The Daniel fast is similar to a vegan diet but somewhat more restrictive – eating fruits, vegetables, food originating from seeds and drinking only water. All manmade chemicals, artificial flavorings and colorings, food additives and preservatives are eliminated.
Susan Gregory is known as the Daniel fast blogger and has compiled her research and writings on the partial fast fashioned on the experiences of the prophet Daniel. The Daniel Fast is divided into three parts: 1) a description of the Daniel fast, the purpose of fasting, and the benefits of fasting for the body, soul, and spirit; 2) food lists, recipes, and menus for a Daniel fast; and 3) a 21-day devotional guide and frequently asked questions about Daniel fasting.
This book would be better titled The Daniel Diet than The Daniel Fast. Why spend an extra 15 minutes making your own all-natural ketchup when the point of the fast is to spend more time drawing closer to God? Half of the book includes recipes that I would love to include in my daily meals, but if I tried to incorporate them into my fast, I would spend much more time than I normally would preparing food and taking pleasure in eating it more than I would be praying and focusing on God. However, I feel this book is worthwhile to read if you are interested in a partial fast or even learning more about the purpose of a biblical fast, so long as you do not allow yourself to become consumed with the legalistic aspect of which foods are allowed and which foods are forbidden.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my review.