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The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life

View all 4 comments. Jan 25, Carol rated it it was amazing. If you wish to experience vitality as a Christian so that you have the energy, faith and mindset to be and do all that God has called you to do and be I got so jazzed about this 40 day plan that I have created a local community for Rick Warren's 6 week study. Looking forward to the support and community that it will be provide for us. Jan 18, Henk-Jan van der Klis rated it really liked it. As a pastor you want to set an example for your church. He confessed his disobedience to God's commandment to treat the body as temple of the Holy Spirit to his congregation.

Warren needed to lose weight and asked if anyone wanted to join him. Instead of the expected people this stirred as much as 15, church As a pastor you want to set an example for your church. Instead of the expected people this stirred as much as 15, churchgoers to sign up and get rid of over , pounds in the first year. The Daniel Plan was inspired by the biblical prophet Daniel who served with his friends in the king's court in Babylon: Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.

So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.


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Can you be as strong as Daniel? Then a days devotional is not what you need. The Daniel Plan is not like an average lose weight program or crash diet. The book's elaborates on the powerful combination of faith, fitness, food, focus, and friends will change your health forever, transforming you in the most head-turning way imaginablyfrom the inside out. Faith and Friends as unmistakably biblical sound frames for having God's love instead of fear, shame and guilt as motivators, alongside buddies devoted to the same goal: Warren is eager to embed the purpose driven elements, without repeating previous books.

The doctors contribute with a wealth of knowledge on good and bad food and their consequences for your body, soul and mind. The fitness expert brings exercises in all flavors and levels. For that period a series of recipes and exercises are provided. If you sign-up to the program with a group - the book strongly advises not to do it on your own - you're provided free online resources and an app to support your Daniel Plan. Feb 05, Julie rated it really liked it. I am so glad that a Christian leader with the visibility of Rick Warren has started a movement to encourage people to take better care of their health.

Warren, with the help of celebrity Doctor Daniel Amen and "functional medicine" expert Doctor Mark Hyman, has written an easy-to-understand guide for people wishing to change their health habits for the better.

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Amen is like many doctors in being slightly obsessive about his area of medical expertise, the brain, and I wish there had been a lit I am so glad that a Christian leader with the visibility of Rick Warren has started a movement to encourage people to take better care of their health.

Amen is like many doctors in being slightly obsessive about his area of medical expertise, the brain, and I wish there had been a little more in-depth information about other organs and systems of the body. I also wish there had been more of a discussion of the health issues surrounding eating meat and dairy--I recall one brief mention of a plant-based diet in the book, and wish that option had been more fully discussed.

All in all, a book that will be very helpful to many people, and I commend Pastor Warren for his efforts to help his congregation and people in general to pursue better health. My husband and I read this together while attending a class over the book at our church. We both really enjoyed the book. While a lot of the food and fitness material you can find in any "health plan" book, we really enjoyed the way faith and focus were brought into the plan. Its difficult to stick with diet and exercise plans, but being accountable to anther person and recognizing that God wants us to be healthy in order to do His will adds a different level to the plan.

It is a lifestyle chang My husband and I read this together while attending a class over the book at our church. It is a lifestyle change and one that we will be working on for the rest of our lives. I particularly found the Focus chapter to be the most helpful for me. I mentally sabotage myself all the time and this, along with "The Gifts of Imperfection" by Brene Brown, has been helping me to change my thinking patterns and habits.

Sep 15, Alex rated it really liked it Shelves: The Daniel Plan refers to the biblical Daniel, and it's a very interesting way to go about getting healthy. A lot of the information was common sense and things I've read elsewhere, but the chapters on faith were very well done. I definitely walked away from this book feeling like I had learned something, which is pretty much all you can ask for from a book like this. One minor annoyance is that the book constantly talked about a mobile app that doesn't seem to exist.

It's not like this book came out last month, so in my opinion there has been ample time to get it up and running. It almost made it seem like you HAD to get the app to succeed in the Daniel Plan, and since it's not available it bugged me. Jan 04, Amanda rated it really liked it. The health and nutrition sections were similar to many other books I have read, but the Daniel Plan has a new twist on faith and motivation. I have already begun to implement many of these changes suggested in this book, but it was a good way to 're-focus for the new year.


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I have read many books on becoming healthier with proper food choices and exercise. This one is a little different since it mentions, 5 areas of help to motivate us. This makes sense since it is hard to stay focused alone. Prayer and better choice of whole food are really the key. Eating processed food is not healthy. Staying in control of the triggers is hard to do.

Hope to note the most important areas of this and become stronger in my eating habits and plan to move more as my health becomes better with some needed care of a injury. The title comes from the Biblical Daniel. The author integrates faith, food, fitness, focus and friends in order to lead an optimal healthy life.

This is not simply a weight loss plan although if these principles are followed that will result.

Not only did 15, people from his congregation lose a significant amount of weight, he saw the changes in them we The title comes from the Biblical Daniel. Not only did 15, people from his congregation lose a significant amount of weight, he saw the changes in them went far beyond that. He saw their relationship with God become closer as well as their relationship with others. They reinforce the current findings that it is not so much the healthy fats in our diets that need to be avoided, but rather the sugar and wheat carbs.

These are the culprits behind heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and even Alzheimers. I am not someone who is extremely overweight, but I certainly need to lose more than a few pounds. I came upon this book from a fellow parishioner. She and I have been doing this together.

What I realized as I began reading The Daniel Plan is that I have always relied on myself to become healthier and I always end up reverting back to old, unhealthy habits. The first principle in the plan is faith; I need to ask God for His help, and having friends along for the journey also helps. The other thing I liked about all the authors had to say was that not only does the science make sense, but they are realistic and very aware of how our human natures can be weak. They let us know that there will be setbacks at times because that is just life.

The Daniel Plan is about living the way God created us to live and about eating the good healthy foods He, not some factory, created. Jan 02, Ben Dempsey rated it it was amazing. A great book that interweaves faith and health beautifully. It was written after the huge success saddleback church had after implementing it where they had tremendous life changing results across the congregation. He wrote the book with the help of a medical professionals to tackle each hurdle you face along your journey. This is book is for anyone that wants to make a change physically and spiritually.

It's a great 40 day challenge that I will be starting tomorrow as I begin , to help me gr A great book that interweaves faith and health beautifully. It's a great 40 day challenge that I will be starting tomorrow as I begin , to help me grow in my faith and reach my health goals I have set out to achieve this year. Mar 05, Jamie rated it really liked it. Everyone should read this book! The book incorrectly tells the reader how to become a Christian. In order to become a Christian, one must follow the plan of salvation: Hear the Word Romans Feb 12, Sara rated it really liked it.

Great book for anyone looking for a way to shed some pounds and be motivated to do so. The shopping lists are quite helpful. I try to take a little bit from each self-help book I read and I found a lot in this one. Aug 31, Karen Potts rated it it was amazing Shelves: This sounds like a lot, but, though it's demanding, this system can be followed a little at a time for each person's needs.

Jun 07, Jon Kenney rated it liked it. About the Book Though Rick Warren doesn't have many book titles to his credit, there are very few Pastors that have the platform and influence of Rick Warren. You can see that influence exercised when world renown doctors and health experts willingly volunteer their time to help establish a diet plan for Pastor Warren and his church family at Saddleback. That's just what Dr. Oz, Daniel Amen, and Mark Hyman did. Now at first glance that seems odd, doesn't it? An entire church committed to a diet About the Book Though Rick Warren doesn't have many book titles to his credit, there are very few Pastors that have the platform and influence of Rick Warren.

An entire church committed to a diet plan? Isn't there usually a giving campaign, or Bible reading plan commitment to get involved with instead? It's no secret that Warren himself has struggled with his own weight. At the start f the book, Warren recounts a specific time of confession in front of his church one Sunday morning following the experience of baptizing individuals the previous week. He tells the story of his own judgement of those he was baptizing due to their obesity before falling under the deep conviction that he had to look in the mirror. Pastor Warren then asked for forgiveness and vowed to right the ship.

The Daniel Plan is the result of his efforts to do just that. It is a lifestyle program based on biblical principles and five essential components: Food, Fitness, Focus, Faith, and Friends. These last two components "faith and friends" are what I call the secret sauce that makes The Daniel Plan so effective. The quality of advice and thought put into the book is evident from the beginning. Warren is especially encouraging through out each chapter while acknowledging several times that success with this program only comes through hard work and intentional choices, daily.

He uses various scriptures and health studies to motivate and deepen the experience of the food plan past just being a diet. He begins the book talking about faith and briefly presents a broad stroke, light review of the gospel and our need for faith. Warren then moves on to the food choices that we make while outlining that we should consider these choices a lifestyle decision, not just a 40 day trial.

The remaining chapters deal with fitness and what type of physical exercise will work for you, maintaining your focus during this plan, and ending with the need to walk through this plan in the context of community that will lead to a lasting change. In the final chapter there are also some recipes that coincide with this 40 day challenge for you to follow. My Thoughts This book was an easy read and full of great motivation, information and encouragement. I will say parts of this book felt forced.

There were several times when it seemed like Warren was stretching the biblical context just a little too thin in order to incorporate scripture onto his plan. To that point, you will notice the unending translation resources that Warren uses, seemingly on the whim of whichever version carries his point verbally best.

Although he stretches some scripture passages a bit to fit his mold, it definitely brings home his point. Something else to consider, which is true of most diet plans, is the amount of money you will need to follow the food recipes and nutrition guides made available. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an effective and practical diet plan that is well thought out and provides some spiritual context.

Warren once again delivers a quality program that has and will continue to have lasting impact on individuals lives for years to come. Dec 01, Dana Kamstra rated it it was amazing. The Daniel Plan says that in 40 days, you can lead a healthier life. The plan has 5 areas that it categorizes the book into: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, Friends. There are also introductory chapters and three chapters at the end that are more practical. In the Faith section, there is a big focu The Daniel Plan says that in 40 days, you can lead a healthier life.

In the Faith section, there is a big focus on how our relationship with God can affect our ability to change our habits. There is a strong focus on spending time in the Word and meditating on scriptures as well as actively praying. The Food section is huge in this book and filled with a lot of wonderful information. This section discusses portion control, has quick info about foods we should be eating more of, how to eat less sugar, as well as what different foods do for us and how to have a well-balanced diet.

There is also information about where cravings come from and how to deal with them. What I found most helpful in this section though is the chapter about harmful foods.

This chapter talks about reading the ingredient labels on food and identifying the ingredients that are most harmful to our bodies. But rather that just listing them out, Rick Warren explains why they are bad. There are also notes on how to eat healthier on a budget or making over your kitchen and pantry to make things healthier. Motivation is a strong point in the Fitness section. Rick Warren provides strategies for encouraging you to exercise. Even better are the suggestions for combining prayer and worship with simple stretches and exercises.

There are also suggestions to implement these activities into your week—things like setting a reminder on your phone or actually scheduling them into your week.

Focus is a section that deals with how to handle stress, eliminating negative thought patterns, attitudes and more. The point of this section is to get our mind in a healthier place and to improve our relationship with God. The final section is based around Friends. The idea that community will both encourage you and challenge you while holding you accountable. As I mentioned earlier, after the 5 main sections, the chapters become quite practical.

There is a suggested exercise plan, a meal plan, checklists to determine your health, a method to detox your body, shopping lists and recipes. This book is a wonderful tool. I love the ways in which faith interacts with all the other choices of our lives to become healthier. Many concepts of the book are also backed up with Scripture.

Some things will be a bit more difficult than others. If you're looking for a book that will help you overhaul your eating and fitness habits, then this is the book. I read it to simply assess whether my church should go through it as a small group series and wasn't planning on starting The Daniel Plan soon , yet as I read I felt so encouraged, and the advice was so practical and sensible, that I've already started making changes to my weekly routine.

The best sections of the book were the first chapter where Rick Warren lays out a solid argument If you're looking for a book that will help you overhaul your eating and fitness habits, then this is the book. The best sections of the book were the first chapter where Rick Warren lays out a solid argument for how and why God cares about what you do with your body , the second chapter where you're taught how to overhaul your diet , and the final section of the book that contains the actual daily map of Daniel Plan goals.

But here's where I'm torn: There are only so many weeks in the year and only so many small group series we can choose. The first chapter had a solid biblical foundation but after that, I felt as if the biblical content was mostly a sidebar. For example, in one section there is mention of prayer. Except, the book takes the opportunity to merely talk about the biochemical benefits of prayer.

The food chapter is wonderfully practical but seldom connects back to biblical content. It would have been great if the content of the first chapter was brought back and connected through the other chapters. Also, it's a tiny gripe but if you live in a small town in the Midwest, you'll have an extremely difficult time finding items on the Daniel Plan grocery list. I would recommend this book to anyone who desires to get healthier. But hmm, again, not sure if I'd recommend it to every church who is looking for a small group curriculum; that would have to depend on the season that the congregation is in.

Jan 22, Belinda rated it really liked it Shelves: Four stars per Goodreads is "really liked it". I think that sums it up. Although it is an accurate rating for it. I thought it was a really positive approach to fitness and health, and a really well-rounded system. I usually argue in my head, of course with any Christian nonfiction, just because that's what I do unfortunately. But this time, I really didn't. I thought it was completely reasonable science, with interesting Biblical evidence.

There were a lot of encour Four stars per Goodreads is "really liked it". There were a lot of encouraging stories and thoughts that kept me motivated to keep reading. I will definitely be using this as a guide, and I hear a lot of the passages I highlighted roll around in my head when I feel like I'm being a butthead about fitness or diet or whatever. And while I don't think I'll do the detox or follow the diet plan to a T, but I'll definitely scope out the website for recipes when I'm lacking ideas.

And I'm definitely working to be more conscientious about what I'm eating, I can't say I'll go full out cleaning eating, but it's definitely made me stop and reconsider my trips to fast food joints or making a box of velveta mac n cheese for the third time in a week. So, I say read it! It may even speak to you in other aspects of your life than just your health. It's worth a listen. I suspect that those who will get the most out of this book are: Do not know a lot about nutrition or whole foods diets e. For those who fall into those categories, I would definitely recommend this book.

And depending on your personality, the following could be either a plus or a minus: The book is written in a very upbeat, peppy, "you can do i I suspect that those who will get the most out of this book are: The book is written in a very upbeat, peppy, "you can do it! There is a lot of religion but it is presented in a friendly, non-judgmental Christianity-lite tone. So I did not really get a lot out of this book. I read it because diet books are a peculiar passion of mine.

If you are in the categories I described above, I think this book would be quite helpful. Otherwise, your mileage may vary. Jan 16, Beyond the Pages rated it really liked it. The Daniel Plan is a highly motivating educational resource.

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I found it to be quite comprehensive and thorough with regard to the presented information. It tackled the spiritual, physical, emotional, mental, interpersonal, and intrapersonal aspects of man and tied it to what it takes to make a lifestyle change for optimal health.

The Daniel Plan Journal will help you assess your health, stay motivated, track your progress, and adopt new habits. It will also give you the encouragement you need to stay the course with biblical inspiration each day. This is what makes The Daniel Plan unique—faith is the starting point. This day journal will help you move toward your goals of healthier living.

Perks To Keeping a Journal Carefully thought out goals that are written down are powerful. Keeping yourself accountable is directly tied to success. Writing down everything that goes into your body makes you conscious, aware, and more likely to do the right things avoiding food amnesia!

Keeping a journal lets you see your progress. Often progress in one area will spill over and create positive impact in another area. Before you know it, you will be a new person. These goals should be: