40 Days of Decrease: A Different Kind of Hunger. a Different Kind of Fast.Alicia Britt Chole
40 Days of Decrease guides readers through a study of Jesus’ uncommon and uncomfortable call to abandon the world’s illusions, embrace His kingdom’s reality, and journey cross-ward and beyond. Each daily, 1000-word entry will include: a devotional based on Jesus’ c... Read More
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 fast to inspire a tangible response;
- a thought-provoking Lenten quote;
- a sidebar into the historical development of Lent
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Jan 5, 2016
- UPC: 9780718076603
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 272
- Publish Date: Jan 5, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "REL012120"
- ISBN: 0718076605
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- Join me and Decrease while increasing by Serena H on 2/29/2016
Each chapter or days devotional which is 40, has a portion in which there is a reflection period, a fast for that day and on a different portion on Lent (a time for introspection, repentance and fasting that takes place 40 days prior to Easter). My favorite days were days 8, 12 and 15. Day 8 was a fast from "Fixing it" which is a fast from the need to fix someone else's pain. Day 12 was "Isolation" which is a fast from being alone. We all need someone each other. This walk is not easy and Day 15 was a fast from "Spiritual Self-Protection" which is a fast from not feeling safe even in regards to the God of the universe (when we may have chosen to trust God but was crushed in the end). There are 37 more Days of Decrease which allows a chance to decrease in ways it matters and not on just the surface. Love is the key and realizing how much was given up for us and that we too can do our part to give our love back to Him by taking the time to do and be a better person with the help of the Holy Spirit and by constant surrender. Truly,40 Days of Decrease is not just for the time around Lent, for it can be used as time alone with God at any time period that you feel that it is too much of you and not enough of Him which let's face it all the time:)
- Leave that which you have known as decrease and fasting and join me in finding them anew by Rayna on 1/5/2016
It’s not often that I hear the word decrease and think, yep that is what I want (unless of course it is regarding my weight.) But this book makes me long for more of Him, Our Lord, and less of me.
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 )