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.
- Experiences For A Cause
Ten Days Without by Daniel Ryan Day is a thoroughly interesting and thought-provoking book that would be great for everyone living in a first world country to read and implement in their own life. The premise of the book is that the reader does without something really important (i.e. shoes, their legs, touch or media) for ten days to nurture compassion for those without and to raise awareness and money for those who are lacking in these areas for whatever reason.
This book is an action book, so the impact of this book will be determined by how many people actually start implementing ten day challenges in their own life. If people do start to implement these ideas then the world would be a much better place for everyone.
The narration was good as the author narrated his own book, so he could impart the emotion that he wanted. Author read books are not always great but this one was quite good.
This book is a very interesting book and would be great especially for young people who have grown up in middle class families who have no idea how the majority of the world lives. It would be great for encouraging compassion in anyone though.
This audio book was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audio books at christianaudio.com.
- Challenging and Inspiring!
I am full of good intentions.
I see a problem going on in the world and I immediately think to myself, “Someday, when I have time/money/opportunity/etc, I am going to step up and do something about _______.” The frustrating problem is that I (and many others) almost never move past feelings to action that can make a difference. A heap of unrealized, unexecuted intention doesn’t change the world one iota.
Daniel Day, author of 10 Days Without, wanted to move past that same apathy, so he came up with a three-fold strategy:
-Go ten days without a “necessity”
-Blog to raise awareness about a need
-Raise funds, donations, or volunteers to support an organization that addresses that need.
I found the chronicle of Daniel’s adventures in discomfort to be both really intriguing and extremely challenging. He shares some humorous moments from his experiences (experiencing public rest rooms from the vantage point of being without shoes), but also some of the painful ones too that stick with you long after reading them (his heart-breaking experiences at the orphanage in Romania).
In my opinion, one of the marks of a great book is that it leaves the reader changed in some way or it causes them to look at the world in a different way… for me this book did both of those things. It challenged me to really evaluate how I am (or am not) living out my Christian faith, and it got me to pause and consider ways that I can turn intention into action.
As a result of reading this book, I felt inspired to take on the “10 Days Without a Coat” challenge (on the coldest 10 days of the year… it was below zero all 1o days!). Besides learning to appreciate the challenges that homeless people are faced with on a regular basis, I have been able to raise more than 50 coats that I will be able to donate to a local ministry! Actually putting my faith in action for the sake of “the least of these” was invigorating, and I am already contemplating what I want to challenge myself with next!
Did I enjoy the book? Let’s just say that multiple family members will be finding it under the tree this Christmas!
- This book shook me up
Sometimes bringing awareness to desperate causes requires desperate measures. That’s the whole premise behind 10 Days Without by Daniel Ryan Day: a white, middle class American decides to shrug off apathy, abandon certain “necessities,” and help those who can’t help themselves.
For ten days at a time, Day goes without shoes, a coat, media, furniture, legs, waste (i.e. throwing things away), speech, and human touch. He does each of these challenges one at a time, each one addressing a different type of injustice, often partnering with an organization fighting that particular injustice. Throughout this experiment Day raises money and awareness for a variety of causes including homelessness, global poverty, responses to those with disabilities, modern-day slavery, orphans, widows, and prisoners.
The uniqueness of this book had me riveted. Day doesn’t offer a day-by-day journal of his experiences, as interesting as that would be. His aim is higher. While he does recount poignant, and often humorous experiences from his “adventures in discomfort,” he also offers testimonies from others who did some of the challenges with him, as well as sharing the positive results of his efforts.
One thing I really appreciate about Day is he shows no desire to make this a publicity stunt. Amazing organizations like Joni and Friends, Prison Fellowship, and International Justice Mission are spotlighted. He is quick to admit his prejudices and shortcomings, and his writing is simple and unadorned. He avoids soapboxing, and instead calls us to action in practical ways.
This book shook me up; particularly the last two chapters, which focused on our attitudes toward modern-day slavery, orphans, and prisoners. I am so glad Day narrated his own book, and allows his emotion to show through as he describes his experiences touring orphanages and prisons.
There is so much suffering in the world that is “out of sight, out of mind” for those of us living in the wealth of America. We need voices like Day’s to shake us out of our complacency. And in 10 Days Without, Day proves that the voice against injustice often speaks most clearly with actions, not words.
Please Note: This audiobook was gifted as a part of the Christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review of this work.
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I absolutely loved the audio and think it's such a brilliant idea to get everyone more involved with causes they feel strongly about. I loved hearing about the different adventures the author took on and his experiences whilst doing them. This is such a great approach that I wonder why no one has done it before? The author's narration is absolutely perfect with the right humour, emotion and challenge that it has left me thinking about what I could do 10 days without. I strongly recommend this everyone who feels that they can't make a difference in the world, because with this book you definitely can.
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