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40 Days of Decrease: A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast.
by Alicia Britt Chole

“What are you giving up for Lent?” we are asked. Our minds begin to whirl: Chocolate? Designer coffee? Social media? Forty days later, some feel disappointed in their efforts (it was a limited-time blend . . . ), some feel surprised by their success (didn’t even miss it . . . ), but perhaps precious few feel spiritually renewed.

Can such fasts alone truly prepare us to celebrate Easter? Or any other chosen time of reflection during the year?

Or could it be that before we can be duly awed by resurrection, we need to daily honor crucifixion?

40 Days of Decrease emphasizes a different type of fast. What if you or your church fasted comparison? What if your family fasted accumulation? What if your office fasted gossip?

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.

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 fast to inspire a tangible response;
  • a thought-provoking Lenten quote;
  • a sidebar into the historical development of Lent.

Product Details

Format: paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5½ x 8½
ISBN: 9780718076603
Publisher: W Publishing Group
Pub. Date: January 5, 2016

Meet the Author

Alicia Britt Chole is an international speaker, an author of a dozen books and Bible studies, a seasoned mentor, and the founding director of Leadership Investment Intensives, a nonprofit 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.

Table of Contents


Day 1. Lent as Project Day 21. Premature Resolution
Day 2. Regrets Day 22. Sound
Day 3. Collecting Praise Day 23. Armchair Jesus
Day 4. Artificial Light Day 24. Neutrality
Day 5. Tidy Faith Day 25. Denial
Day 6. Speeding Past Sorrow Day 26. Comparison
Day 7. A Meal Day 27. Discontentment
Day 8. Fixing It Day 28. Formulas
Day 9. Rationalism Day 29. Intimidation
Day 10. Avoidance Day 30. Self-Confidence
Day 11. Religious Profiling Day 31. Mocking Jesus
Day 12. Isolation Day 32. Addition
Day 13. Stinginess Day 33. Willful Sin
Day 14. Spectatorship Day 34. Criticism
Day 15. Spiritual Self-Protection Day 35. God-As-Job
Day 16. Halos Day 36. Withholding
Day 17. Apathy Day 37. Your Voice
Day 18. Appearances Day 38. Escapism
Day 19. Revisionism Day 39. Guarding Tombs
Day 20. Leavened Bread Day 40. Fasting

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