As parents of three children, my wife and I read the Bible together with our family. Throughout the week, we talk about what Scripture teaches about who God is, the facts of what He has done, and the realities He expects us to believe and live. God's truth is important.
Yet I don't want my kids to grow up thinking that as Christians we're mainly concerned with information, facts and data—as true as they may be. I don't want them to think that error is wrong only because it's false.
I also want them to realize that error is a deviation from goodness and from beauty. God's truth isn't just right, it's also good—leading them toward flourishing and thriving. And it's beautiful—leading them toward wonder and worship. Sin, in contrast, embraces what is incorrect, sub-human, and grotesque.
For thousands of years, the triad of goodness, beauty, and truth have been set forth by even secular philosophers as providing transcendent categories for what is most valuable in life. Yet if all truth is God's truth (and if He's also the source of all that is good and beautiful), then truth, goodness, and beauty are three sides of the same reality.
For parents, this means that we must work and pray to present God's truth to the next generation as not just essential for the Christian mind, but for the entire human life. Parenting according to Scripture affirms all that is true and good and beautiful.
With these three realities in mind, I am thrilled to see how The Radical Book for Kids has turned out. Designer Scot McDonald and the creative team at New Growth Press have put together a book for kids that will not only inform their minds with God's truth, but do so in a way that's engaging, vibrant, and fun. I hope this book will be a resource to lead many in the next generation to live, love, and enjoy God's truth, beauty, and goodness.