â€śFasting is the body talking what the spirit yearns, what the soul longs for,Â and what the mind knows to be true.â€ťâ€” Scot McKnightChristianity has traditionally been at odds with the human body. At times in the historyÂ of the church, Christians have viewed the body and physical desires as the enemy. Now,Â Scot McKnight, best-selling author ofÂ The Jesus CreedÂ , reconnects the spiritual and theÂ physical in the ancient discipline of fasting.Inside You'll Find:In-depth biblical precedents for the practice of fasting;How to fast effectivelyâ€”and safely;Different methods of fasting as practiced in the Bible;Straight talk on pitfalls, such as cheating and motivation.Join McKnight as he explores the idea of â€śwhole-body spirituality,â€ť in which fasting plays aÂ central role. This ancient practice, he says, doesnâ€™t make sense to most of us until we haveÂ grasped the importance of the body for our spirituality, until we can view it as a spiritualÂ response to a sacred moment. Fastingâ€”simple, primitive, and ancientâ€”still demonstrates aÂ whole personâ€™s earnest need and hunger for the presence of God, just as it has in the livesÂ of Godâ€™s people throughout history.The Ancient PracticesThere is a hunger in every human heart for connection, primitive and raw, to God.Â To satisfy it, many are beginning to explore traditional spiritual disciplines used forÂ centuries . . . everything from fixed-hour prayer to fasting to sincere observance of theÂ Sabbath. Compelling and readable, the Ancient Practices series is for every spiritualÂ sojourner, for every Christian seeker who wants more.