“Fasting is what happens to the person who yields the whole person-body, soul, spirit, heart, and mind – to God.” So says Scot McKnight, professor and author, and writer of a very fine introduction and, in many ways, re-introduction to the ancient practice of Fasting. Part of the Ancient Practices Series published by Thomas Nelson, Fasting is a book that helped me developed a new perspective on this vital, and often misunderstood, practice.
Why fast? The answers to this question are numerous: to get closer to God, to get something from God (an answer to prayer, victory over temptation), and to improve one’s health. While McKnight acknowledges these reasons he also challenges them with his AàBàC perspective of fasting; A represents what McKnight calls a “Grievous Sacred Moment” that “generates a response (B), in this case fasting.” C represents the results of said response of which McKnight frequently reminds the reader that fasting “is not an instrument designed to get desired results.”
Not all readers will agree McKnight’s narrower view of fasting but they will be given a very in-depth look at the various aspects of fasting that link it to a passionate pursuit of God. I found it very helpful in better understanding the place of fasting in my faith development and spiritual maturity.
I believe that this book truly deserves a place in your library if you are serious about a stronger and deeper faith. There is more to this book that I have revealed in this review… which is why you should buy it. It will change the way you look at fasting.
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