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The Daniel Cure, by Susan Gregory and Dr. Richard J. Bloomer

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Last week I read The Daniel Cure: The Daniel Fast Way to Vibrant Health by Susan Gregory and Dr. Richard J. Bloomer. I’ve been telling people about it every since.

The concept of the book is rooted in Daniel 1:11-13 and Daniel 10:2-3 when Daniel fasts, prays, and eats food from seeds. Susan Gregory came up with the idea of a 21 day modified fast based on these verses, where you eat vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds,and healthy fats. She called it “The Daniel Fast” and blogged about it here.

The Daniel Cure follows up with lots of science, sound nutritional information, recipes, a 21 day devotional, and some great charts to monitor your vitals.

None of this was new information to me, a green-smoothie-gluten-free- sometimes-vegan-regular exerciser, but I was impressed by how it was all laid out.

Basically, this is a book about following a bleeding heart liberal diet, written for the GOP. I could see a church lady in Texas reading this book and loving it, when maybe she never would have bought a book about being vegan. Brilliant!

Three weeks of clean eating combined with prayer and self-examination also sounds like a win-win idea.

It would be hard to follow the Daniel Fast and also be gluten-free, but the authors do talk about making modifications for people with allergies, food intolerances, and for women who are pregnant or nursing (p28).

I am definitely planning to try a 21 day Daniel Fast in the future. First I need to wean off of coffee. That’s easier said than done…

P.S. I received a free copy of this book from Booksneeze in exchange for my honest opinions and review.

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Chasing Hope, by Kathryn Cushman

This past week I read a book which I absolutely love called Chasing Hope by Kathryn Cushman.  It’s a very clean read for teens or adults, and one that would make for a great mother-daughter book club from church.

The hook is:  After being diagnosed with a debilitating illness, college senior Sabrina thinks her competitive running days are over.  Then Sabrina meets Brandy, a running prodigy with a troubled past who really needs help.

Okay, now I’m totally veering away from a normal book review here, but the debilitating illness Sabrina has is something that my cousin-in-laws deals with.  I don’t want to name it, because that would be a spoiler.

But my cousin-in-law has been tremendously helped by sticking to a vegan diet.  He’s even been able to go off of a lot of his meds! There are even research studies proving that  veganism helps this particular disease.

So when I was reading “Chasing Hope” and came across scenes where Sabrina was eating pizza, I kept wanting to shake the book and tell her about my cousin!  “There’s still hope!  There’s still hope!”

P.S. I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinions and review.