Friday, January 31, 2014

Ten Days Without: Daring Adventures in Discomfort That Will Change Your World and You

Author: Daniel Day
Publisher: Waterbrook-Multnomah

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:

Daniel chose to go ten day without various things such as legs, furniture, a coat, touch, his voice, and media in an effort to raise awareness for different organizations and causes such as homelessness, modern slavery, disabilities, etc. From the publisher, "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."

Review:

I chose this book for only one reason -- of the three that were available to me it looked the least boring. I wasn't particularly interested in reading it and it hasn't kept my attention. It's a nice little book about how he spent ten days without something and what those around him thought about it and his experience in doing so, the discomforts he faced, the odd looks, and the epiphanic moments he had. He tells you a little bit about the organization he was raising awareness for and gives you some hints and tips if you choose to do this experiment yourself.

The publisher calls this "a compelling story." Please do not set your hopes too high. It's an easy read, you can blow through it quickly, you may not fall asleep, but I would never define it as compelling. It doesn't compel me to stay awake to read it nor did it compel me to do any of these challenges myself. It lacked inspiration and while, yes, attention was drawn to the organizations and causes that he was attempting to draw attention too, I think that during his experiments more attention was probably just drawn to himself. I fail to see how it can make a difference in the world to spend 10 days without furniture...

Ten Days Without is "where our good intentions end and making a difference begins" but I think it falls short of it's claim.

It did not inspire me to do any of the above nor did it really strengthen a desire to help any of the causes listed. I'm not saying that I'm not interested in aiding the cause, this book just wouldn't be a reason for that desire.

The author has a nice, casual writing style. You feel as if you are reading his personal blog, which does make this more pleasant to read. It's simple.

Daniel Day seems like a genuinely nice guy with great intentions. I just didn't find the book to be worth my time. You can decide for yourself by purchasing it online at Amazon or from your local retailer.
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