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Results in sporadic fasts from reading
on October 27, 2008
In this book Baab draws out a brief historical and biblical outline of fasting. She focuses on the few verses that are found within the Bible, and, while the verses are extremely limited, her use of them is fairly well done.
She also takes extreme caution in explaining the intricacies of fasting for individuals and communities. She overemphasizes the hazards of fasting for those with eating disorders and other diseases such as diabetes. This got a bit old, but it is a very important factor when considering fasting, so she was better off writing too much about these effects than not enough.
The style of the book gave me the most problem. While I was looking for an introductory book into the ideal/practice of fasting, the way in which the book was structured and written were not quality. It reads like a decently written freshman english research paper. Not too extensive in facts, and very brief in explanations, too many ambiguous examples, and very simple sentence structures.
It did however lay down some of the basics of fasting that I was curious about, but when the author suggested that she fasted from some sort of shiny jewelry, she lost some of her credibility with me. I understand it may be something that really impacted her, but I found that a bit ridiculous.
I made the classic mistake of judging the book by it's cover(which is pretty cool), and came up disappointed. Although, I will say that the references within this book are an ever better re-starting point for me to dig a bit deeper into the subject of fasting. So, this is a mediocre book, and I wouldn't recommend it to anybody who has heard that much on fasting.