The 40-Day Sugar Fast: Where Physical Detox Meets Spiritual TransformationWendy SpeakeBaker Books / 2019 / Trade Paperback$8.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 107 Reviews
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rkfall5 Stars Out Of 5YES!February 27, 2020rkfallThe 40-Day Sugar Fast by Wendy Speake was a down to earth, let us get serious about discovering what is holding us back from experiencing a closeness with the Father. She goes way beyond sugar and really encourages personalizing your journey in these 40 days. I was so blessed to be part of a community working through this for 40 days and it has set a course for me to be more mindful of this all year long. I just finished and I am already planning for my next 40 days of fasting. I love this authors transparency and her personality. I look forward to future works by this author for the glory of the Lord.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
charmingcharli5 Stars Out Of 5spot onFebruary 26, 2020charmingcharliI am on day 20 of this fast, and so far it has been spot on. each days reading has hit me where I am with what I need to get me through the day. It has helped me lay down the sugar as well as other addictions that stand between me and Jesus, bringing me closer to my Savior
Kim5 Stars Out Of 540 Day Sugar Fast-a great book!February 15, 2020KimQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In Wendys book, The 40 -Day Sugar Fast, we learn the value of fasting from sugar in order to free up our bodies, minds, and spirits to focus more and more on Jesus each day. As she guides us through the initial sugar withdrawal in each daily chapter, we are invited to also join in on the Facebook 40 day fast, where we can read what others are learning on their journeys, and share our own.
Besides using sugar as a crutch, we all go to other idols like shopping, social media, etc. possibly alcohol., instead of turning to Jesus and Gods Word to comfort, heal, and encourage ourselves. Wendys book guides us through the process of going to Jesus instead of these idols. Her book encourages us to ask God to reveal those things to us.
I appreciate how Wendy encourages and speaks the truth via Gods Word. She does not sugar coat her writing. She is a great teacher and gives transparent examples from her own life.
The benefits for me, personally, were better health, no joint pain, and improved emotional well being. God also revealed to me my tendency to be soothed by games on my phone, social media, and TV. He also is teaching me how to be more positive in my thought life.
I plan to read through this book at intervals throughout the year and would highly recommend the book to anyone wanting to go deeper in relationship with God and see His more for themselves!
Academy2525 Stars Out Of 5An excellent resource!February 7, 2020Academy252Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The title of this book says that it is a 40 day fast from sugar but it is SO MUCH MORE. As the subtitle informs us, it is about both physical and spiritual transformation and that is not an exaggeration. It is set up as a devotional style book to be read each day during your fast. The books is about so much more than sugar. It is very spiritually informative and full of scripture on fasting and overcoming the roadblocks that stand between us and a deeper relationship with Christ.
This book is not a diet but you might lose weight, it is not a quick fix but a guide to finding a new way of living our lives free from the sin that so easily besets us. It is about the addictions in our lives that hinder our daily walk with Christ and how we can break down those walls. Speake is very straightforward in her approach. She guides us with Biblical truth and honesty about the choices we make and how they hurt us. She shares how we can be over-comers in this fight. She ends each day with a prayer to encourage us to bring everything before the Father.
In a world that worships food and foodie endeavors this is a way to shake loose from the things that fill our social media, emails, television screens and more. It is a way time to help us focus on something real and meaningful. It guides us to seek the things that are lasting. It is about food that never runs out and water that never lets us thirst again.
Dr DaveWilliston, FLAge: Over 65Gender: Male4 Stars Out Of 5Excellent DevotionalJanuary 14, 2020Dr DaveWilliston, FLAge: Over 65Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4NOTE: This review was written by my wife, Ellie Marrandette. Ellie is a certified nutritionist and Bible teacher and the author of Life's Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese: Nutritional & Life Lessons God Teaches Us. She is the founder of New Creations Ministries.
In The 40-Day Sugar Fast: Where Physical Detox Meets Spiritual Transformation, author Wendy Speake focuses on sugary foods as idols. Then, in a day-by-day devotional, urges the reader to replace sugary food with Jesus. I heartily agree that Jesus Christ should always be Lord of our lives. Her sugar theme could be easily substituted for smoking, alcohol, television, sports or the myriad of other idols prevalent in today's society.
Gratefully, this isn't simply another diet book. The reader won't find a regimented diet plan or recipes from Ms. Speake. This has more to do with searching our soul for Biblical motivation to replace today's false idols with Christ. Through forty-one beautifully written, inspirational and motivational devotions, Ms. Speake keeps her reader focused on Christ and away from the addiction of sugar.
As a Christian, I enjoyed reading The 40-Day Sugar Fast as a devotional and it must be understood that this is devotional in content. It is obvious the author put a lot of prayer and thought into each chapter. As a Counselor and certified nutritionist, however, I became concerned. It wasn't until chapter sixteen, Ms. Speake finally clarified: There's nothing wrong with sweet treats. Good. God created natural sugar. By insinuating sugar is bad, without clarification, might insinuate God created something bad which is against His Nature. Glucose, a sugar, is necessary for brain function. I also found some of her pantry recommendations to be less than beneficial. Such suggestions as beef jerky, processed sandwich meat and salt are high in sodium and could be harmful to those with heart conditions.
Ms. Speake acknowledges in Appendix B, she doesn't focus on physiological or scientific reasons why we become addicted to sugar. That statement also should have been at the beginning of the book. What I definitely endorse through her writing is her encouragement and motivation - honoring our LORD is always better than sugar!
If you're looking for the motivation to pursue a healthier lifestyle, I would definitely recommend The 40-Day Sugar Fast. It will steer you along the right path.
Disclaimer: This book was provided by BakerBooks for a fair and honest review.