But about the book itself, Ten Days Without by Daniel Ryan Day: I'd rate it a 3 out of 5.
The back cover reads the following:
A Rebellion against Apathy.A Strategy for Action.
“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.
So, the book began by introducing the author, a man that gave up various items for ten days each:
- shoes ( to address disease)
- coat (to address homelessness)
- media (to address distractions)
- furniture (to address global poverty)
- legs (to address our response to disabilities)
- waste(to address the environment)
- speech (to address modern-day slavery)
- and human touch (to address orphans, widows, prisoners, and other untouchables).
I realized shortly after receiving the book from Blogging for Books, that it was not the type of book that I was going to enjoy. I indeed found it overly redundant- clearly a person without a coat in the wintertime will be cold, and clearly not being able to speak might create difficulty when the phone rings. But then again, Ten Days without was the authors first book, and seems to have been written for a newly born-again believer. (Think of the verse in Hebrews saying "...such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat". This book is milk, not meat.)
I agree that giving up things like media can be beneficial in our world, but I fail to see how ten days is enough- from the book I felt that this all wasnt about having an eternal relationship with God, but instead spending a week and a half drawing attention to yourself to get a few likes on your status... because it seemed that the entire thing was a marketing game to go without said item and promote the book even more.
I want it to be clear that in the end, the book does have several good points such as raising funds to help the needy. I can recommend it, specifically to a new-believer and if you are interested, you can read a sample of the book here as well as purchase the book from Amazon in both Paperback and the Kindle Edition.