Bible Trivia, Jokes, & Fun Facts For Kids by Troy Schmidt


Bible Trivia, Jokes and Fun Facts for Kids is a great book written by Troy Schmidt. I especially enjoyed the fun facts in this book. Using Isaiah 53:2-3, the author tells us “The passage says Jesus did not attract people by His looks. He was a regular-looking guy – not a hunky model or a tall, dark, and handsome carpenter. Isaiah also prophesied that Jesus would live a hard life (and it showed) but that He has an extraordinary love inside Him that drew many to Him.”

Schmidt uses jokes, fill in the blanks, word scrabble and words in words as some ways to help teach children the Bible in fun ways. This book, however, will be enjoyed by all ages. The jokes and facts within this book would be great openers at Bible Studies, youth groups and even Pastor’s sermons. The author also gives questions that can be used to build a conversation around Bible people and happening. Grade school children will spend hours looking through this book to find jokes to stump the people in their lives. The back of the book also has blank pages for write notes and additional jokes. The answers to the Bible trivia questions are provided up side down at the bottom of the pages so the reader can see their answers quickly and easily without searching for answers. This a great book that will help teach and provide lots of fun for all ages.

I received this book from Bethany House Publishing. This is my honest review.

192 Pages

ISBN: 9780764218460

Publisher: Bethany House Publishing

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The White Knight The Lost Kingdom & The Sea Princess by Judy Carlson

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The White Knight The Lost Kingdom & The Sea Princess is a story of a lost kingdom, a girl that was turned into a mermaid and the White Knight.

As young children Prince Lael and Estarianna are planned to be married. One day while the families are on a boat, Estarianna falls into the sea and is not seen again until years later when she arrives at the side of Prince Lael boat as a mermaid. Legend has it that if you look into the eyes of a mermaid you will be mesmerized by them and throw yourself into the sea. With this at the back of his mind, Lael tries not to be taken with her. But they are seen together and she throws herself back into the sea to get away.

Clara and Ian arrive at their grandparent’s home in Minnesota. Clara has gone to the attic to look around as he mother had told her stories of the attic. Ian follows her up there and find a door. When he opens it they are both pulled through and taken to the Lost Kingdom. Here they are given assignments of which Ian is to capture the princess from the tower.

This is a fun book to read. There are many characters and the author has written a description of each at the beginning of the story. I did find it a little hard to keep up with them all during the action scenes. There is a lot that takes place in this story, and it has a lot of action and suspense as well as romance. The underlying theme in the story is building of morals and helping others.

This is a Epic Fantasy Fiction book and will be enjoyed by those who enjoyed reading about mermaids, Pegasus, prince and princesses. Judy Carlson, a Minnesota native, has written in a touch of her home state within this enchanting story.

I received a copy of this book from the author Book Club Network. This is my honest review.

472 Pages

ISBN: 9780983195757

Publisher:  Nordskog Publishing, Inc.

In The Shadow of Denali by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse


John Ivanoff, an Alaskan mountain guide, took two men on a climb to the top of Mount McKinley. Shortly after reaching the top, a storm arrives and Henry does not make it down. His body just disappeared. Now Henry’s son, Allan, has arrived and is working as an apprentice under John. Henry’s partner, who was also on the climb, has blamed John all this time for Henry’s death. Allan needs to know the truth. He blames John. As he gets to know John he questions if John is to blame.

While Allan is in Alaska, the partner is secretly trying to take over the company. And has come to Alaska and orders another climb with John and Allan.

Cassidy, John’s daughter, works as an assistant to the cook at the Curry Hotel. The staff is busy with upcoming celebrations. The President is coming and the new national park is being dedicated. The cook is known for her strong personality and as she and Cassidy work together, she begins to soften.

One of kitchen helpers keeps having accidents and Cassidy is there to help him. When the Cook cannot have him in the kitchen anymore, John takes him on. Cassidy is John’s only child. Her mother past away shortly after Cassidy was born. Cassidy’s grandparents have had no contact with them and now they are in town wanting to build a relationship with Cassidy.

This book is the first in The Heart of Alaska Series. It is a Christian historical fiction that takes place in 1923 in Curry, Alaska. It is a really good book that carries a theme of loving, caring and forgiving. I enjoy the caring that Cassidy and John give to the kitchen helper. I enjoy how Cassidy spends time with him helping him understand the Bible teaching. This story has adventure, mystery and a little romance. It gives us a look into the remoteness of Alaska at the beginning of the century. However they do have the railroad for supplies and travel and telegraph for communications. This story would be enjoyed by anyone who is interested in American history.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House. This is my honest review.

Series: The Heart of Alaska (Book 1)

320 pages

ISBN: 9780764219238

Publisher: Bethany House

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The Returning by Rachelle Dekker


Fast forward twenty years and we are introduced to Elise Brant, the young adult who was taken from her parents as a baby.  Carrington and Remko Brants were forced to leave Elise in the Authority City but have never given up hope on finding her.  Jesse has been caring for Elsie all these years and has managed to keep her from having all her memories erased by Scientist Roth Reynard.  For some reason the Genesis Serum has not worked on Elise.

The Brants are members of the Seers and have chosen seven young people to be their chose warriors to enter the Authority City and rescue Elise.  Of these seven are Elise’s younger sister and her cousin.  As the seven are entering the City, danger is lurking everywhere.    When Elise finds herself in the presence of danger she hears a voice that tells her to remember who she is.  That she has great power.  “Let it go, Elise.  Fear not, and remember who you are.  Find the light.”  Elise gives into the feelings she is having and the light flows out of her.  As this happens people near her who have had their memories erased are now getting their memories back.

The author was asked  “You talk about the power of belief in the book. What is the purpose of faith, and what makes faith so powerful in people’s lives?” her response  “Belief and faith are everything. We form our own realities. We make judgments based on the past and what we think the future will bring; then we shape our idea of what we are capable of around those beliefs. Imagine if we truly believed we were infinite sons and daughters of the creator. How  different would the world look then? When we believe and have faith in who the Father calls us, then the world looks pretty different. The faith that Remko and Carrington have that they will someday see their daughter is so strong.  I cannot begin to image what their past twenty years have been like, not knowing what has happened to their baby and if she is still alive.  Now they are sending their younger daughter along with the chosen warriors, into the dangers of the City.  The faith the seven chosen ones have to trust each other and the feelings they are given.  When they unite together to accomplish something they are unstoppable.

When the author was asked “Aaron is a somewhat mysterious character throughout the series. What is he supposed to represent and what kind of spiritual leader is he?” She responded with “I like to leave this one open, which I know isn’t really the answer you want. I want the reader to decide who he is to them. For me he’s a guiding light, an angel maybe, a representation of the spirit who communicates with us and leads us. He can be many things—mostly, though, he’s a great way to hear truth.”   In the first two books, Aaron was a mystery to me.  He was with the Seers but would disappear.  In this story there is much change from the first book and  it becomes plain that he represents someone similar to the Holy Spirit.  He is there to encourage his people when they need encouragement, but allows them space to deal with life issues on their own.

The Returning is book three in A Seer Novel series written by Rachelle Dekker.  In my opinion, this is the best of the three by far.  The story is very fast moving with danger around every corner.  I found myself wanting to cheer Elise and the chosen warriors on.  There were several surprises in the story with how the author used other characters.  I also enjoyed the touches of young and innocent romance as well the the love Remko and Carrington have that have lasted the years despite the difficulties and challenges they have had.


Rachelle Dekker is the oldest daughter of bestselling author Ted Dekker.  Having not read his books in sometime, it was interesting to read Rachelle’s series and see her writing style.  I would recommend this series to anyone who likes to read futurist action type stories. You can learn more about Rachelle Dekker from her website at

I received this book from the author and Tyndale Publishing Company and I have written an honest review.

Series: A Seer Novel

432 Pages

ISBN: 9781496402295

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishing

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The Calling by Rachelle Dekker


The Calling, by Rachelle Dekker, is book 2 in A Seer Novel series. Carrington Hale was a Lint working as an Authority Worker and Remko Brant was a guard at CityWatch. While at CityWatch, Carrington went to meetings led by Aaron, who would talk about God, referring to him as Father. Some of those that attended his meeting chose to flee CityWatch.

Carrington and Remko were among those who fled. They married and now have a daughter. Remko is the leader of the Seers. He does not have the same faith and beliefs in God that Carrington does. A small group of the Seers sneak back into CityWatch to try to rescue prisoners facing death. While on a mission, a group of Seers find a building that is used to house people who are being used as test subjects.

The guards for CityWatch are also trying to locate the Seers. They are given a tip and capture most of the Seers while Remko is away. He has no idea where Carrington and his daughter are.

This is a futuristic novel. It is fast paced and has a lot of suspense. I enjoyed this book, it was hard to put down. I wanted to keep reading it to see what was going to happen. It was nice to read about the strong faith some of the Seers had and the sacrifice they would give for others.

I received a copy of this book from Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.

Series: A Seer Novel – Book 2

464 Pages

ISBN: 9781496402271

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishing

The Choosing by Rachlle Dekker


The Choosing is book one in A Seer Novel series  written by Rachelle Dekker.

The year is 2107 and a vaccine has been developed that is intended to wipe out all illnesses and slow the aging process. The vaccines are given in a series of 5 injections over 36 months. About 1-10,000 people did not respond favorably to the vaccines. For the rest the vaccine initially appear to be successful. Between October 2112 and May 2113, an illness associated with the vaccine took the lives of 9 billion people. This event is known as the Ruining. The world changed drastically with all the death and destruction and those remaining clung to Robert Carlson as the new leader. He introduces them to theVertas which he claimed was the true word of God. Less than 1000 people remain and Robert brings them together to rebuild their lives in the center of Washington DC.

The year is now 2257, almost from birth girls are trained how to be proper wives and look forward to the Choosing Ceremony where they do their best to be chosen by a young man to be his wife. Those who are not chosen are taken away from family and friends to City Watch where they will live as Lints, working as Authority Workers. They are given jobs to do and live in Lint Stacks, small suites that they live in with other girls. Carrington Hale has worked very hard all her life to be chosen but for some unknown reason is not.

Isaac Knight is the preacher for the City Watch and does regular mandatory ceremonies to remind the people about the Vertas, teaching them to be subject to the Authority as the only true authority is through God and those appointed. Isaac’s wife dies and he asked the Authority to allow him to choose a new wife. With the Authority’s approval he chooses Carrington. She is given a second chance, something no one else has ever been given. But is Isaac really who he appears to be.

This is a futuristic book, it is very fast pace and has lots of suspense. I have trouble seeing this as a Christian book. This is the only reason I am giving it a lower score, I prefer to read books that encourage me in my Christian walk.

Series: A Seer Novel – Book 1

464 Pages

ISBN: 9781496402240

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishing

Maybe it’s You by Candace Calvert


Maybe it’s You is book three in the Crisis Team series written by Candace Calvert. This is Sloane Ferrell and Micah Prescott’s story. Sloane was severely injured in book 2 of this series. She has moved and changed her name to get away from her past. She keeps pretty much to herself and does not let people know where she lives and does not want anything about her made public. She has quit drinking as a result of the accident and has joined AA.

One day while at work, she rescues a young girl, Zoey, and gets involved in the girls life for a short while. What she does not know if the girl is working with her ex-boyfriend and is distantly connected to the Russian group that is involved in sex trafficking, gambling, arson and murder. When this becomes known, her job at the Los Angeles Hope hospital is on the line.

Micah is the PR person at Los Angeles Hope hospital as well as a member of the Crisis Team. Micah and Sloane have contact with each other with crisis situations at the ER and they slowly begin to know each other. Micah lost a family member he was close to due to a drunk driver and he continues to struggle with the loss. Micah and his reporter friend witness the rescue of Zoey. The reporter is searching for the big story that will give him a chance to get a big headline.

I love this story and the whole Crisis Team series. This story is a little slower moving than the previous two, but the story is equally wonderful. This story does not have as much action and mystery. There is a lot happening within this story but it is not clear until the end of the story what the whole picture is. This story kept me wondering where it was going and what was going to happen.

This story is more about learning to trust others and recovering from bad choices. I especially enjoy the parts in the story when Sloane struggles with issues surrounding her step-father but remembers she has a past as well. When she has the chance to keep him behind bars, she cannot go through with it.

The author is a former ER nurse and her stories are so real. It is hard to remember her stories are fiction. I like that her stories show us how Christians can show their faith just by working along side others and giving encouragement to others. Anyone who enjoys reading Contemporary Christian Romance will enjoy this book.

I receive a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers and I have freely written an honest review.

Series: Crisis Team

448 Pages

ISBN: 9781414390369

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishing, Inc

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Step by Step by Candace Calvert


Step by Step is book 2 in the Crisis Team series written by Candace Calvert. This is Taylor Cabot and Seth Donovan’s story. Taylor Cabot lost her husband three years ago and is trying to move on with her life. She has made a list of things to do to move forward and is slowly checking them off. She has moved to San Diego and has started dating.

Seth has come to San Diego to train members to work with the Crisis Team. They are often called in to help council families of victims of tragic events. Seth often works the San Diego hospital ER and has reunited with Taylor. Taylor use to work with the Crisis Team, but with the encouragement of her new boyfriend, she is backing away.

Taylor still struggles with the events surrounding her husband’s death. Why was he on that road the night he was killed? Why did he have an appointment with Seth the day he died? She also is struggling with having to say goodbye to her dog, who is passing away.

I love this book! I really enjoy reading Candace Calvert stories. Being an ER nurse, this series gives us a look into events that happen within the ER setting. Her stories are written so well, it is sometimes hard to believe I am reading fiction. I like how her stories included mystery and suspense with just a little touch of romance to keep the readers interest. I also like that the story has substance to it with touching lightly on the Christian aspect in the character’s lives and how just living a Christian life, they are able to help lead others to learn about God. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to ready contemporary Christian Fiction.

I received a copy of this book from Book Club Network and I have freely written an honest review.

Series: Crisis Team

400 Pages

ISBN: 9781414390345

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc

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A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz


A Moonbow Night is a novel written by Laura Frantz based in 1777 in Kentucke territory. Tempe Tucker and her family were in a group that was traveling to the Kentucke territory. Tempe was to marry James Boone, the son of Danial Boone. On the day of her wedding, James and a small group were on their way back to camp when they were attacked and James was killed. The group went on and the Tucker family settled along the Shawnee River. They established and inn that welcomed travelers.

Sion Morgan is a surveyor traveling with his late wife’s brother and a few others. They are in need of a guide and Tempe is the best there is. Tempe goes along with the surveyor crew to help guide them through the territory. The travel is dangerous due to the numerous Indian attacks as well as the wilderness.

I loved this book! I found the story very interesting and full of adventure. This is not a feel good story. This story gives a look into the dangers of living during this time in history. It also gives a glance into what the times were like and how the people lived. We get to see how the settlements are lacking in medical care and after the attacks also the lack of enough food. We also get to see the faith some have that get them through.

The author has used actual events as the background of the story. She has written this story so well, that it was hard to put the book down at times of suspense. This book has a lot of adventure and suspense and a little romance all written together. Anyone who enjoys reading about the pioneer days will enjoy this book.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing and I have written an honest review.

384 pages

ISBN-13: 9780800726621

Publisher: Revell Publishing

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You can read more about the book and see the reader’s guide (meant to be read after reading the story) at author’s web site