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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!

Plus, get
more from The Daniel Plan with The Daniel Plan
Cookbook
, The Daniel Plan Journal, and The Daniel Plan
365-Day Devotional
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Reviews for The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life:

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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

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

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.
4

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
4

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
4

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
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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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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
4

Jul 11, 2014

The title comes from the Biblical Daniel. The author integrates faith, food, fitness, focus and friends in order to lead an optimal healthy life. This is not simply a weight loss plan although if these principles are followed that will result.
When Pastor Rick Warren (also author of The Purpose Driven Life) began his program in his church in California, the results were astounding. Not only did 15,000 people from his congregation lose a significant amount of weight, he saw the changes in them The title comes from the Biblical Daniel. The author integrates faith, food, fitness, focus and friends in order to lead an optimal healthy life. This is not simply a weight loss plan although if these principles are followed that will result.
When Pastor Rick Warren (also author of The Purpose Driven Life) began his program in his church in California, the results were astounding. Not only did 15,000 people from his congregation lose a significant amount of weight, he saw the changes in them went far beyond that. He saw their relationship with God become closer as well as their relationship with others.
Co-authors Doctors Daniel Amen and Mark Hyman lend their medical expertise. They reinforce the current findings that it is not so much the healthy fats in our diets that need to be avoided, but rather the sugar and wheat(carbs). These are the culprits behind heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and even Alzheimers.
I am not someone who is extremely overweight, but I certainly need to lose more than a few pounds. I came upon this book from a fellow parishioner. She and I have been doing this together. What I realized as I began reading The Daniel Plan is that I have always relied on myself to become healthier and I always end up reverting back to old, unhealthy habits. The first principle in the plan is faith; I need to ask God for His help, and having friends along for the journey also helps. The other thing I liked about all the authors had to say was that not only does the science make sense, but they are realistic and very aware of how our human natures can be weak. They let us know that there will be setbacks at times because that is just life.
The Daniel Plan is about living the way God created us to live and about eating the good healthy foods He, not some factory, created. ...more
3

Sep 10, 2014

I suspect that those who will get the most out of this book are:

1. Overweight and/or feeling quite unhealthy
2. Mainstream Christians
3. Do not know a lot about nutrition or whole foods diets (e.g., are unsure of the best healthy diet or eat a lot of fast or processed foods).

For those who fall into those categories, I would definitely recommend this book. And depending on your personality, the following could be either a plus or a minus:

1. The book is written in a very upbeat, peppy, "you can do I suspect that those who will get the most out of this book are:

1. Overweight and/or feeling quite unhealthy
2. Mainstream Christians
3. Do not know a lot about nutrition or whole foods diets (e.g., are unsure of the best healthy diet or eat a lot of fast or processed foods).

For those who fall into those categories, I would definitely recommend this book. And depending on your personality, the following could be either a plus or a minus:

1. The book is written in a very upbeat, peppy, "you can do it!" style;
2. The authors assume you know NOTHING about nutrition, so everything is presented in small "bites" and an easy-to-assimilate manner;
3. There is a lot of religion but it is presented in a friendly, non-judgmental Christianity-lite tone.

Personally, I am not unhealthy or overweight, have read extensively on whole foods and nutrition, and have studied enough theology/comparative religion and philosophy to find the fluffy tone a bit annoying. So I did not really get a lot out of this book. I read it because diet books are a peculiar passion of mine.

That said: the advice in this book seems solid, and the diet chapters and menu plans are definitely a step above what most Americans eat. If you are in the categories I described above, I think this book would be quite helpful. Otherwise, your mileage may vary. ...more
5

Jan 02, 2014

A great book that interweaves faith and health beautifully. It was written after the huge success saddleback church had after implementing it where they had tremendous life changing results across the congregation. He wrote the book with the help of a medical professionals to tackle each hurdle you face along your journey.

This is book is for anyone that wants to make a change physically and spiritually. It's a great 40 day challenge that I will be starting tomorrow as I begin 2014, to help me A great book that interweaves faith and health beautifully. It was written after the huge success saddleback church had after implementing it where they had tremendous life changing results across the congregation. He wrote the book with the help of a medical professionals to tackle each hurdle you face along your journey.

This is book is for anyone that wants to make a change physically and spiritually. It's a great 40 day challenge that I will be starting tomorrow as I begin 2014, to help me grow in my faith and reach my health goals I have set out to achieve this year. ...more
4

Mar 05, 2015

Everyone should read this book!
One warning: The book incorrectly tells the reader how to become a Christian. In order to become a Christian, one must follow the plan of salvation: Hear the Word (Romans 10:17), Believe (Acts 16:31), Repent (Acts 17:30), Confess (Acts 8:37), Be Immersed for the Remission of Sins (Acts 2:38) and Live Faithfully (Acts 14:22). Otherwise....it's an awesome book!
4

Feb 12, 2014

Great book for anyone looking for a way to shed some pounds and be motivated to do so.
The shopping lists are quite helpful.
I try to take a little bit from each self-help book I read and I found a lot in this one.
5

Aug 31, 2018

This book impressed me with a program based on Biblical principles plus current medical & other kinds of knowledge, all of which offer anyone sufficiently motivated to significantly improve health, relationships & daily lifestyle. This sounds like a lot, but, though it's demanding, this system can be followed a little at a time for each person's needs. My goal is to join with a couple of other people to work through it with mutual support to whatever extent I can tolerate to make my life This book impressed me with a program based on Biblical principles plus current medical & other kinds of knowledge, all of which offer anyone sufficiently motivated to significantly improve health, relationships & daily lifestyle. This sounds like a lot, but, though it's demanding, this system can be followed a little at a time for each person's needs. My goal is to join with a couple of other people to work through it with mutual support to whatever extent I can tolerate to make my life healthier & more rewarding. ...more
3

Jun 07, 2016

About the Book

Though Rick Warren doesn't have many book titles to his credit, there are very few Pastors that have the platform and influence of Rick Warren. You can see that influence exercised when world renown doctors and health experts willingly volunteer their time to help establish a diet plan for Pastor Warren and his church family at Saddleback. That's just what Dr. Oz, Daniel Amen, and Mark Hyman did. Now at first glance that seems odd, doesn't it? An entire church committed to a diet About the Book

Though Rick Warren doesn't have many book titles to his credit, there are very few Pastors that have the platform and influence of Rick Warren. You can see that influence exercised when world renown doctors and health experts willingly volunteer their time to help establish a diet plan for Pastor Warren and his church family at Saddleback. That's just what Dr. Oz, Daniel Amen, and Mark Hyman did. Now at first glance that seems odd, doesn't it? An entire church committed to a diet plan? Isn't there usually a giving campaign, or Bible reading plan commitment to get involved with instead?

It's no secret that Warren himself has struggled with his own weight. At the start f the book, Warren recounts a specific time of confession in front of his church one Sunday morning following the experience of baptizing 800 individuals the previous week. He tells the story of his own judgement of those he was baptizing due to their obesity before falling under the deep conviction that he had to look in the mirror. Pastor Warren then asked for forgiveness and vowed to right the ship. The Daniel Plan is the result of his efforts to do just that.

"The Daniel Plan is far more than a diet. It is a lifestyle program based on biblical principles and five essential components: Food, Fitness, Focus, Faith, and Friends. These last two components "faith and friends" are what I call the secret sauce that makes The Daniel Plan so effective." - Rick Warren

In this 40 day challenge there are no gimmicks and no shortcuts. The quality of advice and thought put into the book is evident from the beginning. Warren is especially encouraging through out each chapter while acknowledging several times that success with this program only comes through hard work and intentional choices, daily. He uses various scriptures and health studies to motivate and deepen the experience of the food plan past just being a diet.

He begins the book talking about faith and briefly presents a broad stroke, light review of the gospel and our need for faith. Warren then moves on to the food choices that we make while outlining that we should consider these choices a lifestyle decision, not just a 40 day trial. The remaining chapters deal with fitness and what type of physical exercise will work for you, maintaining your focus during this plan, and ending with the need to walk through this plan in the context of community that will lead to a lasting change. In the final chapter there are also some recipes that coincide with this 40 day challenge for you to follow.

My Thoughts

This book was an easy read and full of great motivation, information and encouragement. I will say parts of this book felt forced. There were several times when it seemed like Warren was stretching the biblical context just a little too thin in order to incorporate scripture onto his plan. To that point, you will notice the unending translation resources that Warren uses, seemingly on the whim of whichever version carries his point verbally best. Although he stretches some scripture passages a bit to fit his mold, it definitely brings home his point.

Something else to consider, which is true of most diet plans, is the amount of money you will need to follow the food recipes and nutrition guides made available. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an effective and practical diet plan that is well thought out and provides some spiritual context. Warren once again delivers a quality program that has and will continue to have lasting impact on individuals lives for years to come. ...more
5

Dec 01, 2014

The Daniel Plan says that in 40 days, you can lead a healthier life. I’m not reviewing this book after having done that. I’m reviewing it based on the information I see it providing me with. The plan has 5 areas that it categorizes the book into: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, Friends. There are also introductory chapters and three chapters at the end that are more practical. I’m going to tackle my thoughts on each of the five main sections for this review.

In the Faith section, there is a big The Daniel Plan says that in 40 days, you can lead a healthier life. I’m not reviewing this book after having done that. I’m reviewing it based on the information I see it providing me with. The plan has 5 areas that it categorizes the book into: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, Friends. There are also introductory chapters and three chapters at the end that are more practical. I’m going to tackle my thoughts on each of the five main sections for this review.

In the Faith section, there is a big focus on how our relationship with God can affect our ability to change our habits. There is a strong focus on spending time in the Word and meditating on scriptures as well as actively praying. Rick Warren discusses how these steps can help us overcome bad habits with God’s help all while also improving our own relationship with God.

The Food section is huge in this book and filled with a lot of wonderful information. This section discusses portion control, has quick info about foods we should be eating more of, how to eat less sugar, as well as what different foods do for us and how to have a well-balanced diet. There is also information about where cravings come from and how to deal with them. What I found most helpful in this section though is the chapter about harmful foods. This chapter talks about reading the ingredient labels on food and identifying the ingredients that are most harmful to our bodies. But rather that just listing them out, Rick Warren explains why they are bad.There are also notes on how to eat healthier on a budget or making over your kitchen and pantry to make things healthier.

Motivation is a strong point in the Fitness section. Rick Warren provides strategies for encouraging you to exercise. Even better are the suggestions for combining prayer and worship with simple stretches and exercises. There are also suggestions to implement these activities into your week–things like setting a reminder on your phone or actually scheduling them into your week.

Focus is a section that deals with how to handle stress, eliminating negative thought patterns, attitudes and more. The point of this section is to get our mind in a healthier place and to improve our relationship with God.

The final section is based around Friends. The idea that community will both encourage you and challenge you while holding you accountable.

As I mentioned earlier, after the 5 main sections, the chapters become quite practical. There is a suggested exercise plan, a meal plan, checklists to determine your health, a method to detox your body, shopping lists and recipes.

This book is a wonderful tool. I love the ways in which faith interacts with all the other choices of our lives to become healthier. Many concepts of the book are also backed up with Scripture.

For me personally, I don’t plan to tackle all of these things in the suggested 40 days, but I will probably work on slowly incorporating other ideas from the book into everyday life. Some things will be a bit more difficult than others. It is a book that will probably remain a wonderful “go-to” tool for me to help myself and my family live healthier lives.

**I received a free copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review** ...more
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Jun 05, 2014

Notes:
Author says eat foods your great-grandmother would have prepared. Does he really think she had unlimited access to protein powders, year-round fresh produce, boxed broth, all varieties of nut trees, avocados or pomegranates, an asian supermarket, or almond milk??? NO!! She ate meat and used every last scrap of it, she drank raw milk and made cream and butter, she fermented veggies and made sourdough bread, she served everything with a delicious nourishing gravy or creamy sauce, she boiled Notes:
Author says eat foods your great-grandmother would have prepared. Does he really think she had unlimited access to protein powders, year-round fresh produce, boxed broth, all varieties of nut trees, avocados or pomegranates, an asian supermarket, or almond milk??? NO!! She ate meat and used every last scrap of it, she drank raw milk and made cream and butter, she fermented veggies and made sourdough bread, she served everything with a delicious nourishing gravy or creamy sauce, she boiled bones for days to make broth, she gave her children cod liver oil.

This so-called 'Daniel' plan is NOT a nourishing way to live and it most certainly NOT endorsed by God or the Bible.

Plus this quote really annoyed me -- "Why should God heal you of an obesity-related illness if you have no intention of changing the choices that led yo to it? God is waiting for you to start making healthy choices." (p. 24) Get serious.

Until the author has mastered these techniques as a shining example of the lifelong working change it can (supposedly) bring, he should not be selling books about it!!!

Random thoughts:
*hated this book mostly because of what it represents in Christian circles (this whole 'Daniel Fast' trend is so ridiculous)
*not based on Daniel in any way so it has a misleading title (Daniel ate veggies for 10 days and got 'fatter' according to scripture -- maybe because it was spirit-led there were supernatural results)
*plant-based high-carb/low-fat (the so-called clean diet)
*heavy on the psychology/self-help, but laced with a few scriptures
*nothing in this book you can't find on the internet; poorly researched and Doctor Oz is a major contributor so.....
*each chapter is an overwhelming compilation of all the typical sound-bytes regarding food, fitness, faith, friends (support groups) and a focused life
*filled with checklists, bullet points, numbered lists, surveys, acronyms, pointless charts (his sermons are probably like this, ugh)
*author says without God's help you'll go back to your old habits
*told to avoid recipes with the words 'creamy, crispy, breaded'
*fermented veggies are included on the pantry items but never discussed or included on menu plans
*super low-fat diet -- allows 1 Tablespoon of olive oil for a recipe with SIX servings (no wonder you would need a support group to stick with this insanity)
*never gives the option of RAW milk, just avoid dairy entirely
*lots of mentions of the follow-up cookbook/website/app -- to make even more money off of ...more
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Feb 13, 2014

If you're looking for a book that will help you overhaul your eating and fitness habits, then this is the book. I read it to simply assess whether my church should go through it as a small group series (and wasn't planning on starting The Daniel Plan soon), yet as I read I felt so encouraged, and the advice was so practical and sensible, that I've already started making changes to my weekly routine.

The best sections of the book were the first chapter (where Rick Warren lays out a solid argument If you're looking for a book that will help you overhaul your eating and fitness habits, then this is the book. I read it to simply assess whether my church should go through it as a small group series (and wasn't planning on starting The Daniel Plan soon), yet as I read I felt so encouraged, and the advice was so practical and sensible, that I've already started making changes to my weekly routine.

The best sections of the book were the first chapter (where Rick Warren lays out a solid argument for how and why God cares about what you do with your body), the second chapter (where you're taught how to overhaul your diet), and the final section of the book that contains the actual daily map of Daniel Plan goals.

But here's where I'm torn: is this the best series for a church that is not particularly struggling with physical health issues? There are only so many weeks in the year and only so many small group series we can choose. The first chapter had a solid biblical foundation but after that, I felt as if the biblical content was mostly a sidebar.

For example, in one section there is mention of prayer. Great! Except, the book takes the opportunity to merely talk about the biochemical benefits of prayer. The food chapter is wonderfully practical but seldom connects back to biblical content. It would have been great if the content of the first chapter was brought back and connected through the other chapters. Also, it's a tiny gripe but if you live in a small town in the Midwest, you'll have an extremely difficult time finding items on the Daniel Plan grocery list.

I would recommend this book to anyone who desires to get healthier. But hmm, again, not sure if I'd recommend it to every church who is looking for a small group curriculum; that would have to depend on the season that the congregation is in. ...more
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Jan 22, 2014

Four stars per Goodreads is "really liked it". Yup. I think that sums it up. The end.

Just kidding! Although it is an accurate rating for it. I thought it was a really positive approach to fitness and health, and a really well-rounded system. I usually argue (in my head, of course) with any Christian nonfiction, just because that's what I do unfortunately. But this time, I really didn't. I thought it was completely reasonable science, with interesting Biblical evidence. There were a lot of Four stars per Goodreads is "really liked it". Yup. I think that sums it up. The end.

Just kidding! Although it is an accurate rating for it. I thought it was a really positive approach to fitness and health, and a really well-rounded system. I usually argue (in my head, of course) with any Christian nonfiction, just because that's what I do unfortunately. But this time, I really didn't. I thought it was completely reasonable science, with interesting Biblical evidence. There were a lot of encouraging stories and thoughts that kept me motivated to keep reading. It wasn't intimidating like a lot of workout/health/fitness plans can be. I will definitely be using this as a guide, and I hear a lot of the passages I highlighted roll around in my head when I feel like I'm being a butthead about fitness or diet or whatever. "The best workout is one you will actually do..." Hmm. Touche. And while I don't think I'll do the detox or follow the diet plan to a T, but I'll definitely scope out the website for recipes when I'm lacking ideas. And I'm definitely working to be more conscientious about what I'm eating, I can't say I'll go full out cleaning eating, but it's definitely made me stop and reconsider my trips to fast food joints or making a box of velveta mac n cheese for the third time in a week.

So, I say read it! It may even speak to you in other aspects of your life than just your health. It's worth a listen. :) ...more
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Jan 16, 2014

The Daniel Plan is a highly motivating educational resource. I found it to be quite comprehensive and thorough with regard to the presented information. It tackled the spiritual, physical, emotional, mental, interpersonal, and intrapersonal aspects of man and tied it to what it takes to make a lifestyle change for optimal health. The book provided resource after resource. The most appealing aspect to me was the Scriptural element. I unwaveringly believe that God and His word must be an active The Daniel Plan is a highly motivating educational resource. I found it to be quite comprehensive and thorough with regard to the presented information. It tackled the spiritual, physical, emotional, mental, interpersonal, and intrapersonal aspects of man and tied it to what it takes to make a lifestyle change for optimal health. The book provided resource after resource. The most appealing aspect to me was the Scriptural element. I unwaveringly believe that God and His word must be an active part of any undertaking for it to be successful.

This book was a compilation of many things. It reminded me of Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst, The Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates, The Living Foods Lifestyle by Brenda Cobb,The Daniel Fast by Susan Gregory, and The Maker's Diet by Jordan Rubin It, like all of them, proved to be very helpful.

If you need a wake up call, read this book or any of the others I have mentioned above.

A complimentary copy of this title was made available by the publisher. ...more

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