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.
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About the Author
DANIEL DAY is a graduate of Appalachian State University and the Focus Leadership Institute. Currently, he is director of content and marketing for Axis, an organization that challenges students and families to move from apathy to compassionate social action. Daniel is married to his high school sweetheart, Rebecca, and they live in Colorado Springs, CO, with their three children, Noah, Finley, and Ava.
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Those of us who live in the Western world live in a culture of excess.
Turn on the TV, and you see it. Pick up a popular magazine, and you see it. Eavesdrop on conversations at a coffee shop, watch people at the local mall, examine social media posts from your favorite celebrity—the examples go on and on.
Most of us have never experienced true need, genuine poverty, or authentically painful hunger. Our needs are met. Many of our wants are satisfied too.
And as a follower of Christ, I am bothered by this more and more as I’ve gotten older. Do society’s priorities match what Jesus wants us to desire and obtain? Would Jesus be pleased with our culture of excess? With all our wealth and stuff, can’t we do more to help people less fortunate in this country and in developing nations around the world?
As Christians, it seems like we’re called to live differently; but how can we amid all the excess of our culture?
These kinds of questions haven’t always concerned me. I wasn’t the kid who gave away all his toys to needy families or the high school guy who ate only stale bread to draw attention to global issues. I grew up in a Christian home, attended a Christian school, and was involved in church, but I always felt as if my life was meant for something more. I wanted to honor God by loving him and loving others, but I didn’t know how to make a difference.
Then I came up with the idea of Ten Days Without. This is the story of how I abandoned certain “necessities” as a way to increase awareness and raise money for amazing organizations that were doing good things to help others. It was my way of saying enough is enough—it’s time to stop talking and time to start doing.
But it’s more than just my journey; it can be yours too. I’m no expert in solving world problems. I’m still trying to figure things out. I’ve simply tried something that has worked for me and for many other people (you’ll read some of their stories along the way). I started a blog, did some crazy experiments, opened up my life and experiences to the world, and shared honestly about my struggle to make an impact for God.
Maybe you’re dissatisfied too. Maybe you know that you’re destined to be more than just another shopper at the mall and another consumer of all the latest gadgets. Maybe in the midst of excess, you can chart a different path that makes God smile and has a lasting impact on people’s lives.
If you’re ready for an adventure that will challenge you, stretch you, and surprise you, then keep reading. The stories you’ll encounter are real. More importantly, so is the change I—and many other people—have experienced by simply going Ten Days Without.
What Is Ten Days Without?
So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.
James 2 :17, nlt
Sometimes asking one little question can turn your world upside down.
“What if making a difference in the world is as easy as walking into a business meeting without shoes?” I asked my wife on a warm fall day three years ago.
She and I had been sitting on our living room floor laughing about a goofy image: a guy walking into a high-powered meeting in New York City, wearing an expensive suit but no shoes. Blame the caffeine rush. Or a series of sleep-deprived nights. She asked me to explain what I meant.
“I feel like my life is all about me and not about God,” I said. “Yeah, I work for a ministry, but I feel like all I’m doing is marketing. I’m writing e-mails. Updating websites. Designing brochures. But I don’t feel close to God. I don’t feel like my life is making a difference. It’s like I’m caught in some sort of vicious cycle that keeps me from growing closer to God or making an impact in issues that matter. How does my little marketing job make a difference in the big issues like poverty or human trafficking? How does my life help people see God?”
“Okay, but how would walking into a business meeting barefoot solve those kinds of issues?”
Good question. I paused to consider how it would make a difference.
“Well, if I walked around barefoot in places where people normally wear shoes, don’t you think they would notice and want to know what I was doing? It would spark some amazing conversations! I could give up wearing shoes for a set period of time. Every day I’d write about the experience on a blog and connect it with a real-world issue and an organization that fights that problem. And then I could challenge people to get involved with that organization.”
“Do you think that would make a huge difference?”
“Well, I’d be raising money and awareness for an organization that provides shoes for kids who don’t have any, so children around the world would get a pair of shoes. Yeah, I think it would make a difference!” I started to get excited about this seemingly ridiculous idea.
“Okay, but for how long would you give up shoes?” she asked.
“I don’t know. Forty days is all over the place in the Bible.
That seems like a spiritual number.”
“You want to give up wearing shoes for forty days? How about you do it for a week?”
“But that seems too short,” I said.
“What about ten days?”
And that’s how Ten Days Without was born.
The next day, before anyone could douse the flames of this crazy idea with a cold bucket of reality, I created a blog, and within a week I had started the Ten Days Without Shoes experiment. When I call it an experiment, I’m not exaggerating. I didn’t have time to think about whether it was a good idea or not. It was just an idea, and with the support of the ministry I work for, I went for it. And the response amazed me. My newly launched blog (10dayswithout.com) received over two thousand views in the first month, so I kept going. What else could I go without? Soon I went ten days without furniture, legs, media, a coat, waste, speech, human touch—each experiment a response to a need that I cared about.
But this is where things get really exciting: along the way, I realized that other people could join the cause. I didn’t have to be the only one going ten days without—teenagers and young adults and parents and pastors and all kinds of other people could do similar experiments to inform and engage the people in their world.
And when I say they, I really mean you! This whole adventure is all about you: how your life can be absurdly altered for God, how your ten-day sacrifice can help people see God, how this challenge can help you grow closer to God as you experience for a few days what some people in this world experience every day. If you say yes to Ten Days Without, you’re saying yes to going ten days without something—maybe something I went ten days without or maybe something particular to your life, your community, your passion. If you’re a youth worker or leader, it means engaging a group of teenagers or young adults in this adventure and encouraging them to take ownership of this exciting opportunity.
We’ll dive into the details a little bit later, and you can learn more on the special website we’ve created for this book,
10dayswithout.com. But it’s my hope and prayer that as you continue to read about my experiments, you will be challenged to join the journey. If you do, your life will never be the same.
The Power of Going Without
A youth group in Iowa decided to do several challenges with me. One student, an amazing guy named Justin, went all out. He did the experiments, blogged about them, and posted his blogs on Facebook to challenge other people.
One of the challenges Justin completed was Ten Days Without Speech—he didn’t use his voice for ten days. Many people would struggle to go ten minutes without speaking! When he began his journey, he got a little bit of resistance from a Facebook friend who challenged Justin by asking, “Not using your voice is great, but wouldn’t it be better to use your voice and tell people what you are doing?”
His friend had a point, but in this case I think the best answer is no. We live in a noisy world, where people constantly bombard us with words and messages. They want us to support a candidate or buy a product or boycott a store or read their deepest, darkest secrets through their favorite social media platform. Those moments happen so often that we can become adept at turning them down. We “listen” without “listening.” (Sounds like what our parents said we did in elementary school, right?) So how can we raise awareness for an important cause within such a loud environment? Clearly we need a countercultural way of grabbing people’s attention. And what could be more countercultural than going without? I’ve identified three specific, powerful results from going without: you put your beliefs and faith into action, you move beyond “slacktivism,” and you dispel the culture’s myths.
Let’s explore each of these.
You Put Your Beliefs and Faith into Action
Once upon a time, I was addicted to good intentions. It may not sound like a risky addiction, but it has some nasty side effects. Apathy. Procrastination. Cynicism.
My life was full of good intentions—those things we write down in journals and share with friends or family, the important ideas that make us feel good about ourselves, the things we know we’re “supposed” to do as followers of Christ. But for too many of us, our good intentions never become good actions. Without action, good intentions 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. (If you want to see a video about good intentions, visit
10dayswithout.com and click on “Videos.”)
I enjoyed sitting with friends and talking about problems that we saw in the church or the world. But for some reason, I was a lot better at talking about problems than doing anything about them. I would end up getting too busy or too distracted, or I just wouldn’t care enough.
And I had a feeling that I was not alone. Maybe this perfectly describes your life too.
I wanted to turn my “ideas that could have meant something” into “actions that mean something.” I was tired of just saying that I follow Jesus. I wanted to actually live it—to serve God with my life. Of course, the thought of serving God can be scary. I mean, what if God calls you to a life of serving society’s outcasts? What if God asks you to sell all of your possessions and give them to the poor? What if God sends you to a foreign, distant land—like Texas? ( Just kidding, my Texan friends.) I think that’s why I had avoided asking God where he wanted me to serve: I was scared of what he would say.
Because I had gotten stuck in fear before and stayed stuck for a long time, I wanted this time to be different. So for the first time in my life, I put away my need to figure everything out and decided to just try something—to experience something by living it. Risky move, right?
We often need to feel something to believe it. It’s one thing to watch a video about a horrible problem in the world, such as poverty. It’s another thing to not use your furniture for ten days so that you can experience what it’s like to sleep on a hard floor without a mattress. It’s one thing to sit around a coffee shop with friends and talk about the problem of homelessness. It’s an entirely different thing to take a homeless guy out to eat—so that’s exactly what I did (but that story comes in the Ten Days Without a Coat chapter).
The experiences of Ten Days Without caused me to become more aware and more motivated, and I believe the same thing will happen in your life.
You Move Beyond Slacktivism
I also wanted to make sure that I was not falling into the trap of slacktivism.
Ever heard of “slacktivism”? The term is a mix of slacker and activism. It’s when you text ten bucks to the Red Cross for people affected by a deadly hurricane—while you’re watching your favorite reality show from the comfort of your home. It’s when you see a compelling viral video and then e-mail it to your friends or share it on social media—and feel better because you have “done something.” It’s when you connect with a really good cause by “liking” a fan page. It’s the idea that you have somehow contributed to the greater good without actually doing anything.
In a way, slacktivism is better than doing nothing at all. But the subtle danger of slacktivism is that we can check “doing good” off our spiritual or global-citizen checklists—or feel like we are involved with a serious problem in the world—without any life change or real commitment or genuine sacrifice.
I realize some people could argue that Ten Days Without is a new form of slacktivism. After “ten days of suffering without shoes on our carpeted floors,” we somehow feel like we are done. We’ve put in our time to making the world a better place. We’ve fought poverty head-on, and we can go back to our normal lives again. But after doing so many different Ten Days Without experiments, I don’t think that’s possible.
When your heart, mind, soul, and strength work together for a cause, your life will change. Ten Days Without is built on thepremise that it’s better to get out of the coffee shop and do something, even if we don’t have it all figured out. It’s where our good intentions end and making a difference begins.
You Dispel the Culture’s Myths
Our consumer culture is built on two basic myths: newer and bigger are always better, and wealth equals happiness. The best way to respond to these myths is to rebel. Yep, you read those words correctly. It’s time for a little God-honoring rebellion.
Think of it as a personal insurrection of sorts, a rebellion against a culture that is always preaching “more” and “with.”
Going without is a way to experience change in our lives. And it’s a way of learning humility.
During my time without shoes, one night my wife and I went out to eat before catching a movie. As we walked up to the restaurant, I noticed that my wife, who was also without shoes, was hesitant about going inside.
“What’s up, babe?” I asked.
She looked at me with a nervous smile and whispered, “I feel like I am wearing my feet on my head!”
It’s awkward to break social norms and go against everything that we are taught in our Western culture. But as we sacrifice these small, silly things, we are open to change in ways that we would never have been otherwise.
Here’s how I look at it: this is similar to the spiritual discipline of fasting from food. (Yeah, I’m not always a big fan of that word discipline either—or of missing meals!) Fasting says, “Feel the pain of hunger, and it will remind you to pray or meditate on Scripture more.” Ten Days Without says, “Feel the discomfort so that you can care and give more.” Sometimes the pain is physical (hot asphalt on bare feet) and sometimes it’s emotional (getting stared at or laughed at); but either way, it helps you think about these causes in a new light.
It Does Make a Difference
Does sacrificing a “necessity” really make a difference? You bet it does—even if it doesn’t always feel like it. Poverty, environmentalism, hunger, disabilities, spiritual compromise, homelessness, and modern-day slavery are all complex issues that affect millions of people in this world. You won’t find an easy fix (tough for us to acknowledge because of our microwave mentality and fast-food fanaticism), and each issue can feel overwhelming. But taking a step and doing something makes a difference—in you and in other people who now have coats or shoes or other necessities they didn’t have otherwise.
Here are three specific ways you make a difference when you go Ten Days Without.
You Influence the People Around You
Whether you realize it or not, you have a personal platform. That is, every day you influence a lot of people: friends, family members, classmates, coworkers, teachers, bosses, social media contacts—the list goes on. (Don’t worry—I’m not saying you should feel paranoid; just be aware!) Your influence, either for good or for bad, has the greatest impact on those closest to you. Many of them genuinely care about your thoughts or opinions on certain issues or topics, so seize the opportunity. Ten Days Without is all about inspiring others to pursue and support the things God cares about and to oppose and resist the things God hates. (And sometimes an experiment like this will move past your personal platform and end up on the news. That happened to me twice. But I will talk about that more in the Ten Days Without a Coat chapter.)
God cares about the different causes you’ll read about in this book. In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus talked about feeding the hungry, giving drinks to the thirsty, welcoming in the stranger, clothing the naked, taking care of the sick, and visiting the prisoner. In James, we read about the value of caring for the orphan and the widow. These are exactly the people you can assist in your own Ten Days Without challenges.
You Can Raise Money for Worthwhile Organizations
Doing these challenges also makes a difference because you can raise money or resources for ministries, organizations, and people serving on the front lines of these issues. Doing Ten Days Without Speech allowed me to raise funds for International Justice Mission to aid in their efforts to rescue girls from the commercial sex trade.
My Ten Days Without a Coat experiment led to dozens of local homeless people receiving coats for the winter.
For each experiment, I partnered with a strategic organization responding to a specific problem. The way I raised funds for these organizations varied, but I’ll go into more detail in each chapter. I have put on my website a list of amazing organizations that fight poverty, homelessness, slavery, disease, and many more issues. 1 You’ll also learn a lot more about these organizations as you read through this book. Obviously, you are welcome to support the same organizations I used, but I also encourage you to partner with your own church or other organizations that you know are trustworthy and making a difference.
You Create Lifelong Awareness and Action
If you walk around without shoes, show up at school or work in a wheelchair, stop talking, or ask others not to touch you, people will notice. They will want to know what’s going on and why you’re doing what you’re doing. Even if their only response is looking at you weirdly, you still will have given them food for thought. When I stopped speaking for ten days, I carried a whiteboard around with me as a way to communicate with people. At the top of the board I wrote, “I’m not using my voice to be a voice for…”followed by a statistic about people enslaved around the world. On the day I wrote, “Two million children stuck in the commercial slave trade,”2 I encountered a barista at a coffee shop who thought the experiment was interesting but clearly didn’t know how to respond. (Can you blame her?) After I got my coffee and sat down at a table, I thought about what would happen next.
Most likely she turned to a coworker and discussed how weird I was. But perhaps the conversation kept going, and they talked about the message on the board: that there are two million children around the world stuck in the commercial sex trade. And maybe one or both of them looked on the Internet later to see if my facts were true—and how they could get involved in combating the problem.
(Along these lines, I encourage you to carry around some small cards to hand out that explain the cause and what you hope to accomplish. There is more on this in chapters 2 and 5.) When you do something different, people notice. Each of the Ten Days Without challenges creates an opportunity to make other people think about and remember the cause for a long time—and, we hope, take action and make a difference.
But just as importantly, this adventure can create lifelong awareness in you! I don’t respond the same way when I see someone asking for change on the side of the road—I feel a sense of compassion that wasn’t there before. My heart is genuinely stirred when I see those TV commercials about starving children in third-world nations because I realize the money I frivolously spend on lattes each week could help one of those kids eat better, live better, and survive. I sometimes intentionally go silent for an hour or two, just to remind myself of those children stuck in the commercial slave trade.
This is my genuine prayer for you: I want you to see the world differently after you do one or two or a dozen challenges. But don’t just be aware—act! I’m reminded of something I’ve heard from many pastors who’ve taken teams of teenagers or young adults on mission trips. Sure, they accomplished something meaningful in the country they visited, but the biggest change happened in the lives of the people who went. But if all they did was just become aware and not commit to a lifetime of sharing the good news of Jesus, serving the needy, and ministering to people in their world, then the story isn’t complete. Action must follow awareness.
How You Can Do This
Right now you might be ready to do this—to plunge into this exciting new adventure. You also might feel overwhelmed and intimidated—this will require some courage and boldness. I’ll go into more detail near the end of the book, but here are four important steps as you move forward.
Pray for God’s clarity and focus as you read this book, discuss it with friends, and then go without. Pray that God would open your eyes to the needs of the world, including needs I don’t directly discuss in these pages. Pray that God would fill you with an amazing measure of compassion and love for people in need. Pray that God would give you powerfully creative ideas on how your excess could benefit people who lack. Pray that your life would never be the same after you take on some of these challenges.
I don’t want this to be the kind of book where you read about my experiences, get some feel-good emotions about helping people in the world, and then move on with your life. As you read these chapters, imagine yourself in my shoes. (Except when I talk about going without shoes—then imagine what it feels like to go without!) See if you’re captivated by one of the challenges I discuss. Read with a prayerful attitude, asking God to reveal ways you can put these ideas into practice in your own life, your own sphere of influence.
Don’t do this as a solo adventure. Gather with a group of friends or your Sunday school class or your small group or your family or your entire youth group. Discuss the ideas in this book. Talk about what I did and what you’d do similarly—or differently! I think you’ll find it easier to make it through the experiments if you have others around you who are also participating in them at the same time.
Once you’ve prayed, read, and discussed, keep the adventure moving. It’s time to go without something. Choose an issue, do some research, decide what you’ll go ten days without, look for ways to partner with a ministry or organization, tell others what you’re going to do, and then do it!
Ten Days Without is a chance to move beyond dialogue and good intentions, a way to make a difference in your community, your nation, and your world. Your life will change as you experience and understand these issues better and as you rebel against the social norm of consumerism through the ancient art of fasting—going without.
You have a powerful, God-given opportunity to make a difference by influencing the people around you. As you embark on this journey, not only will you open up yourself to new adventures and understanding, but you will also make a meaningful difference in people’s lives.
Are you ready? Let’s begin!
Table of Contents
Foreword Joni Eareckson Tada xiii
1 What Is Ten Days Without? 1
2 Your Soles Reflect Your Heart: Ten Days Without Shoes to Address Disease 17
3 Seeing Jesus on the Streets: Ten Days Without a Coat to Address Homelessness 35
4 Disconnect and Discover: Ten Days Without Media to Address Distractions 53
5 Pull Up a Rug: Ten Days Without Furniture to Address Global Poverty 67
6 Life Without Limitations: Ten Days Without Legs to Address Our Response to Disabilities 89
7 Waste Not, Want Not: Ten Days Without Waste to Address the Environment 115
8 Freedom Through Silence: Ten Days Without Speech to Address Modern-Day Slavery 129
9 Don't Ignore Me: Ten Days Without Human Touch to Address Orphans, Widows, Prisoners, and Other Untouchables 155
10 Bringing It All Together 183
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ten Days Without is the humanitarian challenge Daniel Day created to help him with his religious journey. He does several ten day challenges to raise awareness and money for various causes, by doing things such as going without shoes for ten days, or going without use of his legs for ten days. Despite dealing with some pretty intense issues such as abuse, poverty, homelessness, and treatment of the disabled, Day manages to stay upbeat and positive throughout the book. After reading the book you don’t feel depressed and hopeless, you feel as if you are capable of making a noticeable difference in the world. In a few places I wasn’t fond of the way the book itself was written. The introduction seemed to summarize too much of Day’s social experiment, and was a bit too long for me. Certain pieces of writing seemed a bit repetitive, but overall it was a good read. Day mentions issues a lot of people have when it comes to humanitarian work, such as “slacktivism”, and provides plenty of tips and resources for getting started with your own fundraising or volunteering efforts. He nicely ties in his journey of faith with his journey of activism without being too overwhelming with the biblical quotes. I’d recommend this to any humanitarian or Christian looking to find a little inspiration to help out others.
Ten Days Without by Daniel Ryan Day opened my eyes to suffering all over the world that I'd never given mind to before. I am preparing for my first mission trip and when I saw this book listed on the Blogging for Books program, I knew it would be a great book to read prior to my trip. I had already been thinking about the comforts I would have to do without while on my trip and how I'd be stretched during that time. But Day lived out different "experiments" while at home. He went ten days without shoes. Ten days without a coat. Ten days without using his legs. You get the picture. He had to carry on his normal everyday life without the conveniences and comforts he was used to. This also involved his family and friends who had to inconvenience themselves at times in order to help him out. It was a learning experience for all of them. This book made me more sensitive to people in need and to people who deal with disabilities. It showed me that we can survive without our modern conveniences and that putting others and their needs before our own is a Christlike thing to do. I recommend this book highly if you're brave enough to have your eyes opened to corners of your life that might need the cobwebs swept out and open to having God shed light on these places. You can't read this book and not be changed. I received this book for free through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.
Loved the book. Daniel Day wrote conversationally, sharing the eight 10-day challenges that he did. Each challange led him to a better understanding of an important issue and what he could do about it. The book isn’t filled with day-by-day expereinces but rather the highlights of what he discovered. Included are short testimonies from others who participated in the challange. Each chapter started with a bible verse; concluded with a “time for action” section where he addressed how you, the reader, could do a similiar “without” experience in completely practical ways. A quote from Chapter 3 Seeing Jesus on the Streets. Ten Days Without a Coat to Address Homelessness: “So maybe instead of trying to change the world, we need to focus on changing someone’s world”. I couldn’t agree more.
“Life is full of good intentions,… Good intentions are cans of paint that could have become amazing works of art… but never did.” Daniel Day loved God, considered himself a Christian, and lived a good Christian life. But he was convicted again and again with how “easy” his life really was. In 21st Century America, we have shoes, we have roofs, we have 3 meals a day (at least!), and we have families around us. We’re very comfortable. But Christ wasn’t comfortable. And he didn’t call us to be comfortable. So, Daniel Day decided to spend 10 days without shoes or socks. And he created 10 Days Without. Through the book, Daniel journals eight of his journeys. He goes without shoes, a coat, legs, furniture, media, and human touch. Each journey is designed to raise money for a specific need in the world. And Daniel invites you to join him. I thought this book was eye opening and thought provoking. Sometimes it’s easy to say “we’re so blessed” and not really think about it. This forces you to think of it. We have shoes, pairs and pairs of shoes. Children in the Honduras don’t have a single pair. Their feet are dirty, cut, and blistered. These sores take in diseases from the filth on the streets. Would you be willing to live like that? Do you want your kids living like that? Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
10 Days Without by Daniel Day is an experiment much in the way "The Year of Living Biblically" by A.J. Jacobs was an experiment. Reading this book felt a lot like watching a documentary from Morgan Spurlock. Day gives himself 8 challenges to help raise awareness for global concerns. During those challenges he goes 10 days without a specific thing (in the instance of going without walking, Day used a wheel chair for 10 days) in order to teach himself the discomfort that most of us never experience and to help raise awareness for some of these global issues. Challenge #1 - to go without shoes to raise awareness for heart disease. Challenge #2 - to go without a coat to raise awareness for homelessness. Challenge #3 - to go without media to raise awareness for life's distractions. Challenge #4 - to go without furniture to raise awareness for poverty. Challenge #5 - to go without walking to raise awareness for disabilities. Challenge #6 - to go without waste to raise awareness for the environment. Challenge #7 - to go without speaking to raise awareness for slavery. Challenge #8 - to go without human touch to raise awareness for those who are considered beneath us. As Day went through each of these experiments, he blogged and raised support for each of these global concerns. From reading the book, I would assume much of the book was comprised on his blog content - it is a quick read and Day has a easy to follow voice. If at the end of reading each challenge, the reader decides to do something similar, Day offers his own advice, web links and charities he recommends. This book was provided by Waterbrook Multnomah for an unbiased review.
Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite 10 Day Without: Daring Adventures in Discomfort That Will Change Your World and You by Daniel Day is a conversationally toned book which introduces readers to a positive Christian lifestyle. It also helps readers develop knowledge of fundraising for those in need, and become closer with God. Christians often look for their purpose on earth. They may find themselves doing good deeds for others such as giving spare change to a homeless person, or donating money to an online charity. But many, after those deeds are done, just go on with their own lives, in their own comfort zones. Daniel Day tells readers of his experiences in wanting to do more than just give a little here and there. Daniel wanted to physically, mentally, and emotionally connect with those who he was trying to help. Thus, came 10 days without. The author raises money for those in need by setting up a fundraiser and blogging about his experiences with each cause. For example, Daniel shares his experience going 10 days without a coat in hopes to raise money, and donations of coats for those in need within his hometown. Ever go 10 days without a coat in the dead of winter, 10 degrees or less outside? The author felt the need to physically feel what people without were going through and write about it in order to spread the word for extreme need for others to help with the cause. Another example is when the author went 10 days without shoes and vividly describes walking into restaurants, gas stations, office buildings, and out in the elements of weather, in order to allow readers to understand that people all over the world are in great need of pair of shoes and go without every day. The author not only found himself becoming closer with God during these experiences but he became closer with others who joined him each step of the way. Daniel Day's 10 Days Without: Daring Adventures in Discomfort That Will Change Your World is an inspirational read that will truly change your life, and motivate you to do more with God and others in need. This book is a great read for readers of all ages.
After reading 10 Days Without, I decided to start my own version of 10 Days Without. Doing a media detox for my family in the next 10 days... Of all the concerning and worthwhile issues in the book, this one hits closest to home for me. Some thoughts from the book: -”I am not saying that all media is bad. I am saying that the unbridled consumption of media is bad.” -Author Daniel Day -Downtime and boredom play a key role in creativity. -A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that: The average American teenager consumes over 10 hours of media a day. The average American teen consumes over 5 hours of TV & movies per day. Every year, that number goes up. -Arousal addiction is addressed in a TED Talk by Dr. Philip Zimbardo. Dr. Z explains that “boys’ brains are being digitally rewired for change, novelty, excitement, and constant arousal” as a result of media overload. He goes on to explain that this is negatively impacting the way they engage in everyday life. I encourage you to purchase this book and read it for yourself. Decide to take action on one or more of the issues discussed in this book! Your eyes will be opened to many problems, such as homelessness, hunger, poverty, human trafficking, and abuse, and hopefully, action will follow the awareness. **We are also using this book for discussion with our college-aged small group. Very good resource for opening the eyes of small group members (even youth age) to issues that require action.
Daniel has more than written a book...he went without shoes, a coat, media, furniture, legs, waste, speech, and touch each for 10 days to raise awareness for things like; disease, homelessnes, distraction, poverty, the environment, slavery, widows, and orphans... During each of these experiements Daniel raised money, collected items, and educated those around him... This book will open your eyes to things you might not know, challenge you to the small things you can do to change the world, and inspire you to action...