A Hunger for God
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 liveswhether it be the cravings of our stomachs, the passionate desire for possessions or power, or the longings of our spirits...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Recently I commented to my wife that in our community there has been a surge of restaurants. In some ways, I suppose that is good for the economy. Yet it may seem strange to people in the west so accustomed to eating “three square meals a day” that fasting should play any role for a conservative evangelical person at the dawn of the 21st century. John Piper’s book on fasting, A Hunger for God, is the best book I’ve read on the subject.
Piper first asks the question: Is Fasti ...more
This is a book I really wanted to read, but it took me a long time to finally read it because I knew I would be convicted. And, yes, I was.
John Piper eloquently and passionately explains fasting and it's Biblical basis as well as it's secular background. He digs into Scripture, both Old Testament and New Testament, to learn what place fasting has in our lives and they why and how behind doing it today in our own lives. I walked away having learned a lot, having been challenged immense ...more
Piper does his usual careful, persuasive job in this book, and I enjoyed it. Well, I enjoyed it as much as you can enjoy something that is convicting! He writes that fasting can be used a ...more
I don't like John Piper. I mean, obviously, I don't know the man, and I've never met him. But his book on N.T. Wright highlighted some fairly major presuppositions that he and I disagree on, and his childishness in regards to the Rob Bell fiasco just left a bad taste in my mouth.
But I'm fasting this Lent, and I really needed something to read to move fasting into a more profound level for me, and not just being hungry and irritated for days at a time, and Piper's wo ...more
Piper is one of my favorite Christian writers. He really has a heart for God and has used ...more
However, the last chapter was an enormous disappointment. I am pro-life, and I think 90% of abortions are performed because of false information. Nonetheless, I was not convinced that this chapter belonged in a book about fasting. Piper spent the entire chapter talking about abortion laws, how wrong they are, and what a tragedy abortion i ...more
I recommend this book to get a better grasp of this subject. The chapter on Isaiah 58 is convicting and clarifying. There are practical implications for all believers. I believe ev ...more
Typical of Piper, the writing is too deep to skim over any parts, so my progress is slow though very enjoyable so far.
UPDATE - Finished! It was good to the end, a great resource, informative and encouraging. Fasting for prayer has become very valuable to me, very beneficial for focus ...more
Short review. This was a good introduction to fasting as a biblical discipline. It veered into politics in the middle, but other than that I thought it was a very good take on the subject. This was much more of a positive tone than Scot McKnight's book Fasting.
Neither this book or Fasting talks about how to fast. If you are looking for practical discussions about how to fast. You need to keep looking.
He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.), and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethe ...more
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It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for
heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not
the X-rated video, but the prime-time dribble of triviality we
drink in every night.”