The Radical Book for Kidsis 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. (Click here to see more.)
“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
“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
“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
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 Kidsis 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 Kidswill open new vistas for their imagination and help to make straight paths for their feet.
A vibrantly-illustrated, kid-friendly introduction to the roots of Christian faith, including biblical history, theology, fun facts, and encouragements to faithful living for boys and girls 8 and up
Chock-full of charts, illustrations, and design elements that quickly communicate important truths to both beginning and advanced readers (and even those children who don’t enjoy reading)
Mixes fun pieces ("How to Make a Slingshot") with practical advice (such as “How to Clean Your Room”) and theological sections (like “Names of God”) to help kids grasp the Bible’s relevance for all of daily life
Immediately engages preteens and young teens with core gospel truths while serving as a springboard to further learning and growth
God's Love: A Bible Storybook
In this colorfully illustrated storybook, your children will discover countless examples of God's love—from before Creation to the death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ.
I wrote these stories for my own children. It was 2010, they were younger, and I wanted to teach them what God has been teaching me about Himself in His Word. I wanted them to see that God is a loving and gracious God. My children (and their father) sin, ultimately because I don’t believe God is good and loving. When I sin, I believe that something or someone else promises more good and more love than God. If I knew how infinitely and incredibly loving and good God is, I would be less inclined to stray from Him and more quickly inclined to return to Him when I do stray. That is what I wanted my children to grasp from God’s Word.
God's Love: A Storybook Bible includes . . .
-120 illustrated stories
-Access to a free downloadable parent’s guide and catechism
-Durable, hardcover design
-Large 8.5x11'' format that’s easy read with the entire family
God's Love iPad App
Explore God's love from the creation of the world to the ascension of Christ. Featuring 120 story pages and three hours of spoken audio, this storybook app can help parents and Bible teachers alike share God's majesty with children.
I wrote the stories for this Storybook Bible App as part of a larger preschool curriculum (Exploring God's Love). With preschoolers in mind, I tried to keep the style simple and fresh, using everyday, non-churchified language. Hopefully, the style and language cause the meaning to be more readily accessible, especially to younger readers. The stories are also available in hardcover (more information here).
In 40 lessons, Exploring God’s Love introduces preschoolers from the wonders of Creation to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, emphasizing the Father’s glorious love along the way. This year-long curriculum offers Story Cards, a Teacher's Manual, and a Student Manual, which features original artwork, puzzles, coloring pages, cut-and-paste activities and more.
I wrote Exploring God’s Love with the hope that it would serve as a map to guide preschoolers (and their teachers) through the Bible’s rich and varied landscape. Along the way, the curriculum points them toward unique demonstrations of God’s love. As I worked with the team at Positive Action to prepare this study, God revolutionized my own life and my understanding and enjoyment of His love.
Each lesson features three story from Scripture, and each story includes the following teaching tools:
Target Truths—summarize the primary message of the story
The Big Picture—provides the teacher with the historical and theological context for the story
Setting the Stage—suggests engaging ways to introduce the story
In-text Notes—present resources to add depth to the story
Review Questions—encourage student attention and retention
Additional elements supplement each lesson. They include a Note to the Teacher,Vocabulary, Scripture Memory, Catechism Questions, as well as Extra Activities that engage and challenge students in the first steps of their education.
Also available in Spanish (coming in 2016).
Dynamic Christian Living: Middle School Curriculum
Every Christian should desire to become like Christ. This study gives your students the tools to begin their journey toward spiritual maturity. They will gain an understanding of introductory Christian doctrine, including salvation, the study of the Bible, and the power of prayer. Students will learn how to live out their love for God and share Him with others.
In 2008, I edited and co-authored (with original author, Frank Hamrick) this 35-lesson, year-long curriculum for middle schoolers. A Teacher's Guide, Student Manual, and full-array of other resources resources are available from Positive Action for Christ.