This is just a delightful little book! Gratitude is (or should be) such an important part of our walk with Christ. I love that it focuses on the positive and doesn’t wander off into any heavy theology. This book would be a nice gift for any Christian woman who likes to be contemplative while coloring! I like to color in it while I pray or listen to a devotional talk. This book is sprinkled with encouraging thoughts and scriptures and has space for writing down your thoughts as you focus on the many things you can be grateful for in your life. I highly recommend it!
The publisher provided me with a complementary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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*
T. S. Eliot, John Donne, Philip Yancey, Martin Luther, Søren Kierkegaard, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Karl Barth, Sylvia Plath, Bernard of Clairvaux…Big names. So why, then, was I surprised when the first day’s reading was 12 pages long?
This book has some wonderful stuff in it, but if you’re expecting something you can read aloud with your family…this isn’t it. There is a huge spectrum of viewpoints contained in Watch For the Light. The biographical titles of the authors range from American Poet to Liberation Theologian to Priest to Martyr to Trappist Monk. The authors come from Britain, Italy, France, Brazil, Holland, Germany the United States, Nicaragua, Switzerland…and more. The viewpoints are as diverse as the origins!
I’d recommend this book to people who are ‘intellectuals’ but not so much for the ‘average Joe.’ It certainly isn’t family reading. I applaud anything that helps us shift our focus from commercialism back onto the Savior. In that respect, I like this book. Overall though, it’s not one I’d recommend or give to most of my friends.
Handlebar and Plough Publishing provided me with a complementary copy of Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas in exchange for my honest review.