The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life by Rick Warren
(Including insights from Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and Dr. Mark Hyman)
Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, and Friends are the plan of this book. I loved the majority of what was written here, except for the recommendation to cut out all sugar.
Otherwise, the book talks about how to eat according to your hunger signals (of which I’m a big fan), and about how to put God first in your journey towards health. It then goes on to talk about how to incorporate fitness, renew your focus, and find support for your new, healthy lifestyle.
There are several recipes included in the back of the book, but you can also get The Daniel Plan Cookbook, if you want more.
I enjoyed this book.
Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women by Sarah Bessey
Sarah writes in a very down-to-earth way. She even starts out the book by setting the scene: a bonfire on the beach, under the stars. Here, she wants to discuss what it means to be a “Jesus Feminist“.
When people hear the term “feminist”, they automatically think man-bashing, and going braless, and that sort of thing. But that isn’t what Sarah means. For her, a Jesus Feminist is simply one who considers men and women to be equals, even in God’s eyes.
Sarah writes about how it is actually Biblical to view men and women as equal partners — neither one being “lord” over the other. And yes, this view kind of flies in the face of what many Evangelicals have been taught (with the man as the “leader” of the home). I love Sarah’s stance on this, though… and she does a good job of backing up what she says with Scripture.
Somewhat controversial, yes. But, definitely a recommended read.
NOTE: Read more about Egalitarian marriage on Sarah’s site. She has pulled together a bunch of resources for those who want to pursue this further.
F.I.T.: Faith Inspired Transformation by Kim Dolan Leto
Another book that I chose to use for my personal Bible study, as the focus of Kim’s book is to make God the center of your healthy lifestyle journey.
I got a LOT out of this book! It was super-helpful to my thinking in this whole “get healthy” thing I’m pursuing.
You can read more about Kim’s book, and her story, on her website: www.kimdolanleto.com