Tuesday, March 18, 2014

book review: "10 days without" by daniel ryan day

A rebellion against apathy. A strategy for action.

     Daniel Day could tell you all about his love for God and his desire to live as a follower of Jesus. Yet it took a simple but radical experiment to move from merely talking about it to actually living it. For ten days at a time, Daniel chose to abandon a certain "necessity" - a coat, his 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 account of their life-altering adventures. 
     This compelling story and practical guide will equip you and your friends to break through walls of convenience and indifference. 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 good intentions end and making a difference in the world begins.

"Action must follow awareness." This is a book to challenge you to give up what's comfortable in order to make a difference. I liked this book and reading about Daniel's journey. I can't believe all of the things Daniel gave up! And it didn't just affect him. His wife and friends helped him along the way. His wife joined him on his Ten Days Without Shoes challenge. His kids tried to understand why he couldn't talk to them or hug them. And then there was how people responded to him. All of it comes together to tell one amazing story! Daniel has done what so many of us only think about doing. He saw need and actually did something about it. He chose to make time for things he saw as important. I think we all can learn from that. It's one thing to "like" a non-profit on Facebook whose goal is to help others but it's something else entirely to join them as they help others. Ten Days Without will help you think outside the box and get creative as you strive to make a difference for God. This was an easy read and one that will stick with me. 

I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah for my honest review.

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