Radical spiritual depth, strength and fun for kids


Champ Thornton stimulates kids’ sense of
adventure with gospel-centered new book

What images does the term “radical faith” conjure? The Latin origin of the word “radical” literally means “roots.” Today the word also means extreme or revolutionary — even excellent or cool. With The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith (New Growth Press/October 24, 2016/ISBN 9781942572718/$24.99), author Champ Thornton takes children deep into the ancient roots and origins of the Christian faith in both exciting and innovative ways.

Brilliantly illustrated and extremely kid-friendly, The Radical Book for Kids is an explorer’s guide to the Bible, church history and life, mixing practical and theological elements with fun activities such as a 3,000-year-old board game and a tutorial on how to make a (kid-safe) David-style slingshot. The hands-on approach will help kids grasp the Bible’s relevance for daily life and leave them with a curiosity driving them to learn more.

Chock-full of charts, design elements and illustrations that captivate and inspire, The Radical Book for Kids will have beginning, advanced and even I-don’t-like-to-read readers engrossed in engaging chapters covering important aspects of Christianity, such as:
  • Biblical history
  • Theology
  • Fun facts
  • Church history
  • Daily Christian living
  • Radical faith in the face of adversity
  • Roots of the faith
  • The lives of historical men and women of faith

The Radical Book for Kids will lead young readers to examine some of the most exciting realities in the universe and grapple with the deepest truths laid out in Scripture. “As parents, we all want what is best for the next generation, that they will love, trust and follow the Lord Jesus Christ,” Thornton shares. “So it’s my prayer that this book will be used by God to grow deep roots of faith in the children who read it.”

The book was designed for children ages 8 and up to explore on their own. However, it can be used in a myriad of ways: An adult can read it to a younger child, parents can incorporate it into family devotions, Sunday school and homeschool teachers can use it as a supplemental resource, and older teens and adults alike will enjoy and benefit from the wealth of information it holds.

“I want to scatter a packet of assorted seeds across the minds and hearts and imaginations of the next generation,” Thornton explains. “If this book makes children and teens (and adults) more curious and thirsty to know God and the good news of His Word, then it will have done its job.”

Advance Praise

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 Fear and Faith and United

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 and The Gospel Story Bible

About the author

Champ Thornton has been the associate pastor of Ogletown Baptist Church in Newark, Delaware since 2012. Previously, he pastored Grace Bible Church in South Carolina and served as the director for SOMA, a ministry training school in Ohio.

Thornton has a deep passion for stirring curiosity and wonder for Christ and God’s word in the hearts of children, which has lead him to write several children’s Bible curricula, including God’s Love: A Storybook Bible, Dynamic Christian Living, and Exploring God’s Love. His latest book is The Radical Book for Kids.

Thornton lives in Delaware with his wife, Robben, and their three children.

Champ Thornton invites you to connect with him at www.champthornton.com, on Facebook (Champ.Thornton.7) and via Twitter (champthornton).