The Radical Book for Kids

The Radical Book for Kids

The Radical Book for Kids (New Growth Press, October 2016)

A 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.

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  • WORD Up! says:

    ‘The Radical Book for Kids’ by Champ Thornton is an amazing book with a huge mix of topics and activities for kids (and adults – shhh)! Learn how to understand the Bible, make a sling, memorize, pray, make pottery and a sundial. Learn the Greek alphabet and what to do when you’re afraid or angry. This incredible book gives a little bit of knowledge about a lot of subjects – enough to whet your appetite to go and learn more.

  • Champ’s “Radical Book for Kids is one truly amazing book for kids. I wish I had this book growing up.

    It talks about the Bible, faith, church history, and life. Very easy for a child to read and parents can read with them as well. A very good parent/child book to read together which I also like as well.

    I am looking forward to reading this with my children when they get older. So exciting.

  • Raventhreads says:

    I loved paging through this book, and I often found myself learning things that I didn’t know about my faith as I read through its pages. This one is one I plan on keeping in our collection, allowing the children to browse it and pulling out as a reference when needed.

  • Thornton portrays faith and the bible in one comprehensive picture in order to provide a complete yet simple to understand foundation of faith for young readers of all ages. Even adult readers who read this to their children, may find their understanding of theology to be more complete after reading this book as well. Each page features impressive full color graphics, photos or other visuals, drawing in the attention – readers of all ages. In this age of multi media, and bold graphics- this book reaches out to today’s generation of young readers and their parents.

  • Now that I’ve received the published version—with hefty pages and a colorful embossed cover—my opinion of the book is even higher. This is a book that would make a great Christmas gift for children or grandchildren in your life (

  • This book is jam packed with important church history facts for tweens or early teens. It presents information that I never was exposed to until my college years. Yet for kids, it is presented in bite sized, easy to swallow portions. The cover is impressive with a hard, sturdy, thick binding. The tree and children’s silhouette image is eye-catching. The way the facts are presented on each page is fun and quirky with animated text fonts, colorful images and fun facts.

  • I got the book for my 12 year old son as part of his home school bible study/ I asked him if there was anything he didn’t like about the book and he couldn’t think of one negative thing. I did note that his favorite parts of the book included his favorite things; movie characters, jokes and animals.

  • Best Reads says:

    Fun, facts and engaging graphics make this a winner of a read. Beautiful hard copy edition with stunning illustrations that will appeal to any age — even adults. And it’s chock-full of interesting tidbits and a diverse combination of topics that will keep young readers returning to its pages again and again. I love the way the author has meshed high-interest, kid-friendly topics with solid biblical history.

  • The Radical Book for Kids is a blend of Bible knowledge, gospel presentation, church history, introduction to languages, crafts, practical living and so much more. There is so much that this book has to offer that just after reading through it once with your children, I am confident that you will realize you are just getting started. After reading through this book I am certain that my sons (4 years old) will be interaction with this book for years to come.

  • I know this book is geared more towards school age children, but in my opinion a new believer of any age would benefit from this book. Along with the information, there are also a ton of colorful, eye catching illustrations, pictures, etc… I give this book FIVE stars!!

  • Grounding our children in faith at a young age is critical to their spiritual development.

    In the book, Thorton introduces young readers to the stories of men and women who have lived out their faith in Jesus in radical ways.

    Packed with so much information and fun facts related to the Bible and Christianity, this book is a must add to any Christian family library.

  • “The Radical Book for Kids” is a book you give your kids when they are too old for a Bible story book yet still too young for the book you’re reading. I wish I knew all of this stuff when I was 10! I wish I had this book when my kids were 10! I can think of 10 kids that I want to give it to right now.

    When I got my copy, I read parts out loud to my family, and they chuckled, hooted, and hollered at all the right places, and they didn’t realize that they were learning something important. That’s a mark of a great book!

  • This is an amazing resource for kids of all ages….and even adults! The first time I looked through it I was so pleased at what I saw and read. The book explains many questions that kids have.

    It uses scripture to explain many thoughts and issues that kids today may have….including anger, rules and the Early Church. and so much more. My son loves reading through this book and so do I.

  • This book is so engaging, I imagine most children will greatly enjoy it, and will be more interested in reading The Bible. I wish I had it as a child!

  • The illustrations alone are through-provoking, and there’s really so much to take in, no matter what you’re reading about. I like to call it a complete and comprehensive guide to God, Jesus, and the Christian faith. The information including is presented in a way that’s not only educational, but also entertaining with sixty-seven different topics to read through.

  • The Radical Book for Kids is an amazing resource. It explores the Bible, faith, church history, and life in a thoughtful and engaging way that is perfect for tweens and teens. Illustrations throughout the book truly enhance the text. This gem would make a great gift.

  • After reading through “The Radical Book for Kids”, I have found that this book is different than any other children’s book that I have read. I have three children(13, 7, & 5). This book goes deep into the context of the Bible & is an amazing book that helps you understand your life and the life of those the Bible was written for.

  • By The Book says:

    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.

  • SUPER IMPRESSED by this book.

    The format of this book is super fun and colorful. The content is engaging, fun, and totally age-appropriate.

    I love a lot of things about it, but one of the main ones is that it’s written from a perspective that’s missing from so many books I review for kids. Many of them are focused on good works without sharing the more important bigger picture of God’s love story and rescue plan for all creation! The gospel is not good advice. It’s good news.

  • Thoughtful, insightful, and engaging, this book is great for the whole family and would make a starting point for meaningful family discussions. This will stay on my coffee table for years to come.

  • This book is something of a handbook of the Christian faith for 8-14 year-old kids. With its large size and stunning production quality, it looks and feels like a coffee table book. But it’s the type of coffee table book that’s more fun than a homemade catapult. Kids and their parents won’t be able to keep their hands off it, nor would they want to. This book’s 67 short chapters cover a wide, and somewhat random, spectrum of topics ranging from character development to church history to science and theology to practical Christian living to Bible reading skills.

  • That being said, when I saw this book, The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith by Champ Thornton available, I knew it would be perfect for him!  It barely came out of the mailman’s hands and he had open on the floor.

  • Aside from a few popular stories like Noah’s Ark or David and Goliath, the Bible is a fairly boring book to read. I’m saying that as someone who has actually read it cover to cover more than once (or twice). Genesis and Exodus are okay; Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy are a tough slug, and then there’s all the prophets bewailing Israel’s sins… A little background on the people and places of the Bible can help make it more accessible. The Radical Book for Kids provides that background, making the Bible relevant to the child’s world today.

  • Moments says:

    “The Radical Book for Kids” is a colorful, jam-packed, hardcover book that children will love paging through and picking out various things to read about. This is a collection of readings and facts that children will want to delve into and learn about. So many topics are covered including Passover, Martin Luther, star of wonder, just to name a few.

  • Out of ALL the kids books I have reviewed, and that would be A LOT of books this by far my favorite book I have reviewed in 2016! I highly recommend this as a FAMILY book, or a GROUP kids book.

  • My thoughts, and those of my 10-year old daughter, are that this book is engaging to young minds curious to learn more about God’s love, the Bible, what life was like in Biblical times, and how to apply Biblical principles to modern life. I think this book would be best targeted to 8-12 year old kids. The pages are colorful and full of images that help bring the learning to life.

  • This is such a unique book for kids. Well, grown-ups, too! I am simply amazed at the amount of information – historical, hands-on, Biblical, fun – this book contains. There is character development and theology, some science and living the Christian life, and some good Bible reading or study skills. A superb mish-mash of stuff to entertain and educate as well as enthrall the kids.

  • amandainpa says:

    This book is extremely informative but also presented in a very fun way. My 10 year old daughter loves paging through it and reading about Biblical history. Highly recommended!

  • From the very first chapter, I was impressed with the content. It’s very factual, but presented in a fun and understandable way. I love that it tackles theology issues with charts and graphs that make information easy to digest. For example, there’s a chart that draws parallels between the sacrifices of the Israelite people and the fulfillment of those sacrifices through Jesus’ death.

  • The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith is an invaluable guide to the Bible, history of the Christian church, and life for boys and girls age 8 and up. It is illustrated throughout its pages and filled with interesting facts and ideas. It unfolds deep truths and answers questions that elementary and middle-school aged kids need to know and understand. It will help edify the young readers’ faith in Christianity and stimulate their natural curiosity for the truth within a gospel-centered foundation.

  • This is a great book to have on ones bookshelf, since it is such a fun conglomeration of facts, illustrations, modern language, and scriptures. I love all the history!

  • I have never been more thrilled about a children’s book in my life! The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith by Champ Thornton is a fantastic resources for parents wanting to provide their children with a biblical worldview from early childhood.

  • For me, it seemed to bring the Bible more to life. I think we can all be honest with ourselves that it can be a struggle to read the Bible sometimes and sift through some of the passages. I think having a companion book like this to help spark interest and conversation is a great way to get kids thinking beyond the words on the page.It had a great mix of all kinds of things from crafts to scripture to history to engage kids. I highly recommend this book!

  • How many times a day you find yourself saying this phrase? Me personally? Too many to count. It’s one of those key mom phrases that comes in so handy when your child is asking for an explanation for absolutely everything. And for many questions- why do I have to clean my room? why can’t I have this? why can’t I do that?- it’s a very valid answer… but when it comes to questions of faith? I don’t WANT my children to believe just because I tell them to do so. I want to of course lay that foundation for them, but I want them to dig deeper and build upon that faith themselves.

    How do I encourage this? I let them do their own digging! And for that, this book is a great place to start!

  • The book flows easily moving the reader from section-section. For example, the first four chapters list the Bible, God, and the Good News! I like the cover because it shows an illustration of a boy and a girl and what I imagine to be the Tree of Knowledge. Knowledge of all the information the children can relate to. The primary medium used in the illustrations are drawings.

  • One thing we really love about this particular book, though, is that the information is presented in a way that makes sense for younger kids, and we are free to pull out some of our other resources to dig in a bit deeper. The 67 chapters in this book give us a good outline to cover many important topics.

  • Midnight Mom says:

    The aim of the book is to look at the “ancient roots of our faith”. This book has a ton of content. It explores many different areas of knowledge from science to archeology. There is a section about how to read stories from the Bible and one about how to make a sling like David. It goes deep into numerous passages of the Bible and looks at martyrs of the faith. It is serious and studious but also at times really fun and silly. Above all it keeps the focus on Christ and your relationship with Him.

  • This book was an utter delight! I did not know what to expect but I can safely say that it exceeded all expectations . This book is a wonderful resource for younger kids as it presents church history in an informative and interesting way, I know I was utterly sucked into the book and found it to be really fun. I look forward to holding onto it for when my kids are older, this would be a great home schooling book for sure or just to have on hand.
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • This is a great resource for when you kids are starting to read the Bible themselves and they have questions. This book helps by addressing some of those questions in language that they can understand. A good quality book that will stand up to lots of handling. I wish I had had this book when I was homeschooling.

  • What an excellent book! This for sure needs to be on your Christmas list.

  • I love how there are so many different things to read about and learn! This is something I will be giving my 9 year old for Christmas. It’s a book that will hold his attention for hours and be teaching him the most important things of all. He will be able to us it as a reference for years to come.

  • When I received this book in the mail to review (Thank you, Litfuse!), Gigi immediately was drawn to it and snatched it up to start reading the first chapter. Things I look forward to going through with my kids are the glimpses at the lives of famous Christians like St. Augustine and Martin Luther, language tidbits and what things mean, basic apologetics, and why we do the things we do as Christians.

    The goal of this book is to help children “grow deep roots of faith,” and I can’t think of anything I want more deeply for my kids than this, to know and love and experience the great love of “the radical Rescuer of rebels.”

  • This is such a unique and fun book for kids. With the easy-to-read language, fun stories, games, crafts, and more, it keeps kids engaged and interested while teaching them about foundational Christian truths and Jesus.

  • What a delightful book for children over eight years of age. It is full of not only Bible stories, but crafts, games and a ton of information about great figures in church history. It allowed my children, ages 8 and 10, to really learn about the foundational truths of the Bible in a way that was fun and at their developmental level. It will be a book we will use for much time to come. I love that even with all the information, and there is a lot, everything in the book points back to the importance of a relationship with Jesus Christ.
    I very much enjoyed going through the book with my children and I highly recommend this book!
    I give it a huge thumbs up!

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