About the Book
Title: Food for Thought
Author: Janet Lynn Mitchell
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Food for Thought is filled with personalized verses just for you. It’s been written to help you claim God’s Word as your own. The thoughts included within the verses are from fellow dieters. Food for Thought is not meant to be a substitute for actual Scripture, but an addition, bringing you new insight, perspective, hope and encouragement as you move toward and reach your weight-loss goal. Blank pages have been placed in the back so that you can add additional Scripture and/or words of encouragement. Recite these verses and include them when you pray. Then watch as God’s Word rejuvenates and empowers you. Experience your faith increasing, as faith comes by hearing, reading, speaking, and living the Word of God.
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I’ve been battling with my weight and eating habits for a very long time. I succeeded for a little while, but fell off the wagon due to a life crisis. I have known that not being disciplined and moderate about food is a sin, it’s roots go much deeper than the fact that I like to eat. So, when I saw I had the opportunity to review a book about food and about using it properly, I jumped at the chance. Here it is … the good and the not so good.
First, I appreciate what Janet Lynn Mitchell is doing. She is providing scripture to help us, that in everything we do, whether we eat or drink we do it to the glory of God. Gluttony and binge eating does not glorify God. For someone who wants to follow the Lord in ALL areas of their life, this is a great tool. It’s not a book of teaching, but it is a collection of Bible verses, into which the author interjects thoughts relating to eating, trusting God, finding our joy and peace in Him and more.
Now, the not so good. I found the format super confusing and a bit frustrating. I think it would have been better to provide the verse and then the relative comments after the verse. I especially found it confusing when the verse was already in the paraphrased, ultra-modern words, such as The Message. She put her comments in parenthesis, but still, they broke the flow. And yes, I could have looked up the verses in my own Bible, but the point of this is to have them handy and easy to read. Switching from one translation to another was very confusing. Numerous verses were taken out of context. One of the difficulties in doing a topical study is that context can be lost. For example, in Acts 27:34 Paul is urging the men during the ship wreck to eat and he prophesied that nothing would happen to them. To take this verse and present this to people who likely have little discernment or are immature Christians, could cause some serious problems. When they read “You need it to stay alive. (If you eat) you will not lose even one hair off your head.” So, what happens when a person “claims” this for themselves and then gets cancer or some horrible disease, then they think God betrayed them, because they claimed this verse.
The use of paraphrased Bibles is a problem, because some of the verses are just poor paraphrases. Such as Proverbs 23:2-3 from The Message takes the edge off the verse, making it “nicey-nice”, where the actual translation in English Standard Version says “Put a knife to your throat if you are given to appetite.” Making it very clear that being gluttonous is clearly a serious problem in God’s eyes. Much like when Jesus said “if your hand offends you, cut it off.”
I recommend this book to people who know the Bible and can sift out the out of context verses. It may be good for a small group, with a Spiritually mature leader who has very good discernment to emphasize the verses that are accurate and appropriate. In spite of my negatives, I really do like the concept of what Janet is trying to do and for that I give it 3 stars.
About the Author
Candid, dynamic, friendly…and memorable are some of the words used to describe Janet Mitchell. Her fun, engaging style keeps her audiences wanting more. As a master storyteller, she shares her heart, passions and faith, relating incidents from her life that will touch you and make you laugh. Janet addresses relevant life issues and how it just takes one to make a difference in your world!
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