Thursday, February 6, 2014

10 Days Without

Ten Days Without

Price: $13.99
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781601424679
Release: 12.17.2013
Religion - Christian Life
Jenn's Rating- 5 out of 5
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.

My Impressions-

"When someone says untouchable, what comes to mind? ..But there is another group of "untouchables" in our world-in fact, many groups of people. Orphans, Prisoners, Widows. People living in nursing homes. Kids without dads (or worse, with abusive dads). Some of these people are deemed untouchable because we purposefully avoid them; others because we forget they exist. Either way, they don't receive adequate positive human affection, but you and I can change that. "
10 days without page 157

When I read this section on giving up human touch my heart broke. All I could think of were people who go there whole lives never knowing true love and affection.How simple it is to reach out and put our hand on someone's arm, hug a person that is hurting, kiss a cheek, put your hand on someone's back or shoulder. To show love, kindness and affection. This challenge hit home for me like nothing else. I am at the end of getting my Masters in Social Work and my hearts calling is to work with the "untouchables" in China. I do not remember the name of the guy who told this story, but one day I was listening to KCBI and they were interviewing a pastor who visited a orphanages in China looking to adopt and spreading the gospel message. He talked about going into this one orphanage and there was a women there who weighed nothing, all skin and bones literally and she was kept in her bed surrounded by a dark net so no one could see her. He told the caretaker he wanted to talk to this women. She had been there since she was 2. She was an "untouchable", unclean. This woman who had been there she was 2 and now was in her late 20's had not been held, kissed, or touched. The pastor visiting her was the first person to ever tell her about Jesus and the first person in over 20 years to hold her hand and hug her.

This is a wonderful book that focusing on bringing awareness to everyday topics include going without shoes (addressing disease), coat (homelessness), media (distractions), furniture (global poverty), Legs (disabilities), waste (environment), voice (modern day slavery) and human touch (untouchables - orphans, widows, prisoners). Each chapter starts with an explanation of what and why Daniel Day is going without; he chronicles the ten days and his experiences and ends with a prayer,  projects for you to do and how you can get involved in the issue to make an impaction change.  

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