The power of biblical fasting—now for teens and young adults Fasting Forward takes Jentezen Franklin's fasting message to the next generation as it equips young people to stand apart from the world and lead their peers into revival. Franklin speaks directly to teens and young adults, telling them everything they need to know to unlock the power of biblical fasting, including:
- The types of fasts described in the Bible and how to choose which is right for you
- The connection between fasting and prayer
- The essential components of a successful fast
- What to expect physically, mentally, and spiritually
Experience the power and intimacy with God that fasting brings and be empowered to take a stand against the evil influences of our culture, awaken our nation, and never back down.
- Eye Opening & Easy to Understand!
This was an easy book to get into. The narrator was easy to understand, enthusiastic and engaging. The information provided through this book was eye-opening and really made me give pause to the whole fasting idea. However, the author does not go into much detail of HOW to fast. I believe this information would be the most useful of all, especially considering the young audience targeted here. There was an abundance of WHY, and the EFFECTS experienced by people who have fasted. All of the stories and miracles received through fasting are so great and very encouraging to hear. It made me want to immediately go right out and start fasting! But being prone to severe weakness and dehydration I know I myself would not be able to, for even a minute, try to fast. I would end up in the hospital.
So in that respect I would have liked the author touch a little on the people who cannot fast, or at least give more information on how they could successfully fast. Also discussing what kind of foods to eat during a fasting time, etc, would be helpful. Without this vital information the reader/listener is completely lost. I imagine fearing the repercussions of telling readers this information kept the author from going deeper into this topic. Disclaimers are given that each person considering fasting check with their doctors first. Yes, good & logical advice, but again, perhaps some examples of what people have done in the past would have been helpful without being incriminating.
Overall I enjoyed the book for what it was. I personally believe the way the book was written it only slightly applies to students, and believe adults alike would get a lot out of this information as well. This book does not talk down to, or as if it is only for students, it is in a universal language that adults can equally enjoy and understand. In the same respect students and the younger crowd will appreciate not being talked down to, but straight across to as an equal, from one adult to another. The students are being taken seriously and spoken to as such. It woud have easily been a 5-star book had it gone a little more deeper into foods and such, as I discussed above.
I would like to thank christianaudio for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!
- Eye-opening look at fasting
Fasting. Probably the least popular of the so-called “spiritual disciplines.” However, in his book Fasting (Student Edition) author Jentezen Franklin identifies fasting as the number one factor in increasing his intimacy with God and unleashing the power of God in his ministry.
Franklin shares stories of his experiences in fasting throughout his young adult years, and gives a ton of biblical examples of fasting. When he was giving biblical examples, I thought multiple times, “How did I never notice before that fasting was involved in so many of these stories of God moving in powerful ways?” It’s everywhere in scripture, and Franklin builds a convincing case for why fasting should no longer be placed on the back burner when it comes to spiritual disciplines. He attributes “breakthroughs” (his word), in his own life and in the Bible, to the discipline of fasting.
This is an outstanding book, and some of the finer moments include Franklin’s description of “King Stomach” and his potential to undermine all things godly in our lives, as well as his exploration of the “blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness” statement by Jesus. His convicting retelling of Esau selling his birthright for food is another great moment; as is his exposition of Isaiah 58 late in the book.
Kirby Heybone does a great job narrating and delivering the sense of conviction that Franklin must have felt while writing it.
There are only a couple missteps here, and they come in the form of awkward illustrations. One involves the Yom Kippur War and one involves Dog the Bounty Hunter. It felt like Franklin was trying to be culturally relevant, and was reaching too far for analogies that weren’t very apt. Also, a casual listener may accuse Franklin of pushing a form of “health-and-wealth gospel” or “name-it-and-claim-it” theology, but his focus on Jesus and the true gospel convinced me that his actual message is much deeper and more biblical than that.
This book is written specifically for high school students and young adults, and as a youth minister I would recommend it to anyone of that age group in a second. But I also would recommend it to anyone who is just getting started in fasting or someone who needs a reminder of its validly and power in the life of a Christian.
Please Note: This audiobook was gifted as a part of the Christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review of this work.
- Very good
By Rose H.
I received complements of Christian Audio for the purpose of writing a review.
Narrator thoughts – He had a nice voice. He was very good at enunciation. Some readers trip over big words or say things fast, not this guy. This narrator was very clear and his voice was suited to the subject he was covering.
Book thoughts – I thought this book was very good. The author makes it very clear that fasting should be a part of our lives, not something we do if we get desperate. I was convicted that I should take some time and fast and pray. It also helped me to realize that I need to start giving God my firsts and not my leftovers. I also appreciated the emphasis he put on examining your heart to make sure that your motives are pure.
There are only two things that I didn’t like about the book. One I thought that the author came across as thinking that if you would just fast, your life would be perfect. I personally believe fasting can heighten your spiritual awareness and help you to focus on prayer. But only God can bring about miracles. I also didn’t like how he used some verses to make his point. Some verses he used correctly, others he took out of context and cherry picked what he wanted to hear.
Overall it was a very helpful book. If you are someone wanting to start fasting, this would be a good book to read. With helpful solutions to help you get you started on your own fasting journey, this book is a helpful place to start.
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- Compact Reference On Fasting
Fasting Student Edition by Jentezen Franklin is a fine book on the reasons to fast, how to fast and importantly the real life examples of victories won through fasting. It is aimed at young people in particular but all the points are still valid for the more mature believer.
He covers all the major objections to fasting and addresses the different types of fasting including partial fasts, fasts with water and supernatural full fasts. He presents Biblical and modern day examples of fasting and the long term results of this sacrifice.
I must admit I was a bit apprehensive about reading this book as fasting is one of the things I really hate to do but Franklin addresses this reluctance by Christians to embrace fasting and presents the enormous benefits of fasting. One of the aspects of this book that I really loved was the examples from people just like me that had struggles and decided to do something about them by fasting and depending on God to come through with answers, which He did in the most amazing ways.
The narration was good and I found it easy to follow and understand. Also I think the target audience of school and university students would find this book easy to understand.
Fasting is a very important part of being a successful Christian, so every young person should listen to this book to discover the victories and breakthroughs that can be achieved through sacrificing a few meals and trusting God to come through in their situations.
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- good match
Fasting is a private disciple that brings public reward. Franklin indicates his success in ministry is due to his dedication to fasting. Three days, twenty-one days, they all matter in some fashion. Essentially, that’s what this book is about, but with even more. This book includes a tale of every major successful character in the Bible, instructions on how to fast and what fasting is about, and encouraging one to develop the hunger to fast. Written with students in mind, this book uncovers how fasting is a source of hidden power, and how to utilize it.
Heyborne’s narration is at a slower to medium pace. His soft inflection and weaker-stylized tone is indicative of an empathetic reading of the text. His voice would fit well for a DVD-based study of the topic in a home study. Definitely marketed toward the school-aged individual, Heyborne commits to the audio and one can tell. This audio edition is a great pair for the written edition.
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