One of the churches I've been attending has challenged the congregation to pray and fast for 40 days. The dictionary defines fasting as abstaining from food, but I decided that wasn't what I should give up.
Starting Monday, I won't read any fiction (other than the read-alouds at school). Hopefully this weekend I'll be able to finish the books I am reading and finish two review books.
There are a several non fiction books, such as Crazy Love by Francis Chan and Magnificent Obsession by Anne Graham Lotz that I'm looking forward to reading and sharing with you; as well as some books on science, history and some biographies.
You might be wondering how not reading a certain books can be considered fasting. Some of the articles about fasting on gotquestions.org were really helpful in explaining what I had already been thinking.
"Although fasting in Scripture is almost always a fasting from food, there are other ways to fast. Anything given up temporarily in order to focus all our attention on God can be considered a fast. ... Fasting is not intended to punish the flesh, but to redirect attention to God. Fasting should not be considered a “dieting method” either. The purpose of a biblical fast is not to lose weight, but rather to gain deeper fellowship with God. ... Everyone can temporarily give up something in order to draw closer to God." http://www.gotquestions.org/fasting-Christian.htmlHave you ever fasted? What have you given up?