Book Review: A Hunger for God (Desiring God through Fasting and Prayer) [Piper]

As you read this review there are a thousand things vying for your attention; begging to become the center of your focus. Even more than that, there are countless other things warring to become the center of your affections and to consume your desires. With more choices to be made and more distractions than ever before, it is more important than ever for us to fix our eyes on God. Yet even as we do that there is a danger of striving after the things God provides rather than after God Himself.

The book provides this enticing quote from J.I. Packer:

   When Christians meet, they talk to each other about their Christian work and Christian interests, their Christian acquaintances, the state of the churches, and the problems of theology — but rarely of their daily experience of God.

Modern Christian books and magazines contain much about Christian doctrine, Christian standards, problems of Christian conduct, techniques of Christian service–but little about the inner realities of fellowship with God.

Our sermons contain much sound doctrine–but little relating to the converse between the soul and the Saviour.

We do not spend much time, alone or together, in dwelling on the wonder of the fact that God and sinners have communion at all; no, we just take that for granted, and give our minds to other matters.

Thus we make it plain that communion with God is a small thing to us.

A Hunger for God has a calming sort of impact on me. In a culture where everything is shouting for your attention this book has helped me slow down and focus my affection and attention on God Himself, and let everything else flow from that. Admittedly I fall short of this far too often, but that is why having this book as a resource has been such a blessing to me.

Piper shows us that “apart from dependence on and desperation for God, we will not only miss the ultimate point of our mission, but we will also neglect the ultimate need of our souls” (p.10); and that (in regards to fasting) “‘More than our stomachs want food, our souls want (God).’ Once we ‘taste and see that the Lord is good’ (Psa 34:8), the things of the world no longer appeal to us in the same way” (p.11).

This is not a book filled with legalistic steps to fast and pray, but rather a book seeking to rekindle the daily (vital) experience of communing with God Himself. As David Platt puts it in the Introduction, “this book is more about our hearts than about our stomachs.”

Take a moment to pick this book up and walk through it in stillness. You will be greatly treated.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes by the Crossway Publishing. I was not required to post a positive review and the views expressed in this review are my own.

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