40 Days without Food: Divine Goodness to a Starving Soul - eBook  -     By: Russ Masterson
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Tyndale House / 2011 / ePub

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Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9781414366487
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Russ Masterson had read and heard about purpose, but didn’t have a clue what his own purpose was to be. And there was emptiness where there should have been value. “I had a college degree, and soon a seminary degree to accompany it, yet I didn’t know where to go or what to do.” As he puts it, “I kept hoping a step would arrive when it was time to lift my foot.”

Disillusioned with his life, as well as with God, he heard this advice: fast from food for 40 days. Faithless and frazzled, Russ accepted the challenge, hoping for direction, reflecting on the past, and wrestling with issues like purpose, faith, and love.

In this book, readers will find a fresh literary voice—an insightful thinker who meets people in their humanity while helping them to see they can be rescued from it. The journey of these forty days without food will help you explore what really matters in life.

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    July 4, 2011
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    In the author's words, "I attempt to tell an honest story about faith, purpose, and love." I think he has succeeded in his attempt. I found this book to be engaging and honest. This is not a how to fast manual. It is not hype about how wonderful the experience was for him. It is his story and he puts it all out there about the struggles he encountered during those 40 days. It is a road to discovery for him and most of the discoveries were painful. So why continue? Because he knows that he is growing personally and in his relationships through the process.

    His diary style approach to the 40 days is interspersed with flashbacks that reveal some of his historical markers and how they generally are centered on a meal. Food and the table gatherings figure largely for the author and make the fasting more difficult for him in some ways. The struggles he chronicles here touched some of my own, too. What he learned and wrote helped me see some issues in a different light. One example is the link between ability and worth many of us have forged. Does he overcome that bad link instantly? No, but he does realize that recognition of its existence is vital.

    Of course, the end of the book has what I consider to be the obligatory warning label about fasting. It is not for everyone. Point noted and the legal department can relax.

    On the negative side, his composite character of Mac doesn't always work well for him. There are times that he seems too theological in his conversations for a common sense sort of guy. Some editing could take care of that in no time though. I think this writer can mature in his abilities and become a valued addition to the ranks of Christian writers.

    This book is worth your time to read and especially so if you want a real perspective into a lengthy fasting period. I recommend it to you.

    This book was provided by Tyndale Publishers via netGalley.com in exchange for this review.
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