Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Review: The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast by Kristen Feola

Last year, my pastor called a consecration fast in January for our church.  We took the first three weeks of the year to set ourselves apart and seek the Lord through fasting and praying.  Pastor explained some of the different types of fasts and the spiritual side of fasting.  One of the fasts he explained was the Daniel Fast.  As I understood it, you ate only vegetables and water.  My husband and I decided to follow the Daniel Fast. As I recall, the next night I served my family steamed broccoli, corn and sliced pears.  Well, I had a rather dissatisfied husband.  The next day I Googled Daniel Fast and began my education. ~smile~

One of the websites I found was Kristen Feola's.  I was especially interested in her site because she lives only an hour away from me in Springfield, Missouri.  Her site was invaluable to me in following the fast. 

Fast forward to December 2012. Pun intended!  In anticipation of the January consecration, I ordered The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast from Zondervan for review. I eagerly watched the mail, but no doubt because of the holidays, I didn't receive it until my fast was nearly finished. I, therefore, did not have the benefit of the devotions in the book during the fast. I look forward to using them next time.

There are three sections in this book, the Fast, the Focus, and the Food. 

The Fast - Mrs. Feola explains the types of Biblical fasting and the Daniel fast in particular.  She explains the reasons for fasting and the benefits of drawing closer to God through fasting.

The Focus - There is a devotion for each of the days of the fast.  Mrs. Feola emphasizes the need to feast on the Word of God each day as much as possible.  This is where the true benefit of fasting is experienced.  The devotions are short, just one page, including recommended verses, the devotional passage, and quotes from others who have fasted.

The Food - Honestly, this is why I ordered the book.  Plain veggies are pretty boring to me.  I grew up using butter and using ham or bacon to season some vegetables.  The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast is jam packed (oops can't say jam packed!) with recipes to help you with your Daniel Fast.  Mrs. Feola has included breakfasts, lunches, soups, salads, main dishes, and snacks.  She has a meal planning section including suggested menus and tips for making it work for you in your kitchen.

 Just last night we tried her corn muffins with our bean soup.  While they were nothing like cornbread, they did give us a satisfying accompaniment to our meal.  Next on my try it list is the Mega Greek Salad.  Black and White Chili also looks good.  Date honey is used as a sweetener in several of the recipes.  She has several recipes that you may find helpful on her website along with additional information on The Daniel Fast.  Some of the recipes in the book are repeats of the recipes on her website.  However, it's nice to have them all printed out and organized. 

I think that this is going to be a book I enjoy for quite some time.
Read a bit of the book.

I received this book from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.
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  1. I don't usually fast but I think it could be beneficial. Thanks for the review of the book. Looks like a great resource. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.


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