1. The 40-Day Sugar Fast: Where Physical Detox Meets Spiritual Transformation
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    The 40-Day Sugar Fast: Where Physical Detox Meets Spiritual Transformation
    Wendy Speake
    Baker Books / 2019 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Williston, FL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Devotional
    January 14, 2020
    Dr Dave
    Williston, FL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    NOTE: 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.
  2. Kentucky
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Book!
    January 3, 2020
    Connie
    Kentucky
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The One we worship on Sunday must remain Lord over our lives Monday through Saturday. (p. 30)

    Are we using other things to satisfy a longing when God is truly the answer? Are we turning to sugar, other foods, or even worldly distractions to satisfy those longings? The title of this book implies that this book deals totally on a sugar fast but The 40-Day Sugar Fast goes much deeper than that. Yes, sugar and sweets can be an addiction but author Wendy Speake shows us that sugar is just one of many things that we often expect will satisfy. What we really need, however, is a total reliance on Jesus Christ to fulfill our needs.

    As you take part in this sugar fast, you will find yourself feeling better physically and stronger spiritually. Speake shares motivational thoughts, Bible scripture, and suggested prayers as she walks us through this 40 day fast and, on page 52, she reminds us that "Each day, as you go to Him rather than to food, the Spirit of God gives you srength that those empty calories never could!"

    So, if you want to become healthier in both body and spirit, you will certainly benefit from reading and following The 40-Day Sugar Fast.

    I received a copy of this book from Baker Books and was under no obligation to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    hope for my sugar battleground
    January 3, 2020
    Wendi
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I have a long-standing love affair with sugar. I inherited a wicked sweet tooth from my dad and an affection for all things chocolate from my mom. There is just one very big problem. As much as I love sugar, it does not love me back. In fact, it is rather cruel, unkind, and frighteningly damaging to my physical body!

    Especially after an indulgent holiday season, the battle begins again in my head. How can I make better choices? What is the best way to care for my 50-something body responsibly? I know sugar is my fiercest enemy, but do I really need to give it up entirely? Can I find a happy medium, an "everything in moderation" place to land?

    I never know the right answer. Ever. I swing from one extreme tactic to another or give up entirely and binge on all the wrong things. The vicious cycle leaves me feeling defeated, helpless, confused, and quite honestly, shockingly alarmed by how much this dialogue raging in my head consumes me!

    I gulp back the realization. It scares me to see the breadth and depth of this life-long wrestle. Fear grips me as I wonder if the enemy of my soul has been using this battleground to keep me chasing my own tail for far too long!

    I reach in the only direction I know I can trust. I cry out to the LORD to help me solve this riddle once and for all!

    I believe part of His answer is coming in Wendy Speake's new book (releasing in just a few days!), "The 40-day Sugar Fast: Where Physical Detox Meets Spiritual Transformation," published by Baker Books.

    Wendy shares many of the same struggles with sugar. She holds very strong convictions about which practical changes and disciplines in her diet will serve her best, physically and otherwise. But this book is not a "how to" guide. Although Wendy offers a few practical suggestions, her book does not give anyone a road map or a diet plan. There are no strict instructions. No promises or guarantees.

    Instead, this book holds a precious invitation: to commit the next forty days to focused conversation with the LORD, to ask Him for His plan for me, as I navigate my own very personal battle with sugar (and/or the ways the enemy is using sugar to defeat me).

    If sugar is my battleground, then the welcome is clear. Take a break! Retreat from the heat of the battle to a safe place. Rest. Check in with my Commanding Officer. Receive some fresh training and perspective. Be still and listen for His next steps of instruction. Trust Him to show me His path and to equip me to succeed in that plan!

    I appreciate so many details about the layout of Wendy's book. She welcomes us to journey with her for forty days, the same amount of time the LORD JESUS spent in the wilderness, battling the same enemy of our souls! Each day, just as JESUS did, she incorporates Scripture to speak truth, life, and allegiance to the Father into our growth process. She encourages deep thought and prayer. And she shares her own personal stories to let us know we are not alone in the fight!

    I love that the desired result is not a specific weight goal or fitness accomplishment. More than anything else, Wendy longs for us to tune our hearts to the Savior, to experience a deeper and truer relationship with Him. She is confident that this intimate dialogue will yield His very best plan for each of us to navigate whatever battleground we face. Regardless of the specific outcome, His desire is always that we rest in His care, trust and obey as He leads, and be open to receive His most precious gifts, ones we will recognize more clearly as we lean on Him and not ourselves!

    It is good to have a frame for this journey, a defined forty days of focused dialogue with the LORD about a specific battle. This marked endpoint inspires confidence that the commitment is "doable!" But Wendy is also praying the discipline to hush all other voices and hear only His will continue long after forty days. She firmly believes time invested alone with the LORD will not only bring victory in our battles but lasting transformation in our relationship with Him!

    Do you have a struggle that consumes you more than it should, leaving you weary or defeated longer than you realize? Would it help you to know the LORD cares about those challenges? That He longs for you to simply ask Him what to do next? Even if sugar is not your fiercest enemy, there are thought-provoking and deeply encouraging truths worth pondering in Wendy Speake's "The 40-Day Sugar Fast: Where Physical Detox Meets Spiritual Transformation." You will find a warm and friendly companion in Wendy. She will take you by the hand and lead you to priceless moments alone with the Savior! I am grateful for her passion that inspires others to embark on this journey.

    I received a complimentary copy of Wendy's book from Baker Publishing, as part of their "Baker Books Bloggers" program, but my own personal response to its content is reflected in this review.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Book
    December 21, 2019
    Maryannb
    Would you give up sugar to experience the sweet presence of God in your life?

    Many of us think that if our bodies become healthier, then we'll be healthier. But a healthy body doesn't do us a lot of good if we are spiritually malnourished. Welcome to the 40-Day Sugar Fast, a process that begins with us giving Jesus our sugar and ends with Jesus giving us more of Himself--the only thing that can ever truly satisfy our soul's deep hunger. On this journey you'll learn how to

    stop fixating on food and fix your eyes on Christ

    pinpoint the triggers that send you running to sugar

    lose weight as you gain faith

    turn to the Most High instead of the next sugar high

    If you run to sugar for comfort or reward, eat mindlessly or out of boredom, feel physically and spiritually lethargic, or struggle with self-control, this fast will help you discover not only freedom from your cravings but an entirely new appetite for the good things God has for you.

    My Thoughts: What are you willing to give up in order to gain the powerful presence of God in your life? This book isn't just about a physical detox, it's about a spiritual transformation. It's not just about giving up sugar, it's about giving up the things that take you away from God. Think of this book as a 40-day devotional that brings you closer to God. Each of the 40 days has a scripture reading and application for the reader to do. This book has a wonderful concept. It is easy to read and to follow. You can follow Wendy Speake here at The 40 Day Sugar Fast. She is starting up her annual sugar fast in January. What a great time to be starting something new! This is a wonderful book to bring the reader closer to God.
  5. Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Look to God and give up sugar
    December 19, 2019
    Monica
    Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have heard it said that sugar is almost like a drug in the hold it can have over a person and can create addiction. While that view may be debatable, most of us know that we need to eliminate more sugar to be healthier. However, to be spiritually healthy along with physically healthy, what if we fixed our eyes on Jesus instead of sugary treats? Wendy Speake shares her story of giving up sugar and living more for the Savior in The 40-Day Sugar Fast.

    The 40-Day Sugar Fast actually has 41 days worth of devotions in the book. It starts out with a forward, a section called, Before You Fast, and some guidelines. Each of these sections help the reader know why the book was written and what the fast is truly about, as well as how the fast would actually work. Each day starts with a Bible verse, then includes a short reading written by Speake and concludes with a prayer for the day.

    I like that the 40-Day Sugar Fast is focuses on changing out an addiction to sugar to learning to look to God instead of filling up with sugary treats. I also like that the author discourages readers from just switching out sugar for a substitute sweetener. Instead, she does encourage readers to truly spend time reading and reflecting on how to leave each day for Jesus. People often want to do a fast after the Christmas season has been heavy laden with sweets and this would be a good one. I am sure it would be a good book to do during the Lenten season as well. But it is really a good book to do any time of the year when you realize you are struggling with sugar and want to give that struggle to God. I liked that the author shares her struggles openly and how she worked to overcome them. She seems to be down-to-earth and easy to relate to, from my point of view. She also shares some health information but for the most part The 40-Day Sugar Fast focuses on the spiritual aspect of eliminating sugar.

    I received this book from Baker Books through Baker Publishing's blogger program. All opinions are my own.
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