I purchased my copy of The Daniel Fast when it was first published in 2010, and I used it for fasts I did for spiritual reasons. The book was my introduction to the idea of plant-based eating. The support and encouragement Susan Gregory offers is invaluable, both from a foundation of faith in Jesus Christ and the spiritual growth that comes with fasting as well as the more pragmatic considerations of food shopping and menu planning. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who is considering fasting or changing their diet permanently to support their general health. In 2011, I changed my diet to eating plant-based foods and I still use this book for its great recipes and other information.
When I first opened and read The Daniel Fast by Susan Gregory, it broke down the purpose of the fast and brought in biblical aspect of fasting. It didn't make me feel like I was "suppose to" or it wasn't "shoulding me" at all, but bringing me to understand my personal purpose for my fasting. I've used the The Daniel Fast three times in the past two years...first to break a taunting habit while preparing for a women's bible study, second time, while preparing for a state examine (yes, passed it!) and the third time, for a horrible personal breakup. Each time, I was lead by the Holy Spirit as it strengthened me and helped me through such a rough season in my life.
I recommend this book if you want to get serious with God. It was the most peaceful times of my walk with Him.
I have found this to be the best reference to a Daniel Fast that I have seen. It explains what it is and answers many questions concerning this type of fast. The recipes are great and the devotional is wonderful.
Fasting is not a common buzz word these days so when the opportunity to review the book, The Daniel Fast came up, I took up the offer to find out information about fasting.
As you know, fasting is not a common approach to loosing weight. Our culture has more of a problem of gaining weight and finding quick trick solutions. For myself, it's not a big problem but I must admit I used to be too slim before marriage and since then, I have put on the pounds.
Fasting was a part of the Jewish culture and various Bible characters participated in this discipline. Daniel, who is an Old Testament character who had deep faith in God, abstained from all foods except for foods from the seeds and only drinking water.
I have never participated in a fast so the material that Susan Gregory is informative because she provides a step-by-step plan about the process of fasting. She includes the definition and preparations of a fast, daily devotions for doing a twenty-one day Daniel Fast, and some nutritious and tasty recipes.
Susan mentions there are three fasts: an absolute fast; a normal fast; and a partial fast. She focuses on the Daniel Fast which basically means that people abstain from some foods in their diet like processed foods, preservatives, and food colouring,
I think fasting could be a personal future event that I could participate in order to deepen my relationship with God. The Daniel Fast by Susan Gregory is a good resource to have on hand about fasting.