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Food in Gods Place Randall Burgess

Food in Gods Place

Randall Burgess

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Food was associated with the fall, rebellion on the part of the Israelites, and is named as one of the things that we are specifically not supposed to worry about. It is the metaphorical first material expression of the needs of the self. Food in GodMoreFood was associated with the fall, rebellion on the part of the Israelites, and is named as one of the things that we are specifically not supposed to worry about. It is the metaphorical first material expression of the needs of the self. Food in God’s Place is about using prayer and fasting to get stuff and ideas out of your life that block your relationship with God whether that be food, money, things, relationships, beliefs or ideas. Food in God’s Place is about using prayer and fasting with prayer to gain an understanding of how much you need God everywhere all the time. What gets between you and God? Food in God’s Place is a story about Anna and her talk with Christ where she learns to use prayer and fasting to lean on him and not on her self.In a series of seven fictional dream dialogues, Anna learns to use prayer and fasting to learn to depend more on Jesus, to forgive more like him, to have closer relationships, to restore integrity where it has broken down, and to live with greater peace, meaning, and purpose.In each of the seven chapters she puts what she has learned into practice at work and in her relationships. She struggles against the ridicule of her worldly mega-church minister brother who thinks fasting is dumb. And she struggles to overcome her attitudes and judgements about him hoping to ultimately influence him to become more like Christ and to encourage him to try fasting as a spiritual discipline as well. She shares the practice of fasting with her friends and they plan to make prayer and fasting a part of their small group. Anna also learns how to prevent fasting from become an empty or legalistic practice.Each chapter begins with relevant Bible verses and ends with devotional questions and a prayer.Praise for Food in God’s PlaceMy husband and I live in the Colorado Rockies surrounded by fourteen thousand plus foot peaks. Sometimes, we even attempt to climb these peaks, and I am reminded how alike climbing mountains can be to walking the Christian walk.In this book, Randall Burgess takes on some of the spiritual mountains most of us experience in life. On subjects of faith and trust, forgiveness, addictions, connecting, suffering and others, we are offered discernment, wisdom and Biblical solutions for managing the climb and successfully mastering the mountains. Always, he reminds us that Jesus is our constant companion.Experienced through the eyes of Anna, a thirty-five year old single woman struggling with a food addiction, and other challenges in her relationships with family, co-workers and Jesus, we are invited into her dreams. Here, she meets with Jesus to discuss her life and her purpose. There are profound spiritual lessons in ‘Food in God’s Place’ as Anna begins trusting Jesus’ leadership and applying His solutions to her life.Her reward is a deeper relationship with Christ and all the benefits that encompasses.This book is an enjoyable read and a challenge to face our own “mountains” and master them with Jesus as companion.Sharon Savage Ward, Christianity Today (retired)Our nation and indeed our world has a dysfunctional relationship with food. Half the world is stuffed and half the world is starved. In “Food in God’s Place,” Randall Burgess speaks to a poorly nourished world with a new perspective. Namely that the old school discipline of fasting should become new school to more of us. Our culture, like many before us, has issues with putting other stuff or things in God’s place and then wondering how and why we feel so empty. Perhaps “Sports in God’s Place” or “Money in God’s place” will be his sequels…but by choosing food, he selected the very best place to start. With other things we metaphorically “fill” ourselves with the wrong stuff. With food, we literally do it. Randall’s book can help us pause and reflect and fill ourselves with something truly nourishing. We could all use that.Mark Moore, Founder and CEO, MANA Nutrition