Fasting: Spiritual Freedom Beyond Our Appetites (Large Print 16pt)

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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
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Overview

'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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459636064
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/27/2012
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Edition number: 16
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2007

    Fasting as a gracious invitation to re-hear the heartbeat of God

    Surprise: this book is a gracious call to listen to God¿s word to God¿s people and world filled with creative ideas on how to do so. I don¿t tend to like the idea of fasting. Having been raised in a performance-oriented church and family, I steer clear of anything that feels like a `should¿ or a `must¿ related to my faith. Grace is a theme I prefer and one I was pleased to find peppered throughout this book. If you¿re looking for a book to make you feel lousy for not fasting, this is not that book. Rather, Baab reflects upon stories from people around the globe who have chosen to make fasting a part of their lives and have had their faith strengthened by it. The stories of fasting from jewelry, tv, meat or all foods fasting in community or alone in times of trial all made me realize how much my faith would be strengthened by fasting. The surprise was ¿ this book made me want to fast. I want to connect deeply with the heart of God, with the people in this world God loves. Baab writes about how her experience fasting from meat, dairy products and oil led her to both a place of gratitude and to pray more deeply for those who do not have the luxury of eating as richly as we Americans do. I want to live like I know that I do not have to consume in constant abundance to stay alive. In fact this book reminded me that perpetual abundance doesn¿t give me life, but takes it away ¿ whether it be eating too much food or buying too many clothes. Throughout history fasting has been a wonderful way of making space to listen to the heartbeat of God and becoming more closely aligned with God¿s kingdom. I just might be fasting soon so that I too can listen and learn more about God¿s kingdom rather than the kingdom of do-what-I-want-when-I-want.

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