Even before I could read, I've loved books. Early favorites have included Dr. Seuss, then the Hardy Boys, Sherlock Holmes, Alistair MacLean, and more recently, David McCullough, Marilynne Robinson, George Herbert, and C. S. Lewis. So, having enjoyed this intake for so long, it has been a privilege to begin putting words back onto the page for others.  Scroll down to explore book options.

The Radical Book for Kids (NEW!)

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Radical Depth, Strength, and Fun for Boys and Girls

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.

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, PhD (C. Edwin Gheens Professor of Christian Family Ministry; The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)
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. The Radical Book for Kids is radical indeed—radically helpful, radically good.”
— Trillia Newbell, Author of Enjoy (forthcoming, 2017), Fear and Faith, and United
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, and host of the White Horse Inn broadcast)
“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 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.

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Check out the table of contents, skip around, or read straight through. However a child chooses to explore it, The Radical Book for Kids will 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
 

In this colorfully illustrated storybook, your children will discover 120 Bible stories highlighting God's love—from before Creation to the death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ. Available by clicking here.

Read my interview with Andy Naselli here.

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.

Also available in Spanish (coming 2016)

 

John Piper tweeted: "This 150-picture iPad app of the whole Bible for children is astonishing for 99 cents."  Update: Now you can get the God's Love iPad App for free (click here).

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.

Andy Naselli blogged about it here. Family Ministry Today recommends it here.

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). WATCH a video about the App here.

Note: The iPad app is also now available in Chinese. (Click on the italicized words for the simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese apps.)