Schmidt (The Extreme New Bible Trivia Challenge) serves readers a satisfying menu of scriptural passages to encourage Christian hearts and nourish the soul. Schmidt’s experiences as a children’s video writer inform his casual tone, as when he writes about the “feeding of fish sandwiches,” as he refers to the biblical account of the Feeding of the 5,000, when Jesus fed multitudes with scant resources. It is, Schmidt notes, the only miracle other than the resurrection of Jesus that is present in all four Gospels. “In an unpredictable world filled with many variables, the only way to see a multiplication of our efforts and sense a greater satisfaction, fulfillment, and joy in life is to multiply God into the equation.” Throughout, Schmidt invites Christian readers to savor God’s promises of attention, compassion, provision, spiritual health, power, community, fulfillment, and blessing: “God feeds us those promises in a buffet Jesus served to a group of hungry people. What was on the menu? Fish Sandwiches.” Discussions of scriptural passages are sprinkled with humor and all close with contemplative “Saying Grace” prayers. Whether hungering for a deeper spiritual relationship with God or just beginning one, Christian readers will be satiated by Schmidt’s insights into Jesus’s teachings.
Our good friend Troy Schmidt has served up a delicious main course of God’s promises—his miracles and power all in one. The Feeding of the Five Thousand is one of those miracles discussed but rarely dissected with the kind of humor and insight Troy brings to everything he does. Dine on this book—then bring your friends back for seconds!
The miracle of Jesus feeding the five thousand is one of my favorite stories. How fun it would have been to be there—I love to imagine the people’s astonished joy and laughter as Jesus provided more and more and more. Troy Schmidt unpacks the miracle that offers far more than a feast of food. In Jesus’ economy, there is always more and more and more.
If you are hungry for a book that will feed your soul . . . here you go! Eat up! Fish Sandwiches is chock-full of soul-satisfying truth! In this book, Troy Schmidt serves a well-written, practical, and humorous feast of God’s promises that is sure to leave you spiritually full and even more confident that we serve a God who loves when we are well fed.
Troy Schmidt has written an engaging and inspiring work that expounds on Jesus’ miracle of the Feeding of the Five Thousand. You’ll find your attention grabbed and your spirit raised as you follow his explanation and practical application of the various parts of this story. This two-thousand-year-old miracle met the people’s needs then and can also meet our needs today.