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.

PrayerPoints: Praying God’s Promises at Your Point of Need {by Ken Petersen}

PrayerPoints (a book review) || sydneyreads.wordpress.com

This compact book provides quite a depth of material that surely would be helpful to any reader. In each of its over 170 topics, PrayerPoints shares a relatable life scenario, Bible passages related to the topic, a specific prayer and and action item. As the introduction says:

“Each entry in this book is an invitation into a private encounter with God. After all, prayer is, quite simply, a conversation with God. Yet too often we make the conversation one sided, using the time to talk at God rather than listen to him. This book encourages you to give God time to speak to you — to listen for his voice.”

I was surprised at how much I liked this book when I found myself reading it straight through. It was already enriching my life and I had just received it! Initially I had assumed it would just have topics like “discernment,” “pride,” “obedience,” etc. But it dives much deeper than that! Everything from loneliness to financial woes to having a sick child to entitlement. It includes being bullied, challenges of being a mom, doubt, lacking usefulness and even sleeplessness.

This is a highly recommendable book for anyone who wants a tool to stay in God’s Word. There’s bound to be a number of areas in one’s life that could be strengthened just by this book. I definitely see myself using this as a gift someday…but a new copy because I’ll definitely be holding on to mine!


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.

The Essential Bible Companion {by Walton, Strauss & Cooper}

The Essential Bible Companion (a book review)

With as many Bible reference books as there are on the market, it can be overwhelming to know what would be assets to you in your own life. They range from “over-simplified” to “just not relevant” to “way too over the normal person’s head,” am I right?

So I’m just stopping in this morning to give you my two cents on one I have owned for a while and really appreciate. I think what I like most of all is that it keeps things brief but usually fulfills what I’m looking for.

There are 2 to 4 well-designed pages on each book of the Bible. These pages include a summary, key themes, the purpose of the book, a clearly drawn out timeline and other tidbits.

For me, this helps make the Bible that much more real. I’ve never been one that absolutely needs to know the history of a situation before diving in, but when there is not a more important book on the planet to study, I am thankful for reading companions such as this book.

They market this book to be an accompaniment to “The Bible in 90 Days” curriculum. I haven’t been through these lessons but it sounds like a pretty neat program that can be for any size group, including a whole church. However, this book is also great as a stand-alone.

I always like paper versions of these types of books so I can flip all around quickly, but it looks like the Nook or Kindle versions are both quite a bit less expensive! Also, on Amazon, you can take a look inside the book to see exactly what I’m talking about.

If you are a new believer or are looking for a gift idea for a new believer, this would be helpful to you, too! It can be overwhelming to dive into such a huge book such as the Bible and this companion book would be a great tool for your “study box,” if you will.

Do you have this book? Do you have any other Bible reference books you’d recommend?