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A Hunger for God: Desiring God through Fasting and Prayer Paperback – July 3, 1997


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (July 3, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780891079668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891079668
  • ASIN: 0891079661
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for 33 years as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, God Is the Gospel, and Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ.


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John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.), and the University of Munich (D.theol.). For six years, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in 1980 accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem. John is the author of more than 50 books and more than 30 years of his preaching and teaching is available free at desiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noel, have four sons, one daughter, and twelve grandchildren.

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"A Hunger for God" is a phenomenal book.
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It's very informative, well written, easy to read.
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I look forward to my fast day each week!
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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful By GRB on June 27, 2002
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This is an excellent book on christian fasting. Through careful and cogent analysis of the Bible, Piper shows: (1) fasting has a long and righteous history with Christians; (2) fasting can reveal things that are in our hearts and that control us; (3) fasting is an important spiritual discipline that draws us closer to God and glorifies Him; (4) fasting (along with prayer) is one of the most effective ways of showing God our "hunger" for Him; and (5) fasting for the right reasons will bring us immeasurable gifts from our Father. Piper explains that understanding the teachings of Isaiah 58 holds the key to fasting for the glory of God. We fast as an offering of emptiness to God in hope. It signifies our utter helplessness and total dependence on God. Read this book and add fasting to your arsenal of spiritual disciplines to live and grow in the kingdom of heaven.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Kindle on April 29, 2002
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I appreciate the forthrightness with which Piper divides the Word or Truth in each and every one of his works. "A Hunger for God" is no exception. In this book, which continues to build on Piper's idea that our "duty" as Christians is to delight ourselves in intimacy with our Heavenly Father, he speaks of the power of prayer and fasting-- and how these disciplines which seem to be so tedious, so difficult, so "duty" like actually release some of the greatest freedom and joy we can experience in this life.
Read it along with Dallas Willard's "Spirit of the Disciplines" and/ or Richard Foster's "Celebration of Disciplines."
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 1998
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John Piper does a great job of describing what fasting is, and what it isn't. He is very encouraging in the way he draws us to want more of God - it's a heart issue, so much more than not eating. I heartily recommend this book.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By kwills@mindspring.com on November 18, 1998
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This book is a great wake-up call to realization that fasting is more than just not eating. Would recommend it to anybody who would like to increase the presence of God in their life.
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Reading "A Hunger for God" has been a surreally happy experience to me, as Pastor John Piper; one of my most-loved preachers, from whom I have been learning how to be truly happy, expounds on the meaning, the danger, and the blessedness of the often-neglected delightful discipline of fasting, as well as the powerful testimonies of revival and the outpouring of grace in the life of individual saints thereof. One danger or enemy that fasting helps to fight against is the dulling of heavenly appetite, the weakening of holy affections to God, the erosion of desire for a happy communion with God because the body is full of burgers, steaks, fries, pops, and the head is full of sports, TV, movies, among many other things that tend to yield physical irreverence which in turn leads to irreverent frame of mind and irreverent affections.

What particularly causes me not only to be profoundly happy, but also to crave and long for a sweet precious communion and fellowship with the Lord and so to act accordingly is the comments from some prominent saints; past and present, in regard to fasting at the end of the book, some of which that I consider peculiarly powerful are as follows:

- "... it is right to fast frequently in order to subdue and control the body. For when the stomach is full, the body does not serve for preaching, for praying, for studying, for doing anything else that is good." (Martin Luther)

- "Holy and lawful fasting has three objectives... to weaken and subdue the flesh, or that we may be better prepared for prayers and holy meditations, or that it may be a testimony of our self-abasement before God when we wish to confess our guilt before him.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By sbd on April 7, 1999
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Clearly John Piper has more than a surface understanding of the Scriptures. He knows how to keep central ideas central - a rare gift today! Anyone who wants to fast in the Spirit of Christ would undoubtedly be helped by reading this book.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mark Nenadov on August 13, 2005
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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.
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