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Fasting: Exploring a Great Spiritual Practice (Exploring a Great Spiritual Practice)

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Everything you need to know about fasting — a universal spiritual practice that plays a part in almost every religious tradition. This practical guide is packed with practice helps, historical perspectives, and inspiring personal stories.

Review:

"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.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781893732643
Editor:
Kirvan, John
Publisher:
Sorin Books
Editor:
Kirvan, John
Author:
Rogers, Carole Garibaldi
Location:
Notre Dame, Ind.
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
Religious poetry, american
Subject:
Christianity - Ritual & Practice
Subject:
Christian Rituals & Practice - General
Subject:
Religion Comparative-Religious Experience
Series:
Exploring a Great Spiritual Practice
Series Volume:
working paper 9197
Publication Date:
20040931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
219
Dimensions:
7.14x6.32x.41 in. .62 lbs.

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Product details 219 pages Ave Maria Press - English 9781893732643 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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