Awakening by Stovall Weems is the latest book I’ve received from Waterbrook Multnomah for reviewing the book, and is another book by a pastor of a church attempting to take something that has worked well for his church and adapt it for widespread use by explaining it in book form. Weems isn’t particularly pushy about this fact however, and for most of the book the main mentions of his congregation’s experiences are the stories of changed lives that end each chapter.
The book started off a bit heavy handed… making statements that we shouldn’t have mountaintop experiences because we should always be working to keep things fresh and new with our relationship with God, and that if you didn’t believe that then you shouldn’t be reading the book. While yes he has a point that we should be constantly aiming at improvement, the way some of these statements are made so dramatically sort of makes me wonder if he’s chasing off some who would agree with him if they’d kept reading further past the initial dramatic and sometimes harsh tones decrease.
The book is about awakening in general, and the first few chapters go over various elements such as passion. But really most of the book tends towards the fasting element.
This is approached from various angles, including focus on fasting under the new covenant being about connecting more into alignment with God’s will than about trying to change God’s mind about something, Jesus using “when” not “if” when discussing fasting, and even going into physical benefits and discussion of various different types of fasts.
The latter portion of the book is a sort of devotional section with a section for each day of a 21 day fast, including a quote, some thoughts, a suggested scripture reading for the day, and a plan for reading through the first part of the book over the 21 days.
It’s a nice overview book on fasting, and a good read. Though, I’m not sure if someone picking it up looking for awakening in general without already being someone who believed in fasting would be as convinced.