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Overview Pastor-scholar John Piper invites the reader to sharpen his or her appetite for God by turning away from the dulling effects of food and the dangers of idolatry and draw closer to God through simple fasting with accompanying prayer.
There is an appetite for God. And it can be awakened. I invite you to turn from the dulling effects of food and the dangers of idolatry, and to say with some simple fast: "This much, O God, I want you."
Our appetites dictate the direction of our lives--whether it be the cravings of our stomachs, the passionate desire for possessions or power, or the longings of our spirits for God. But for the Christian, the hunger for anything besides God can be an arch-enemy. While our hunger for God--and Him alone--is the only thing that will bring victory.
Do you have that hunger for Him? As John Piper puts it: "If we don't feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because we have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Our soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great." If we are full of what the world offers, then perhaps a fast might express, or even increase, our soul's appetite for God.
Between the dangers of self-denial and self-indulgence is this path of pleasant pain called fasting. It is the path John Piper invites you to travel in this book. For when God is the supreme hunger of your heart, He will be supreme in everything. And when you are most satisfied in Him, He will be most glorified in you.
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John Piper, the preaching pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis since 1980, is the author of numerous books" "and a senior writer for "World "magazine,"" He received his doctorate in theology from the University of Munich and taught biblical studies for six years at Bethel College, St. Paul, before becoming a pastor. He and his wife, Noel, have four sons and one daughter.
SPANISH BIO: John Piper es pastor de Bethlehem Baptist Church, en Mineapolis. Sus muchos libros incluyen: Cuando no deseo a Dios, No desperdicies tu vida, Lo que Jesus exige del mundo.
John Piper currently resides in Minneapolis, in the state of Minnesota. John Piper was born in 1946.
Reviews - What do customers think about Hunger For God?
A Hunger for God Jan 25, 2007
Exceptionally well written, page turner and very exciting to get a closer understanding of God!
Instructive and Inspiring Jan 16, 2007
As a Christian, I have a difficult time desiring to fast and then successfully fasting after deciding to do it. John Piper's book has been helpful on both counts. He shows readers why to fast and helps to create a desire to seek God and seek God's will through fasting and prayer. He also provides guidance regarding the correct attitudes and motives for fasting.
His review of scriptures and historical writings regarding fasting are instructive and enlightening. He shows that fasting is much more than just not eating; he provides the parameters that make fasting an effective tool in our Christian walk. He also notes some of the dangers of fasting for the wrong reasons. He offers very solid theology behind fasting.
He includes a chapter on fasting and praying on behalf of unborn babies and writes of the power of God to change hearts of all people in response to prayer. This is a moving chapter that like the others is inspiring.
Overall, Piper leads readers to see fasting as an activity to draw one closer to God and to bring one into God's will and experience. This is a book that has an immediate positive effect on your spirituality.
Top of the List of Must Reads Mar 18, 2006
One of the best books I've ever read, particularly if you are fasting. It takes away the legalism so many of us attach to fasting and puts the focus where it should be. Excellent read...I've recommended it to many friends.
Consistent Piper Feb 3, 2006
Pros: >> Piper is all of consistency in the books that he writes: the supremacy of God's glory in Christ and our joy found in that grace. >> A good grasp and expounding upon a little talked about subject matter (Christian fasting). >> A clear communication of what Christian fasting is and what it isn't. >> Very practical helps and suggestions along the way. >> Biblical proofs underlying important points in the subject matter >> Ease of reading: it's a short work with easy language
Cons: >> Seemingly selective arguments - it's easy to cry out against abortion, but what of the destruction of the environment, the loss of community, and a general lack of critical thought amongst Christians? >> Ambiguity: What exactly should we fast for when we fast "for the sake of the poor," or "for the little ones." There is a lot of gravity to the arguments, but not necessarily a lot of substantive practicalities.
If not repetitive, Piper always works magnificent in consistently communicating that we are created for the glory of God manifest through our enjoyment of Him. Hunger is not exactly an exhaustive treatment on the subject of fasting, but it brings great understanding, practicality, and relevance to a topic that doesn't seem to be widely practiced or discussed: Christian fasting.
The first two chapters in Hunger develop the argument that Christian fasting is biblical, pertinent, and necessary for the work of ministry. Chapters 3 through 5 project a broad scope and purpose in the discipline of Christian fasting. The final two chapters (6 and 7) bring the subject matter unto two very cohesive points: fasting for the sake of the poor and fasting for the sake of the unborn (in regard to the prevalence of abortion).
As in most circles, I think that Pipers views against abortion come down harder than his views against poverty. Respectfully, while neither of the specific arguments he augments here are necessarily weak, a correlation between the two is never expounded upon. However, this is a book on fasting and its practicalities therein and not a tome written to document the prevailing issues of abortion and poverty.
Do read this book. I have a lot of respect for John Piper because he has maintained such a wonderful and biblical view of God and does so well at communicating Him. A Hunger for God is no exception to Piper's mantra, "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him." The point of the text is to communicate that true fasting reveals the absolutely needy and truly desperate heart and soul of a Christian and that the God who is there is delighted and gracious in meeting our needs and desperation. The book is a challenge to a Christian society where there is a dearth of humble hearts and a wealth of material possession. It provides a few practical suggestions along the way and does much to help develop the thought life of Christians who see to know God more through this discipline.
Amazing Aug 14, 2005
I've never read a book on fasting before, so I guess I don't have anything to compare this with. Yet, it seems to me that Piper has done a wonderful job with this book. I can testify that this book has given me an increased interest in the spiritual discipline of fasting.
Piper does a wonderful job of communicating basic truths about fasting and also instilling in readers a hunger for God. This book is very emotional, and yet also provides a very solid Biblical basis for what it communicates. Of particular significance is the fact that the book doesn't present fasting not as a way to sway God, or as a mere Old Covenant ceremony, or as an "ordinace" to be routinely followed, but rather as a heartfelt expression of our hunger for God. He presents it as a hunger which we are willing to pursue to such a degree that we occasionally will set aside the things that "fill" us, whether they be food or some other gift from God. The book also separates Christian fasting from mere ascetism and also handles a number of the common objections to the practice of fasting.
Also, in the Appendix there is an index of quotes on fasting from Christain leaders ranging form Ignatius to modern day people. What a nice touch!
I suppose that this book will be the standard by which I evaluate other books on fasting that I may read in the future.