Embarking on a 42-Day Journey with The Abounding River

Written by Max Goldberg on March 25, 2012. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

The other day I wrote a review of the fantastic movie MAY I BE FRANK.

This film documents Frank Ferrante, a gregarious 290-pound Brooklyn man, and his 42-day journey of organic food, gratitude and holistic healing. Needless to say, he undergoes an incredible life transformation. (If you haven’t seen MAY I BE FRANK, I strongly suggest it.)

In the movie, he is instructed by his coaches to use a workbook called The Abounding River written by Matthew and Terces Engelhart. The Engelharts are the amazing founders of Café Gratitude, the most unique organic restaurant in the country, which also serves as the backdrop for the film.

The essence of Café Gratitude is all about living in abundance. And that is exactly what this workbook is about – a practice of being in abundance.

Feeling inspired by the movie and looking for a spark in my life, I decided to order the personal logbook and see what kind of impact it would have on me.

Well, the book arrived yesterday, and I now understand why Frank Ferrrante completed a 42-day journey, instead of one that lasted 30 or 60 days. The workbook has a daily practice for 42 days. (Why 42? I am not 100% sure just yet but this number must have some significance. I doubt that it is a random number.)

On the back cover, the Engelharts describe their work as the following:

This book is our practice in being abundance. We invite you to be a part of what is possible when we keep our attention on all that we have already been given. This is access to awakening from the scarcity dream we have inherited. In this book you practice being someone who:

1) Loves your life.
2) Adores yourself.
3) Accepts the world.
4) Is generous and grateful everyday.
5) Experience being provided for.

Undertaking a very structured practice of abundance for 42-days is not something I have done before, and I am eager to see how it will my change my life.

In six weeks, I will report back to you what I have noticed and how things are different. I am really, really excited to get started.

Interested in going on this 42-day journey as well? The Abounding River can be purchased online.

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  1. This sounds wonderful…I am really looking forward to hearing about your journey! Will you be posting updates?

    Written by Stephanie Devine on March 25, 2012 @ 10:51 am
  2. Beautiful, Max! Abundance was a challenge for me for a long time and I ended up writing a book and online course about it- of course, it was also a transformational experience for me.

    I learned that it wasn’t about money, it was about being Abundance (BTW, we are all Abundance) and allowing that experience.

    Looking forward to hearing what unfolds from this with you.


    Written by Rita on March 25, 2012 @ 4:59 pm
  3. Hi Stephanie,

    Thanks so much and it is a really cool book! Not sure how much I will be providing updates. Still to be determined but maybe I’ll do it more on Facebook. Don’t know just yet.

    Stay tuned!!

    Live well,

    Written by Max Goldberg on March 26, 2012 @ 1:09 pm
  4. Hi Rita,

    Thanks so much for sharing. I am really excited to see what happens over these next 6 weeks and what shifts take place!

    Live well,

    Written by Max Goldberg on March 26, 2012 @ 1:10 pm
  5. Hello Max,
    Does the film reveal/show how Frank was doing after the 42 days?
    How is he doing now? Do you know? I did hear about the film
    a while ago and wanted to check it out.

    Thank you for your post!
    All the best,

    Written by stephanie haughey on March 28, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
  6. Hi Stephanie,

    Yes, to all!!!! Go see it! You’ll love it, trust me. :-)

    Live well,

    Written by Max Goldberg on March 29, 2012 @ 11:29 pm
  7. Hello Max,

    Will do!
    Thank you!

    All the best,

    Written by stephanie haughey on March 30, 2012 @ 11:05 am
  8. Sounds great Stephanie!

    Live well,

    Written by Max Goldberg on March 30, 2012 @ 3:01 pm
  9. Hi Max, saw this blog entry retweeted on @cafegratitude and was wondering how it’s going? I have a friend trying out the recipes from the cafe gratitude recipe book. I’ll check in with you on facebook also :-) Best, Sandy

    Written by SpiritualNurse on April 11, 2012 @ 2:39 am
  10. Hi Sandy,

    It is going well. I am doing it with a friend of mine in North Carolina (as there are partner exercises each day). I was delayed in starting it for a variety of reasons but the reinforcement of the concepts is really excellent. We are less than a week into it and I will know better in several weeks time.

    However, so far, so good.

    Thanks so much for inquiring.

    Live well,

    Written by Max Goldberg on April 11, 2012 @ 5:09 pm
  11. Hi Max – any update? how did this turn out for you? Off to see May I be Frank in a couple of days . . . .
    Andrew (New Zealand)

    Written by Andrew Pether on October 29, 2012 @ 8:02 pm
  12. Hi Andrew,

    It was a lot of work but a great experience. It helped provide a lot of structure to my days and gave me important reminders that I still use to this day. Go see the movie!! You’ll love it!!

    Live well,

    Written by Max Goldberg on October 31, 2012 @ 2:39 pm
  13. Looks like the link to purchase the workbook is no longer active. Any information?

    Written by Brian Skory on April 1, 2013 @ 9:01 am
  14. Hi Brian,

    Here is a link http://cafegratitude.com/store/shop/books-dvds/abounding-river-personal-logbook/

    It’s fantastic!!!

    Live well,

    Written by Max Goldberg on April 4, 2013 @ 10:33 pm
  15. Hi Max,

    I watched May I Be Frank a week ago, purchased the book and it arrives tomorrow. Did you blog about your experience? I so related to Frank and definitely ready for some transformation.


    Written by Alva on May 1, 2015 @ 3:24 pm
  16. Hi Alva,

    I did not blog about but I found it to be very powerful. Stick with it and do all of the exercises with GREAT intention, and you’ll see big results.

    Good luck!

    Written by Max Goldberg on May 3, 2015 @ 2:35 pm

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