• Hunger for God

  • Desiring God Through Fasting and Prayer
  • By: John Piper
  • Narrated by: Cris Obrien
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-02-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: christianaudio.com
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (12 ratings)

Summary

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?
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.
©1997 John Piper (P)2009 christianaudio.com
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3 out of 5 stars
By Jessica on 11-04-16

Good overall, but wanders off-topic

Started off well, but lost its subject (fasting) and spent a chapter ranting about abortion. I happen to agree with the author on the topic, but if I want to listen to a rant about abortion I will do - I don't really want it inserted into a book on fasting via a tenuous link. 'All these people in the Bible fasted and their motives/methods/pride pleased/displeased God. Because God rewards those who do His will and are nice to others without getting up themselves about the whole business, we should fast and pray about serioua world problems. I am now going to talk about abortion, abortion law in America, American governmental ills and how the Supreme Court ia a failure of democracy for 45 minutes.'

Having said that, the other five hours were excellent. I would just recommend skipping the last chapter as it really doesn't relate to the topic of the book. With that in mind, I would still recommend it to anyone interested in Christian fasting and a Biblical argument for it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Andrew Ebling on 21-11-15

The best answer going to "why fast?"

Although not as deep an epiphany as "Desiring God", this book has deeply challenged me to make fasting a regular part of my walk with the Lord - for His glory.

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5 out of 5 stars
By J. Tague on 13-11-09

Proper Perspective

Excellent book on the correct perspective of fasting and how it fits into the Christian life. Permeated with the author's fervency to glorify and serve God, and exhorts the reader to do the same.

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3 out of 5 stars
By D. C. Curtis on 14-11-14

Two Books In One?

Any additional comments?

The first three quarters of the book were as much spent on biblical support of fasting as they were on defending the practice as a Christian. It felt more like Christian Apologetics than a book on the benefits of fasting and prayer.A large portion of the last quarter of the book turned away from the holy bible to the US Constitution, the decay of modern society, and abortion being the root of all evil. No matter what your Kingdom of this World beliefs are, taking the book away from the Kingdom of God to politics and ideology felt like a bait and switch. Nevertheless, the book does contain some good biblical support of fasting, it is just obscured by apologetics and minimized by the author's direction in the later portion of the book. I will continue my search for good books on prayer and fasting, unfortunately given the above reasons I cannot recommend this as one of them.

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