What Good Is a Clothing Fast?

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Some of my greatest moments of discontent occur in my closet. Each day, I stand in front of a clothing rod at least four-feet long packed with hangers holding tops and skirts and dresses and pants—and I am lukewarm toward 90% of it. I scan my options and know there…

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What Good Is a Food Fast?

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Years ago, before I knew John Piper was John Piper, I read his book A Hunger for God: Desiring God through Fasting and Prayer. It shook me up, in a good way. This quote sums up what has stayed with me: “If we don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation…

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Fasting in an Age of Excess

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I’m in the middle of a fasting exercise that will span several months, following Jen Hatmaker’s book 7: An Experimental Mutiny against Excess. The first month was about food. After seeking direction from the Lord, I settled on a series of food restrictions for the first three weeks of October…

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Untangling Our Hunger Wires

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We’ve moved into the second set of essays in The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God—these essays are all about fasting. I started this section with some deflation, concerned we’ve moved from celebration to mourning in regard to food. This week’s essays brought me back…

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