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Eat, Fast, Feast: Heal Your Body While Feeding Your Soul—A Christian Guide to Intermittent Fasting

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The New York Times bestselling author and senior fellow at the Discovery Institute blends science and religion in this thoughtful guide that teaches modern believers how to use the leading wellness trend today—intermittent fasting—as a means of spiritual awakening, adopting the traditions our Christians ancestors practiced for centuries into daily life.

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Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by HarperOne
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Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I'm hearing a lot about intermittent fasting from the health/ medical field, I'm stunned to not be hearing more about it from Christians, or Jews, who have practiced fasting as spiritual discipline for thousands of years. Into this void writes Jay Richards. The new book summary released Nov 2019 references that Richards has written on this topic for The Stream. My spouse and I are starting to read these 14 articles. Link here...

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Bert Stanaland
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just finished the book and am 10 pounds lighter. I listened to Jay Richards' interview on Bible Answer Man while I was driving home one day and it sounded like a book that I needed to read. I love it and intend to do this the rest of my life because it is not a diet; it is a way of life. I have a degree in nutrition and I have seen the changes and discoveries that have happened down through the years. In the 70s, eggs were practically forbidden because they contain lots of cholesterol. Breakfa ...more
I wanted to read this during Lent while practicing some modified fasting. I like the idea of mixing some of the ancient Christian wisdom on fasting with modern knowledge about gut health, intermittent fasting and the keto diet. There’s so much good information here. But also, the attitude of the writer was so challenging for me, hence the lower score. There’s no real understanding of how most of us want to eat because it tastes good and just don’t have the dieting discipline that he clearly has ...more
Not just intermittent fasting with a religious spin to it, but a promotion of ketogenic diet. Not very helpful with regards to the ketogenic aspect: too many question left unanswered.
Teri Pardue
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Last year I read Jason Fung's book The Obesity Code and would highly recommend it for a beginner's understanding of the sceince of fasting and the health benefits it presents.

Recently I went looking for a book that would highlight some of the spiritual (Christian) connections with fasting while still taking into account the health side. It seems most books look at one aspect or the other (body or soul). Richards' book is a fabulous marrying of these two different reasons why someone might choose
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Transformative. I’ve known for years I “should” do something to improve my metabolic health, but have focused more on weight loss and management. Finally, Jay Richards clear directions and focus on fasting as both a tool to improve bodily health and participate in a long-neglected spiritual discipline has helped me develop new practices that I actually enjoy.

Richards, a Catholic, writes from an ecumenical perspective that shows he understands and appreciates Protestants, making his spiritual gui
Intermittent fasting has been a hot topic in the health and wellness blogsphere for years! Through this time I've been searching for a Catholic perspective on fasting as not just to improve physical health but for spiritual strength. Jay Richards was interviewed by Patrick Coffin in early 2020 to discuss this new book, and I quickly pre-ordered a copy with the intention to apply these principles through Lent 2020! Highly recommend this book. I've already handed out half a dozen copies to friends ...more
Maurisa Mayerle
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful and thorough treatment of the history and science of fasting. While Richards is a Catholic and much of his treatment of fasting and feasting comes from that perspective, this book is perfectly accessible to any Christian tradition.

I’ve tried several of Richards’ fasting recommendations and can honestly affirm that they do make real fasting much easier.
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
I enjoyed reading this book. I can't wait to apply what I learned about fasting to this coming Lent. Also, I have been hearing a lot about Ember Days from other sources, so reading more about this fasting practice has encouraged me to adopt it. ...more
Kerry Schafer
It was more about methods for fasting and not as much about the spiritual side of fasting. The reasons and history of fasting in the church were discussed but most of the book was how to adapt to a fasting lifestyle. Interesting and easy to read.
Nic Lishko
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing

One of the few books I checked out from the library that I'll be purchasing soon. Shouting it from the rooftops, baby. What a great book!!!
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very informative; just what we needed today as Christians!
Logan Cox
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was life-changing. It got me on the right track in regards to my diet. I also really enjoyed learning a little bit more about the Christian tradition of fasting.
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing journey

Well worth the read and to follow along. One of the most powerful experiences of my life. If you want a shift and are able to, then do it.
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Due to unhelpful stereotypes, you might expect that a book that styles itself a Christian guide to fasting to be solid on religion, but shaky on science. If anything this book leans the other way.

In terms of the science, it is well researched, citing a wide array of primary sources as well as some high quality secondary sources (such as Dr. Jason Fung's "The Obesity Code." He does a great job of making highly complex biologic processes simple and easy to understand. It's no easy feat to have a b
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting concept that is poorly presented and edited. If better organized, this book could be half the length. Too much time is spent on repetition of the same general ideas - fasting used to be the norm in many cultures, fasting has health benefits, a ketogenic diet plus fasting is ideal. I would have liked much more in-depth discussion of the historical and scientific research in support of these concepts, and less repetitive, personal anecdotes from the author about how great he feels. Als ...more
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very inspiring book. I began this journey for lent this year having no idea that my lenten promises and sacrifices would evolve into much bigger sacrifices as we are all locked down during a pandemic. I thought about throwing in the towel when I faced the possibility of not having access to keto-friendly foods and the likelihood of becoming infected while searching them out. Would it be irresponsible of me to search for healthy, keto foods when going we are being asked to stay home? Should I jus ...more
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting one. I picked it up from the new nonfic shelf at the library and was pleasantly surprised to read a foreword by Dr. Jason Fun AND to learn that the author was Catholic. While the food recs weren’t for me (lots of meat suggested), I found the little historical tidbits about fasting fascinating and I liked having a layout for easing into fasting and progressing towards longer fasts. While I don’t like the reference to “friendly” and “enemy” foods (foods being morally neutra ...more
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So far this has been my favorite of the several fasting books I've read through. Richards uses a similar approach as many, transition to Keto, intermittent fast, gradually increase to full multi-day water fasts.

What he does that is unique is to include a couple of chapters of historical church tradition with each stage of the program. This is primarily from a Catholic tradition, but as a Baptist I was able to easily relate, and even be challenged to explore these areas that I’d not really exper
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic! I appreciate the scientific references for the benefits of fasting. I fasted for seven days in high school but have been unable to fast for more than a day since then since I'd get headaches. The understanding of how our body enters into ketosis and the program for easing into it was very helpful to reinvigorate this important practice in my life. So far I've fasted for 60 hours. I hope to complete a four day fast once per month. I also appreciate Dr. Richards great insig ...more
Mar 30, 2021 rated it liked it
The nutritional plan I coach through the FASTer Way to Fat Loss is not totally in line with this book (we are not low carb) but does share some of the same principles around fasting. I was hoping to see ideas for how to take my fasting to a more spiritual level now that it's a transactional part of my daily life. I don't feel like I got that but the book did have some good historical aspects to ponder that I had not considered. Glad I read it and gained new knowledge but would not necessarily re ...more
Andy Milligan
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is simply a brilliant book. I’ve been following the plan for 5 weeks and have reignited my prayer life, got significant control over my appetite and Will and have lost about 6.5kg and am losing more every day.

This isn’t just a good diet plan (though it is that), Richards expertly weaves together modern dietary science with ancient Christian wisdom, traditional church practice, great humour and some spot on practical tips.

I’d recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
The book was recommended by a friend. While he made some valid points, I felt he contradicted himself. Fasting should be a sacrifice but it is an easy way to live. It is basically a no carb diet during which you don’t eat for 36 hours at a time weekly and on other days you do all of your eating in a one-hour window. With a small feast day on Sunday.
Colleen Dunn
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really loved the spiritual insights in this book - the science isn’t as detailed like Fung’s or Stephens’ books, but the reminder that Christians should be fasting not just for their body, but also their soul, is so needed especially in our world today where we have instant access to food. A book I want to revisit frequently.
Meg Prom
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect preparation for lent and not another new agey self-help diet book. He makes great connections between early Christian fasting practices and upholds the critical link between prayer and fasting. If you’ve ever wanted to be better at fasting READ THIS.
Jennifer Kirchoff
Apr 07, 2021 rated it liked it
I listened to this book on Audible. I really enjoyed the parts of the book where he linked fasting to praying and the history of fasting. The parts where he talked about the Keto diet and fasting to lose weight I wasn’t so into because it just didn’t pertain to me.
Patrick Park
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

This book really helped me understand fasting and how our bodies benefit from it. It also helped understand feasts and their spiritual connection to our bodies.
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Has info on different fasting schedules & has a lot of scientific info too...but if u have read Jason Fung's books theres nothing new in this that hasnt been covered there... ...more
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health, food
Well-written, concise summary with many interesting factoids, not just about the biology of fasting but also about the history of Christianity.
Charlotte Gunther
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
An excellent book on fasting! Fasting is meant for body and soul. You can do this!
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Jay W. Richards has served in leadership positions at the Discovery Institute and the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty, and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

He has written many academic articles, books, and popular essays on a wide variety of subjects, from culture, economics, and public policy, to natural science, technology, and the environment. His pr

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