Ten Days Without: Daring Adventures in Discomfort That Will Change Your World and You  -     By: Daniel Ryan Day
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Ten Days Without: Daring Adventures in Discomfort That Will Change Your World and You

Multnomah Books / 2013 / Paperback

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* Could you live 10 days without shoes? Furniture? A coat? A smart phone? Legs? Day did---and learned tough lessons about how millions cope without the "necessities" we take for granted. Sharing his personal experiences, he shows how his simple but radical experiment broke through walls of convenience and indifference to move him from apathy to action. 224 pages, softcover from Multnomah.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.12 (inches)
ISBN: 1601424671
ISBN-13: 9781601424679
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Publisher's Description

A Rebellion against Apathy.
A Strategy for Action.
"Life is full of good intentions, but for too many, our good intentions never become good actions—they don’t move us forward, draw us closer to God, or make a difference in the world.
Good intentions are cans of paint that could have become amazing works of art…but never did."
—Daniel Day, in Ten Days Without
Daniel Day could tell you all about his love for God and his desire to live as a follower of Jesus. But it took a simple but radical experiment to move from simply talking about it to actually living like it. For ten days at a time, Daniel chose to abandon a certain "necessity"—a coat, a voice, shoes, media, furniture, legs, touch—and to blog about it to raise funds and awareness for organizations that are doing amazing things to make a difference in the world. And then he invited others to join him in the experiments and spread the vision. Together they served God and others—and experienced significant personal change in the process. Ten Days Without is the story of their life-altering adventure.
Ten Days Without is a compelling story and practical guide that will equip you and your friends to break through walls of convenience and indifference, and join a movement that is confronting apathy and ignorance around the world to make an impact on people’s lives in a God-honoring way. Ten Days Without is where our good intentions end and making a difference in the world begins.

Author Bio

DANIEL DAY is a graduate of Appalachian State University and the Focus Leadership Institute. Currently, he is director of content and marketing for Axis, an organization that challenges students and families to move from apathy to compassionate social action. Daniel is married to his high school sweetheart, Rebecca, and they live in Colorado Springs, CO, with their three children, Noah, Finley, and Ava.

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Praise for Ten Days Without

"A fascinating read, a strong challenge, and a brilliant way to put your faith in action."
— Mike Yankoski, author of Under the Overpass

"Ten Days Without
is a manifesto for intentional Christian living. Daniel Day fights back against the sins of excess, comfort, and apathy that so often permeate the American Christian worldview. His bold ten-day experiments shed light on the simple things we take for granted, and his experiences from around the world will inspire you to live your life differently."
— Justin Zoradi, founder and CEO of These Numbers Have Faces and author of Doing Work That Matters: A Small Guide to Making Big Change in the World

"We at International Justice Mission are so grateful for friends around the world like Daniel Day—friends who live out what they believe. The world changes because of them. I hope you’ll be inspired by Daniel’s passion in these pages and follow him into taking action that makes a difference."
— Gary Haugen, president and CEO, International Justice Mission

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  1. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Review of "Ten Days Without"
    March 1, 2014
    In his book "Ten Days Without", Daniel Ryan Day challenges his reader to go ten days without certain comforts in order to increase awareness about social problems in our world. Specifically, the challenges are designed to address the issues of disease, homelessness, distraction, poverty, disabilities, environmentalism, slavery, and social "untouchables" (widows, orphans, prisoners, and other neglected people). Day shares eight challenges that he completed and how each of the challenges transformed his attitude, increased his awareness, and affected his behavior.

    An example of the ten day challenges, Daniel decided to go ten days without shoes in order to "provide shoes for children around the world who don't have any." He maintained his normal daily schedule as closely as he could and noticed the ways that not having shoes made his day more difficult. He learned how much we take having shoes for granted and what the consequences are for people around the world who do not have shoes. He used this challenge as an opportunity to organize a shoe drive and raise funds to buy shoes for children.

    These challenges grew out of Day's frustration that "I enjoyed sitting with friends and talking about problems that we saw in the church or the world. But for some reason, I was a lot better at talking about problems than doing anything about them. I would end up getting too busy or too distracted, or I just wouldn't care enough." He wanted to do more to understand these problems and use these experiences as a catalyst for action.

    Day tells us that the personal result of these challenges was that he became "more aware and more motivated, and I believe the same thing will happen in your life." He also says that these challenges will keep people from falling into what he calls slacktivism, which he describes as "the idea that you have somehow contributed to the greater good without actually doing anything."

    I recommend reading the last chapter first as I think this is the strongest chapter in the book. This chapter made his goals and intentions much clearer, and provided some cohesion for the various challenges. Day shares that he wants to experience a transformative journey in response to the work that God has done in his own life; he also shares his desire to go from self-centered faith to an others-centered faith. He wants to put feet on the work of spiritual maturity, and he provides his readers with a similar call to action.

    If friends told me that they wanted to do more to grow in the ways Day describes in the final chapter, these experiments are not what I would recommend. I would suggest that they simply ask God to help them have a deeper understanding any of these issues and trust that God will bring people and circumstances in their life to accomplish the same goals. By doing so, I believe God will provide each of them with an adventure of obedience and transformation they could not otherwise plan or anticipate.

    While I would not recommend these experiments, I would encourage everyone to learn how to understand our role in a broken world, which spurs us to love people who are often overlooked and how to be a good steward of all that we have been given. I am glad for the spiritual growth that Daniel describes in his book. At the same time, I challenge everyone that God will transform you when you decide to surrender to His work, ask Him for wisdom, and decide to obey Him moment by moment. You will certainly be invited to experience an adventure of obedience.

    I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for review
  2. Georgia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Very thought-provoking book!
    February 12, 2014
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Ten Days Without by Daniel Ryan Day opened my eyes to suffering all over the world that I'd never given mind to before. I am preparing for my first mission trip and when I saw this book listed on the Blogging for Books program, I knew it would be a great book to read prior to my trip. I had already been thinking about the comforts I would have to do without while on my trip and how I'd be stretched during that time. But Day lived out different "experiments" while at home. He went ten days without shoes. Ten days without a coat. Ten days without using his legs. You get the picture. He had to carry on his normal everyday life without the conveniences and comforts he was used to. This also involved his family and friends who had to inconvenience themselves at times in order to help him out. It was a learning experience for all of them. This book made me more sensitive to people in need and to people who deal with disabilities. It showed me that we can survive without our modern conveniences and that putting others and their needs before our own is a Christlike thing to do. I recommend this book highly if you're brave enough to have your eyes opened to corners of your life that might need the cobwebs swept out and open to having God shed light on these places. You can't read this book and not be changed. I received this book for free through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.
  3. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    January 27, 2014
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    One of the first thing Daniel Day said about his book was that he wanted to inspire people. To inspire them to do what he did. Well I wasn't inspired but his transparency was rather refreshing.

    Ten Days Without was definitely written from the heart about Daniel's walk and eye opening experiences that the Lord gave him. It was no doubt an experience that changed him. But, I couldn't help but feel through most of the book that God was just scratching the surface and so was Daniel.

    I enjoyed reading about his struggles with the different things he gave up. My personal favorite is when he gave up media and started to spend time with his family. That is so very important. Daniel's overall growth, in my opinion, was the most inspiring.

    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
  4. Smiths Grove KY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Inspirational Read
    January 26, 2014
    Smiths Grove KY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Ten Days Without, by Daniel Ryan Day is an inspirational read. It was hard to read at times because I am reminded of how little I do for the Lord. It only takes one person to make a difference and Daniel Ryan Day has made a difference in my life. My children will be reading the book next and I am thinking as a family, we will be doing a 10 day of our own.

    I thought 10 days of going without something was kinda of insignificant till I read his accounts. He has gone 10 days without shoes. He has gone without a coat, without furniture. He has gone without touch or talking. That seems so small, till you read about his experiences. Till you let it resonate in your thoughts and you can not sleep at night because this book has made you think. That seriously happened last night. I could not sleep at all. I was up late and we had church this morning that I did not want to miss. I don't even have the physical book here. Though I do have the e-book so I am able to complete this review.

    I recieved this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for a fair and honest review.
  5. Atlanta, GA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This book will impact you...
    January 26, 2014
    The Phone Tree Edifier
    Atlanta, GA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Review: Have you ever read a book that convicted just as much as it inspired? 1o Days Without is exactly that kind of book.

    So many of us live in a bubble. We speak about what we should be doing. We talk about how the world currently is. But what are we doing besides speaking and talking? Can we move beyond mere mouth service and actually do something? According to Day, we can. According to the Bible, we should.

    This book will impact you, I dare say, whether you like it or not. I believe that its message is powerful and impactful. It will motivate and stir up those concerned about the cause of Christ.

    Rating: 5/5 Stars *****

    A copy of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The words I have expressed are my own.
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