“The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast” by Kristen Feola

The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel FastThe Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast by Kristen Feola
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Daniel Fast…a church diet that sweeps across the nation at the turn of the new year, designed to help those adhering to it not only feel healthier, but closer to G-d. Heralding its Catholic tradition of Lent, yet with a Protestant twist of twenty-one days of partial abstinence from particular foods, the Daniel Fast is designed to follow the assumed diet of the prophet Daniel during his Babylonian captivity: eating only fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and oils. Foods “forbidden” during this timeframe include dairy, meat, sugar, sweeteners, yeast, processed foods, fried foods, and solid fats.

The Daniel Fast has been around for quite a while now, yet gains new traction each year as Christians look at their resolutions of the new year and aim to eat healthier and improve their spiritual lives. As a result, why not accomplish both with one task? It is certainly an admirable goal, and the “fast” can definitely help someone look to incorporate healthier foods into their life, eating the typical length it takes to establish a habit.

This book serves as a devotional during this fasting time, with each day having its own word of encouragement and spiritual insight. Each day comes with a highlighted verse, a personal anecdote, and additional verses for further reading and study. Part one of the book covers the fast and how to prepare/engage the fast, part two being the twenty-one devotionals, and part three the bulk of the book: over one hundred recipes designed to work with the Daniel Fast. Recipes are broken up into meal groups, with different options available to choose from. The options are pretty tasty, too, featuring coconut fig bars and fruit pizza for breakfast, and pages of colored images showing the food in its prepared state.

This book is a great choice for those seeking to participate in the Daniel Fast more fully, or even those just being introduced to the concept. In fact, some of the recipes are so enticing that the book works as an additional recipe book in the cupboard.

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