Why would I? What does it involve? Is it biblical?
To hear talk of fasting is, for most people, like being cast into a fog in a strange land. Unfortunately, many books that discuss fasting talk about in ethereal terms: sensations, mystical experiences; the Bible, and clear explanation, appears very little.
Scot McKnight offers a corrective to that problem and a prescriptive to all the above questions, and more. McKnight's thesis is simple: "Fasting is the natural, inevitable response of a person to a grievous sacred moment in life." He deals with what he calls an "instrumental" view of fasting, where fasting is a ploy attempting to get something instead of a response. McKnight thoroughly proves his thesis, from Scripture and from history; he also demonstrates how, in those cases where an instrumental view is taken, people can be harmed.
If anyone has a question about fasting, whether from a biblical passage, a historical anecdote, or a practical concern, McKnight addresses it. McKnight provides an A-Z, plain, simple, clear explanation of fasting. Those who read this book will have a solid footing—a clear, biblical understanding of fasting—from which to embark on a life that incorporates this practice.
In additional, McKnight’s style is simple and thoroughly readable. There is no jargon that he himself does not introduce and explain. He is used to writing for the common person. Easy to understand and always interesting, McKnight has provided the Church with a gift in 'Fasting.' Now pastors have something to recommend, and believers have a starting place from which to begin, when the question of fasting comes up.
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