“Life is full of good intentions, but for too many, our good intentions never become good actions—they don’t move us forward, draw us closer to God, or make a difference in the world.
Good intentions are cans of paint that could have become amazing works of art…but never did.”
—Daniel Day, in Ten Days Without
Daniel Day could tell you all about his love for God and his desire to live as a follower of Jesus. But it took a simple but radical experiment to move from simply talking about it to actually living like it. For ten days at a time, Daniel chose to abandon a certain “necessity”—a coat, a voice, shoes, media, furniture, legs, touch—and to blog about it to raise funds and awareness for organizations that are doing amazing things to make a difference in the world. And then he invited others to join him in the experiments and spread the vision. Together they served God and others—and experienced significant personal change in the process. Ten Days Without is the story of their life-altering adventure.
Ten Days Without is a compelling story and practical guide that will equip you and your friends to break through walls of convenience and indifference, and join a movement that is confronting apathy and ignorance around the world to make an impact on people’s lives in a God-honoring way. Ten Days Without is where our good intentions end and making a difference in the world begins.
1. Ten Days Without Shoes To Address Disease
2. Ten Days Without A Coat To Address Homelessness
3. Ten Days Without Media To Address Distraction
4. Ten Days Without Furniture To Address Global Poverty
5. Ten Days Without Legs To Address Our Response To Disabilities
6. Ten Days Without Waste To Address The Environment
7. Ten Days Without Speech To Address Modern Day Slavery
8. Ten Days Without Human Touch To Address Orphans, Widows Prisoners, and Other Untouchables.
So Daniel Day’s new book Ten Days Without is meant to be a challenge to Christians to start looking at the excess in their lives as well as opening their eyes to some of the injustices of the world. These challenges were laid on his heart by God, to open Day’s eyes to the world around him. To challenge Day to resist living what is a socially acceptable life. While I wouldn’t go as far as calling the book inspiring, I definitely enjoyed the transparency Day had in the telling of the trials and triumphs of his Ten Days Without.
As I sit here in the sub-zero temperatures of the midwest I can completely feel Day’s pain of having to go without a coat is very cold temperatures. What I couldn’t wrap my head around was how one person has 18 coats!! I went into the closet like he said and counted mine. I only had five. Even after he gave away 11 he still had more than me! I have to admit though it was really good to see the way Day grew through this chapter when he took the homeless man out to eat and just talked to him.
The only chapter that annoyed me was the chapter on media. While Day fully admits to his addiction with his smart phone I never realized how bad it could be for someone. I am a firm believer in taking breaks from media (yes even if that means you don’t read my blog 😉 ). I try and practice the whole “Be still and know that I am God” part of my life often. One can easily be overwhelmed by all the media out there. I guess the biggest shocker was not the fact he had extra time for his wife and kids, or time to read his Bible, but the fact that he seemed shocked you could just sit and eat breakfast. I seriously hope that was a joke.
My favorite chapter had to be the one where Day struggled the most. (I know I sound horrible) Not because I want people to struggle but this chapter to me seemed the most real and showed the most growth for Daniel. I was moved by the story about Daniel going into the prison to get information and yet left feeling as though the prisoners changed him. It was just another example of how we as Christians are not above anyone in this world.
Overall this book was an interesting read. I am actually going to give it to my youngest siblings thinking they might like it as well. I liked all the links in the back of the book to get in touch with the organizations Daniel talked about. It is never to late to start helping. If you are still not sure about this book and want to read the first chapter click here. I say take the time to read it though, it may, if anything, make you see others differently.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.