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The Beginner’s Guide to Fasting

ISBN: 9781441228642

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Going without food for spiritual reasons is called fasting—a spiritual discipline with a long and important history in Christianity. When accompanied by earnest prayer, fasting demonstrates a believer’s sincerity to God. In The Beginner’s Guide to Fasting, beloved teacher/theologian Elmer Towns introduces the basics of fasting and reviews the fundamentals for seasoned intercessors. Dr. Towns gives an overview of fasting from the Old and New Testaments and answers questions about fasting related to physical health, social interaction, spiritual warfare, and much more. This is an essential handbook if you long to draw closer to God through spiritual disciplines.

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Resource Experts
  • Introduces the basics of fasting
  • Reviews the fundamentals of fasting for seasoned intercessors
  • Presents an overview of fasting from the Old and New Testaments

Top Highlights

“The ability to stay on your fast is not dependent upon how hard you try to stay away from food, but by how positive is the attraction of knowing God and spending time with Him.” (Page 12)

“First, fasting takes prayer to a higher level of fulfillment, and second, don’t quit too soon.” (Page 8)

“The world calls not eating dieting, and usually does it to lose weight or for health reasons. But some go without eating for spiritual reasons. The Bible calls this fasting. Usually a fast is for a predetermined length of time to accomplish a spiritual purpose.” (Page 10)

“‘But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place’ (vv. 17–18).” (Page 11)

“If you try ‘tricks’ to keep from eating, there’s a good chance you’ll fail. But when you realize you’ll spend quality time with Jesus while you are fasting, He will help you keep your fast. Remember the Scripture: ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ (Phil. 4:13).” (Page 12)

Elmer Towns

Elmer Towns is cofounder of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and dean of its School of Religion. Also a best-selling author, he won an ECPA Gold Medallion Book of the Year Award for The Names of the Holy Spirit.


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