“And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:16-18, NRSV
Fasting, by Scott McKnight, is a voulme in the wonderful Ancient Practices Series from Thomas Nelson Publishers and edited by Phyllis Tickle.
it’s a great book. it’s part theology/Biblical study/spiritual disciplines; part personal stories and reflections.
it’s not simply a book about fasting; it’s a book about the spiritual life and the idea of “whole-body spirituality.”
the book contains Biblical examples and precedents for fasting, tips/ideas on how to fast safely/effectively, and the different types of fasting practiced in the Bible.
we hunger and thirst for God. fasting illustrates this desire for God in a way we can feel in a very real and practical way.
Fasting is an excellent read for devotions and study.
*Full Disclosure: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through “Book Sneeze.” They give free books to bloggers for honest reviews.*