In the uncertain and extreme times in which we live, it might seem strange to write a book for kids which purports to be "radical." Yet it's the word "radical" that has itself been hijacked.
The word “radical” comes from the Latin RADIX, which means “a root”—the source or origin of something. So, The Radical Book for Kids will take you deep into the ancient roots and origins of the Christian faith. Kids (ages 8 and up) will learn a lot about the source of it all: God’s Word. What it teaches, why they should trust it, and how they can live it. As children grow up, they should also grow down—letting the Bible sink its roots deep into their heart.
Then about 200 years ago, the word “radical” came to mean “extreme, drastic, revolutionary.” If a tree has a good root system, it can stand strong through the wildest storms. So The Radical Book for Kids will teach the next generation about following Jesus and standing for him in the storms of life. The book will introduce men and women from history who learned to trust Jesus and stand for him even when everything seemed against them. How did they do it? God-given radical faith.
But this book holds much more in store. While kids explore our Christian roots, they’ll also find radical—“excellent, cool”—fun. They’ll read about ancient weapons, learn about jewels, create pottery, discover ancient languages, use secret codes, locate stars, tell time using the sun, and play a board game that’s 3,000 years old—and more.
Yet it's this book's Gospel-focus that presents the most radical aspect of all—unlike normal trees, all the roots of our faith grow out of The Tree. The one on which Jesus suffered and died in the place of sinners. Although seeming to be a place of weakness, this Tree stands strong, never to fall.
I hope that everything in this book will point you to Him: the radical Rescuer of rebels.