"Because I said so!"
How many times a day you find yourself saying this phrase? Me personally? Too many to count. It's one of those key mom phrases that comes in so handy when your child is asking for an explanation for absolutely everything. And for many questions- why do I have to clean my room? why can't I have this? why can't I do that?- it's a very valid answer... but when it comes to questions of faith? I don't WANT my children to believe just because I tell them to do so. I want to of course lay that foundation for them, but I want them to dig deeper and build upon that faith themselves.
How do I encourage this? I let them do their own digging! I don't just tell them the Bible stories myself, but I allow them to explore the Word themselves. I want their knowledge to come from somewhere other than JUST me... after all, how often does 'because I said so' really go over that well? And so I offer them books that explore the Christian faith and teach them through Biblical references what its really all about.
Today I'm excited to share one such book:
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.
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.
If you have a little one full of questions or for whom you're trying to give that foundation, this book is an absolute must see. It is available to purchase now at your favorite Christian book retailers.