Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast: A Review


I've been contemplating completing a Daniel fast, so I was excited to read this guide by Kristen Feola.  Fasting is a spiritual discipline during which one denies oneself food, or certain types of food, for a specific period of time as an act of worship and surrender.  A Daniel fast is based on the fasts the Biblical Daniel completed that are recorded in Daniel 1 and 10.  People participating in a Daniel fast eat only vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, whole grains, legumes, and spices and seasonings, and drink only water, abstaining from meat and dairy products, sugar and all sweeteners, yeast and other leavening, refined and processed foods, solid fats, and beverages other than water.

The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast consists of 3 sections.  In part 1: The Fast, Ms. Feola explains what fasting is and is not, types of fasts, and a Biblical perspective of fasting.  She also helps readers create a fasting plan, with practical suggestions to prepare spiritually and physically, before, during and after the fast.  Part 2: The Focus helps readers "focus on God by feasting on His Word" with 21 daily devotions.  Part 3: The Food is the longest section, and it contains a list of foods to eat and avoid, suggested meal plans for each week of the fast, and scores of Daniel fast compatible recipes.

I really like this book.  It is easy to read and packed with great information.  I was able to read all of part 1, explaining the whats and whys of fasting, in about 45 minutes.  That means that you can pick up this book and know everything you need to know to get started with your own Daniel fast in less than an hour.

The devotions are the perfect length, and contain verses for additional study for readers who want to go deeper.  The suggested menu plans make the fast seem doable and less overwhelming, and the recipes look interesting and delicious. 

After reading this book, I am confident that, while it would be challenging, I could successfully complete my own Daniel fast.

Bottom line: this is a great resource for anyone who has committed to or is contemplating a Daniel fast.  It has everything you need to be successful.

I received this book for free from the publisher through Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

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