I’m a little stuck on how I should approach this review.
In general, the book is a full of heart searching and convicting wisdom on the subject of fasting.
Scot McKnight uses straightforward writing that pulls no punches when it comes to defining what the true meaning of fasting is.
“ a unified perception of body, soul, spirit, and mind creates a spirituality that includes the body." “Fasting is one way you and I bring our entire selves into complete expression.” ~ Scot McKnight
I went into reading this book thinking that I would get a ‘how to’ guide to fasting. But in the end, I was given a greater and broader view of fasting that I would have never imagined getting from any other book.
I didn’t always agree with some of Scot McKnight’s thoughts and or opinions when it comes to the purposes or references of fasting. When taking references from other documents beyond that of God breathed scripture, I am always leery.
Though, even when I was not in 100% agreement with McKnight, I was still thoroughly convicted on my motives and thoughts toward fasting.
Here is more information from Thomas Nelson:
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.