Item description for Hunger Pains: A Woman's Guide to a Spiritual Fast by Cynthia Moe...
Overview One woman answers God's call to fast for forty days and tells the world of her challenges, stories, suggestions for helping other women implement this spiritual discipline.
Discover how fasting empowers your spiritual life.
Has God ever called you to deepen your relationship with Him through fasting? It's easy to name a thousand excuses to dismiss the still, small voice inside. But deep down, you know He's calling you to something important.
Calling herself "an ordinary wife and mother," Cynthia Moe felt God directing her to undertake a serious spiritual journey, starting with a series of one-day fasts and leading to a forty-day fast.
Hunger Pains marks her daily account of the highs and lows, the challenges and the breakthroughs, she experienced during this extraordinary endeavor.
In this personal, encouraging, and informational read, Cynthia illuminates the many nuances and facets of fasting for women. If you've ever wanted to master the discipline of fasting?whether it's for several hours or six weeks--Cynthia's story will give you both the knowledge and courage to finally discover this important spiritual discipline for yourself.
Community Description Discover how fasting empowers your spiritual life. Cynthia Moe felt God directing her to deepen her relationship with Him through fasting. Hunger Pains marks her daily account of the highs and lows, the challenges and the breakthroughs, she experienced during this endeavor. Cynthia's story may inspire you to discover this important spiritual discipline for yourself. The book is divided into 40 short chapters, one for each day of her fast.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.46 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2006
Publisher NAV PRESS #111
ISBN 1576837165 ISBN13 9781576837160
Reviews - What do customers think about Hunger Pains: A Woman's Guide to a Spiritual Fast?
Great read! Aug 28, 2008
I am only beginning to explore fasting...what I appreciated most about this book was the honest account of what to expect. Fasting is not easy, it was never intended to be so...Cynthia's stories of struggle made me laugh out loud. She writes in a real and approachable manner with no ego or hypocrisy.
A Wonderful Read! Sep 28, 2007
What has struck me so deeply is the transparency of the author. I feel as though she is talking right to me, and about thoughts that I have personally had about fasting. I am halfway through the book, and so many things seem familiar to me. While I have fasted for shorter amounts of time (she fasts for 40 days), so many of the emotions and difficulties are the same.
In the book, Cynthia Moe talks about reasons for fasting, and what our motivation should be. She has also mentioned the difference between fasting in order to make ourselves (look or be) holy, instead of fasting in order to seek the Lord and HIS holiness. In the latest chapters that I have read, she has also talked a lot about how we should give up our expectations about what our fast will look and feel like, because it detracts from the experience.
All in all, I am just loving this book. When I was browsing through books on the subject of fasting, I was motivated toward this book because it is written from a woman's point of view and geared more toward women. Most of the Christian books that I read are generally written by men, but it is SO nice to hear about fasting from a woman. After all, it is such an intense experience.... and we women do have colorful ways of dealing with difficult things, or so I've noticed. *chuckle* I know that I am not the only lady around who starts something good with the best of intentions, and then spends lots of good time and energy fighting off the I'm-a-cranky-unbearable-woman syndrome. It's refreshing to hear another woman talk about this, and how the Lord was able to set her to rights again.
To sum up the second half of "Hunger Pains", I would say that it is RAW. Cynthia is open and bare with the struggles that she goes through, and the way that God graciously pulled her through. As I made my way through the pages, I noticed that more and more, the conversation wasn't simply about the fast. It was about the various ways that she needed to look at her life and reevaluate what was important. On one page, she talked about her marriage, and how she had to daily choose to be married during a time when everything felt like it was falling apart. Then, on another page she would talk about how it struck her one day that she was God's kid, and that her problems were His problems. It's only a simple sentence here, but was a huge illustration of God's faithfulness in taking care of His children.
I feel a little sense of loss. There are no more pages to flip. This book has been a great encouragement, a means of strengthening my desire to pray, read my Bible, fast, and through all of these things - seek His face. There are some books that I read, and then they get put in the pile on my dresser, waiting for the day when I give them away or toss them out. This book won't be meeting that fate, however. I'm going to make a place for it in my bookcase, and then order another copy. I think that my mom would really love to read this book.