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The Daniel
Plan
is far more than a diet plan. It is an
appetizing approach to achieving a healthy lifestyle by optimizing the
five key essentials of faith, food, fitness, focus, and
friends.

Unlike the thousands of other books on the
market, this book is not about a new diet, guilt-driven gym sessions, or
shame-driven fasts. Your path to holistic health begins here, as Pastor
Rick Warren and fitness and medical experts Dr. Daniel Amen and Dr.
Mark Hyman guide you to incorporate healthy choices into your current
lifestyle.

The concepts in this book will encourage you to deepen
your relationship with God and develop a community of supportive friends
who will encourage you to make smart food and fitness choices each and
every day. This results in gradual changes that transform your life as
they help you:

  • Conquer your worst cravings
  • Find
    healthy replacement foods for the foods you love
  • Discover
    exercise you enjoy
  • Boost your energy and kick-start your
    metabolism
  • Lose weight
  • Think more
    clearly
  • Explore biblical principles for health
  • . . . and
    ultimately create an all-around healthy lifestyle

It's time
to feast on something bigger than a fad. Start your journey to
impactful, long-lasting, and sustainable results today!

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Reviews for The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life:

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January 6, 2015

Mixed Feelings About The Daniel Plan
From the book cover:

The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life by Rick Warren, Dr. Daniel Amen, and Dr. Mark Hyman is far more than a diet plan. It is an appetizing approach to achieving a healthy lifestyle where people are encouraged to get healthier together by optimizing the key five essentials of faith, food, fitness, focus, and friends.

The Daniel Plan does, indeed, center around those five essentials:

Faith - "If you don't trust God to help you get healthy, all you are left with is willpower--and you know from experience that willpower doesn't usually last very long. You get tired of doing what's right and you give up."

Food - "Food has the power to heal us. It is the most potent tool we have to help prevent and treat many of our chronic diseases--including diabetes and obesity. Truly, what you put on your fork dictates whether you are sick or well, slim or fat, depleted or energized."

Fitness - "[H]e walked her through these steps that make fitness doable in The Daniel Plan: dreaming big, discovering what moves you, setting and recording goals, mixing it up, and finding a buddy."

Focus - "[I]t is the loss of focus that causes may people to cycle through hopeful starts and many failed stops as other things vie for their attention. We will help you optimize your brain health, renew your mind, increase your focus, and live with a purpose-driven mind-set. All of the information in this book is designed to help you win the war between the thoughtful part of your brain that knows what you should do and your pleasure centers that always want gratification now."

Friends - "When you have friends to go with you on the journey toward better health, you are more likely to succeed. Life change happens in small groups."

I had heard much about The Daniel Plan, but this is the first time I've looked into it in any depth. In fact, a friend had mentioned it just a day or two before I saw it on the list of books available for review. That's why I decided to go for it.

I was a bit disappointed to see that the first endorsement on the back cover is from Dr. Mehmet Oz. I'll say that I'm not a fan and leave it at that.

Still, I was hopeful as I started reading. This is what I wrote to a friend about two weeks ago, when I'd read about a third of the book:
I've been reading The Daniel Plan, and I think I like the plan better than the book itself. I keep getting annoyed at the writers for a condescending tone, a reliance on the same handful of familiar Bible verses over and over, an emphasis on saving the environment through what we eat, and the assumption that we can get locally sourced foods all year. (Sure, Rick Warren lives in California. Most of us don't.) Other than that, I'm loving the book. :)

Those annoyances seemed to fade as the book progressed. By the end of the book I had mixed opinions about it.

I completely agree with the Faith essential. I've tried to diet and have had no long-term success. I believe that by trusting God instead of my own willpower, I would do much better.

I like the concepts mentioned in the above quote about Food. Some aspects of the plan make sense--things like filling your plate with 50% non-starchy vegetables, 25% whole grains or starchy vegetables, and 25% lean proteins. Keeping healthy snacks on hand so we don't reach for junk food makes sense. Don't drink liquid sugar calories: that's logical. Giving up artificial sweeteners, which confuse our brains and make us crave sweets, sounds like a good strategy.

However, I thought that the black-and-white rules about what to avoid, especially, were extreme. "Cut out sugar and white flour. Go cold turkey." No oils except extra-virgin olive oil, extra-virgin coconut oil, grape seed oil, avocado oil, and sesame oil (for flavoring). In my opinion, these absolute rules and lists of "bad foods" and "good foods" tend to make us feel guilty when we fail.

The diet plan is very specific, particularly in the Detox phase. Menu plans for three meals and two snacks per day are spelled out, and they include foods that my family would never touch: chia coconut brown rice breakfast bowl, quinoa breakfast bake, shrimp curry with snap peas and water chestnuts. The Core meal plan is a little better and it offers options to swap out meals and snacks. Still, it's pretty specific, and I seriously, seriously doubt that my family would be on board with this.

The Fitness essential, on the other hand, I like. The plan offers options for fun exercises, like dancing, hula hooping, pogo stick, table tennis, tag, unicycling ... you get the idea. It also meets you where you are: someone new to exercise isn't expected to start with a 20-minute run. It combines aerobic, stretching, and strength exercises. I would adopt this part of the plan even if I didn't use the rest.

The chapters on Focus address three strategies--brain envy (you have to passionately care about your brain), avoiding anything that hurts it, and engaging in habits that boost its health. Specifics include getting enough sleep, reducing stress, praying, and laughing more. The section also talks about failure and how to turn it into a learning experience. I liked this quote: "Failure can also be motivational. A lot of times we change, not when we see the light, but when we feel the heat."

I can't argue with the Friends essential. Have an exercise buddy and a friend (or friends) to keep you accountable. I can see myself in a support group to talk about progress and strategies, but I don't think I could say, "I weigh xxx pounds."

So ... I know this is long, but I hope I've given you enough information to make your own decision about The Daniel Plan.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book, at no cost to me, for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions I've shared are my own.
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December 30, 2014

Kindle version may not be worth it
Note to potential Kindle version purchasers: You won't be able to download (or even view) any charts, forms, menus or shopping lists, and there are no photos (recipes etc) in this disappointingly basic digital version. It's just text and hyperlinks for minimal navigation. After paying for the kindle version, I ended up purchasing the hardcover version, hoping I'll have what I need when my hardcopy arrives later this week (The book preview does not seem to include images of any recipe pages so I'm guessing about how those will look). I may seek a refund on the kindle version.
5

February 7, 2018

The Full Plan for Your Health
I liked this book very much. It's so holistic and comprehensive and it makes so much sense!
First of all, The Daniel Plan was in complete agreement with my personal experience and what I studied about health and fitness. Which, BTW, is so rare. Many health "gurus" toot only their own horn that their system/diet/workout regimen is wonderful, and everything else is for people too dumb to see the truth.

The Daniel Plan preaches its own system, but this system is holistic and it excludes very little. But most importantly, it's darn effective in the lives of everyday people.
The plan is based on five F-essentials. While some of them are pretty obvious - like Food and Fitness, others are not so - like Faith and Focus. And only all five put together create a powerful mixture that can skyrocket your health. I think this is the biggest strength of this book - it combines all the elements and doesn't leave them hanging in a void.

Diets and fitness have been discussed in the context of weight loss and health zillions of times. The Daniel Plan discusses them as well and I found the most flaws in those parts, but it also put them in the context of faith, focus and friends, which makes the whole plan more down to earth, practical, and most importantly - effective.

For example, let’s take "friends" essential. I met with a serious study done for "American Journal of Preventive Medicine" that concluded simple tactics like 'move more, eat less' are more effective than professional weight loss group programs. But a group program is not a pack of friends. While accountability considered in a void may be less important than simple tactics, accountability PLUS the right tactics make all the difference.

OK, as usual in my reviews, let's go to cons first. They are few and far between, but The Daniel Plan is not all rainbows and unicorns.

1. Preachy.
Unfortunately, The Daniel Plan falls, in a few areas, into the typical 'healthy books' narration: "You'd better listen to this advice to the T or anguish, hell and damnation awaits you!" Well, not in those words, but you can clearly read it between the lines. The detailed fitness and diet advice provided with the tone of an oracle doesn't work for me and doesn't work for many critical-thinking people.
I agreed with at least 90% of what the authors had to say about fitness and diet, but the remaining 10% spoiled a bit the pleasure of reading.
I consider regular cardio completely useless and you cannot convince me otherwise, because it's against my experience. For the last 10 years, I avoided it like a plague, and I am usually the fittest specimen in any group that does not include fitness professionals.

The same goes with other advice given in magisterial tones. One example that struck me the most was: "Sleep 8 hours a night." Period. No discussion.
And it's terrible advice. Yes, probably 60% of the population will thrive sleeping 8 hours a night. But what about the rest?
Sleep needs are individual. Matthew McConaughey sleeps 8.5 hours a night. I took a lot of effort to assess the optimal amount of sleep for me, and it's 7 to 7.5 hours a night. If I sleep 8 hours, I wake up with a headache every single time. It's too much for me.
There are more of such unconditional tips within the book, hidden like raisins in a cake. Unfortunately, they give a foul taste to an otherwise very good book.

2. Self-promotional.
One of my friends remarked that the book wasn't content-rich enough for him, and I get what he meant. There are plenty of readers' and plan participants' stories smuggled into the book.
I totally get the intention of the authors. These stories prove that the plan is not tailored to a few very special individuals, but a lot of everyday folks can benefit from it.
I wasn't disgusted by the number or content of those stories. Whenever I felt like they were standing in my way to further parts of the book, I simply skipped them. But for some readers, interested in "how-to" content, it may be a bit too much. Be warned.

PROS
And this is as far as cons go. There are many more pros in "The Daniel Plan."
1. Faith.
This is a silver bullet of motivation, if you are a believer. If you put your physical transformation into the context of your Christian faith, it disarms you from each and every excuse.
I didn't find it in any other 'health book,' and I read quite a lot of them.

I was struggling with my weight for years. Well, I didn't even struggle; I neglected my weight and my health. Only when I admitted that God wants more from me than just to get by did I find the motivation to become a fitness machine, lose 15% of my body weight and become healthy for good.
For a believer, there is no better motivator than faith.

2. Food.
Yeah, I complained above about food advice... but only about 10%. The rest was ideally congruent with my experience and studies that I trusted. One important point - eat unprocessed foods - and it deals with 80% of dietary problems.

3. Fitness.
Move more is the name of the game. I liked a lot the variety of activities that "The Daniel Plan" prescribes. The fitness industry conditioned us to think that if you don't go to a gym or spend hours on the road (running, cycling, etc.) you don't exercise. Bollocks! Playing with your kids is an exercise and better than most at that.
I also liked the emphasis on bodyweight exercises. You can do them anywhere, anytime -- and even a few minutes, if done intensively, can break a sweat and provide all benefits connoted with long trainings.

4. Focus.
I consider it a very strong point of the book. This area is rarely mentioned in other books and usually treated as an afterthought or an ornament.
Not so in "The Daniel Plan." There is so much more in health than eating right and moving your butt. Jim Rohn called it "a healthy attitude." I found all the tactics mentioned in the book - more laughter, stress-reducing habits, prayer and better sleep - exactly in accordance with my personal experience.
The book is worth its price just for this section.

5. Friends.
Accountability is an important factor in achieving one's goals, but "The Daniel Plan" takes it to another level. The true potential of the plan was generated in those small groups of friends who worked together on common goals.
The book doesn't tell about simple accountability. What is understood by "friends" here, means the mastermind. A few or several people who brainstorm and work together to reach the specific outcome. People who simultaneously care about you and are detached enough from your daily drama to provide unbiased external insight.
I was blown away by multiple examples of how a small group of friends decided to implement The Daniel Plan. That's how masterminds work. They produce their own solution to their own situations. They generate ideas and implement them without external supervision.

6. Holistic.
This book includes everything which is good or great about getting healthy and keeping it that way. Yes, there are some questionable tips here and there, especially when applied to an individual. But every pinch of good advice is here as well. In the last few years, I improved my health immensely, and I found all the tactics I used, some even subconsciously, in this book.

In Summary:
I recommend this book wholeheartedly. The less you know about getting healthy, the more profitable it will be for you. The more your health is in shambles, despite your knowledge, the more you will benefit from reading and APPLYING it.
I identify with the book's message so much, that I could've become a certified Daniel Plan's coach tomorrow if they have a relevant program. ;)
The best thing you can do with "The Daniel Plan" is to read it and tailor it to your individual situation. Not all recipes will fit your lifestyle. Not all exercises will be doable or wise in your circumstances. Don't worry, this book is like a buffet meal: you don't have to eat everything. In fact, it will do you most good if you pick only something here and there.
Only one thing is obligatory in applying the book's advice: don't neglect any of the five essentials. The plan is based on them. Miss one and the whole plan will crumble.
Faith, focus, foods, fitness and friends; everything is necessary to maintain your wellbeing for good.
5

March 8, 2018

Not Just Another Diet
Here’s the deal. I started this plan reluctantly, kicking and screaming. But, this is not a diet. The first 10 days are a real adjustment. The first ten days are only a reset of eating habits and food choices. Unless one is ready to change eating habits and food choices, unless one has reached a point where nothing seems to work regarding weight loss, establishing healthy eating habits, alleviating bloat, indigestion, acid reflux, then this plan won’t work any better than any other. But, if one is serious about making a change in what one eats, I will tell you what happened to me. I dropped 12 lbs. in two weeks, 42 lbs. in 2 months, dropped over 20 points in cholesterol level, lowered blood pressure, no more bloat, no more indigestion, no more acid reflux, no more medication. No promises or guarantee, here, just my story.
5

February 26, 2018

I have completely changed my eating to a "whole food" approach and feel 100 times better overall. I added small amounts of gluten
Let this well-written book be your guide...not only with your weight struggles but with more. Read for yourself. I have completely changed my eating to a "whole food" approach and feel 100 times better overall. I added small amounts of gluten, sugar, and dairy back to my everyday eating and realized sugar was affecting my joints and arthritis a GREAT deal so now sugar is a sometime treat only. You will find out what your body likes and doesn't like too.
5

August 16, 2017

This has become a "reference" book for me!
I read this book with a group of friends. It is truly a great read and so much help! It deals with you becoming a healthier person in all areas of your life--food, faith, friends, family and fitness. I need improvement on each one. This book is a great help to good nutrition and especially fitness, which I need so much. Each lesson is back up by verses from the Bible to help give you encouragement. I have learned how "planning" is so essential in our daily food intake, in our exercise program, whatever that may be, in how much you share of yourself with others, etc. Very helpful and I will, hopefully, continue to follow the lessons I learned. I am making it a "reference" book for my new life!
4

Feb 17, 2014

This book helped me focus on what is most important - health. Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, and Friends/Family are a huge part of it. I learned much about adding more variety to my diet, how to choose whole foods instead of processed ones, as well as how to actually cook! It's been fun trying new recipes. I've got a lentil soup brewing as I write this, savoring the hearty aroma wafting through my kitchen. One of my coworkers and I are sharing each other's cooking. We each take turns making a This book helped me focus on what is most important - health. Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, and Friends/Family are a huge part of it. I learned much about adding more variety to my diet, how to choose whole foods instead of processed ones, as well as how to actually cook! It's been fun trying new recipes. I've got a lentil soup brewing as I write this, savoring the hearty aroma wafting through my kitchen. One of my coworkers and I are sharing each other's cooking. We each take turns making a recipe from the book, and we share with each other, that way we split the cooking responsibilities in half. The benefits of a little exercises, doing some basic exercises have really given me more energy than I thought was possible. I encourage you to pick this book up, but don't read it alone, get a second book to give to a friend, so you can walk through the journey together! Don't forget none of these benefits would be possible with God and His Holy Spirit strengthening me and giving me the desire to do what pleases Him! ...more
5

Dec 08, 2013

I'm very excited about the Daniel Plan. I had read about another program based on the Daniel Fast and liked the idea, but that was only the diet portion. The Daniel Plan includes five essentials: food, fitness, focus, faith, and friends. It is designed to improve physical, spiritual, and mental health. Although I have lost weight in the past, I have always gained back more than I lost. This plan is a lifestyle, not a "diet," so I am optimistic that with the help of God and friends (I'm trying to I'm very excited about the Daniel Plan. I had read about another program based on the Daniel Fast and liked the idea, but that was only the diet portion. The Daniel Plan includes five essentials: food, fitness, focus, faith, and friends. It is designed to improve physical, spiritual, and mental health. Although I have lost weight in the past, I have always gained back more than I lost. This plan is a lifestyle, not a "diet," so I am optimistic that with the help of God and friends (I'm trying to get a small group together) this time I will succeed. I'm looking forward to better health! I bought the Kindle edition because I prefer to read on the Kindle. However, there are a number of tables and charts that weren't re-formatted for the Kindle, and they are unreadable in the small size they appear on the Kindle screen. I will have to buy a paperback book to have all the information for the program. Had the publisher converted the charts and tables to text, I wouldn't have had to buy a print copy of the book to access all the information. The content was so good I didn't want to lower the rating for formatting, but a major publisher should know how to format a Kindle edition to make it readable. ...more
5

December 30, 2018

Balanced approach to food and life
An inspiring and encouraging read. Looking forward to implementing in 2019!

A lot of the recipes look super tasty. I like this approach more than Whole30 because I feel like it incorporates grace. Instead of “Oh, no, you had something on the no-no list, gotta start over”...this plan says, “Acknowledge it and keep on going.”
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August 29, 2016

Not a fan.
I've read a lot of dieting/healthier eating books and this one is probably my least favorite. I had high hopes for it as it added a spiritual element/encourages you to not rely on your own will power (...because I don't have great will power). I was also excited about the prospect of a weekly meal plan being laid out for me. I found the meals to be impractical budget-wise (especially if you aren't doing this with a whole family to feed) and that was the kicker for me.
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December 2, 2015

skip the book, go fast and seek the Lord
The book is very shallow, sad that people take this as valuable.
I would not buy this, or give it as a gift. I read a few pages and felt disgusted!
This is not Biblical, this is not tough, this is not a Spiritually challenging book.
The only things I actually thought were worth a dime was the exercise part and some ideas of what not to eat.

Do you want to do the Daniel Plan?
Well here it is, separate yourself, not just by avoiding McDonald's like the plague, but separate yourself from the polution of thought the world is throwing at you daily. Disconnect from the Internet and connect to the Living Word of God, turn on your prayer antenna and call out to HIM.
Food wise, you should not drink coffee or any other uppers (drinks that contain caffeine) don't eat red meats for the first 5 days (detox period) then don't eat any meat for 20 days. Also don't eat BLEACHED FLOUR EVER! That makes you bloated and full of water. Don't snack like the average american. Instead have some nuts, a variety of nuts will be good.

If you commit to this and seek the Lord, trust NOT me but the Word it will not Fail!

skip the book, do the FAST! It is your Christian duty. You may stop having a lot of health issues if you do this fast.

Gabriel
5

March 2, 2014

It has exactly the scriptures that jesus said to his disciples and his mom and god. This is dramaticly changing my life for the good and openning my eyes more on more important factors.. my health. Hope to have an autographed book someday
3

Jan 10, 2014

So many thoughts. Didn't really love this one. Have more to say but haven't worked it all out yet. Wheat is not poison. The end.
5

October 15, 2017

Don't wait any longer to buy this book!
This is a great book! I have been living it for going on two years now and have lost 32 pounds and gained an appreciation for flavors and spices and whole foods! JUST DO IT! You will thank yourself.
5

Jan 25, 2014

If you wish to experience vitality as a Christian so that you have the energy, faith and mindset to be and do all that God has called you to do and be.........READ AND APPLY THIS BOOK! I got so jazzed about this 40 day plan that I have created a local community for Rick Warren's 6 week study. Looking forward to the support and community that it will be provide for us.
5

January 25, 2015

Opened my eyes to my bad eating habits. Gave me a plan that works to change the way I think about food and how to eat.
5

January 18, 2015

This book has all the elements to not just lose weight but change your life forever if you apply the methods described in the book. You have to want to change for it to happen and if it doesn't happen for you, don't blame the book, you have to take the step to a new you as well.
5

December 13, 2017

This book is a total plan for optimal health. ...
This book is a total plan for optimal health. The peace of mind is stressed as much as exercise and diet. I found the diet plan to be similar to "the Whole 30", but much more forgiving & reasonable. This was a plan I really could stick with for 40 days and then incorporate intoa permanent lifestyle.
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Jan 18, 2015

As a pastor you want to set an example for your church. Rick Warren, currently hosting 25,000 people in his Sadlleback Church services, realized on the day he was baptizing 800+ people, how many people had overweight.....including himself. He confessed his disobedience to God's commandment to treat the body as temple of the Holy Spirit to his congregation. Warren needed to lose weight and asked if anyone wanted to join him. Instead of the expected 200 people this stirred as much as 15,000 As a pastor you want to set an example for your church. Rick Warren, currently hosting 25,000 people in his Sadlleback Church services, realized on the day he was baptizing 800+ people, how many people had overweight.....including himself. He confessed his disobedience to God's commandment to treat the body as temple of the Holy Spirit to his congregation. Warren needed to lose weight and asked if anyone wanted to join him. Instead of the expected 200 people this stirred as much as 15,000 churchgoers to sign up and get rid of over 260,000 pounds in the first year. From the initial stage Warren collaborated with two doctors, Daniel Amen & Mark Hyman, and a fitness specialist to detail The Daniel Plan.
The subtitle, 40 Days to a Healthier Life, may suggest a similar book to The Purpose Driven Life or The Purpose Driven Church. The Daniel Plan was inspired by the biblical prophet Daniel who served with his friends in the king's court in Babylon: "But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.(..) Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink (...) At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead." (verses from Daniel 1 in New International Version).
Can you be as strong as Daniel? Then a 40-days devotional is not what you need. The Daniel Plan is not like an average lose weight program or crash diet. The secret's in a supportive community relying on God’s instruction for living. The book's elaborates on the powerful combination of faith, fitness, food, focus, and friends will change your health forever, transforming you in the most head-turning way imaginably---from the inside out. Faith and Friends as unmistakably biblical sound frames for having God's love instead of fear, shame and guilt as motivators, alongside buddies devoted to the same goal: become more healthy. Warren is eager to embed the purpose driven elements, without repeating previous books. The doctors contribute with a wealth of knowledge on good and bad food and their consequences for your body, soul and mind. The fitness expert brings exercises in all flavors and levels. 70% of the book is purely an introduction to the program, background information for you to have a well-prepared start of a first 40-days sequence. For that period a series of recipes and exercises are provided. If you sign-up to the program with a group - the book strongly advises not to do it on your own - you're provided free online resources and an app to support your Daniel Plan. ...more
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Feb 05, 2014

I am so glad that a Christian leader with the visibility of Rick Warren has started a movement to encourage people to take better care of their health. Warren, with the help of celebrity Doctor Daniel Amen and "functional medicine" expert Doctor Mark Hyman, has written an easy-to-understand guide for people wishing to change their health habits for the better. Dr. Amen is like many doctors in being slightly obsessive about his area of medical expertise, the brain, and I wish there had been a I am so glad that a Christian leader with the visibility of Rick Warren has started a movement to encourage people to take better care of their health. Warren, with the help of celebrity Doctor Daniel Amen and "functional medicine" expert Doctor Mark Hyman, has written an easy-to-understand guide for people wishing to change their health habits for the better. Dr. Amen is like many doctors in being slightly obsessive about his area of medical expertise, the brain, and I wish there had been a little more in-depth information about other organs and systems of the body. I also wish there had been more of a discussion of the health issues surrounding eating meat and dairy--I recall one brief mention of a plant-based diet in the book, and wish that option had been more fully discussed. All in all, a book that will be very helpful to many people, and I commend Pastor Warren for his efforts to help his congregation and people in general to pursue better health. ...more
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Apr 17, 2014

My husband and I read this together while attending a class over the book at our church. We both really enjoyed the book. While a lot of the food and fitness material you can find in any "health plan" book, we really enjoyed the way faith and focus were brought into the plan. Its difficult to stick with diet and exercise plans, but being accountable to anther person and recognizing that God wants us to be healthy in order to do His will adds a different level to the plan. It is a lifestyle My husband and I read this together while attending a class over the book at our church. We both really enjoyed the book. While a lot of the food and fitness material you can find in any "health plan" book, we really enjoyed the way faith and focus were brought into the plan. Its difficult to stick with diet and exercise plans, but being accountable to anther person and recognizing that God wants us to be healthy in order to do His will adds a different level to the plan. It is a lifestyle change and one that we will be working on for the rest of our lives. I particularly found the Focus chapter to be the most helpful for me. I mentally sabotage myself all the time and this, along with "The Gifts of Imperfection" by Brene Brown, has been helping me to change my thinking patterns and habits. ...more
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Sep 15, 2014

There are tons of books out there about how to lose weight and/or get healthy, but this particular book is about how to do it with God's help. The Daniel Plan refers to the biblical Daniel, and it's a very interesting way to go about getting healthy.

A lot of the information was common sense and things I've read elsewhere, but the chapters on faith were very well done. I definitely walked away from this book feeling like I had learned something, which is pretty much all you can ask for from a There are tons of books out there about how to lose weight and/or get healthy, but this particular book is about how to do it with God's help. The Daniel Plan refers to the biblical Daniel, and it's a very interesting way to go about getting healthy.

A lot of the information was common sense and things I've read elsewhere, but the chapters on faith were very well done. I definitely walked away from this book feeling like I had learned something, which is pretty much all you can ask for from a book like this.

One minor annoyance is that the book constantly talked about a mobile app that doesn't seem to exist. It's not like this book came out last month, so in my opinion there has been ample time to get it up and running. It almost made it seem like you HAD to get the app to succeed in the Daniel Plan, and since it's not available it bugged me. ...more
4

Jan 04, 2014

The health and nutrition sections were similar to many other books I have read, but the Daniel Plan has a new twist on faith and motivation. I have already begun to implement many of these changes suggested in this book, but it was a good way to 're-focus for the new year.
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July 19, 2018

Missing 13 MIDDLE Pages
This book had pages 187-200 cut out of it. So bizarre.
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Mar 20, 2018

I have read many books on becoming healthier with proper food choices and exercise. This one is
a little different since it mentions, 5 areas of help to motivate us. Food, Fitness, Focus, Faith, and Friends are discussed along with help from God. This makes sense since it is hard to stay focused alone. Prayer and better choice of whole food are really the key. Eating processed food is not healthy.
Staying in control of the triggers is hard to do. This book makes you want to DECIDE how and why to I have read many books on becoming healthier with proper food choices and exercise. This one is
a little different since it mentions, 5 areas of help to motivate us. Food, Fitness, Focus, Faith, and Friends are discussed along with help from God. This makes sense since it is hard to stay focused alone. Prayer and better choice of whole food are really the key. Eating processed food is not healthy.
Staying in control of the triggers is hard to do. This book makes you want to DECIDE how and why to become stronger in these decisions to feel better for life. Hope to note the most important areas of this and become stronger in my eating habits and plan to move more as my health becomes better with some needed care of a injury. ...more

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