Authors: Elmer L. Towns
Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough,
Elmer Towns not
only unravels the mystery of fasting, but provides a
very clear biblical understanding of the value of fasting.
H. B. LONDON JR.
Vice President, Ministry Outreach/Pastoral Ministries
Focus on the Family
No one has given us the broad picture of what this means
more convincingly than Elmer Towns in his stimulating
Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough.
This is truly a tract for the times!
C. PETER WAGNER
Fuller Theological Seminary
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Towns, Elmer L.
Fasting for spiritual breakthrough / Elmer L. Towns.
Includes bibliographical references.
1. Fasting. 2. Fasting—Biblical teaching. I. Title.
27 28 29 30 31 / 12 11 10 09 08
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The fasts suggested in this book are not for everyone. Consult your physician before beginning. Expectant mothers, diabetics, and others with a history of medical problems can enter the spirit of fasting while remaining on essential diets. While fasting is healthful to many, the nature of God would not command a physical exercise that would harm people physically or emotionally.