Book Review: The Radical Book for Kids

17 Nov

radical-bookA kid-sized explorer’s guide to faith and life

The Radical Book for Kids is a fun-filled explorer’s guide to the Bible, church history, and life for boys and girls age 8 and up. Along with examining some of the most exciting realities in the universe, the handbook is vibrantly illustrated and chock-full of fun facts and ideas. Deep truths are communicated to elementary and middle-school aged kids while stimulating their curiosity and sense of adventure within a gospel-centered framework.

This power-packed book is “radical” in more ways than you might think! It is “radical” in the sense of the original meaning of the word, “going to the root or origin.” The Radical Book for Kids will take children on a fascinating journey into the ancient roots of the Christian faith. But it’s also “radical” in the more modern sense of being revolutionary. Kids read about men and women who learned to trust Jesus and stand for him—displaying radical faith—even when everything seemed against them.

But The Radical Book for Kids is also “radical”—meaning fun or cool—in the eyes of a child. Kids read about ancient weapons (and how to make one), learn about jewels, create pottery, discover ancient languages, use secret codes, locate stars, tell time using the sun, play a board game that’s 3,000 years old—and more.

Check out the table of contents, skip around, or read straight through. However a child chooses to explore it, The Radical Book for Kids will open new vistas for their imagination and help to make straight paths for their feet.

cthornton-407Champ Thornton grew up in the Carolinas. He is presently an associate pastor at Ogletown Baptist Church in Newark, Delaware. Beginning in 2003, he pastored in South Carolina and later served as director of SOMA, a ministry training school in Columbus, Ohio. Champ is also the author of God’s Love: A Bible Storybook, and of Bible curriculum for early and upper elementary-aged children.

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My Impressions:

Wow! I am so impressed with The Radical Book for Kids. Its subtitle is Exploring The Roots And Shoots of Faith, and it delivers what it promises. Not a stuffy reference book, but an exciting and entertaining look at God, Jesus, the ancient and modern world, and a life lived in faith, this book will keep your kids busy for hours and hours. Each 3-4 page chapter is packed with nuggets of knowledge as well as scripturally-based truth. I loved the chapters devoted to men and women who lived for Christ (Augustine, Bunyan, Luther, Lottie Moon, and more) — great historic examples to learn about and emulate, as well as discussions of topics that kids deal with daily — like anger, fear, and friendship. Thornton also includes cool activities. Who wouldn’t want to know how to make a sling, a sundial or a catapult? The word nerd in me loved the Latin phrase and Greek alphabet chapters. I wish this book had been available when my kids were growing up. (I really wish it had been available when I was growing up!) The author explains that this book is to be read by kids on their own, but what a fabulous resource it would make for family time reading and devotions.

The best part of The Radical Book for Kids? It is available NOW. You just got another Christmas present bought. 🙂

Highly Recommended.

Audience: kids ages 8-14 (and their parents when the kids are in bed)

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to the publisher for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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