"You're blessed when you've worked up a good appetite for God." Matthew 5:6 The Message ^^We live in hungry times. Ours is a consumer culture, predisposed to quickly fill the cravings of body and mind. The idea of...
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"You're blessed when you've worked up a good appetite for God." Matthew 5:6 The Message
^^We live in hungry times. Ours is a consumer culture, predisposed to quickly fill the cravings of body and mind. The idea of fasting - the voluntary denial of something for a specific time, for a spiritual purpose-sets us immediately on edge. But Lynne Baab makes the case that anyone can fast.
^^Fasting is an expression of freedom. Free from the patterns and habits that mark everyday life, from time to time we can move beyond our appetites into meaningful encounter with God.
^^In Fasting you'll discover an ancient Christian practice that extends beyond giving up food to any regular activity in our contemporary lives. You'll see how taking a break from eating - or driving, or checking e-mail, or watching television - opens us up to discover new things about ourselves and God and the world around us. You'll see that while not everyone should forgo food, anyone can step out of routine to feed the soul.
^^In a time of great spiritual hunger, God invites us all to a feast: fellowship with the Creator of the universe, where all our truest needs are identified and attended to.
Fasting is an ancient, often misunderstood practice of the church. Lynne Baab explores fasting as an experience of freedom by looking beyond our appetites what we eat, how we entertain ourselves, what we surround ourselves with to get a better view of ourselves and our God. Market/Audience People interested in spiritual formation Catholic readers Endorsements "Lynne Baab takes a very insightful and helpful look at the often neglected spiritual practice of fasting. Her suggestions about fasting other than from food are particularly relevant for our culture today. As a physician I also appreciated her practical and helpful tips on how to fast from food. This is an important book for anyone wanting to become more intimate with God." Christine Sine, M.D., executive director, Mustard Seed Associates "As someone who has struggled with slavery to my appetites and desires, and who seeks a life free of them, Fasting was a life-giving breath of fresh air . . . Lynne Baab has created a book that can help us explore our appetites, discover the history behind the fast, and learn how to abstain and seek God." Renee Altson, author of Stumbling Toward Faith Features and Benefits Provides insights from fasting experiences of diverse people. Surveys fasting in the Bible and church history. Offers cautions and alternatives for people with special dietary concerns.
Lynne M. Baab is the author of multiple books and Bible studies. A Presbyterian minister, she recently completed a Ph.D. in communication at the University of Washington. She lives with her husband in Dunedin, New Zealand, where she is a lecturer in pastoral theology at the University of Otago.
She is the author of A Renewed Spirituality; Sabbath Keeping; Fasting; Sabbath (LifeGuide Bible Study); Personality Type in Congregations; Embracing Midlife and Beating Burnout in Congregations
Her forthcoming book, Friending: Real Relationships in a Virtual World will release in 2011. She is also the author of three LifeGuide Bible Studies.
- 1. An Invitation To Freedom
- 2. Food And Fasting Today
- 3. Motives
- 4. A Look At Christian History
- 5. A Photo Album Of Biblical Stories
- 6. Abstaining From Food
- 7. Other Fasts
- 8. Fasting In Community
- 9. Today More Than Ever
- Appendix A: For Further Reading
- Appendix B: The Challenge Of Finding <em>fasting</em> In The Bible
- Scripture Index