Hmmm...Food for Thought

A Year of Devotion and Sustenance

Christian - Devotion/Study
152 Pages
Reviewed on 05/24/2017
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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

Hmmm...Food for Thought by Michael U. Anthony is a book that intrigued me by its title. Nothing flashy, nothing extraordinary! It read like words pronounced by a man after a sigh. But this book, slim and succinct, is a treasure that Christians will enjoy. In very simple and clear language, the author leads readers through the different seasons of the Christian calendar, a journey that can be aptly described as a walk through the seasons of the soul. The book is comprised of several passages from scripture, each depicting a central theme in each season — Christmas, Lent, Palm Sunday, Easter, New Year, etc. This is one of the books that will help readers to journey with Jesus through the most significant moments of His life, espousing the virtues and spiritual values that He communicates to His followers.

Michael U. Anthony’s Hmmm...Food for Thought can be read as a book of prayer and it serves as a beautiful companion for those who want to deepen their consciousness of the message of Jesus and allow it to transform their lives. Each meditation or reflection contains a biblical passage, then an exegesis and a central message that can be applied to real life. Readers will find exclamations and declarations that, when consciously embraced, will allow them to shift their perspective, get focused, and help them to find meaning in the banality of their day-to-day experiences. The book is written in a very simple style — even if the author sounds preachy at times — and its message is very relevant to this time when we give little attention to things of the spirit. It’s a book for seekers who want to encounter God in a life-changing experience. For the sake of reviewing this book, I had to read it in few sittings, but it is not a book to be read in haste. A passage would suffice for a reading, because each passage is supposed to accompany the reader over a long period of the day or of time. It’s a treasure trove for followers of Jesus, the Word-Made-Flesh.

Mamta Madhavan

Hmmm….Food for Thought: A Year of Devotion and Sustenance by Michael U. Anthony is an uplifting and thought-provoking book that takes readers closer to God and reflects on their relationship with Jesus Christ. The thoughts taken from the author’s ten-year collection of radio broadcasts and moments of inspiration will give readers peace and some measure of guidance to handle life with its challenges and triumphs. The book gives a declaration of encouragement and it can be used to build up hope, faith, and trust. The book speaks about the meaning of major Christian holidays, how to find strength in painful times, embracing God’s purpose for your life, the impact of attitudes and feelings, and how to handle the throes of temptation.

Whether it is a situation, project, dream, hope, sickness, or any of the changing events of life, the book stresses the power of the spoken word and prayers that will help one discover the strength to weather all of life’s turbulence. It is a simple book that will help everyone understand the power and presence of God in our lives and strengthen our faith in Him. The author’s words are insightful and easy to understand, and his positive and realistic words are helpful in facing life from the perspective of reality. This book will help us contemplate and reflect on God and will help an individual in awakening, renewal, and returning to Jesus Christ. Readers will find themselves using their God-given ability to be creative and not destructive, forgiving and not bitter, and to overcome evil by demonstrating good.

Rabia Tanveer

Hmmm... Food for Thought by Michael U. Anthony is a book of faith and motivates you to have hope, trust and faith in a higher power that will bring you peace. In this book, author Michael U. Anthony gives the reader more than 50 devotional readings to help you with your life, your goals and anything that you might need help with. However, more than that, this book gives a glimpse into how you can embrace God and His purpose that He has set for you, understand your actions and how to navigate your life when temptation is staring you right in the face.

The author explains the human experience with the help of these devotional readings. These readings are actually very peaceful in nature and you will have a sense of calm once you read them. At the end of each reading, Michael U. Anthony has added little nuggets of wisdom that you will find very encouraging. His words are easy to understand, fast to digest and very clear; you don’t have to dig deeper for the real meaning.

Hmmm... Food for Thought is actually really good for people who want to calm their racing minds and make it easy for themselves to find that Zen mode. This is the perfect light bedtime reading that will help you stay motivated, calm, collected and ready to find a better, calmer and happier you. Mind you, this is not a “tips” book; this is something that anyone and everyone will appreciate, but especially people who want to connect with God.