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Building a body and mind that hungers for God.
Is the practice of faith centered solely on the spirit? Is the body an enemy, or can it actually play a role in our pursuit of God? In this installation of the Ancient Practices Series, Dr. Scot McKnight reconnects the spiritual and the physical through the discipline of fasting.
The act of fasting, he says, should not be focused on results or used as a manipulative tool. It is a practice to be used in response to sacred moments, just as it has in the lives of God’s people throughout history. McKnight gives us scriptural accounts of fasting, along with practical wisdom on benefits and pitfalls, when we should fast, and what happens to our bodies as a result.
For those who have wondered how to grasp the value of this most misunderstood ancient practice, this book is a comprehensive guide.
A volume in the eight book classic series, The Ancient Practices, with a foreword by Phyllis Tickle, General Editor.
Many religions throughout history have used fasting as a way to get closer to their deities and to atone for sins. Many people follow along with the practice not knowing the origins or meanings behind this practice.
Scot McKnight breaks down the barriers that hold back this knowledge.
In the first half of the book, he talks about fasting as it applies to spirituality. How does it help you get closer to God? How does it help you tune into your spiritual being?
In the second half of the book, he talks about the physical implications of fasting. Is it actually healthy for you to fast? Can it cause you health problems if not done correctly?
Even though I am not a Christian, I came away with a great knowledge about this practice that can be applied to my religion as well.