Authors: J. John & Mark Stibbe
Publisher: Monarch Books
ISBN: 978-1-8542-4547-2

Dear Lord, so far today I’ve done all right. I haven’t gossiped, lost my temper, been nasty, greedy, overbearing, selfish or obnoxious. I’m really glad I’ve accomplished all these things on my own. But in a few minutes, Lord, I’m going to have to get out of bed – “ J. John and Mark Stibbe write in their book, A Box of Delights: An A-Z of the Funniest, Wisest and Most Poignant Stories, Proverbs, Jokes and One-Liners.

This two hundred and twenty-four page paperback targets preachers and pastors who seek comic, light-hearted short stories or sayings to use in sermons. However, with no profanity, sexual innuendos, or extreme violence, the book written by two Christians in England would be appropriate for teenager to adult age groups. The New International Version of the Bible and quotes from famous politicians, preachers, and people are referenced. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

With no table of contents or topical index, the book is set up like a dictionary sorted from A to Z. Over four-hundred entries are listed based on the letter of the alphabet, such as Age, Children, and Howlers to Legacy, Negativity, and Sin. Each letter may include a joke, story, pun, cartoon, list, or quick quip, highlighted in various formats of designs, shaded areas, bold typesets, or different fonts. Quotes are from a plethora of individuals ranging from Churchill, Earl of Rochester, Einstein, Fitzgerald, and Frost to Kennedy, King, Lincoln, Rooney, Tozer, and Wesley, along with television shows, publications, and newspapers.

Here are samples of some of the short sayings:
Intercession is love on its knees working with God.
Sometimes the best helping hand you can give is a good firm push.
Our bikinis are exciting. They are simply the tops.
Adolescence is when children start bringing up the parents.
If olive oil comes from olives, where does baby oil come from?
Statistics are like witnesses – they will testify for either side.
Some people who think they are dreamers are just sleepers.

Although one has to dig through to look the contents for a specific joke or saying. The alphabetical format helps but having no index makes it hard to look up a quoted line or story. Some of the more lengthy tales are funny while shorter inserts would be helpful for one-liners in speeches, ice-breakers, and sermons.

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