The Daniel Plan: 40 Days To Healthier Life, Rick Warren, Daniel Amen and Mark Hyman, authors, is a book dedicated to guiding Christians into becoming healthier as they grow into a deeper relationship with God.
This 40 day adventure is the brainchild of pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest California. Warren became a household name after writing the Book entitled The Purpose Driven Life. This current publication follows a similar thought in that after following a program for 40 days a change in habits can occur, thus a changed life.
The Daniel Plan demonstrates the need for dieting to become healthy, but it does so in a unique presentation. The authors present a program that encompasses heathy eating, faith, focus and the accountability/encouragement of friends, all of which the authors believe are more effective than dieting alone. As Warren states:"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 â€” faith and friends â€” are what I call the secret sauce that makes The Daniel Plan so effective."
While this book presents a good program that is easily followed, there are some concerns for the amount of money that will be spent on the diet specific foods that need to be purchased, but in the end the results will far outweigh the cost.
This publication offers a unique approach to healthy living and spirituality, thus it is a recommended purchase for those seeking to lose more weight and gain more of God.
Just what I was looking for. We are going to start The Daniel Plan at church. I especially like that it doesn't just focus on food, but on our whole being. This is an "honoring, serving and growing in God with our mind, body and spirit" book.
Pastor Rick Warren is the pastor of Saddleback Church. One day while Pastor Warren was baptizing over eight hundred people he realized that many people were overweight including himself. He began to reflect upon his own health and the relationship he had with food. He soon realized that he had been ignoring his health and was being a poor example to his congregation. After doing some research, Pastor Warren decided to stand before his congregation and ask for their forgiveness. He explained how God wants us to take care of the bodies that He has blessed us with and asked if anyone wanted to join him in getting healthy. That day over 12,000 church members signed up in joining him on his journey. Now Pastor Warren just needed a plan to assist his congregation with getting healthy. Pastor Warren writes, "Since I was preaching that day about a man in the Bible named Daniel who refused to eat junk food and challenged a king to a health contest, I named the program The Daniel Plan." (Page 15) Pastor Warren then asked Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Mark Hyman, and Dr. Mehmet Oz to help coach him as he knew very little about how to get healthy. All of the doctors agreed to help and the program proved to be a success. During the first year the members at Saddleback lost a combined total of more than 250,000 pounds!
This book is about the plan that the Saddleback community followed. I found the book to be very informative. It focuses on five key elements: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus and Friends. There is a chapter dedicated to each of these key elements to further explain how they can assist with living a healthy lifestyle. I enjoyed the book and would definitely recommend it to others. I included how Pastor Warren came up with the name of the plan above as some people may think that the book is about fasting.
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I read this book already having knowledge about eating healthy and working out due to my degree in exercise. The book was a great refresher in knowledge I already knew and some new statistics that the medical community has come up with recently. While some parts were a bit technical, anyone could read this book and understand it. I would highly recommend it to anyone that is looking to start living a better life for themselves and their family. If you are wanting to find a way to make your New Year's resolutions stick, then read this book!