Ten Days Without: Daring Adventures in Discomfort That Will Change Your World and You
Review of "Ten Days Without"
In his book Ã¢ÂÂTen Days WithoutÃ¢ÂÂ, 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 Ã¢ÂÂuntouchablesÃ¢ÂÂ (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 Ã¢ÂÂprovide shoes for children around the world who donÃ¢ÂÂt have any.Ã¢ÂÂ 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 DayÃ¢ÂÂs frustration that Ã¢ÂÂI 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 wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt care enough.Ã¢ÂÂ 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 Ã¢ÂÂmore aware and more motivated, and I believe the same thing will happen in your life.Ã¢ÂÂ He also says that these challenges will keep people from falling into what he calls slacktivism, which he describes as Ã¢ÂÂthe idea that you have somehow contributed to the greater good without actually doing anything.Ã¢ÂÂ
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
March 1, 2014
Very thought-provoking book!
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.
February 12, 2014
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.
January 27, 2014
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.
January 26, 2014