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The Sacred Art of Fasting.

The Sacred Art of Fasting

Thomas Ryan, CSP

Skylight Paths Publishing

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Written by Catholic Priest and member of the Paulist Fathers Thomas Ryan, CSP, The Sacred Art of Fasting: Preparing to Practice is a straightforward look at fasting as a means to open oneself spiritually. Chapters survey the use of spiritual fasting in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and among the Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and strive to explain what makes fasting a "sacred art". The final chapter discusses in detail proper preparations for fasting, what health conditions make it unsafe to fast, alternative means of fasting for those who cannot safely do so, how much exercise is appropriate during a fast, and more. The Sacred Art of Fasting specifically focuses upon fasting as a spiritual practice rather than a weight loss or health practice, yet there is some discussion of the physical benefits of a controlled fast. A sober, practical, and deeply reverntial discussion of an ancient practice undertaken in search for enlightenment.
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Title Annotation:The Sacred Art of Fasting: Preparing to Practice
Author:Taylor, John
Publication:Reviewer's Bookwatch
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Sep 1, 2005
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