The Sacred Art of Fasting
Preparing to PracticeBook - 2005
An introduction to the whys and ways of fasting furnishes helpful insights to inspire readers to begin or deepen their own fasting practice, through a comprehensive look at fasting as practiced in many traditions as well as inspiring reflections from people who practice fasting. Original.
Ingram Publishing Services
Explore the practical approaches, spiritual motivations and physical benefits of an ancient practice that crosses faith traditions. Will answer your questions, allay your fears and reveal how you can safely incorporate fasting into your spiritual life.
Open your mind and heart and discover how the sacred art of fasting can strengthen your spiritual appetite
"Fasting as a religious act increases our sensitivity to that mystery always and everywhere present to us…. It is an invitation to awareness, a call to compassion for the needy, a cry of distress, and a song of joy. It is a discipline of self-restraint, a ritual of purification, and a sanctuary for offerings of atonement. It is a wellspring for the spiritually dry, a compass for the spiritually lost, and inner nourishment for the spiritually hungry."
—from chapter 9
Though fasting is practiced in some form by nearly every faith tradition throughout the world, it is often seen as scary or something only for monastic life. But fasting doesn't have to be intimidating. And it doesn’t have to mean going weeks without food.
The Sacred Art of Fasting invites you to explore the practical approaches, spiritual motivations, and physical benefits of this ancient practice by looking at the ways it is observed in several faith traditions. Inspiring personal reflections, helpful advice, and encouragement from people who practice fasting answer your questions, allay your fears, and reveal how you too can safely incorporate fasting into your spiritual life.