Bible Trivia, Jokes, & Fun Facts for Kids {by Troy Schmidt}

Love this new book full of jokes and Bible facts -- for kids but definitely neat for adults, too!

When I told my husband about this new book I received that had both Bible trivia and jokes, we chuckled that it was the perfect book for me. Sure, it’s written “for kids,” but trust me, it’s fantastic for adults, too. I’m a big fan of short, silly jokes and I doubt many people actually know all these facts from the Bible.

One of the neat things about this book is the author presents the trivia in a fun-filled way that can easily produce giggles from a child. In this unique format, absolute truths are instilled in their hearts without it being a painful memorization process.

There are various games and quizzes, too — for individuals, pairs or groups. It’s quite the dynamic book that is a powerful tool for parents and teachers. My children are too young for the majority of this book, but I can’t wait to incorporate it into some fun family time in the future.

One of my favorite sections is toward the end — entitled “Talk the Talk.” It provides all sorts of conversation starters that would be so great at the family dinner table or on a road trip. They are all geared toward children and I always appreciate these types of lists.

Overall, this is an excellent book that was very professionally designed and published. I’m glad I had the opportunity to review it.

I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


Where Does Love Hide? {by Mary Manz Simon}

A short but amazing book to teach children ways to "unhide" their love and share it with others in many types of situations.Children begin to understand what love is from a very young age, as they either receive it in abundance from loving parents or, sadly, lack it in a lesser situation. They also understand the concept of hiding as it’s often a part of play — from baby peek-a-boo to toddler blanket forts to older kids’ hide & seek activities. That is why it’s such a clever idea to combine those two things into a board book.

Each page gives an example of how our love is hidden until we do a certain gesture — like sharing toys or helping put away groceries. Our friends or family don’t get to see or benefit from our love until we let it out.

This is also a lift-the-flap book, which, not only is always enjoyed by my toddler son, it also grounds in the concept of “unhiding” one’s love, even if subconsciously.

With one of the world’s favorite holidays just around the corner on February 14, this a great book to pull out and talk more deeply about the love God wants us to show others. I most appreciate how each lesson includes a Bible verse that the parent could either incorporate into their reading or use later in another situation that is teaching that particular concept or this book could even be used as a mini devotional, studying one type of love-sharing and what God’s Word says about it.

Where Does Love Hide? is a solid book and one I am thankful to have on my children’s book shelves now.

I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale House Publishers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

I Didn’t Want to Be That Girl! A Look into the Life of Eve {by Sue A. Allen}

I really liked this Bible study! Have you ever given Eve more than a passing thought and blame for all your girl problems? ;) This study connects you better with her life and lessons from it.How many of us fly through the beginning of Genesis because of its familiarity? Have you ever given much thought to the personality or feelings of Eve?

Sue A. Allen has written a lovely Bible study with a fresh perspective. With an audience of women in mind (either single or married), this book presents an 8-week study that covers a variety of topics — all, in my opinion, very relevant to the typical woman today. Eve, though only mentioned a few times in the Bible, is likely one of the most recognized historical people ever! How would you feel if you were known for your worst blunder? What lessons can you learn from her? Allen has those answers.

Each week contains five lessons. I always appreciate this — it relieves the pressure of not missing a day and gives a little breathing room in your schedule. The days vary in length but all are completely manageable to get through in a sitting.

I enjoyed Allen’s conversation-style writing for the most part. There were times I thought it was a little wordy, but don’t for a moment let that deter you. I’m just giving my full, honest review of the book! The “conversations” are very relatable and very real. Her personal stories are interwoven into the lesson of the day and always conclude well, drawing you to the point and, quite often, to an “ah-ha” moment.

Don’t assume you’ll be reading the beginning of Genesis over and over for eight weeks. Each week is well-rounded with Scripture from all over the Word and really paints an accurate picture of each topic discussed.

If you are a leader looking for additional teaching lessons to accompany this study, there is a free set of videos she’s published on Vimeo.

If you’re looking for a new Bible study for yourself or with a group of women, I recommend you pick up this one!

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I had the privilege of being on the launch team for this new Bible study book for women. Though I was provided with a free copy, I was not required to write a positive review. Thank you, Sue, for enriching women’s lives through your writing.

Lord, I Want to Know You {by Kay Arthur}

{Christian book review} Lord, I Want to Know You by Kay ArthurWould you ever have thought that a bunch of girls in their 20s and 30s would want to get up early enough for a 6:30am Bible study? Surprise! It’s true. We’ve been going on for about a year now, meeting every Thursday, and it’s a blast. We have read/studied a variety of books and I thought I’d share the latest one we just finished…

Lord, I Want to Know You, by Kay Arthur is an in-depth look at various names for God. Just knowing more about why God is called what He is called can bring you to a better understanding of who He is in your life.

The author only quotes from the King James Version (KJV), which is fine, but I enjoyed having a couple other versions nearby to compare as the KJV can use unfamiliar language at times.

Besides that, it was overall easy to read. The book included relevant examples and real-life stories to assist in drawing the picture she was portraying. We (the girls and I) liked certain chapters over others, but that’s to be expected. If my memory serves correctly, the two most loved names we studied were Jehovah-shalom and Jehovah-raah. Don’t know what those mean?  Read this book! Kay will tell you all about them…and all the other awesome names of our Lord.

Although she has it separated out by days (for study organization), she also had chapters. Chapters varied in how many days they had within them, so it was always changing how much we read for each week. It was a bit confusing and not always possible to have same-length weeks.  Sometimes we had a to read a very small amount; other times, all we did all week was read!

Confused about why God has more names than just “God”? That’s okay! This would still be a good book for you to read to help explain. The author does a great job in pointing to passages in the Old Testament when, in the original Hebrew language, God is referred to by these different names. It has everything to do with the situation, what’s happening and why the people in the stories began knowing him by this name.

My complaints are few. My joy is great. I fully recommend this book to be added to your “to read” queue – whether you work through it individually or in a small group. If you read it, tell me which is your favorite name of God!

Have you read it? Do you have any specific recommendations for other good small-group studies?