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The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast

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Looking for a way to ‘reset’ your body…get off sugar and processed food…eat ‘clean’? Then The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast by Kristen Feola might be for you! Here are some quotes from the Ultimate Daniel Fast website:

“The Daniel Fast is a 21-day partial fast based upon the prophet Daniel’s experiences in the Bible. The purpose of the fast is to restrict commonly enjoyed foods as an act of worship and consecration to God. Someone who chooses to undergo a Daniel Fast demonstrates a physical commitment to pursue a closer relationship with the Lord.

The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast  is an inspiring resource for Christians who want to pursue a more intimate relationship with God through the 21-day commitment to prayer and fasting known as the Daniel Fast. As you deny yourself certain foods—such as sugars, processed ingredients, and solid fats—you will not only embrace healthier eating habits, you’ll also discover a greater awareness of God’s presence.”

I haven’t tried the fast yet, but based on what I’ve seen in the book, it looks doable. The book includes sections on fasting (“The Fast”), spiritual devotions to do each day during the fast (“The Focus”) and, of course a section called “The Food.” The food section includes all the tools you’ll need to implement the fast. Of course, there are lists of foods to eat and avoid, but there’s also a step-by-step guide to creating a meal plan along with suggested meal plans for all three weeks. The recipes included are fairly simple and don’t include many unusual (I don’t have them in my pantry or fridge already) ingredients.

I would have some difficulty doing this plan with my whole family…my son isn’t into vegetables at all (he’s autistic) and his diet is restrictive as a result…but I think it is definitely something I could do. I like the idea of a cleaner diet, and The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast looks like a really good way to kick off a better way of eating.

*I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*

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How High Will You Climb

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“Attitude is everything” or so they say.  John C. Maxwell probably agrees. His book, How High Will You Climb, is subtitled “Determine Your Success by Cultivating the Right Attitude.”  In aviation, your attitude determines your altitude. The attitude of the aircraft can be nose-up or nose-down and where the nose is pointed, the plane will follow. Correspondingly, if your personal attitude is nose-down, you’re probably not going to go anywhere but down.

How High Will You Climb is all about “looking up” for guidance and direction. What is attitude and why is it important? How was your present attitude formed? What are obstacles to a positive attitude, both within and without? How can I change my attitude? These are all questions answered in Maxwell’s book. He uses Biblical principles along with illustrative stories to guide the reader to the start of a journey towards having a better attitude. There are self-evaluation questions included in each chapter, and a study guide at the end of the book.

If you are serious about getting rid of your bad attitude or know someone who just needs to have some direction in how to begin changing theirs, this book is a good one. It isn’t too long and there are plenty of practical steps to begin that journey.

*I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, in exchange for an honest review*

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