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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Regal; 2nd edition (February 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830746048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830746040
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #970,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

God created the human body as a finely tuned instrument of enormous power, but it requires fuel to operate. To make sure your body gets enough fuel to run efficiently, God created in you an appetite for food, which we call “hunger.” So, why would you ever ignore hunger and choose not to eat? Going without food for spiritual reasons is called fasting and is a spiritual discipline with a long and important history in Christianity.When accompanied by your earnest prayers, fasting demonstrates your sincerity to God. In The Beginner’s Guide to Fasting, beloved teacher-theologian Elmer L. Towns introduces you to the basics of this powerful spiritual discipline. You’ll find an overview of fasting in the Old and New Testaments as well as answers to your questions about fasting and physical health, social interaction, spiritual warfare and much more. This is an essential handbook for all who long to draw closer to God through biblical spiritual disciplines!
 

About the Author

ELMER TOWNS is Vice President and Dean of the School of Religion at Liberty University, which he co-founded in 1971 with Jerry Falwell. He teaches the 2,000-member pastor’s Sunday School class at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, VA. Towns is a Gold Medallion Award-winning author and his books include Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough and How to Pray When You Don’t Know What to Say. Elmer and his wife, Ruth, have three grown children.
 
 
 

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Dr. Elmer Towns is a college and seminary professor, an author of popular and scholarly works (the editor of two encyclopedias), a popular seminar lecturer, and dedicated worker in Sunday school, and has developed over 20 resource packets for leadership education. He began teaching at Midwest Bible College, St. Louis, Missouri, for three years and was not satisfied with his textbooks so he began writing his own (he has published over 100 books listed in the Library of Congress, 7 listed in the Christian Booksellers Best Selling List; several becoming accepted as college textbooks. He is also the 1995 recipient of the coveted Gold Medallion Award awarded by the Christian Booksellers Association for writing the Book of the Year, i.e., The Names of the Holy Spirit.

He was President of Winnipeg Bible College for five years, leading it to receive American Accreditation and Provincial authority to offer degrees (1960-1965). He taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in greater Chicago, Illinois, in the field of Religious Education and Evangelism (1965-1971).

He is co-founder of Liberty University, with Jerry Falwell, in 1971, and was the only full-time teacher in the first year of Liberty's existence. Today, the University has over 11,400 students on campus with 39,000 in the Distance Learning Program (now Liberty University Online), and he is the Dean of the School of Religion.

Dr. Towns has given theological lectures and taught intensive seminars at over 50 theological seminaries in America and abroad. He holds visiting professorship rank in five seminaries. He has written over 2,000 reference and/or popular articles and received six honorary doctoral degrees. Four doctoral dissertations have analyzed his contribution to religious education and evangelism.

His personal education includes a B.S. from Northwestern College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a M.A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary also in Dallas, a MRE from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and a D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful By J. Marui on May 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
The book reads like a sermon. I can just imagine the author (who is a minister) preaching about the importance of fasting as a spiritual discipline. He writes with passion and when he tells you that God will come to you during a fast and help you solve your problems - you believe him! Devoted Christians will probably enjoy it, providing that they don't expect useful information about fasting. But, that is not how the book is advertised. It says on the back cover:

"In these pages, you'll discover why you should fast, how to prepare for your first fast, what kind of fasts to follow, how to get started, and what to expect after you are finished."

1. "you'll discover why you should fast"

This promise is kept. You will learn that prayers are more powerful during the fast because fasting gets you closer to God.

2. "how to prepare for your first fast"

Not even mentioned.

3. "what kind of fasts to follow"

Only few pages are devoted to this topic, when in fact, the book should have been centered around it.

4. "how to get started"

The only information you get is that your first fast should last for a day only.

5. "what to expect after you are finished"

Not even mentioned.

Overall, it is a nice book for what it is, but a Beginner's Guide to Fasting it isn't.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By amber on September 10, 2011
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This book helps you to understand what exactly fasting is and reasons why you should do so. I got this to read before starting my first fast, I just received it yesterday and am already almost half way through it. I love how the author put scripture in with it, it's helpful to look up the verses while reading this book. Overall very awesome book, definitely recommend it to someone who has never fasted, or just wants to understand fasting better.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 2003
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A beautiful, inspired book full of fresh insights into prayer & fasting for modern people. Not a run-of-the-mill book on fasting but a truly inspired, Christ-centered treatise on the power of prayer combined with fasting. This book is one of those that you read and you keep referring too. Not to mention needing to have a highlighter handy!
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By Katie on December 11, 2013
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The book was listed as in good condition when it should have been listed as moderate, at best.
Still, I'm content with purchase.
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By mustangfury on October 1, 2013
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This book is a good introduction to fasting and the different ways in which we can fast as christians and what fasting is.
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By Kevin Gualderama on April 18, 2013
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My wife wanted me to order this book for her. She likes to compare with other books on fasting. Interesting book.
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