Friday, January 6, 2012
The Daniel Fast By: Susan Gregory
When I saw received The Daniel Fast by Susan Gregory to review I was excited. I have to say that I have never "fasted" before. So, I thought this book would be perfect to help me get a real grasp of what it means to fast and be closer to God. I thought the concept was great. When I started reading it, I found that the the theology was spot on. The problem that I had with it was the diet. I don't know about you, but I cannot afford to eat all of the expensive foods that are represented in this book. Don't get me wrong a lot of the ingredients are natural. Most of them are veggies and fruits. But some of them were strange. I had never even heard of some of them. The author takes you to the Middle East. I personally do not like Middle Eastern food very much. But, if you like that kind of food then this is the fast diet for you.
What I did like about the book was the concept and the fact that she does provide recipes to help you along your fasting journey. Susan Gregory also gives you tips on how to pray while fasting and what things to pray about. This is a 21-day plan to "feed your soul, strengthen you spirit, or renew your body." I could not personally try many of the recipes because I do not have the ingredients on-hand, but there are some that I already eat. Here are a few that I loves: apple pie oatmeal, home fried breakfast potatoes, berry banana smoothie, vegetable soup, fresh corn salad, etc. I think if you love veggies and have money to spend on the extra ingredients then this is perfect for you.
There are a few things you can't eat on this diet. They are meat, dairy products, sweeteners, leavened bread, refined and processed foods, deep-fried foods, solid fats, and non-water beverages. This presents a slight problem because we eat meat in my household and lots of milk. We also eat bread and I have to have my coffee in the mornings...haha. But it is not something that isn't obtainable. If I really tried and got into it, I could achieve a lot on this diet. I also feel like one could become much closer to God because it takes will power to give up your favorite foods. Instead of going for that cup of coffee in the mornings, grab a glass of water and pray about something that has been on your mind all week. What a great way to start your day and the New Year. I believe this is the perfect book to begin a New Year with a new attitude and commitment to God and praying. I recommend this book to someone who is thinking about fasting but doesn't know how to do it the healthy way without starving yourself.
*This book was given to me for review. The opinions expressed here are solely my own.*