Has God ever called you to do something you thought was impossible? Cynthia Moe felt God directing her to complete a forty-day fast. Hunger Pains marks her daily account of the struggles and breakthroughs she experienced during that incredible journey. Whether you feel God calling your fast for a few hours or a few days, Hunger Pains offers hope and encouragement for the journey. More
Reviewers love Hunger Pains!
"I am only beginning to explore fasting...what I appreciated most about this book was the honest account of what to expect. Fasting is not easy, it was never intended to be so...Cynthia's stories of struggle made me laugh out loud. She writes in a real and approachable manner with no ego or hypocrisy."
"Loved it! Growing up my parents didn't fast, or at least I never heard them talking about it... I knew it was something that Christians did but I didn't know why or how, and this book successfully answered all of my questions...
I'll be recommending this book to others."
"What has struck me so deeply is the transparency of the author. I feel as though she is talking right to me, and about thoughts that I have personally had about fasting. I am halfway through the book, and so many things seem familiar to me. While I have fasted for shorter amounts of time (she fasts for 40 days), so many of the emotions and difficulties are the same.
In the book, Cynthia Moe talks about reasons for fasting, and what our motivation should be. She has also mentioned the difference between fasting in order to make ourselves (look or be) holy, instead of fasting in order to seek the Lord and HIS holiness. In the latest chapters that I have read, she has also talked a lot about how we should give up our expectations about what our fast will look and feel like, because it detracts from the experience.
All in all, I am just loving this book...To sum up the second half of "Hunger Pains", I would say that it is RAW. Cynthia is open and bare with the struggles that she goes through, and the way that God graciously pulled her through. As I made my way through the pages, I noticed that more and more, the conversation wasn't simply about the fast. It was about the various ways that she needed to look at her life and reevaluate what was important. On one page, she talked about her marriage, and how she had to daily choose to be married during a time when everything felt like it was falling apart. Then, on another page she would talk about how it struck her one day that she was God's kid, and that her problems were His problems. It's only a simple sentence here, but was a huge illustration of God's faithfulness in taking care of His children.
I feel a little sense of loss. There are no more pages to flip. This book has been a great encouragement, a means of strengthening my desire to pray, read my Bible, fast, and through all of these things - seek His face. There are some books that I read, and then they get put in the pile on my dresser, waiting for the day when I give them away or toss them out. This book won't be meeting that fate, however. I'm going to make a place for it in my bookcase, and then order another copy. I think that my mom would really love to read this book."