Fasting: Exploring a Great Spiritual Practice

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Fasting is a universal spiritual practice, common in both Eastern and Western cultures, and a part of almost every religious tradition. It is also an important secular practice, often for a political or social cause such as peace, justice, or to alleviate hunger. Now this helpful guide has everything you need to make this practice your own. Here you'll find perspectives that cross time and tradition, plus plenty of practical help, with historical information, inspiring personal stories, and plenty of ...
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Overview

Fasting is a universal spiritual practice, common in both Eastern and Western cultures, and a part of almost every religious tradition. It is also an important secular practice, often for a political or social cause such as peace, justice, or to alleviate hunger. Now this helpful guide has everything you need to make this practice your own. Here you'll find perspectives that cross time and tradition, plus plenty of practical help, with historical information, inspiring personal stories, and plenty of encouragement.
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Fasting as practiced by Jews, Christians, Muslims and others is the focus of this handy little guide by Rogers, a writer and oral historian. In this latest installment in Sorin's Exploring a Great Spiritual Practice series, the author, whose background is Roman Catholic and Jewish, brings together a multiplicity of religious and secular fasting traditions, showing similarities and differences among them. In addition to covering the practices of the "big three" monotheistic religions and their primary fast days and seasons, she delves into fasting by Hindus, Buddhists and Native Americans. She then explores political fasting, personal fasting outside of religious seasons and holistic fasting, highlighting Indian Ayurveda and yoga and China's Qigong self-healing system. Among Rogers's more interesting findings is that despite a strong historical tradition of fasting, the practice has actually declined among modern-day Christians, except for Mormons, who continue to fast on the first Sunday of each month, and evangelicals, who have recently revived the practice. She also notes that even as Muslims submit to the rigorous monthlong Ramadan fast, some report gaining weight because of the food consumed at nightly break-the-fast gatherings. Although much of Rogers's text is instructive in tone, real-life testimonies about fasting provide welcome texture and color. Overall, this book will serve as a fine introduction to the subject for a diverse audience. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Chapter 1 Judaism 16
Chapter 2 Christianity--Jesus and the Gospels 32
Chapter 3 Christianity--The First Thousand Years 46
Chapter 4 Christianity--The Second Thousand Years 60
Chapter 5 Islam 78
Chapter 6 More Traditions--from the East and West 90
Chapter 7 Yom Kippur Fasting 106
Chapter 8 The Season of Lent 120
Chapter 9 Ramadan Fasting 138
Chapter 10 Political Fasting: Sending a Message and Making Connections 152
Chapter 11 Personal Fasting: As a Discipline and Companion to Prayer 172
Chapter 12 Holistic Fasting: The Body-Mind-Spirit Connection 190
Final Thoughts 208
Appendix The Physical Challenges 216
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