Last night I was greatly blessed to read the book Fasting: The Ancient Practices (Ancient Practices Series) by Scot McKnight. McKnight does a fantastic job of leading the reader to understand the Biblical discipline of fasting (a discipline that has largely been ignored or forgotten in many modern evangelical circles). The book is well organized, well thought out and includes a few chapters of practical nature to help those who are interested in picking up the discipline of fasting for the first time.
Admittedly McKnight is an academic. However his writing style is clear, concise and reader friendly. I really enjoyed the book because the author covers the topic well. He draws a clear and simple definition around Biblical fasting and then proceeds to share his research on how various traditions have esteemed fasting.
McKnight makes a strong case that fasting is a response to a sacred moment. Tragically today many picture fasting as a currency get what you want. While God’s blessings may come after fasting, His blessings are always gifts of His grace. In essence we are to fast in response to sacred moment (like realizing injustice, personal sin, national sin, sickness of a loved one, death of a loved one, etc). Fasting is primarily responsive, not causal.
I wish this book had been around when I first began to experiment with fasting in my late teens and early twenties. Another great resource on fasting is John Piper’s book A Hunger for God: Desiring God through Fasting and Prayer.
I highly recommend Fasting: The Ancient Practices (Ancient Practices Series) to anyone interested in learning about fasting. The retail price is $12.99 (paperback), and is available around the web in places like Amazon.com for $11.04. I gave it four stars.
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