The Sacred Art of Fasting: Preparing to Practice

The Sacred Art of Fasting: Preparing to Practice

by Thomas Ryan

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594734229
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/12/2012
Series: Art of Spiritual Living
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 568 KB

About the Author

Rev. Thomas Ryan, CSP, is a Catholic priest and member of the Paulist Fathers. He coordinates ecumenical and interreligious relations for the Paulist community in the United States and Canada. The author of twelve books, his works include The Sacred Art of Fasting: Preparing to Practice (SkyLight Paths); Interreligious Prayer: A Christian Guide; Four Steps to Spiritual Freedom; and the DVD Yoga Prayer. He lives in Washington, DC.

Rev. Thomas Ryan, CSP, is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Fasting: A Fresh Look
  • Challenge and Inspiration from Other Religions
  • The Ecumenical Gift Exchange: What Do the Churches Have to Offer One Another for Their Mutual Enrichment?
  • Soul Fire: Accessing Your Creativity
  • Remember to Live: Embracing the Second Half of Life

Table of Contents


1. In Search of Fasting as a Spiritual Practice
2. Judaism: Purification, Mourning, Atonement
3. Christianity: Mystical Longing, Liberation through Discipline, Work of Justice
4. Islam: Allah-Consciousness, Self-Restraint, Social Solidarity
5. Hinduism: Purity, Respect, Penance
6. Buddhism: Purity of Body, Clarity of Mind, Moderation
7. Latter-day Saints: Offerings for Those in Want, Strengthening in the Faith
8. What Makes Fasting a Sacred Art?
9. Preparing to Practice


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