The Radical Book for Kids
Has your child outgrown Bible story picture books, but is not quite ready to tackle any of the heavier tomes that you are wrestling through? Then the exuberant, practical, and theologically rich The Radical Book for Kids could be the right book for him. With vibrant illustrations, hand-drawn sketches, and informative sidebars, your child can explore this book however he likes; skipping around via topic or just reading straight through.
Both serious and lighthearted, with charts, crafts, recipes, even elephant jokes and the Hebrew alphabet explained with Star Wars names, The Radical Book for Kids aims for that sweet spot, combining diving deep and still being understandable. Unlike other children’s books that may focus mainly on God’s love and man’s good works, The Radical Book for Kids uses a gospel-centered framework to drill down on areas of sin in your child’s life.
The 67 bite-sized chapters unpack weighty truths and answer questions that we all need to know and understand. There are chapters on how to read the Bible every day, how to know the Bible is true, church history, martyrs of the faith, apologetics, practical skills, how-to’s, and so much more. Profound, meaty, and biblical, The Radical Book for Kids is sure to resonate with your child.
Author: Champ Thornton
Publisher: New Growth Press
Publisher's Age Recommendation: 5-11 Years
Awards and Endorsements:
"The Radical Book for Kids is like packaging that awesome Sunday school teacher you remember in a book. You know, she was the amazing mom who made learning about God a ton of fun but did it with gospel truth that transformed lives. Every family should have a copy of The Radical Book for Kids on their bookshelf—better yet, put it out like a plate of cookies on the coffee table and watch your kids devour it. The most exciting part of all will be seeing your children grow in their passion for God and His Word."
Marty Machowski, Family pastor; author of The Ology, The Gospel Story Bible, Long Story Short, and other gospel-rich resources for families
"As I paged through this book, I kept finding assorted facts and tips that never manage to make it into my Sunday school lessons or family devotions—but should! This is a wonder-filled book for kids to explore. They will learn, have fun, and be challenged to grow deeper in faith."
Jack Klumpenhower, Author of Show Them Jesus; coauthor of The Gospel-Centered Parent and What’s Up?
"As the father of four teens, I found this a fun, informative, and spiritually edifying resource. Alongside telling us where weapons came from, young readers (and older ones) learn how to spend daily time with the Lord. It’s not just about fun facts; it is a spark for discovery of God, His world, and our place in it."
Michael Horton, Professor, Westminster Seminary California; author of Core Christianity; host of the White Horse Inn broadcast
"The Radical Book for Kids is like an encyclopedia of Truth. Thornton has done something magical here. He’s taken every aspect of the Christian faith, the Word we love, and the character of God and made it accessible to children. It’s everything you’d hope to know and teach in one place, even including stories of historical figures. I’m thankful my kids are still young, so I can use this book to teach them about the roots of our faith. The Radical Book for Kids is radical indeed—radically helpful, radically good."
Trillia Newbell, Author of Enjoy (forthcoming, 2017), Fear and Faith, and United
"Champ gives children and their parents a gift in this book that is fun, practical, and theologically rich. It is a necessary explorer’s guide to the Bible, theology, biblical and church history, and life for boys and girls. It’s a tool for children to learn about God, His Word, His world, and themselves."
Justin S. Holcomb, Seminary professor; minister; author of God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies
"I was only a dozen pages into this book before I found myself thinking, 'I wish I'd had this book when I was a kid' and 'I've got to get this book for my kids!' Highly recommended!"
Timothy Paul Jones, C. Edwin Gheens Professor of Christian Family Ministry, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"Intriguing + edifying = the kind of book I want my kids reading. This is one of them."
Andy Naselli, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Bethlehem College & Seminary
"I don’t know how he does it, but in The Radical Book for Kids Champ Thornton seems to have mastered the art of communicating with kids, without talking down to them. Lots of topics are immensely important, like God’s attributes and our salvation; others just fun. I wish I had this book during my own childrearing years—and when I myself was a teenager."
John Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology & Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary; author of History of Western Philosophy
"My wife and I only wish that this book had been available for our children and our grandchildren. It’s difficult in a few words to express my appreciation for the attractive and absorbing way it engages the young readers it has in view by highlighting Scripture’s pervasive focus on Christ and by showing the importance of the gospel and its implications for their lives. I commend it most highly."
Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Emeritus, Westminster Theological Seminary
"The Radical Book for Kids is one book that every family should have in their library. I cannot wait to read it with my children and learn more from it myself. Champ Thornton masterfully weaves together theology, biography, biblical truths, practical application, and interesting activities all in a book that is visual appealing and easy to read. I recommend this book for youth, parents, and new believers of all ages—it is a treasure trove of biblical insight and understanding."
Melissa Kruger, Women’s Ministry Coordinator at Uptown Church PCA; author of The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World and Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood
"Superheroes, beasts, enemies, a (not so) secret mission, the greatest love story! This book will shape for youth a big-God worldview and nurture Christ-exalting living. It’s filled with fascinating nuggets, memorable bites, rich theology, clear wisdom, and fun ideas. The pictures and topics are varied and engaging and will both draw your child into God’s world and Word and propel him or her toward maturity, responsibility, and godliness."
Jason S. DeRouchie, Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Theology, Bethlehem College & Seminary
Additionally, the publisher’s website provides further endorsements by: Chris Brauns, Olly Goldenberg, Stephen Smallman, Matthew C. Mitchell, Darcy Stelzer, Roy Crowne, Michael Barrett, and Mathew B. Sims.
Let me just say that I love this book. My husband and I both have sat down and read through it just because it's incredibly interesting. My fifth grade son, however, has a harder time with it. The pages have lots of nice white space and great pacing, but what I failed to recognize was that Biblical vocabulary was still going to be a struggle for my reluctant reader. I cannot praise the content enough, however. Amazing and absolutely worth having, even if your child isn't a bookworm, so I'm giving five stars for sure and we will definitely try again next year.