However, it is absolutely necessary that he who keeps outward fasts also fasts spiritually, that is, he who fasts and prays outwardly must at the same time avoid all sin and unrighteousness and be charitable and diligent in every good work.
"With regard to the arrangement of the book," reads one contemporary review of the English translation, "it is just about the worst possible; indeed, there is no arrangement whatsoever. The paragraphs appear as if they had been rained down from the clouds."
"Love God and neighbor. Be patient toward others' deficiencies, for you have your own. Pray morning and night without fail, don't be lazy. Hope in aid from God, don't boast, and above all avoid pride, for this is the mother of all vice."