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40 Days of Decrease

A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast.

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Quick Overview:

40 Days of Decrease guides readers through a study of Jesus’ uncommon and uncomfortable call to abandon the world’s illusions, embrace His kingdom’s reality, and journey cross-ward and beyond.

What if you fasted regret?

What if your friends fasted comparison?

What if your generation fasted escapism?

What if your community fasted spectatorship?

Such heart-fasts could trigger a spiritual revolution!

Via readings, refection questions, daily fasts, ancient quotes, and more, this is the dream of 40 Days of Decrease: A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast.

Every day offers a meaningful consideration of Jesus’ journey and then invites readers into a daily fast of heart-clutter, the stuff that sticks to our souls and weighs us down. 

You can begin your forty-day journey any time of the year, but you may find it especially meaningful as a Lenten preparation to live in awe of Jesus’ resurrection. 

Each daily, 1000-word entry will include

  • a devotional based on Jesus’ cross-ward life;
  • a reflection question to guide journaling or group discussion;
  • a heart fast to inspire a tangible response;
  • a thought-provoking Lenten quote;
  • an optional sidebar into the historical development of Lent.
  • a suggested reading that takes you from John 12 to John 21
  • journaling space for reflection

In the same way self cannot satisfy self no matter how long it feasts, self cannot starve self no matter how long it fasts. Decrease—like increase—is only holy when its destination is love. 

We thin our lives to thicken our communion with God.

Dare to live awed by Christ’s resurrection!

Intuitive, prophetic, and profoundly inspiring, calling forth a revolution of soul health, stirring our passion to know Jesus more.”

—DARLENE ZSCHECH, Composer, Worship Leader, Pastor, and Speaker

“God has sounded a clear chor d of revelation through Alicia Chole. God uses her to lovingly guide the reader into recognizing His presence, purpose, and power in times of necessary loss.”

—DR. CLAUDE R. ALEXANDER, JR., Lead Pastor of The Park Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC



Contributor(s) Alicia Britt Chole
About the Contributor(s) Alicia Britt Chole

Whether in person or in print, Dr. Alicia Britt Chole's voice carries an invitation to walk with God anew. A former atheist, her love for God and His Word overflows to bring ancient truth to life. Alicia is an international speaker, an author of a dozen books and bible studies, a seasoned mentor, and the founding director of Leadership Investment Intensives, Inc, a non-profit devoted to providing personal soul-care to leaders in the marketplace and church. Her book, Anonymous: Jesus' Hidden Years and Yours, is highly regarded by leaders and learners around the globe. Alicia and her husband of 25 years joyfully parent their three extraordinary children in a country home off of a dirt road surrounded by loads of laundry, laughter, and love.


ISBN-10 0718076605
ISBN-13 9780718076603
Publish Date Jan 5, 2016
Weight (lbs) 0.6500
Height 8.40
Width 5.50
Length 272
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $14.99
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Heidi
Overall Rating
This book is split up into 40 chapters, one for each day of Lent leading up to Easter, with a fast for each day in order to prepare us to be awed by Christ's resurrection. For each day, Chloe gives a narrative of what Jesus was doing in the days leading up to His crucifixion and resurrection, reflection material and questions, the day's fast (usually a concept, such as regret, collecting praise, avoidance, isolation...), information on Lent origin and theories, and finally a short related Bible reading. At the end of each chapter, there is space to take notes. I am not very familiar with Lent or the Biblical narratives given about Jesus, so I really learned a lot from this book. I also thought the fasts were really helpful, and definitely manageable. Though this book is designed to be read to lead up to Easter, it can be read and be helpful at any time.

I read this as an eBook, which I actually preferred for this book, which is unlike me. Having the eBook version was really nice because I could take notes without cramming writing into the margins, and I could highlight things that I thought would be important and helpful. I personally don't like to write or highlight things in physical copies of books, so this format was perfect for me.

I sat down and read this cover to cover over a couple of days, but if you can, I recommend reading one chapter each day, and simply focusing on one fast each day. I didn't do this because I wanted to finish it to get my review done, so I couldn't take forty days to read the book. I would however like to reread the book, next time only reading it one day at a time.

Chloe used works from both Biblical scholars and the Bible, as well as her own experiences to teach about Jesus' sacrifice and Lent. Through these, she definitely expresses Biblical truth, as well as making the lessons very personal.

I definitely recommend this book, particularly those who are unfamiliar with Easter or the stories of Jesus leading up to his crucifixion. This book was really eye opening for me, and gave me a whole new perspective on what Jesus went through to save us all. I gave this book 3.5-4/5 stars (somewhere in there...3.5 seems too low and 4 seems a bit high).

*I received this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. (Posted on 3/21/2016)

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