Overview Why should we fast Can fasting deepen our relationship with God Can it make us more open to others These are questions to which this book offers a response. Fasting shows how this ancient tradition remains a powerful tool in todays world.Through careful historical research and analysis Dag Tessore leads readers to discover the roots of fasting and abstinence in the Christian tradition and to meditate on the value of this timetested discipline.
Publishers Description Why should we fast? Can fasting deepen our relationship with God? Can it make us more open to others? These are questions to which this book offers a response. Fasting shows how this ancient tradition remains a powerful tool in today, s world. Through careful historical research and analysis, Dag Tessore leads readers to discover the roots of fasting and abstinence in the Christian tradition and to meditate on the value of this time-tested discipline.
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Studio: New City Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.04" Width: 4.35" Height: 0.24" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Mar 15, 2008
Publisher NEW CITY PRESS
ISBN 1565482824 ISBN13 9781565482821
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More About Dag Tessore
After earning a degree in Oriental languages and literature (Hebrew and Arabic) from La Sapienza University, Rome, Dag Tessore has specialized in biblical and patristic studies. He has written widely on a number of topics, including war and the spirituality of arms in Christianity and Islam (La mistica della guerra. Spiritualit delle armi nel cristianesimo e nellf islam), and the ethical, political and religious positions of Benedict XVI (Introduzione a Ratzinger. Le posizioni etiche, politiche, religiose di Benedetto XVI).He lives in Greece with his wife and daughter.
Tessore, a Greek scholar, uses description, examples, direct quotations, and commentary to present a historical overview of fasting in a book that could be read in less than an hour, but will, for many, become a frequently used source for prayer and meditation.
He explains the austere time-frames and dietary restrictions for fasting in the early church and similar practices still followed in the Orthodox churches. In contrast, he examines current Roman Catholic practice that consists of seven activities from which men and women should abstain, especially during Lent, among them: eating foods with no restraint, sometimes accompanied by an intolerable waste of resources; frenetic activity which leaves no space for silence, reflection and prayer; and excessive use of television and other means of communication, which can make us dependent on them. He paraphrases a quotation from St. Basil, who lived in the fourth century, addressing a remarkably modern idea: "We are very good at killing our bodies through eating too much, or eating unhealthy foods; so, it would do us good for our body to suffer a little through a healthy fast."