A Woman's Guide to Fasting
The What, Why and How
What I like most about this guide to Fasting is that the focus isnÃ¢ÂÂt totally on the Ã¢ÂÂhow toÃ¢ÂÂ but she strongly stresses the important of knowing that God has called you to a fast. Being led by the Holy Spirit is vital in fasting because a breakthrough in your walk with Christ is what is to be accomplished.
Even if I donÃ¢ÂÂt use this book solely as a guide to fasting, its a valuable tool in learning to get closer to God in the off-season of fasting.
A WomanÃ¢ÂÂs Guide to Fasting isnÃ¢ÂÂt an Ã¢ÂÂover-your-headÃ¢ÂÂ kind of read. Lisa is practical, pointed and speaks in terms that are easy to understand without talking down to or condemning the reader. SheÃ¢ÂÂs gentle in her step by step guidance.
December 8, 2011
How to fast in God's grace
The author, Lisa Nelson, is a just a regular Christian, definitely not Lutheran, former Army JAG officer. She lays out the types of fasts one can do, the reasons for fasting, and what you need to know to be successful in your fast. But she does all this with the constant reminder that failing isn't failing God and one is not required to fast to be a Christian. It's remarkably guilt free. She even includes her own struggles with fasting. Perfection is not required.
There's still an air of the mystical that brings out my skeptical nature. And I'm not sure I'll be starting a fast anytime soon. (Besides this is the time for feasting which can be detrimental to any fast.) But I'm willing to be more open to the possibility.
However, the one thing I'll take from the book regardless of spiritual discipline is the following line:
"walk by faith and not by guilt"
I can get behind a life like that.
November 29, 2011
Lisa E Nelson has written a wonderful book to guide women through the maze of fasting as a spiritual discipline. I absolutely loved this book and would highly recommend it to every PERSON out there. Not just women. However it is a nice book to share with a few close girlfriends.
Lisa offers women an easy to read and easy to put to practice approach to fasting. She tackles common questions, concerns and worries that I know have been on my mind. I have never fasted before this book and I wil definitely be doing it after.
Lisa is not legalistic or suggest in any way that I would be a better Christian if I did this. Instead she dives into the heart of God and how we can follow after it in many different ways. Fasting is just one of them. But I must add that this book did more for my entire spiritual walk than just specifically for the idea of fasting. Lisa is an encourager. She did a fabulous job of encouraging me in every aspect of my journey of faith.
Her writing style is relaxed and soothing. It feels like having a coffee with Lisa at a quaint little tea house. She fills each of her points with abundant scriptures. You become friends with her before you finish the book. She shares a lot of insight from her own life. I particularly loved her section on the experience of 9-11 and how her husband and family was affected that day and how God used fasting to call her spirit into prayer. Very powerful!
Pick up this book. It is a must read! You won't regret it.
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my HONEST review. I am not required to give a positive response.
November 21, 2011
I have never fasted before, but Lisa Nelson has definitely put a new light on fasting for me. She made a statement that 24 hour fasting is our choice, but that any longer comes from God. To me, that makes perfect sense.
This book is a great how-to for anyone who has never fasted before, myself included. She gives insight into several areas including, when to fast, how long to fast, how to prepare yourself both spiritually and mentally, what to do during a fast, etc...
I appreciate the fact that she says that those who fast aren't necessarily spiritually better than those who haven't. Fasting isn't a spiritual discipline that I grew up with, yet I know that my parents are very godly people. This was a challenge to me to think about doing. She also says that it's not necessarily going to come easy. We struggle with other spiritual disciplines, so why would fasting be any different. I'm thankful for a book that spells out how to fast so easily. I've read some other fasting articles, but never read anything that makes it very clear cut, as well as from a woman's perspective.
Nelson says that "fasting satisfies the desire of our hearts: to know and walk intimately with God." Fasting makes time for God in our busy lives. If we don't make time, then our walk with Him gets neglected, which moves other idols in the way of where God should be. This is an excellent book and I highly recommend it to anyone, female teen or adult who is thinking of fasting.
November 18, 2011