I love it when kids read their Bibles. It’s probably one of the most important gifts you can give your kids – the gift of loving reading the Bible. But let’s face it. The Bible can be an intimidating book for early readers. Some who haven’t heard many Bible stories may even think it is “boring” just because it’s thick. In other posts, I have shared some tips for helping kids overcome their concerns about Bible reading. For some kids though, you may want a little help from someone else.
Bible Trivia, Jokes and Fun Facts for Kids by Troy Schmidt is a fun new book that might spark an interest in some kids for reading the Bible. The book is actually a combination of riddles, jokes, trivia quizzes, word games, fun facts and more. To me, the book is worth it for the jokes and riddles as any parent of a riddle and joke crazed young child will tell you – any new material is most welcome. (And there are some really cute ones I hadn’t heard before.)
For those looking for activities to keep kids busy while traveling in the car or waiting somewhere, there is enough variety for most kids to find some sort of puzzles or fun facts that will interest them. The book has over 150 pages of activities, so it should keep your child busy for awhile. In fact there are even a couple of pages of table talk questions to discuss as a family.
I know some may be concerned about mixing humor with the Bible and whether or not it is disrespectful. I understand the concern and have from time to time seen something that I felt was borderline. Personally, I believe stories like Peter and Rhoda show God has a sense of humor and as long as it is respectful, I think it’s fine. I didn’t really find any humor that was borderline, most of it was just cute or a play on words.
Honestly, my only concern about the book were the last couple of pages. “Are You on the Road to Heaven” teaches the “Believer’s Prayer” instead of the baptism required in scripture for someone to become a Christian. I appreciate the idea of wanting a child to become a Christian, but sharing inaccurate information is confusing at best. The good news is that as this is a paperback book, you can easily tear out those two pages and only lose a few table talk questions and a blank page for drawing. Or use it as a catalyst to have a conversation with your child about baptism. (Don’t forget, Parenting Like Hannah has a free baptism study you can share with your kids.)
Over all, this is a fun book that will keep your child entertained and help them learn a little more about what’s in the Bible. Hopefully, it will also encourage them to read the Bible for themselves.
A copy of this book was given to me for free in exchange for my honest review. An affiliate link is included for your convenience.