Fasting by Scot McKnight

26 02 2012

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In his book Fasting, Scot McKnight addresses what is means to approach fasting from a biblical perspective. He argues that fasting is best understood as a response, and not as some tool. He describes it in terms of an equation/sequence that must be followed. It begins with (A) a grievous sacred moment, which is followed by (B) a response – that is

, fasting. Only when the sacred moment is allowed to fully present itself, and a response made, is it possible for (C) results to materialize – and not always is this the case. McKnight urges that we must not use B (fasting) in order to simply generate C (results), but that B must always come in reaction to A (the grievous sacred moment).

McKnight’s words on fasting have challenged me to reconsider what I think about fasting –particularly as we enter the season of Lent. Is fasting more than some tool to get results? (Yes, of course). Is it more than just a way to identify with Christ’s suffering? Is it more than a way to connect with God? McKnight challenges me to think of fasting truly as a response to something that has happened. Fasting for fasting’s sake misses the point.

I’m not sure that I agree with everything that McKnight has to say (not that that’s a big surprise, as that isn’t the point of reading a book like this), but his thoughts challenge me to think more deeply about fasting. For that reason, yes – I would recommend this book.

I need to mention that BookSneeze ® has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it. However, they ask for nothing but complete honesty.

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