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.
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What others are saying . . .
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.
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
What others are saying . . .
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.
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).