Sunday, December 15, 2013

THE DANIEL PLAN by Rick Warren, Daniel Amen M.D., Mark Hyman M.D.

    The best way to explain The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life is a lifestyle makeover how to. I am not by any stretch of the imagination a “diet professional” thus it was the title that attracted my attention.  That said if I wanted to lose a few pounds this is the book I would choose to read.
    The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life reads more like a motivational book than a health and nutrition guideline. The first few chapters are dedicated to establishing the proper mindset for wanting to lose weight. Yet, these foundational words are more than preparation for weight loss it is the basis of changing the way the reader does life.
    Understanding the five “F’s”: faith, food, fitness, focus and friends help the reader realize the ultimate goal which is a lifestyle adjustment which will lead to a healthier person. 
    Admittedly I cannot tell you if the precepts were successfully for me since it takes more than  a day of reading to make the necessary adjustments. What I can tell you is that the basis of The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life  is solid and well worth investigating.  It is my intention to incorporate the principles introduced and the suggestions presented into my own life which means the book is well worth the read.
    I recommend The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life. For purposes of the review I was presented with an eBook which means that I will have to invest in a print copy for personal use.  My one hesitancy is personal,  I read numerous motivational material thus the first few chapters were a bit wordy HOWEVER  please do not let this discourage you.  xxx Marsha L Randolph

FOOT NOTE: There is a corresponding Study Guide

I was provided a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest opinion. 
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013


    It is difficult to describe such an awesome Bible in 300 words or less without omitting some interesting feature yet I will give it a try.  THE NIV Essentials Study Bible aptly named because for anyone studying the Word this is an essential tool.
    I have read quite a few Bible translations from Genesis to Revelations on more than one occasion, this includes having read the New International Version a.k.a. NIV Bible at least twice. What the NIV Essentials Study Bible does is incorporate everything I need in one book.
Since I am currently studying the book of Isaiah in my personal Bible study this is the book I chose for review in order to make my assessment.  

  • The Key Concepts is a great feature since it gives the reader an idea of what to expect.  The three bullet points were brief and significant.
  • I truly appreciated the picture in the About section  which included a mini-history lesson.
  • Key Verses are in other study Bibles that I own thus its’ placement was not a surprise but truly appreciated.
  • It became obvious as I read the Key Teachings that the collaborators of the NIV Essentials Study Bible wanted the reader to focus on the Bible itself and not their opinions  as once again each bullet point was short and without commentary.
  • What is not in any of my other study Bibles but a feature I love is Key Terms. 
  • In addition to the personality profile People in Focus which is a detailed biography there is also an introductory mention of individuals to look for or People To Know.
  • A timeline is essential when you are studying the Bible thus When Did Things Happen is something a reader will want to review.   Compared to the timeline in my other study Bibles, I like this one better.
  • Do you think it would be helpful to have a map in places where you need it and not at the end of the book? Well with NIV Essentials Study Bible  they are.
    As if this was not enough there are Q & A sections great for group or personal Bible study,  verse Commentaries,  Reflections and Response, verse highlights, historical tid-bits and so much more.

    This is my new favorite Bible. I recommend you purchase one for yourself and a friend. xxx Marsha L Randolph

I received a complimentary copy of this Bible in order to present my honest review of which I have.

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