Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith: The Radical Book for Kids by Champ Thornton


As a mom who loves Jesus, I strive to disciple my own child, so that he too can grow up having a true relationship with Him. 

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. ~ Proverbs 22 

I'm so excited about a new book that we've been reading by Champ Thornton. It's called The Radical Book for Kids. When you look at the illustration on the front cover, you will see the symbolism of children with a root system that is building inside them. This is based upon the author's ultimate goal for writing this book, which he also conveys in the beginning, "grow deep roots of faith in the children who read it." 

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.

Champ 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.

This is called an "explorer's guide" and let me tell you, it's that and so much more! The Radical Book for Kids is a gorgeous hardcover that contains about 253 pages of fun facts about the Christian faith, as well as other tidbits that children can take and apply to their own lives. The book was originally written for 8-14 years olds, but I have no problem reading it to my preschool age child. The illustrations alone are through-provoking, and there's really so much to take in, no matter what you're reading about. Honestly, perhaps the suggested age group should be changed to "any age." I'm almost forty and as soon as I opened the book, I was completely engaged. While many of the pages are geared to a younger crowd, a lot of information in this book could very well be relevant for adults.


There is just so much to take in with this book, that it'd be pretty impossible to share it all here. That's how extensive it is. 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. From creatures in the Bible compared to those we may see in movies, to learning how Bible text translates the differences in time (both day and night) there are a lot of neat things to read about.

Several of my favorites are the chapters that teach the basics of learning both the Greek and Hebrew alphabets. I also enjoyed reading the in-depth breakdown of the Gospels in the Bible, as well as the individuals who wrote them. There's even practical information such as how to memorize anything and how to tie knots that won't untie (square, bowline, and half-hitch). Whether your child is interested in maps, diagrams, biographies of prominent Christian leaders, or even science lessons as they relate to the Bible, you can find it all here in this book.

The Radical Book for Kids is a hip, upbeat way of teaching the Bible and Christian faith to young ones. There's no shortage of insightful information in this book. With the turn of each page, children will be mesmerized and engaged by what it has to offer. Even adults will love it! It really is a winner and definitely one that I recommend to any parent out there.