40 Days of Decrease by Alicia Britt Chole – A Book Review
What if God called you to practice an uncommon and uncomfortable abandon to the world’s illusions, and instead embrace the Kingdom’s realities by journeying through a 40- day fasting experience? “40 Days of Decrease”by Alicia Britt Chole takes you on this very kind of journey during Lent. You will experience fasting from feelings like regret, isolation, avoidance and denial, just to name a few.
Each chapter is designed to provide a:
- devotional based upon Jesus’ life
- guidance for the reflection
- suggested daily fasts (each day is different)
- prayerful meditations from inspiring quotes written by many spiritual leaders, past and present
- Scripture passages to reflect and journal
We are reminded in fasting that we are “voluntarily adopting a form of temporary discomfort to self with the intention of bringing to mind the discomfort of the cross (which is unspeakable). And still, our twenty-first-century discomfort remains mild and our first-century remembrance remains meager.”
Allow the words in this book to nourish and humble our hearts. Take each day as a gift from Jesus showing us how to not see Lent as just an obligation or little project, but as an experience for communication with God.
written by Joanna Polerek, Spiritual Life Development Department, USA East