian Life, just as prayer and worship. Fasting is not an ends of a means. It should accompany prayer and worship. The goal is not to master the flesh, although mastering fleshly desires and passions can be the result of fasting. But Fasting goes much deeper than th Insightful and profound in tackling the issue of the Christian fast. I love the way Piper looks at Fasting. Fasting is just like prayer. It isn't like something Christians must or are obliged to do. It's something that IS part of Christian Life, just as prayer and worship. Fasting is not an ends of a means. It should accompany prayer and worship. The goal is not to master the flesh, although mastering fleshly desires and passions can be the result of fasting. But Fasting goes much deeper than that. It is a humble cry out to God, "Lord, the World is heavy, it just keeps on weighing me down. It's temptations, it's wealth and notion of prosperity are crashing down upon me. The need for pride, perfection, independence of God, making wrong right and right wrong, and falsehood is suffocating me. I'm so scared of being sucked into this World and being drowned by its system and values Father. Help me Lord, I pray to You. By Your Strength, by Your Power, by Your Wisdom, I WILL overcome the World." Piper goes on to review the other subtle hypocrisies that may creep into the hearts and minds of us during the fasting period. If we fast with the aim of being exalted for our religious piety, or in exchange of committing other sinful acts, fasting would be unacceptable to God. We fast with God in mind. To will ourselves - our flesh, our minds, our hearts, our souls, literally everything to God. All glory is to be to Him, and Him alone. Furthermore, Fasting is not a 'good deed'. It's not something we exchange for God's blessing, or we will make mockery out of God. God's Grace alone has saved us. Fasting is something we do to remind us that our First Love, True Bread, Living Water is God, and His Word alone. Only He can satisfy us. Sure, God gave us food to enjoy. But the moment food becomes the the ends to enjoyment and satisfaction, it becomes a god - an idol. An eye-opening and spirit-moving book. Another thing I like about this book is that Piper gives examples of how fasting was practiced by the great people in the Bible which lead to the moving of God's hand among the nations. Besides, he included in the Appendix writings of Christian Giants throughout history on Fasting. It's high time Christians start fasting and praying in secret and as one body to usher God's Kingdom onto Earth.

  16. 5 out of 5

    John

    I remember John Piper preaching on fasting, years ago, before he wrote "A Hunger for God." I was a teenager at the time, and didn't really have categories in my mind for fasting, and I never latched onto the ideas he was teaching. Consequently, I was not interested in reading this book later, when it was published. I finally got around to reading it, and now, twenty years later, the book resonates with me in many ways. At first, I was a bit skeptical about what he was trying to argue, but as he p I remember John Piper preaching on fasting, years ago, before he wrote "A Hunger for God." I was a teenager at the time, and didn't really have categories in my mind for fasting, and I never latched onto the ideas he was teaching. Consequently, I was not interested in reading this book later, when it was published. I finally got around to reading it, and now, twenty years later, the book resonates with me in many ways. At first, I was a bit skeptical about what he was trying to argue, but as he progressively developed a Christian doctrine of fasting, I found myself in fundamental agreement. He writes, "My aim and my prayer in writing this book is that it might awaken a hunger for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples. Fasting proves the presence, and fans the flame, of that hunger. It is an intensifier of spiritual desire. It is a faithful enemy of fatal bondage to innocent things. It is the physical exclamation point at the end of the sentence: 'This much, O God, I long for you and for the manifestation of your glory in the world!'" He doesn't argue that we must fast, but why wouldn't we? Fasting is modeled throughout the Bible, including after the resurrection and ascension of Christ. He writes of "Christian fasting, is a hunger for all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19), aroused by the aroma of Jesus’ love and by the taste of God’s goodness in the gospel of Christ..." Fasting doesn't easily fit in to our schedules and lifestyles, but perhaps it is necessary to change our schedules into a cadence that is more suitable for the kind of lifestyles Christ calls us to, rather than the world.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin

    God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. That's the message of this book for why we fast. This is an excellent biblical expository work on key passages on fasting. Not just why and how, but also the dangers and damage of doing it wrongly, in practice or motivation. The first half of this book taught me a great deal and will be used to keep my own path pure when it comes to fasting. Maybe the most poignant passage being how uncommon this discipline has become being that we a God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. That's the message of this book for why we fast. This is an excellent biblical expository work on key passages on fasting. Not just why and how, but also the dangers and damage of doing it wrongly, in practice or motivation. The first half of this book taught me a great deal and will be used to keep my own path pure when it comes to fasting. Maybe the most poignant passage being how uncommon this discipline has become being that we are too satisfied with created things. The second half was more practical: fasting for the completion of the great Commission and fasting for societal issues. My own reason for coming to this book is for the former purpose. The latter is also important and Piper used abortion as an example, which seems to generate the most talk from this book. Unfortunately, if we dwell on this, I think we miss the point. Two chapters prior, Piper shows how fasting was used in history, and it can be again in areas where change seems impossible for man. I highlighted a great deal of points and Scriptures and will be using it for a while to come to further my study in this discipline.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ebookwormy1

    Although I'm hearing a lot about fasting from the medical/ health field, I'm not hearing much from Christians who have practiced it for a couple thousand years. Published in 1997, this book seems to be from the previous fasting movement spurred by Bill Bright. ....currently reading... Although I'm hearing a lot about fasting from the medical/ health field, I'm not hearing much from Christians who have practiced it for a couple thousand years. Published in 1997, this book seems to be from the previous fasting movement spurred by Bill Bright. ....currently reading...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Josiah Young

    This is without question the best Piper book I've ever read. It's full of wisdom gained through time and experience as well as a solidly grounded, biblical understanding of the role of fasting in the believer's life. As another reviewer has noted, chapter 7 (abortion), does not really fit the flow of the book (although he is pretty spot on in his view). That being said, I highly recommend this book for believing friends who are in any way serious about the exercise of their faith. This is without question the best Piper book I've ever read. It's full of wisdom gained through time and experience as well as a solidly grounded, biblical understanding of the role of fasting in the believer's life. As another reviewer has noted, chapter 7 (abortion), does not really fit the flow of the book (although he is pretty spot on in his view). That being said, I highly recommend this book for believing friends who are in any way serious about the exercise of their faith.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nahte

    The author begins the book with a statement: "Beware of books on fasting" and then goes on to challenge us on what really constitutes Christian fasting—a longing/homesickness for God. I learned a lot from this book especially as it owes all its statements to the Bible. The Chapter on Isaiah 58 was an eye-opener. The greatest take away: Beware loving loving God rather than loving God. May God be Glorified in our Christian fasting as we hunger for Him. The author begins the book with a statement: "Beware of books on fasting" and then goes on to challenge us on what really constitutes Christian fasting—a longing/homesickness for God. I learned a lot from this book especially as it owes all its statements to the Bible. The Chapter on Isaiah 58 was an eye-opener. The greatest take away: Beware loving loving God rather than loving God. May God be Glorified in our Christian fasting as we hunger for Him.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mark Hanson

    A walk through what modern fasting could look like. Views Biblical as well as recent and contemporary examples to show there is no fixed pattern but rather diverse practices. Yet even with no Biblically mandated structure, the encouragement is that it should not be neglected as a means of connecting to God when a situation may warrant.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amy Kannel

    Excellent and so needed. It is to our shame and loss that the discipline of fasting is so much neglected among modern Christians. This was my second time reading this and it was every bit as convicting and inspiring the second time around. I am challenged to grow in pursuing God through fasting.

  23. 5 out of 5

    David Steele

    Probably the best book ever written on fasting.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Katie Ortiz

    I have read a number of John Piper’s articles, listened to some of his sermons, and Ask Pastor John segments through the desiringGod ministry, but A Hunger for God became my first long text to read of his.  Upon hearing of the book before and asked to conduct an informal book club with this work of nonfiction, I was eager to dive in.  The text discusses the importance of knowing God through fasting and prayer. I feel as though my prayer life has become more real and authentic about four years ag I have read a number of John Piper’s articles, listened to some of his sermons, and Ask Pastor John segments through the desiringGod ministry, but A Hunger for God became my first long text to read of his.  Upon hearing of the book before and asked to conduct an informal book club with this work of nonfiction, I was eager to dive in.  The text discusses the importance of knowing God through fasting and prayer. I feel as though my prayer life has become more real and authentic about four years ago, but fasting is more of a recent practice.  I have certainly fasted before, but as I became more mature in my faith I felt as though there must be other ways to fast in my life rather than the typical lack of food and wondered what history was behind some of the fasting that could be found in the Bible.  
John Piper lays out his book in a way which is easy to understand for believers in many different stages of their walk with God.  I feel the book could easily be read and understood by those new in the faith, but also mature Christians, as well. Piper discusses fasting and praying through history within the Bible, purpose, and what it looks like.  
I have many takeaways from the text, but three in particular are: in the introduction,“The issue is not food per se.  The issue is anything and everything that is, or can be, a substitute for God,” and in chapter 2 when Piper asks, “Where do we find our deep satisfaction- in God or in his gifts?,” and “What are we slaves to?  What are we most hungry for- food or God? Fasting is God’s testing ground- and healing ground.” Sometimes people think of fasting as food alone, but fasting can be anything that we are spending too much time with and is separating us from spending more time with God.  Something I have fasted in the past has been social media and it is amazing how much more clearly I am able to think when I replace the time I spend on social media with the Lord. When we make the sacrifices to pray and fast we are committing ourselves to the Lord as we surrender.
Piper reminds us that we are to fast in private for the Lord and His glory- not to boast before others.  By committing ourselves to a fast, we are allowing ourselves to be hungry for God. Think of when you make a promise or a commitment to a friend or family member.  Those commitments truly have the ability to do great things for the relationship.
Pastor John writes in his conclusion, “When God sees this confession of need and this expression of trust, he acts, because the glory of his all-sufficient grace is at stake.”  To fast can be seen as taking a risk by ridding ourselves of something to get hungry for God. Through fasting we can trust God more in our vulnerability.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cassie Kelley

    Fasting is something I have never really understood, but I have always had the impression that it is important. Many things have been accomplished in the history of the church by prayer and fasting, and I’ve known this for a long time. But putting it into practice is difficult, mostly because I have never been taught how and why I should fast. Piper takes this topic and faces it with wisdom and experience. Fasting, he explains, is about taking our desires for food, tv, or anything else that we m Fasting is something I have never really understood, but I have always had the impression that it is important. Many things have been accomplished in the history of the church by prayer and fasting, and I’ve known this for a long time. But putting it into practice is difficult, mostly because I have never been taught how and why I should fast. Piper takes this topic and faces it with wisdom and experience. Fasting, he explains, is about taking our desires for food, tv, or anything else that we might be placing before God and fasting from it to focus our minds on the Giver of these wonderful gifts. But fasting is not just going without these desires, but also enlarging the desire for God and Christ’s return. I would recommend this book to every Christian, no matter the denomination. Piper goes into a lot of detail and uses a lot of examples to show the purpose, effectiveness, and power of fasting. While this book may be shorter than some others, this condensed look at fasting is a great starting point for the reasons to fast as well as why we should fast. Let’s bring back this Christian discipline.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bobby Jones

    Great book on the biblical & Christian discipline of fasting. Easy to read and follow for a book by John Piper. My favorite part of the book is the exploration of Isaiah 58 in chapter 6. Ready to put into practice what I've learned. Favorite quotes: Regarding Isaiah 58 - "When God tells the people what to do, this is not a job description, but a doctor's prescription." Isaiah 58:8 - "Then your light will break out like the dawn and your recovery (healing) will speedily spring forth." Beware Loving Great book on the biblical & Christian discipline of fasting. Easy to read and follow for a book by John Piper. My favorite part of the book is the exploration of Isaiah 58 in chapter 6. Ready to put into practice what I've learned. Favorite quotes: Regarding Isaiah 58 - "When God tells the people what to do, this is not a job description, but a doctor's prescription." Isaiah 58:8 - "Then your light will break out like the dawn and your recovery (healing) will speedily spring forth." Beware Loving Loving God Rather Than Loving God This is a very relevant warning for us in the day of great worship renewal. Many people are discovering the joy of meeting God in extended times of emotionally charged singing to the Lord...But I see a danger. The danger is that we will subtly slip from loving God in these moments into loving loving God...we begin to savor not the glory of God but the atmosphere created by worship. When this happens we open ourselves to hypocrisy.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amy Butler

    I've always struggled with the idea of fasting and I have struggled any time I have fasted because I didn't understand the point. My pastor recently preached a sermon about prayer and fasting and he pointed out how prayer is about dependency on God and fasting is about a longing for God. I have felt God pointing me toward fasting for a long time. In this book I feel that Piper does a great job of showing us that fasting is a wonderful outlet for our longing places. I long for God. I long for all I've always struggled with the idea of fasting and I have struggled any time I have fasted because I didn't understand the point. My pastor recently preached a sermon about prayer and fasting and he pointed out how prayer is about dependency on God and fasting is about a longing for God. I have felt God pointing me toward fasting for a long time. In this book I feel that Piper does a great job of showing us that fasting is a wonderful outlet for our longing places. I long for God. I long for all to be made right in this world. I long to no longer struggle with my sin. I am excited to take my longings to God through fasting. Piper points out that God rewards fasting, not because we are giving up something for God (we can not ever repay God) but because we are stating through fasting "nothing on this earth can satisfy me but you" and this greatly glorifies God.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tim Suffield

    This is a good companion to Arthur Wallis' God's Chosen Fast, it is completely lacking on practical details, so you couldn't really read this book and successfully think "OK, I'll try fasting." What it does have (in spades) is some deep theological reflection on why fasting is a good idea in the New Covenant, and on why fasting does seem to move God to act, which is what Wallis' book is missing. There's probably space on the market for a book that does both. A Hunger for God does the usual Piper th This is a good companion to Arthur Wallis' God's Chosen Fast, it is completely lacking on practical details, so you couldn't really read this book and successfully think "OK, I'll try fasting." What it does have (in spades) is some deep theological reflection on why fasting is a good idea in the New Covenant, and on why fasting does seem to move God to act, which is what Wallis' book is missing. There's probably space on the market for a book that does both. A Hunger for God does the usual Piper things: long convoluted sentences, a lack of artistry in the language, and the entire case is summarised in the introduction and first chapter. But you know that coming in, and you come for the depths of insight, not the prose.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mira

    4.5 stars. What a crazy time to be alive! This is a book about fasting. But it applied to the times we live in. “The birthplace of Christian fasting is homesickness for God.“ “When God is ready to do a great thing in the world, he can do it.” “Even the Setbacks Are Meant for Greater benefit!” “God is ruling the world. He is ruling history. “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how unscrutable his ways!” (Romans 11:33). We cannot understa 4.5 stars. What a crazy time to be alive! This is a book about fasting. But it applied to the times we live in. “The birthplace of Christian fasting is homesickness for God.“ “When God is ready to do a great thing in the world, he can do it.” “Even the Setbacks Are Meant for Greater benefit!” “God is ruling the world. He is ruling history. “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how unscrutable his ways!” (Romans 11:33). We cannot understand the infinite wisdom of his ways. Ours is to trust and obey and pray—and as we shall see, to fast.” Excerpts From A Hunger for God (Redesign) John Piper This material may be protected by copyright.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Charlton II

    One of the best books on fasting. Piper is so passionate and so careful and intentional with his words. He gives such DEEP and profound insights. I love his take on Isaiah 58 and fasting, such a deep and convicting message. As well as all of his insights into hunger and how it relates to fasting. My few critics are that he did not talk about his own journey of fasting, it's helpful for people to know how someone is practicing what they are preaching. Second, he goes really off topic and I dont u One of the best books on fasting. Piper is so passionate and so careful and intentional with his words. He gives such DEEP and profound insights. I love his take on Isaiah 58 and fasting, such a deep and convicting message. As well as all of his insights into hunger and how it relates to fasting. My few critics are that he did not talk about his own journey of fasting, it's helpful for people to know how someone is practicing what they are preaching. Second, he goes really off topic and I dont understand some of the connections he is trying to make about fasting, it almost feels like he just goes off into random rants about things. But overall, a good book I'd recommend

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