The Daniel Plan

The Daniel PlanMY TAKE: Power Packed Primer on healthy living.

The Daniel Plan, co-authored By Rick Warren, Dr. Daniel Amen and Mark Hymen, is a power packed primer on healthy living, encouraging the reader to develop a healthy lifestyle in the context of community.



This book is clearly a team effort. The three authors bring a rich portfolio of expertise to the table:

Daniel Plan trioDr. Amen, author of many numerous books on brain health, really knows his stuff and in this book provides a wealth of excellent advice about nutrients, foods and exercises that optimize health.

Dr. Mark Hymen, a six-time New York Times bestselling author, family physician an international leader in the field of Functional Medicine, ads yet another layer of wisdom to the book.

Rick Warren, author of “The Purpose Driven Life” and lead pastor of Saddleback Community Church knows community and how it works. He has experienced first hand the transformational power of eating right and exercising in the context of Christian community. He provides the theological context for living healthy.

Few books, if any, provide such a comprehensive and practical introduction to the subject of healthy living in a Christian context.

One key quote of the book is: “Our philosophy is that of it was grown on a plant, eat it. If it was made in a plant, leave it on the shelf.” And while the authors don’t advocate a pure vegetarian approach to eating, the big takeaway from this quote is avoid processed food and in wisdom be aware of all the contributions the other food sources have (which would include some meat, fish and eggs, etc). Moderation and wisdom are the key.

A strong emphasis is placed on avoiding processed food. Become a master at reading labels! Stop outsourcing cooking to corporations! Enter into a relationship with your kitchen and get serious about cooking whole food for yourself and your family! Be proactive about it. All of this is excellent advice. Dr. Hymen writes “Cooking is a revolutionary act.” I LOVE IT!

I learned a great deal as I read this book. Yet I feel like I need to revisit it again and again. But no worry here: a website and other follow up material is already prepared for me, my church and my small group to take full advantage of my new found zeal. For this reason, I think the Daniel Plan is a terrific tool for whole groups to use and experience transformation together.

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