Book Review – Bible Trivia, Jokes, & Fun Facts for Kids
There are times when all of the seriousness of life needs to be put aside for the sake of good humor, the joy of trivia, and outright silliness. Life has many serious moments born out of the unfortunate consequences of sin. In these times it’s good to remember that God has blessed us with good gifts. One of these good gifts that I am blessed to enjoy often is our family time around the table each evening. Sometimes these moments are serious and sometimes they are jovial. Often times the younger children ask . . . no. . .they BEG me to tell jokes. It’s a rare occasion in which I have a joke that is actually funny. Most of them I get from www.lamejokes.org but that is not the point. The point is no matter how lame my humor is, my children always laugh. Well, I supposed this is only true of my younger children. My oldest daughter will give a sympathy laugh and my oldest son just rolls his eyes and tries very hard not to crack a smile.
Despite my robust repertoire, I have to admit that after a few round of jokes the wells begin to run dry. Enter Bible Trivia, Jokes, & Fun Facts, a new book authored by Troy Schmidt and published by Bethany House. Not only is it full of jokes that any 4-6 year old would love, but it is also a good starting point to help your children gain a little bit of Bible knowledge. I especially appreciate the section called Talk to Talk which has four pages of conversation starters — perfect for those times in which the dinner table is silent and nobody is talking (I’ve heard , but not verified that these moments do exist). The only thing that I was disappointed in was that the book ends with the typical “alter call” which has plagued Evangelicalism since the 1800’s. I am among a growing number of conservative Christians who believe that this leaves an individual with a false sense of assurance. If I would add anything to it at all, it would simply be a disclaimer that reciting a prayer is not an incantation and cannot in any way conjure up favor with God. I would explain that repeating a prayer is not magic and is absolutely useless without saving faith and I would add that the evidence of salvation is not a prayer we prayed as a child but the fruit of the Spirit working out of our lives over time. It is the fruit that we can point to in order to say that we believe a person has been regenerated and not a prayer.
Criticism aside this book is one that will make you look like a rock star in the eyes of your children. Or if you purchase it for a child rather than to read during family moments, it will keep your children occupied for a very long time.
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About the Author
Troy Schmidt (www.troyeschmidt.com) began writing animation in Los Angeles in 1985 and worked on such shows as Dennis the Menace, Heathcliff, and Flintstone Kids. In 1992, he moved to Orlando to write for The Mickey Mouse Club. Troy created and wrote a total of thirteen videos for Thomas Nelson, including an adaptation of Max Lucado’s Hermie, A Common Caterpillar. He also wrote over twenty books for Thomas Nelson.
Troy recently released This Means War: A Strategic Prayer Journal, coauthored by Stephen and Alex Kendrick. He was also the consulting producer for The American Bible Challenge with Jeff Foxworthy for three seasons. He has written a daily devotional tied to the series, The American Bible Challenge Daily Reader, Volume 1 (Thomas Nelson), and a board game based on the show (Talicor). He has three children’s books in the “Their Side of the Story” collection (B&H Publishing) based on the whale from the story of Jonah, a frog in Exodus, and a raven on Noah’s Ark.
Troy manages three websites, Reason for Hope (www.reasonhope.com), Troy Schmidt (www.troyeschmidt.com), and Church Scripts Online (www.churchscriptsonline.com). He is also a campus pastor at First Baptist Church of Windermere, Florida, overseeing all adult classes and ministries and sharing the preaching schedule with the senior pastor, Chuck Carter. Troy has been on staff since 1997.
Troy is married to Barbie. They have three sons, Riley, Brady, and Carson.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for an online review. 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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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