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

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


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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307459534
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/14/2010
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 407,957
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About 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

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Awakening 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
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R_Pounds More than 1 year ago
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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todelba More than 1 year ago
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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Kassie17 More than 1 year ago
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.
crichmanfreebies More than 1 year ago
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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kwaub More than 1 year ago
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."
MonicaD29 More than 1 year ago
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.
e-erazo More than 1 year ago
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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ThomasRFellerJr More than 1 year ago
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.
pastor-jonathan More than 1 year ago
"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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deandeguara More than 1 year ago
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! Rank This Book*
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