The Daniel Fast for Weight Loss

Product DetailsThe Daniel Fast for Weight Loss
by Susan Gregory
Tyndale Momentum
Retail Price:  $15.99
Amazon Price: $9.02

Book Description:  If you’re tired of chasing the latest diet fad only to find that you’ve gained weight, it’s time to try an entirely different approach. The Daniel Fast for Weight Loss succeeds where other programs fail because it focuses on your relationship with God as well as on your relationship with food. Once you discover the pleasures of eating the food God has provided for optimum health, you will not want to turn back. The Daniel Fast for Weight Loss offers a strategic, biblically based plan backed by solid research that will eliminate your cravings and help you to drop those unwanted pounds once and for all.

Susan Gregory, “The Daniel Fast Blogger” and bestselling author of The Daniel Fast, is back with a spiritual and practical roadmap to this wildly popular 21-day fast for anyone who wants to lose weight and develop a lifestyle of health in a way that honors God. Way beyond a diet plan, The Daniel Fast for Weight Loss includes more than 90 new recipes, multiple tips for successful fasting, a 21-day devotional, and practical guidance for maintaining weight loss and good eating habits even after you complete your Christ-centered fasting experience. Embark on a life-changing journey toward happiness and confidence about the body God designed for you.

Review

While this book is about why and how to do The Daniel Fast for weight loss, I realized that the Biblical principles apply to daily life as much as they apply to the fast. The principles are universal and can be applied to fasting, working, raising a family, marriage, etc. Understanding what motivates us is a great way to examine where we spend our time in “worship” and teaches us what it means to truly submit to God’s will.

The rules of fasting really do apply to every day living and by simply applying common sense rules of healthy living… eat fresh, unprocessed foods, everything in moderation, exercise, drink water, we will be well on our way to a new, healthy lifestyle. The author does a great job of breaking this down in simple terms, something that so many “diet books” tend to over analyze and overstate.

This book does an excellent job of teaching The Daniel Fast, but also leaves readers with Biblical tools for life. I really learned a lot and enjoyed it immensely!

~Reviewed by Gina R.

    The First Hostage

    Product DetailsThe First Hostage
    By Joel C. Rosenberg
    Tyndale House
    Retail Price: $26.99
    Amazon Price: $18.38

    Book Description:  “The president of the United States . . . is missing.”

    With these words, New York Times journalist J. B. Collins, reporting from the scene of a devastating attack by ISIS terrorists in Amman, Jordan, puts the entire world on high alert. The leaders of Israel and Palestine are critically injured, Jordan’s king is fighting for his life, and the U.S. president is missing and presumed captured.

    As the U.S. government faces a constitutional crisis and Jordan battles for its very existence, Collins must do his best to keep the world informed while working to convince the FBI that his stories are not responsible for the terror attack on the Jordanian capital. And ISIS still has chemical weapons . . .

    Struggling to clear his name, Collins and the Secret Service try frantically to locate and rescue the leader of the free world before ISIS’s threats become a catastrophic reality.

    Review

    Events in this novel could very easily happen in today’s world and many parts of the plot could be pulled form the headlines in any major newspaper.  It is that realistic.  The First Hostage follows. J.B. Collins a reporter for the New York Times who has been covering ISIS activities. This book’s opening finds him in Jordan, covering a recent attack in the area. During the attack the leaders of Israel and Palestine are critically injured, the president of the U.S.A. is missing and presumed captured and the king of Jordan has to fight for his kingdom and his very life.   There is so much action and suspense that you will not be able to put the book down without a good reason.  I found myself up late at night reading because I was so intrigued.  The ending certainly sets the stage for the next book in this series, and readers find it hard to wait for it!

    ~Reviewed by James M.

      Redeemed by Grace

      Redeemed by Grace
      By Ramona Trevino and Roxane Salonen
      Ignatius Press
      Retail Price $17.95
      Amazon Price: $15.20

      Book Description: 

      At age eight, Ramona Treviño climbed to the top of a roof and begged God to let her know he was real. After receiving a sign, she made a pact with herself to follow him always. But family difficulties and growing pains made it hard for her to continue on that path.

      Pregnant at 16, she dropped out of high school and entered an abusive marriage, which ended in divorce. Wanting to make a difference and to help girls in similar tough situations, she accepted a job as the manager of a Planned Parenthood facility in Sherman, Texas. Over time, however, Ramona began to grapple with whether she was doing women more harm than good, setting her on a path to seek the truth, no matter where it might lead.

      Realizing she could no longer refer women for abortions or provide them with false assurances of risk-free sex, Ramona took a leap of faith and left the financial security of her job. Her ultimate conversion involved a full return to the Catholic faith of her childhood and a new role as a pro-life advocate and speaker.

      This compelling story tells of Ramona’s struggle to reconcile her identity as a daughter of God with a world that sends conflicting messages concerning the source of our dignity and happiness. It is the honest and heartfelt account of a woman who, with the help of grace, strove to overcome the wounds of her own past while becoming an agent of healing for others.

      Review

      This book was inspirational.  Within its pages the author shares her life…the good, the bad, and the ugly.  She has a way of connecting with the reader and getting directly to the heart of the matter.  She is deeply insightful, helping you to examine your own life and encouraging you to take the steps to living life to its fullest.  This was a powerful, interesting, exciting and life giving book that has helped me to better understand God, his love and grace.

      ~Reviewed by Deb O.

        Return to Exile

        Product DetailsReturn to Exile
        By Lynne Gentry
        Howard Books
        Retail Price:  $14.98
        Amazon Price: $12.55

        Book Description:  How far would you go to save the ones you love?

        Six years ago, impossible circumstances forced Dr. Lisbeth Hastings to leave behind the love of her life, not just in another country, but in another time. Her work as a top-notch epidemiologist and parenting her little girl helps alleviate the pain, but at night when her exhausted head hits the pillow, images of her beloved Cyprian haunt her sleep.

        Cyprian Thascius returns from political exile a broken man. He’s lost his faith, the love of his life, and his purpose. He attempts to move on, to face the danger that is looming over Carthage, but when Cyprian’s true love suddenly reappears, his heart becomes as imperiled as the fledgling church he seeks to save.

        Have the years that kept Lisbeth and Cyprian apart created too wide a chasm to bridge? In the midst of a new epidemic and rising oppression, will their love be the most costly fatality? Filled with gripping action and raw emotion, this spellbinding adventure of star-crossed lovers captivates with every turn of the page in this electric continuation of The Carthage Chronicles.

        Review

        Let me start by saying that this is the second book in The Carthage Chronicles and I highly recommend reading Book 1 before you move on to this one.  But even if you don’t, you will still find this an exciting, compelling read.  This book takes you back in time with Dr. Lisbeth Hastings to 3rd century Rome, an era where it cost something to be a Christian.  Since the author writes in a true-to-life style, some of the descriptions are a bit hard to absorb, but they do make you grateful for living in this time when we are free to express our faith.  This exciting book uniquely pairs time travel and an inspirational love story to create an adventure well worth taking.  It is a very intriguing and emotional read.

        ~Reviewed by Allie B.