A Woman's Guide to Fasting by Lisa E. Nelson is an excellent resource for anyone who has the spiritual discipline of fasting on their heart or mind. It opened my eyes to what fasting is and what it is not, and the real reasons you may be called to do it. It is all based in scripture and leads you to many verses to ponder about fasting. Jesus is the main focus, as He should be.
Much practical advice is given for both short and long fasts. Mrs. Nelson does not claim to give medical advice, only shares from her own experience, which are many. She prepares you for what to expect before, during, and after a fast physically and spiritually. She shares her own successes and failures. Although there is much information she gives it at a personal level.
I strongly recommend this book if you have been thinking about fasting. I'm not sure it only has to be for women, as the principles are applicable for both men and women.
Lisa says, "True biblical fasting is not about the external act of not eating; it is about the internal work of the heart seeking hard after God." There is nothing more beautiful than wanting to know God and seeking Him.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.