Tuesday, October 8, 2013

"The Daniel Cure" by Susan Gregory

I am conflicted in my response to this book.
We have a need in our country for spiritual guidance while we lack mentors. Many are desperate to know what a fast is and how to fast. We have a nation that is rebellious and individualistic. Isaiah 58 calls this out. What is the MOTIVATION of the fast?
This book is a good resource for looking at a health/diet cleanse. Having had a friend who eradicated cancer from her body with a strict diet, I can attest to the health benefits. The introduction cites our need for spiritual, emotional and diet changes. We do seasonal juice "cleanses", stay away from GMOs, eat kosher...even a low-gluten intake. When faced with a breast cancer scare, my response was definite and focused on diet changes.

I have not read the Original book "The Daniel Fast", which this book builds off of. This review is strictly based on "The Daniel Cure".
In chapter 5 the authors state,"Weight-loss products along with related elective procedures and services amount to a multi-billion-dollar-per-year business in the United States." With 100 pages of recipes, 145 pages on health/how to, there is a scant, 18 pages of "devotional" material. 

This is where I am conflicted. Is this a book on Fasting, or another book for the "multi-billion-dollar-per-year business"? 
If you are looking for a healthly lifestyle "spring board", this book may be one worth looking into. It provides the information for making a lifestyle change even if it is for a short period of time, such as the initial 21 days.

If you are looking for a book on fasting, you may want to check out "Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough" which cites 9 biblical fasts and their purposes.


There are many other related products for you to purchase such as recipe books, Daniel fasting for Lent, and the original Daniel Fast book. 
"The Daniel Cure helps readers will convert the Daniel Fast from a once-a-year spiritual discipline into a new way of life that can begin any time of the year."
The Daniel Cure includes a 21-Day Daniel Cure Devotional, four chapters detailing the lifestyle diseases of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and inflammation, eleven chapters of recipes and meal planning advice, a recipe index, complete nutritional guidance, and an appendix detailing 'The Science behind the Daniel Fast.'
What is the Daniel Fast?

"The Daniel Fast is a partial fast, in which certain foods are restricted and others are consumed. This fast is similar to a 'purified' vegan diet; in addition to the exclusion of all animal products, no additives, preservatives, sweeteners, caffeine, alcohol, white flour, or processed foods are allowed. With the Daniel Fast people can eat as much Daniel-Fast-friendly food as they would like. Though most people begin the Daniel Fast for a spiritual purpose, many are amazed by the physical transformation that takes place. Many with high cholesterol experience a drop to healthy levels; people who have wrestled with weight issues are suddenly able to lose the pounds. The vast majority of participants following the Daniel Fast report a general sense of well-being and increased energy. Recent published scientific studies of the Daniel Fast have confirmed these findings, with additional benefits, such as a reduction in systemic inflammation, a reduction in blood pressure, and an improvement in antioxidant defenses."


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