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Posted February 4, 2007
Surprise: this book is a gracious call to listen to God¿s word to God¿s people and world filled with creative ideas on how to do so. I don¿t tend to like the idea of fasting. Having been raised in a performance-oriented church and family, I steer clear of anything that feels like a `should¿ or a `must¿ related to my faith. Grace is a theme I prefer and one I was pleased to find peppered throughout this book. If you¿re looking for a book to make you feel lousy for not fasting, this is not that book. Rather, Baab reflects upon stories from people around the globe who have chosen to make fasting a part of their lives and have had their faith strengthened by it. The stories of fasting from jewelry, tv, meat or all foods fasting in community or alone in times of trial all made me realize how much my faith would be strengthened by fasting. The surprise was ¿ this book made me want to fast. I want to connect deeply with the heart of God, with the people in this world God loves. Baab writes about how her experience fasting from meat, dairy products and oil led her to both a place of gratitude and to pray more deeply for those who do not have the luxury of eating as richly as we Americans do. I want to live like I know that I do not have to consume in constant abundance to stay alive. In fact this book reminded me that perpetual abundance doesn¿t give me life, but takes it away ¿ whether it be eating too much food or buying too many clothes. Throughout history fasting has been a wonderful way of making space to listen to the heartbeat of God and becoming more closely aligned with God¿s kingdom. I just might be fasting soon so that I too can listen and learn more about God¿s kingdom rather than the kingdom of do-what-I-want-when-I-want.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 29, 2009
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