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Hungry for More
Feasting through the Word
Published:
4/9/2012
Format:
Perfect Bound Softcover
Pages:
136
Size:
5.5x8.5
ISBN:
978-1-44974-263-8
Print Type:
B/W

What are you hungry for?


Really—What is your deepest desire?


The stories and biblical truths in Hungry for More will help you connect to the Abundant Source who can fulfill your craving for deep satisfaction. Through life experiences and years of face time before God, Kandy Persall’s insight will inspire you to feast on God’s Word—the nourishment for our spiritual hunger. Her life lessons and God connections during twenty years living in Asia set the table for applying God’s Word to our daily lives. Rather than just another book which nibbles on God’s Word, Hungry for More guides you to the banquet to find real nourishment. Pull up a chair to the table. The feast is ready.

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Following the Word

 

Bible Reading: John 13–16

 

“Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” (John 14:5).

 

After a few years of Chinese study, my Canadian friend and I decided we needed a break. A local expat group was hosting a women’s retreat and we made plans to attend. “We can take our car,” I announced bravely. “I’ll drive, and you read the map.” 

 

Now the map was in Mandarin, but as Julia and I pored over it, we realized that we recognized the characters on most of the city streets. We each owned a Taiwan driver’s license and were experienced at nosing our way into the most congested traffic. This would be a piece of mooncake.

 

As we left the city limits, truth dawned that the map was not to scale and we fast became lost. After far too many turns, we began to disagree on the best way to our destination. Confused and shaken, we pulled into a small Taiwanese shop. I opened the door and in muddled Mandarin I announced, “I. Am. Late!”

 

Having no idea what I’d just said, two amused men looked up from their tea. Their wide grin exposed reddened teeth, stained from Taiwan’s chewing tobacco substitute, betel nut. Not only was there that, but their response to me came in an altogether different Chinese dialect as well. I began to have an out-of-body panic. Pulling out the map, I began my signs and wonders approach. 

 

Light dawned and one of the men began to smile and chatter pleasantly. As he saw my blank stare, he motioned me out the door and into my car, where Julia had been prayerfully waiting. Within moments, he was on his Vespa scooter, signaling for us to follow. For ten of the longest minutes of my life, we twisted up hairpin mountain roads, before recognizing the sign we’d been searching for. With a wave, our guide left us at the camp entrance and began his descent, smiling ear to ear.

 

When Thomas asked about the way in John 14:5, he was asking for a map of clear directions leading to Jesus’ next destination. Thomas wanted to know the “where,” so that he could decide on the “how.” Instead, Jesus answered his question with a “Who.” 

 

As we journey with the Lord, our natural tendency is to ask for an atlas detailing the path, so that we may decide when to make appropriate stops and detours. We don’t mind the ports of call. We would just like to plan the sailing route. 

 

“Where are we going?” we ask.

 

“That would be toward Me,” He replies. “Come on!”

 

Following after Him, we find that He is not only the actual channel by which we find our destination; He is the destination. In Him, we not only find out how to know God; we also find God Himself. He is both the Way and the Truth (John 14:6). 

 

This Truth is not just factual and right, although this is a part of Jesus being truth. He is both the reality and actuality of God. The writer of Hebrews described Christ as the “exact representation of (God’s) nature” (Hebrews 1:3). As we follow Him, we see God. Although we wait for Him along the journey, we don’t have to wait until heaven to see Him. He gives us glimpses all along the way. 

 

To top it off, Jesus proclaims that He is also the Life. In Greek, it is as if He is saying, “I am not only the accessibility to and reality of God; I am your vitality in God.” Jesus emphasizes these three characteristics as connected one to the other. In finding one, you are on your way to discovering another. 

 

Practically, it’s much easier to follow a guy on a scooter than it is to follow the one who is Spirit. “How can we know the way?” Herein is where the quiet time of daily silence before Him comes in. We know that he who is of God hears Him (John 8:47). We can also be assured that if the Spirit of God is within us, our spirit is alive to receive Him, see Him, and even live Him (Rom. 8:9–11). Remember, it’s not about a formula conceived with the mind. It’s about voluntarily moving your desires underneath His and yielding to His steps. We do it once for His sake, then over and over again for our own. 

 

Set aside twenty minutes to spend in quiet before Him today. Begin with the prayer below, asking Him to focus your mind on Him. Then, meditate on the Lord as your way, your truth, and your life. Allow these three characteristics to rest in your spirit and soul. Wait between each characteristic for Him to speak any new revelation that He may have for you. Then, begin again. When your mind wanders (and it will), ask Him to bring you back before Him. I believe in you. He does too.

 

 Holy Father,

 

I realize that I have no idea how best to allow You to be my way, truth, and life (John 14:6). I am so accustomed to following a program or procedure that I have no clue how to retrain myself to do anything differently. How can I be set free from going back to using the same formula of religion that I’ve failed at again and again (Rom. 7:24)?

I need You. I need You to lead me beside You in quietness and restore my very busy soul (Ps. 23:2–3). I don’t even know where to begin, but believing that You are the Way, I stand before You, ready to follow. 

With this very prayer, I tremble. I know myself and am afraid that I’ll only stumble back into familiar paths. Strengthen my feeble knees and give me a straight path for my feet (Heb. 12:12–13). Remind me often that You are the God of peace who has equipped us to please You (Heb. 13:20–21). 

I stand here before You, seeking and asking You to reveal Yourself, so that I may follow (Jer. 6:16). This journey must be a spiritual one; one that takes place by faith and not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7). Give me the faith to follow as Abraham did, following the Whowithout knowing the whereHeb. 11:8). Draw me along this path with Your magnetic power and whisper often in my innermost ear that I may know of Your presence (John 6:44; Isa. 30:21). Take my hand and let’s get started. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Kandy Persall and her husband, Mark, spent twenty years living as foreigners in Asia. She now travels to churches throughout the United States speaking at women's conferences to help women find what they are truly hungry for. Kandy and Mark make their home in Lubbock, Texas. They are parents of two adult daughters, who are vitally involved in Kandy's ministry. Their oldest daughter, Hannah, produced the cover design for this book. Hilary, their youngest, leads worship at many of Kandy's conferences. Visit her website at:

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Many people view missionaries as those bold and fearless Christians who have reached a pinnacle of holiness beyond our reach. We do not believe they struggle with our weak faith and fears, our identity issues and inconsistent lives or the helpless and hopeless feelings which we mere mortals struggle. Kandy Persall’s transparency and humor in Hungry for More reveals the true picture of a missionary. She is one of those friends who picks up the corner of our mat and carries us to Jesus. She rips through the roof of our paralyzing struggles to get us to the Word who can heal us. Mark 2:1-12 is one of the passages you’ll read on the “menu” in her new book. Look closely at the four friends of the paralytic, and you might just see Kandy’s eager, smiling face holding on to the corner of your mat. Let her carry you to the healing Word in His word.
Wendi Nash 
Kandy's book was my daily delight as I would meet with Jesus each morning. This book was a fabulous companion to the Word. I quickly realized that this book was not going to be a "quick read" but rather a deep, satisfying read. In her terms of meals...it was a slow, savory rich meal--with chopsticks! ;)

By no means was it hard to understand, you see, my friend Kandy writes some very humorous tales of her time in Asia and has this incredible ability to tie it to spiritual truth. Her style is very honest and open about her own struggles and she shares what God taught her through them. She uses parenthetical notes with Scripture addresses so the reader can pause and look up each verse as he or she is reading. Kandy encourages this of each reader so they can reap the most benefit from her work.

I was delighted to discover that each cited Scripture was NOT the typical verses we tend to think of. She has done an exhaustive study of the Word and is sharing Scriptures to be read and understood in new ways. There were many times while reading the book that I would just pause and let the verse sit on my heart before moving on. There was MORE to get from it.

Kandy's own pursuit of the Lord and His ways and heart are inspiring. She lays out her own vulnerabilities and allows the reader to enter in and study the Scriptures that relate. I found new truths and realities in my own walk with God because of reading her analogies and her journey.

I have made myself a note to go back and refer to Chapter 14 when I am a worn out, exhausted mother of 6 children. I know those days are in my future, and I will use Kandy's words here along with my Bible and prayer to combat those future days!

I especially liked Chapter 22 where Kandy gives guidance in learning to discern God's voice apart from Satan's. She offers practical questions to help the reader determine if they are tuned into the Lord's frequency or picking up evil words of the accuser. She also explains how a long battle of taking thoughts captive might take--more than just calling off the evil one once or twice! Her writing is very practical training for anyone who wants to learn the voice of the Shepherd and to hear it clearer.

As you read this book, you will be asked to read through 3 of the 4 gospels. Kandy lists the references at the top of the chapter. My time was limited each morning so I got into a habit of reading the 3-6 chapters on one morning and digging into her chapter about them (and all those parenthetical Scripture citings) the next. It was a good rhythm that worked well for me.

Chapter 25 was like an old friend. As I read, I recognized the material. 9 years before, Kandy had given a break out session that I attended. The topic? How to STOP being a people pleaser and learn to tune our hearts to our Lord and please HIM only. I even still have my notes from her talk in my Bible...it was THAT GOOD.
Amy Shaw 
I think no matter where we are in life, we are "Hungry For More". In Kandy's book, she digs into God's Word, especially His Gospels, and shows us how god can fill those hunger pangs! The chapters are easy to read and easy to relate to in our everyday life. Start reading today!
Cynthia Dillard 
 
 


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