Despite it being central to Christian Why don't Christians fast? Jesus assumed that his followers would fast, and there is a rich tradition of the practice down through church history. But a narrow understanding of fasting as total abstinence for 24 hours has led to the practice being sidelined as something for 'professionals'.
This fresh study looks again at the practice and its relevance in a society which has contradictory attitudes to eating, discipline and self-image. It shows how fasting, understood broadly as limiting what we eat or drink, can speak powerfully and even become an exciting path to spiritual growth and well-being.