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40 Days of Decrease
A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast.
By Alicia Britt Chole
About the Book
We ache deep within to meaningfully honor Christ's resurrection. Yet, in practice, this focal point in the liturgical calendar is often a celebration of public holiday more than it is of humanity's hope. At day's end, we fall asleep well-fed and perhaps even grateful, yet still somehow something short of awed. Enduring awe is rarely the fruit of a morning's celebration. Enduring awe is the fruit of daily participation with Jesus, our resurrected Love. 40 Days of Decrease invites readers to walk with Jesus through the holy decrease of less and loss that led Him cross-ward and beyond. Each day offers a meaningful consideration of Jesus' journey through reading and reflection and then issues a challenging daily fast. Instead of social media, chocolate, and designer coffee, 40 Days of Decrease calls communities to a Lenten fasting of apathy, injustice, resentment, hypocrisy, and more for the love of God. After all, 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 is only holy when its destination is love. We thin our lives to thicken our communion with God.
About the Author
Alicia Britt Chole has a doctor of ministry in leadership and spiritual formation from George Fox Evangelical Seminary and serves as the founding director of Leadership Investment Intensives (www.leadershipii.com), a nonprofit devoted to spiritually investing in the lives and legacies of leaders in the marketplace and the church. A captivating communicator, seasoned mentor, and gifted writer, Alicia speaks internationally and has authored several books including: Anonymous: Jesus' Hidden_ Years and Yours, which is highly regarded by leaders around the world. In a culture obsessed with fame, Alicia brings ancient truth to life. Alicia lives with her husband, their three amazing children (all Choles through the miracle of adoption), four somewhat- less- than- amazing dogs, one truly strange cat, and eight confused chickens off of a dirt road in a country home devoted to writing and reflection. Among her favorite things are thunderstorms, pianos in empty rooms, organic hot tea, and anything with jalapenos. To connect with Alicia, visit www.aliciachole.com and @aliciachole.