"Fasting from any nourishment, activity, involvement or pursuitâ€”for any seasonâ€”sets the stage for God to appear. Fasting is not a tool to pry wisdom out of God's hands or to force needed insight about a decision. Fasting is not a tool for gaining discipline or developing piety (whatever that might be). Instead, fasting is the bulimic act of ridding ourselves of our fullness to attune our senses to the mysteries that swirl in and around us."â€”Dan B. Allender, PhD"