A Woman's Guide to Fasting
Conversational and In-depth
Before I read A WomanÃ¢ÂÂs Guide to Fasting by Lisa E Nelson (Bethany House), I had never partaken in a fast. Truthfully, the reasons and benefits of fasting were a little lost on me. I had a hazy understanding of denying my physical needs to strengthen my spirit, communing with God during normal meal times, etc. but no true understanding of the process, reasons, or benefits were clear until I got a hold of this gem of a book.
Lisa begins with a thorough explanation of exactly what fasting is Ã¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂa spiritual tool for spiritual growth.Ã¢ÂÂ (p.12) She then goes deeper and explains five reasons why God commands us to fast: 1) Spiritual growth and overcoming sin. 2) Empower intercession. 3) Preparation for spiritual warfare. 4) Obedience to GodÃ¢ÂÂs call. 5) Response to a crisis. In addition to fleshing out these reasons, in the next chapter, Lisa confronts some reasons why not to fast. In a nutshell, fasting is not a magic trick to make God love you, but it can be a tool to put you in a place of obedience to Him. The rest of the book is made up of quality advice on how to begin, follow through, and break a fast.
I really appreciate the depth of analysis, thought, and tangible guidance presented in this conversational book. I definitely give A WomanÃ¢ÂÂs Guide to Fasting five stars. It is a must read for any woman who is interested in this spiritual discipline.
Disclaimer: I received A WomanÃ¢ÂÂs Guide to Fasting by Lisa E. Nelson at no cost from Bethany House in return for an honest review. My opinion is my own.
October 11, 2013
Practical, helpful book on fasting
Have recently been fasting and found this book to be very helpful for giving practical tips on preparing for and completing a fast.
October 11, 2013
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