Tuesday, May 3, 2016

#REVIEW: 40 Days of Decrease by Alicia Britt Chole

Title: 40 Days of Decrease: A Different Kind of Hunger, A Different Kind of Fast
Author: Alicia Britt Chole
Series: none
Publish Date: Jan 5, 2016
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-0718076603
Buy It Link: Amazon

What if you fasted regret?
What if your friends fasted comparison?
What if your generation fasted escapism?
What if your community fasted spectatorship?

Such heart-fasts could trigger a spiritual revolution!

Via readings, refection questions, daily fasts, ancient quotes, and more, this is the dream of 40 Days of Decrease: A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast.
Every day offers a meaningful consideration of Jesus’ journey and then invites readers into a daily fast of heart-clutter, the stuff that sticks to our souls and weighs us down.
You can begin your forty-day journey any time of the year, but you may find it especially meaningful as a Lenten preparation to live in awe of Jesus’ resurrection.

Each daily, 1000-word entry will include

  • a devotional based on Jesus’ cross-ward life;
  • a reflection question to guide journaling or group discussion;
  • a heart fast to inspire a tangible response;
  • a thought-provoking Lenten quote;
  • an optional sidebar into the historical development of Lent.
  • a suggested reading that takes you from John 12 to John 21
  • journaling space for reflection
 In the same way self cannot satisfy self no matter how long it feasts, self cannot starve self no matter how long it fasts. Decrease—like increase—is only holy when its destination is love.
We thin our lives to thicken our communion with God.

My Rating: 4 stars

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This has been an absolutely fascinating book to go through during and after Lent. You definitely don't have to wait until Lent to start this book.
Growing up, the biggest question around Lent was "What are you giving up?" Chocolate was a big choice, meat was an obvious, though not that hard living in New Orleans where seafood reigns supreme (burger or fried shrimp po-boy.....see what I'm saying?) As I became an adult and came back to the church, I was introduced to the idea of not giving things up, but instead adding a practice that would help others (food pantry, helping at a homeless shelter, donating clothing, etc).
This book revolutionized the way I thought of giving things up, and though I had already started my Lenten fast, I have started and continued this book after Easter. Instead of giving up food, caffiene, chocolate, sweets, or other obvious choices, you fast through comparison for one day, regret the next, and so on.
It made me so aware of the things I do on a daily basis that I am not even aware of that make my life not as joyful as it should be, and it helped me to live a better, more fulfilling life, even if it was only for forty days.

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