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40 Days of Decrease: A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast. Paperback – January 5, 2016
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An award-winning writer, Dr. Alicia Britt Chole’s messages address both head and heart and are often described as grace-filled surgeries. Alicia is a speaker, author, and leadership mentor who enjoys thunderstorms, jalapenos, and honest questions. To explore Alicia’s other books or learn more about her ministry, visit www.aliciabrittchole.com.
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Decreasing the many things this world has tricked us into thinking are just normal everyday life and increasing Christ-like character in me.
Alicia’s words of encouragement can from a place of honestly and real life. Here is just an example of the teaching which ministered to my soul. “And in the midst of Jesus journey, He felt troubled. Clearly, then a troubled soul is not always the sign of a faith deficit. A troubled soul is sometimes the signature of obedience-in-the-making.” (Alicia Britt Chole)
Fasting is another of those concepts which does not have great appeal to me. But the fasts which Alicia challenges us with throughout this book has made the thought of fasting something I look forward to each day. Fasting: speeding past sorrow, isolation, discontentment, willful sin and withholding brought about change in my soul. I challenge you to read this book and not be changed. I am not sure how it could be done.
I love the format of the book with the day’s teachings, reflection and today’s fast is so full of richness and challenge it caused me to sit with it and desire to know the truth of it more deeply. Alicia’s sharing of the Biblical stories we have heard many times brought new insight and understanding.
Leave that which you have known as decrease and fasting and join me in finding them anew with the Love of our Lord and His longing for us to know Him more in 40 Days of Decrease. “We know nothing of their backstories. But then, in many ways, backstories matter little once Jesus enters the room…. whatever the cause of our physical and spiritual blindness, whatever family we do or do not have, whatever sines or success we count as our own, Jesus’ presence makes this moment the most important moment of our lives.” (Alicia Britt Chole )
40 Days of Decrease is a practical and personal way to walk through the Lenten season. Instead of focusing on "giving up" meat or coffee or chocolate, Alicia goes deeper into the inner working of the heart and spirit and calls for a fast from intangibles such as comparison, regret, consumerism. The result is, as Alicia calls it, a "decluttering of the heart." Each call to fast is followed by a portion of scripture to read and space to write a reflection on the day's reading. Additionally, Alicia adds a historical account of the practice of Lent for those who are new to the practice.
I purchased the book in 2016, and found so much insight and encouragement from it that I went through it again this year. Whether you have observed Lent for years, or are new to the practice, I highly recommend this book as a way to draw closer to Christ.