Awakening: A New Approach to Faith, Fasting, and Spiritual Freedom [NOOK Book]

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Stop hitting the spiritual snooze button.

Would you describe your walk with God as fresh and exciting?  Would you describe your spiritual life as vibrant and passionate?  If not, would you like these attributes to be the norm in your everyday relationship with God?
 
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Overview

Stop hitting the spiritual snooze button.

Would you describe your walk with God as fresh and exciting?  Would you describe your spiritual life as vibrant and passionate?  If not, would you like these attributes to be the norm in your everyday relationship with God?
 
Are you ready to experience an awakening?
 
Awakening helps you stir up your slumbering soul.  You’ll discover how to break out of your season of dryness or get off to a great start either in the New Year or the next season in life. Take your faith-walk from a “going through the motions” or “have to” mindset to the stimulating, fresh “want to” experience of enjoying God’s presence—24/7. 
 
Weems encourages you to surrender fully, to discover the right kind of fuel for the journey, and to learn a new way to pray and fast. This lifestyle is not based on rules or religion, but on a deep, satisfying, motivating relationship with God.
 
Included in Awakening is a 21-Day Plan that will guide you through the principles that ensure a lasting, fresh relationship with God—even in a world where everything quickly becomes stale. 
 
“It’s time to wake up and put an end to spiritual sluggishness! I promise this year will be the best of your life if it is your best year spiritually.” – Stovall Weems


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Editorial Reviews

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“I began fasting as a teenager simply out of a hunger for more of God. It was during a fast that I experienced an awakening. This moment propelled me into my calling to preach the gospel. Through these pages, Pastor Stovall Weems challenges the reader to believe God for a Christian life that is not just focused on the glory of someday but on the glory of today—living in His presence, awakened by His Spirit, and walking in His purpose. Your awakening is not far off ! This book will give you the keys to your breakthrough.”
—Jentezen Franklin, senior pastor of Free Chapel and New York Times best-selling author of Fasting: Opening the Door to a Deeper, More Intimate, More Powerful Relationship with God

“There is an awakening simmering in this generation. It’s an awakening of power, integrity, and a wholehearted pursuit of Jesus. Nobody embodies these characteristics more than my friend Stovall Weems. If you want your soul to be ignited with the passion it was created to possess, you need to read this book.”
—Steven Furtick, lead pastor of Elevation Church and author of Sun Stand Still

“In order to effectively lead others as a church leader, one of the most important things you will ever do is learn to lead yourself well. In Awakening, Stovall Weems shares some valuable principles to help ensure that your spiritual leadership remains healthy, vibrant, and full of the life and fire of God. The message of Awakening is one that is vital for every church leader, and I’m so glad Stovall is sharing these principles with the body of Christ. Awakening will not only encourage you today, but it will also prepare you for tomorrow.”
—John C. Maxwell, author, speaker, and founder of EQUIP Leadership Inc.

“Passion. Zeal. Authenticity. These are the characteristics that should describe the life of one who loves God. I want them to describe mine, and if this book is in your hands, then you most likely want the same. There is no one better suited for giving us insight into how to obtain all three than Stovall Weems. His enthusiasm for spiritual things is genuine and contagious. Choosing to read these pages will dramatically transform your walk with the Lord. So wipe your tired spiritual eyes and prepare for your awakening.”
—Priscilla Shirer, author and Bible teacher

“This world will never be changed by passive people. All the greatest accomplishments of humanity have come about through passionate people who weren’t afraid of what others thought or spoke of them. Awakening, my friend Stovall Weems’s book, is a wake-up call to every Christian to get off the sidelines, discover the passion inside of them, and live the extraordinary life God calls them to live.”
—John Bevere, author of Extraordinary: The Life You’re Meant to Live, speaker, and cofounder of Messenger International

“We know deep down in our hearts that we really are meant to live in an exciting, passionate, ongoing, head-over-heels relationship with Jesus, but many of us just don’t know how to maintain it. In Awakening, Stovall Weems shows us how easy it really is! Thanks for reawakening my soul through this life-changing book!”
—Robert Morris, senior pastor of Gateway Church

“If you want to experience God in a rich, powerful, and passionate way every day, then without a doubt you will want to read Awakening. Knowing God through prayer and fasting can be something that changes you forever. My friend Stovall lives this way daily, and he is revealing secrets that I’ve never seen or read before. We all need this book, and we need it now.”
—Rick Bezet, lead pastor of New Life Church, Central Arkansas

“In His own words, Jesus said that He came to earth so that we could experience an abundant life. In other words, the personal and intimate relationship we can have with God should usher in nothing short of extraordinary experiences every single day. Yet far too often, Christians find their relationship with God lacking something. In the pages of Awakening, my close friend Stovall Weems unpacks the power and potential of a revitalized and reenergized relationship with God. And he shows us exactly what it takes for us to remain alert and expectant in our faith so that we will encounter the extraordinary every day!”
—Ed Young, pastor of Fellowship Church and author of Outrageous, Contagious Joy

“In Awakening, Stovall Weems unpacks the timeless truth that there is power in praying and fasting. Your relationship with God will receive a jolt like you’ve never experienced before with the practical teaching that is revealed throughout this book. As you read, my prayer is that you’ll find yourself more excited than ever before about the present and future of your life.”
—Dino Rizzo, lead pastor of Healing Place Church

“Stovall Weems is a modern-day prophet. In this groundbreaking book he helps to awaken us to the fact that God wants us to live a radical, passionate Christianity. Jesus did not come to give us a religious obligation but abundant life. I was left with a renewed love and passion for Jesus and a clearer understanding of the privilege and purpose of prayer and fasting. This man lives this message, and read it at your own risk. You will never be the same.”
—Christine Caine, director of Equip and Empower Ministries and founder of The A21 Campaign

“In Awakening, Stovall Weems unpacks the timeless truth that there is power in praying and fasting. Your relationship with God will receive a jolt like you’ve never experienced before with the practical teaching that is revealed through this book, it will impact your life too. Read it and experience an awakening. As Stovall puts it, ‘After an awakening, life is never the same.’”
—John Siebeling, lead pastor of The Life Church, Memphis, Tennessee

“At a time when the moral fabric of our generation is eroding and people’s hearts are further and further away from God, Stovall Weems calls us back to God with all of our hearts. In this powerful and timely book, you’ll be both inspired and informed about the life-transforming power of prayer and fasting. This is a must-read at any stage in your walk with God.”
—Chris Hodges, senior pastor of Church of the Highlands, Birmingham, Alabama

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307459541
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/14/2010
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 602,058
  • File size: 692 KB

Meet the Author

Stovall Weems is the founder and lead pastor of the multi-site Celebration Church in Jacksonville, Florida, one of the fastest growing and largest churches in America. As pastor, teacher, and conference speaker, Stovall’s ministry focuses on building the local church, reaching people with the gospel, and developing passionate followers of Christ.
 
Stovall is also the leader of Awakening, a 21-day spiritual campaign of prayer and fasting that takes place each January.  Awakening serves to equip thousands of pastors, churches, and ministry leaders around the world, inspiring a culture of prayer and fasting in their church or ministry.
 
Through local, national, and international television, Stovall Weems Ministries broadcasts weekly in over 200 countries and can be seen in over 90 million homes across the United States. Stovall and his wife, Kerri, have three children, Kaylan, Stovie, and Annabelle. Learn more at Awake21.org.


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Chapter 1: Awakening

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
—Romans 12:11, NIV

   How close do you feel to God?
   Most of us sense that there’s more to a relationship with God than what we currently are experiencing. But how do we develop a more intimate bond with Him?
   As a devoted follower of Jesus, I have learned some secrets to staying consistently fresh in my relationship with God. This deepening friendship begins with what I call an awakening.
   After an awakening, life is never the same.
   A relationship with God is the most fulfilling thing a person can experience. Yet, I have observed that while the vast majority of believers start out with a lot of passion and zeal in their relationship with God, over time that enthusiasm subsides.
   On a day-to-day basis, their relationship with God eventually becomes passive. There are occasional bursts of excitement, but even that excitement is short-lived. Their walk with God seems to have a few highs, some lows…and a whole lot of mundane in-betweens.
   Why is that?
   Does it strike you, as it has me, that there is something terribly wrong with that picture? Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” ( John 10:10). Aren’t we vaguely unsettled with the idea that somehow a daily relationship with God…the God of the universe…can end up with the flavor of stale bread? The Bible is clear that our passion and “spiritual fervor” should be constant (Romans 12:11). So why have so many Christians accepted a faith experience that is so far below what God intended for them?
   I believe we have an innate sense that serving and worshipping an infinitely powerful God should be anything but mundane. However, many people appear to think that dynamic interactions with God occur only at random times or, for some unknown reason, just are not happening now. And they certainly don’t expect such encounters on a consistent basis. These believers find themselves at a loss as to how to recover the freshness and excitement they once felt. and end up walking through life unaware that a passionate, thriving relationship with God should be the norm, not the exception for every follower of Christ.
   Does any of this sound familiar to you? Maybe at one time you were excited about God, and were full of His life. Maybe you once felt free and were enjoying your relationship with God. But now, if you’re honest, you know other things have grabbed your attention, and your heart has hardened to the joy and freshness you once felt. Or maybe you are far from God and struggling with addictive behavior or other issues? (And, by the way, is there really anyone who doesn’t have issues?)
   How is it that we can become content with a mediocre spiritual life? It’s as if our soul itself grows dull and numb and needs to be shocked back to an awakened state. The good news is that the potential for a lasting, thriving relationship with God really is there. It just has to be awakened!
   When I surrendered my life to Christ, one of the most powerful components of that experience was an awakening to the very presence of God. I still remember the feelings. All of a sudden, my soul woke up! Deep inside, in an area I didn’t even know existed, I felt new emotions and was so alive and full of joy, excitement, and freedom—all at the same time. This feeling was so good, so real, so authentic that I never wanted to lose it.
   Since my awakening more than twenty years ago, I have been in a constant fight to keep that state of newness and freedom in my soul. And to this day nothing is as important to me as keeping my relationship with God fresh and new.
   You may think that is an unrealistic, perhaps even undesirable, goal. After all, aren’t new believers full of emotion and zeal? Eventually we have to calm down and get serious about following God, right? You may have even heard something like this a few times: “You can’t always live on a mountaintop!” or, “You will be an emotional roller coaster if you base your walk with God on feelings.”
   On the contrary, this pursuit of first love or freshness has kept my spiritual walk consistent and thriving all these years. In how I relate to God and how I obey and trust Him, my heart has stayed in a posture of “want to” instead of “have to.” Guarding the fire of devotion in my heart is the most foundational spiritual discipline of my Christian life. When that fire burns brightly, I love worshiping, praying, and obeying God. I hear His voice clearly, and my daily life is an overflow of power and grace. But when that fire dims and smolders, I find that even basic commitments become burdensome, as I try to maintain them in my own strength.
   We can have now, on a daily basis, the same vital connection in Christ that we had on the day He saved us. “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him” (Colossians 2:6). We are all called to be “zealous for good works” (Titus 2:14), and we’re going to have to fight to “never be lacking in zeal” and always “keep [our] spiritual fervor” (Romans 12:11, NIV).
   Maintaining this newness and freshness with God is something we must literally fight to protect. Make no mistake about it—we have a very real enemy who wants nothing more than for our soul to be lulled to sleep, all while we think everything’s okay.

Live on a Mountaintop?

   So how do we continually experience newness in a world where everything ages? How do we experience freshness where everything quickly becomes stale? We have to wake up!
   Awakening to the presence and power of God is both a one-time event and a recurring newness we experience throughout our lives. Some would say that this state of newness is a mountaintop experience, one that is nice to have every once in a while, but unsustainable in real life. But if you will stick with me, I will show you that not only is it possible to live a life fully awakened to God at all times, but it is the desire and will of God that you do so.
   If we are not living that way, we have no one to blame but ourselves. If you don’t believe me, then go ahead and put this book down and live how you want to live. But if you want an ongoing mountaintop experience, and if you’re ready for your relationship with God to go to the next level, then keep reading and get ready for an incredible journey to your own personal awakening!
   Your entire life really can be one big breakthrough. You can consistently feel God in your emotions and experience joy, even in the most difficult seasons of your life. That’s what this book is about—I promise you that your immediate future can become the best time of your life! And this experience with God can be sustained year after year.
   Don’t allow the pain of this world to push you down into just biding your time here on earth and hoping for a better day in heaven. Yes, let’s hope for a better day when we are all in heaven with Jesus, but until that time, let’s live life as God intended it to be lived—fully awake, fully alive, and walking in a continual state of freshness and newness before God!
   Regardless of where you find yourself today, you can live a life of passion for God. Remember, passionate Christianity is supposed to be normal, not unusual for every believer. The principles of awakening to God and living a sustainable awakened lifestyle are the same principles that can get you free from addictions, bad habits, or anything else that is holding you back from God’s best for your life.
   Okay, I am not saying that every day will be like heaven on earth. I am not saying that you won’t have days and seasons that feel drier than others—I have had my share of those. In my two-plus decades of walking with God I know what it is to suffer, be disappointed, and feel discouraged. Neither am I saying that we should only live according to our feelings or base our relationship with God on experience alone.
   I am saying I believe the Bible is clear about this: experiencing God and feelings are part of the package. The Holy Spirit inside of us brings a whole new set of incredible emotions. God wants us consistently passionate for Him, and passion involves feelings!
   Over the next chapters and in the Awakening 21-Day Plan, I will show you how I keep things fresh and alive in my relationship with God. You, too, can apply these principles of spiritual renewal to your own life, and experience God’s very best.
   In this book I will tell you some of my story and walk you through a process of having your own personal awakening or re-awakening with God and how to keep that awakening experience vital, day after day and year after year. This book is about totally revolutionizing your walk with God so you can have the lasting, exciting relationship with Him you have dreamed about.
   Awakening is an experience, but it must be based on a foundation of biblical truth and principles. There is no formula to this, but I believe there are progressive steps of understanding and decisions that if followed will lead almost everyone to a much deeper spiritual awareness and relationship with God. In the chapters that follow I will share what I call the steps of awakening. They are—
   • experiencing surrender
   • experiencing passion for God
   • experiencing God’s goodness
   • creating space for God to fill
   In a world where we’re constantly bombarded with images, sounds, and counterfeit experiences that demand our attention and threaten to distract us, we can lose our spiritual focus and settle for cheap substitutes. We must discover how to remain awakened to God so that we can feel Him, hear Him, and have clear vision for our lives.
   If you have lost your love, your passion, your want-to attitude in your relationship with God, let’s get those back. It is time to restore your fight, hit the reset button, and experience God in an incredibly fresh, new way.
   Hold on and get ready for an awakening!

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Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

1 Awakening 1

Part 1 The Awakening Experience

2 Are You Awake? 9

3 Passion and Authenticity 15

4 Rediscover Grace 23

5 God Is a Filler, Not a Forcer 37

Part 2 The Awakening Lifestyle

6 Unlocking the Secrets of Prayer 49

7 New School Fasting 63

8 Agreement, Alignment, Assignment 73

9 Power for Your Willpower 89

10 No Turning Back 101

11 Fasting for Your Health 109

12 The Awakening Story 117

The Awakening 21-Day Plan 125

Small Group Study Guide 199

Acknowledgments 205

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  • Posted July 17, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Unscriptural Empty Promises Slapped Into A "Feel Good" Book and Sold for a Quick Buck

    5 HIGHEST - 1 LOWEST STARS: 1 Stars

    READ IT OR SKIP IT? SKIP IT

    WHO MIGHT LIKE/HATE THIS BOOK?

    Charismatic/Pentocostal/Word of Faith believers may like this book. If you are not among these, you will not like or trust a book written by Prosperity Gospel preachers like Furtick, Ed Young, and Franklin.

    BOOK REVIEW:

    I am glad I did not purchase this book. After learning that Properity Gospel preachers (Name-It-Claim-It scammers) were involved in writing this book, I realized the entire purpose of this shallow book was money in their pockets. I am sure very few will have a spiritual awakening in 21 days. We are either read for one RIGHT NOW, or it'll take some time and prayer to get our ship turned around. This book is full of promises with perfectly selected verses plucked out of context and inserted to make you "feel good". Problem is, most of these promises will come up empty, just like this book does. Example: Author tells you to fast (not to lose weight) but then he brags about losing 60lbs. Clearly, he is trying to sucker you into fasting because of the weight loss benefits, when just previously he claims that is not to be a motivating factor. Some promises and claims in this book are not even backed by scripture - like how fasting turns off our human nature and enables our spiritual nature to rise up. Umm... I thought we are supposed to turn to depend and trust on the Holy Spirit/God and then He will lead us. I'm not sure exactly how fasting is supposed to fit in here. This book felt like a clever manipulation for a quick buck from the author.




    Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher Water Brook Multnomah for this review. I am giving my honest review, as positive reviews are not required

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

    Highly, Highly, Highly Recommended - a must for all Christians!

    This is a NOW book for all Christians. Young, middle aged, ederly, new Christian, seasoned Saint, where ever you are in your Christian walk. It is a simple, obtainable approach on how to get back your spiritual fervor, zeal and passion and keepp it! It is simple, yet powerful! It gives you the tools to start right where you are whether it is your first fast or your fifieth fast and shows you how to find YOUR FASt ZONE! Are you bored with your walk with God? Do you need a refreshing? Do you need Revival? Do you long for more of God? This is the book that will show you how to get that and SO MUCH MORE!

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  • Posted February 11, 2012

    Must read

    Very informative for fasting and drawing crosser to God. Highly recommended for every Christian to read and apply God's word to their lives.

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  • Posted December 6, 2011

    Awakening: A New Approach to Faith, Fasting, and Spiritual Freedom

    Awakening: A New Approach to Faith, Fasting, and Spiritual Freedom is written by Stovall Weems, and is a very inspiring book. Awakening is all about how to 'un-gunk' our spiritual life so that we can walk more closely with God every day. Weems writes about why we should strive for such a passionate with relationship with God, and he also includes a 21 day Plan to help you "activate the principles that ensure a lasting, vital relationship with God". Also included is a guide to fasting and a small group study guide.

    The contents of this book challenged me to re-evaluate what it means to be a Christian, and what a relationship with God should really be like. It also helped me to understand more about fasting, how we should/can do it, and why we do it. I would recommend this book to people who feel as if they have strained their relationship with God and want to come back to Him. It is an encouraging, challenging, and insightful read.

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  • Posted November 13, 2011

    good read

    just put down Awakening, written by Stovall Weems, and I must say I am rather pleased. It did, somewhat, seem as though it was more about the nutritional aspect of things rather than religious. I enjoyed the book anyway. It was an easy read, nothing confusing about it. The pages flowed nicely, filled with information to keep any readers attention. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2011

    Awakening is more than just a fasting book.

    As the title suggests this book is about having an awakening with God. Stoval walks you through gaining your awakening to God through prayer, giving and mainly fasting. It's an awesome book that you should read if you're interested in Christian fasting.

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

    Decent Book

    I've recently completed "Awakening: A New Approach to Faith, Fasting, and Spiritual Freedom" by Stovall Weems. Pastor/teacher types are forever exhorting their congregations and classes to spend time alone with God praying and studying his word. However, one rarely hears these folks include a call to fast in their teaching. "Awakening" changes that. In the book the author shares why he does so and why he thinks it is important for all Christians to do so as well. Specifically, he calls for a 21 day fast to "revolutionize your relationship with God".

    This book really isn't that long. Weems uses scripture and personal experience to explain how and why Christians should spend time in personal study and worship, including fasting. The chapters are readable and most conclude before they get boring. Each one ends with a personal testimony from a member of Celebration church who tells something of how God used the 21 day fast in his/her life. These testimonies of God's activity are really neat. Another thing I enjoyed about the book is that Weems is really passionate in his love for Jesus and that comes through in the writing.

    Overall this book was like many I had read before which sort of disappointed me. Maybe it would be useful for someone though who hasn't read many books like this. Overall I am giving this book a 3 out of 5 star rating.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 [...]: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2011

    Awesome book! Buy it now!

    "This will be your best year ever- IF it is your best year spiritually." ~Stovall Weems

    Have you ever wished there was some kind of caffeine for your spiritual life? You know, something to wake it up, and propel it forward? In this awesome, easy to read book, Pastor Stovall Weems shows the keys to "Awakening" a slumbering spiritual life. He does this effortlessly, weaving together all the components of a alive, refreshing, and vibrant spiritual life. He shows you how to "de-junk" your spiritual system, cleansing and removing the toxins so that your life can be made more vibrant through fasting and praying.

    I absolutely loved this book! It is not a usual thing for me to find a book that I am willing to read through slowly, chewing and digesting the contents. I could not believe how great this book was! I agreed with all of Pastor Weems theology, and I believe I am going to do one of the fasts in the back of his book in a couple of weeks or so. Criticisms? The only one I could think of is that he hasn't written any more!(That I know of :) I absolutely loved this book, and I am going to have to read it again! I never knew what a grand effect fasting had on the human body. It was awesome!

    I would recommend this book to anyone, just so long as they can read! One thing that helped when I was reading this book was that I did not just read it straight through, I read a little bit every day until I finished. When reading this book, you would be best served to read it in small portions to start with. I highly encourage you to read it, and make sure to let me know if you do!


    By the way, Waterbrook Multonohmah gave me this book for free to review honestly.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    Not the greatest read, especially not for a new Christian

    I reviewed this book for my husband, who has been reading alot of Christian literature books for study, so he can understand more about the faith. Most of the books he's read so far were great, he couldn't put them down, this one, however, he couldn't keep in his hands. I don't recall what his comment was, but he read a couple chapters, like he does with all the books he reads before he knows whether he'll get into it, but this one he didn't care much for. I personally didn't read it yet, but I know that if he didn't like it, I won't. I don't like putting up a review like this, but sometimes you have to.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    Good Resource for those new to Fasting

    I was hesitant when I first picked up Awakening by Stovall Weems. Not because it was about fasting (I had become accustommed to the idea of fasting by exploring the Eastern Orthodox faith, as well as being encouraged to do a Lenten fast by my family), but because the cover proclaimed "21 Days to Revolutionize you Relationship with God". I am immediately skeptical of claims to acclomplish specific spiritual tasks in a specific time. It seems to threaten to put God in a box, or a formula: "f you do a, b, and c, God will do x". Faith just doesn't work like that.

    However, once I started reading, I found the book pushing my spiritual boundaries. It doesn't read like a thick, theological treatise, but rather a friend giving you advice from his personal experience. It put me off because I am not an emotional person by nature, yet this book emphasizes the fact that we need to be emotional in our relationship with God.
    I was also surprised to find that this book illuminated God's grace in a way that struck me deeply. It contrasted God's grace with the legalistic view of attempting to garner God's approval by performance. I am so glad I didn't write this book off as too "touchy-feely".

    All in all, it was a good book, although very different in style from what I usually prefer. I cannot say whether the 21-day fasting devotional plan is affective, because I have not tried it (I will when I am no longer nursing). However, I heartily reccomend it to anyone who thinks fasting is too Old Testament or severe. I truly think it will help revitalize your relationship with God, even if you don't experience some of the miracles described in the testimonials.

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  • Posted May 14, 2011

    Do You Need An Awakening?

    Do you need an awakening in your life? Well, Awakening by Stovall Weems is the book for you! In this book and twenty-one day plan following, Weems gives a new approach to faith, fasting, and spiritual freedom. I took a while to read this book because there was so much information and things that helped me personally. Passionate Christianity should be the norm for every believer.. not the exception, and "PASSION IS THE ESSENCE OF AN AWAKENING."

    *experiencing surrender
    *experiencing passion for God
    *experiencing God's goodness
    *creating space for God to fill

    These are the steps of awakening that we as Christians should follow daily. We are constantly thrown things by the world that demands our attention. One can easily lose spiritual focus and settle for artificial substitutes if we do not fight for a lifestyle of awakening. Some of us need to rediscover grace and realize that God will meet us wherever we are on our journey. We do not have to "do" better than everyone for God to be pleased with us. He wants to fill us, and He will not force Himself on us.

    Prayer and fasting is key in an awakening as explained in this book; oftentimes, Jesus and His disciples did just this. Through effective prayer we grow in intimacy with the Father, and through fasting we get rid of the junk that is in our system physically and spiritually. Stovall then explains the various types of fasts and how to succeed and do them properly. The last part of the book is a "21 Day Plan" for those serious about it. A guide to follow as you are fasting from food, television, and even possibly Facebook. . Though difficult, and though Satan will do everything he can to jeopardize your efforts to grow in the Lord, you can succeed! I recommend this book to anyone ready to have an awakening experience with God and become passionate about serving the Lord... though it may be dangerous.

    Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual ferver, serving the Lord. -Romans 12:11, NIV

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    Incredible

    I was not sure what to expect when I received AWAKENING by Stovall Weems. I recently reviewed a book on fasting that, well, left a lot to be desired. As I freed Weems' work from the media mail envelope and settled down it was with a hint of skepticism.

    Stovall Weems is the lead pastor of Celebration Church in Jacksonville, Florida. According to awakeningbook .org, the church began with just 7 people in 1998 and now serves over 10,000. This interested me, thinking that they must be doing something right. Stovall said something early in AWAKENING that might hold the key.

    "This will be your best year ever if it is your best year spiritually."

    Made sense to me. I was in. What I found in this book was a comprehensive guide to biblical fasting combined with real world testimonies of it's effectiveness. Stovall explains in detail the benefits, both physical and spiritual, of a break from the norms of a world "gunked up". Reader beware, however. The Awakening fast is not your standard issue "hey I gave up worrying for Lent." It's the real deal. Weems does outline different forms and methods of fasting, but he himself participates in an annual 21 day fast obtaining from virtually any food at all. That's hardcore, but his results are amazing. Just reading about the breakthroughs and renewal in his relationship with God has me gearing up for a fast of my own. You can too, and this book is a fantastic guide.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    Highly Recommended - please check it out!!

    Stovall Weems book Awakening is a guide to a closer relationship with God through fasting and details the difference between Old Testament fasting and New Testament fasting. He provides ideas on different fasts, a devotional and a small group study guide. I would recommend this book to all who want to create a space in their hearts for God to dwell. I am sure your relationship with God will flourish and "when" troubles come your way God will be there leading you through. "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review"

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

    A good introduction to prayer and fasting

    Okay, somehow when I ordered this book I missed that it was on fasting. Ooops! The book is titled Awakening: A New Approach to Faith, Fasting, and Spiritual Freedom is subtitled 21 Days to Revolutionize Your Relationship with God. The book is a short and quick read (about only 150 pages for the book itself, then it follows with 21 daily devotionals), but definitely worth the time.

    Weems puts a lot of time into developing what he terms the "awakening experience" and laying the groundwork for the need for a 21 day fast. He also does an excellent job - perhaps the best I've read yet (and I've read a lot) - on the difference between fasting under the Old Covenant in the OT and the New Covenant in the NT. His final conclusion is spot on: we fast not to get something from God but to draw closer to Him, and a reminder that God is a filler, not a forcer, but in order for God to fill something we need to first create a void which needs to be filled.

    One of the highlights of the book is that each chapter (there are only 12) ends with "An Awakening Story", or a personal testimony from someone who has undertaken the 21 day fast and grown as a result of it. Some of the stories were the predictable, miraculous ones one would expect, but others were more down-to-earth. But all were a reminder that God does work in peoples' lives in miraculous ways. The only point of contention I might have with Weems is the huge emphasis he places in the book on the importance of feelings in our walk with God. Too often feeling are deceiving, and I got the impression at several times that it would be easy to mis-interpret or mis-understand what Weems is saying about following our feelings to justify getting off-track. But this is a minor issue, and, when viewed through what he says in the rest of the book regarding following the Word of God and setting up boundaries, I believe it would be a gross misrepresentation to twist his emphasis on feelings to justify sin.

    One area I wish he would have spent more time in would be when he actually defines and describes beginning a fast. Weems does a fantastic job for the first 124 pages of establishing the need for prayer, fasting, and Bible study, but then devotes only 20 pages to actually describing the 21 day fast in any detail and only 7 pages actually going into detail about types of fasts and actually deciding how to fast. Over all, I'll give this book 4/5 stars.

    One disclaimer, I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review, but am not required to post a complimentary review in exchange for it. Even if I had not received it for free it would have been worth paying twice what it cost.

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  • Posted April 18, 2011

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    Fasting for the 21st century

    "Awakening; A New Approach to Faith, Fasting, and Spiritual Freedom" by Stovall Weems will do just what the cover says, "Revolutionize your Relationship with God".

    Has your relationship with God come to a stand-still? Have you hit a plateau? Are you going nowhere fast? Do you find yourself so busy tending to the cares of this world that you are neglecting to spend time with God?

    Then this book is for you. Read it, learn it, live it. Weems shows us a completely new way to look at fasting. Rather than suffering through a fast, he shows you how to enjoy fasting. That's right I said "enjoy!" fasting. After learning about "The Awakening Lifestyle" he takes you on a 21 day journey of fasting in various ways that will bring you closer to God.

    After 21 days you will have developed a pattern or habit that you can continue on with indefinitely . You will experience the "Awakening" that you have always yearned for, but didn't know how to obtain.

    I would love to put a copy of this book into the hands of every Christian who wants a deeper more meaningful relationship with their Saviour.

    FTC Disclaimer - "I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review".

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

    Great 21 days!

    This is a powerful devotional book at a crucial time in the history of the church.

    Weems brings a challenge to "revolutionize your relationship with God" for believers whose relationship with God has become stale. There is no doubt that much of the church has been lulled to sleep, so-to-speak, by the abundance and ease in which we live.

    Desperate times call for desperate measures, and this book is a call for Christians to implement the basic disciplines of our faith out of a desire to draw closer to God. Weems does a great job of challenging without condemning, incorporating scripture without preaching, balancing doctrinal and practical principles, while weaving several real-life testimonies throughout the book.

    Not only are the principles practical, but the author has also included some helpful tools for implementation of these principles such as; several sample types of fasts, devotional materials for a 21 day fast, and a small group study guide to share these principles with others.

    This is an excellent resource that can "reset" a believers relationship with God, and bring back the passion and excitement it is meant to have

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  • Posted March 15, 2011

    Incredible read! Are you awake?

    Awakening: A New Approach to Faith, Fasting, and Spiritual Freedom

    Every find yourself in a season of spiritual stagnation? Do you ever long for a fresh wind of the Spirit of God to blow into your life? In an instant age, it is far to easy to reduce the answer to these questions to a quick user-friendly formula. In his book, Awakening, Stovall Weems powerfully communicates how a continually fresh walk with God is not only possible but available.

    Weems engages the reader on multiple levels by sharing his experience of spiritual awakening and then practically giving insight into a lifestyle that encourages spiritual intimacy. The final section of the book (of which I am still working) is a challenging 21-day guide to experiencing the spiritual awakening God has in store for us.

    "Regardless of where you are in your spiritual journey, Awakening, will take you to the next level in your relationship with God." This is a must-read for anyone prepared to experience God like never before.

    I give Awakening 5 out of 5 stars.
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    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC.

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

    A New School of Fasting

    After reading Awakening I can't wait to start planning my next fast. For many years I've practiced the discipline of fasting, but after reading Stovall Weem's insights on the subject, from now on I will celebrate the discipline of fasting!
    Weems brings a new school of thought regarding an old school discipline and brings the joy back into a practice that should be as enjoyable as worshipping, praying, meditating, reading your bible, serving and being a witness. With biblical principles and many practical tools, Awakening will guide you through a fast that will lead you into a personal spiritual awakening in your relationship with God.
    Connected to this book is Awaken 21, a worldwide fasting campaign that calls the church to create a culture of fasting and prayer. We discovered the Awakening late in the game in 2011, but were able to join the last 10 days. As a church, we were really impressed with all the resources that are made available to those participating.
    Awakening is much more than a book, it's a movement!
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  • Posted January 6, 2011

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    Highly Recommended! I didn't know that passionate christianity was for me too!

    I have a new appreciation of fasting and prayer. I have been a member at Celebration for years and my understanding of prayer and fasting has just exploded.

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