Greensboro, NC (February 15, 2022)
One day on the way home, brother and sister Emmet and Nomi try to escape the neighborhood bully, but end up coming across an ancient artifact that leads them on an adventure of a lifetime. On their quest to unlock secret riddles and follow the path of the Serpent Slayer, they will face an enemy far more powerful than a fellow classmate on a bike.
The Serpent Slayer and the Scroll of Riddles (New Growth Press) is a time travel adventure with a twist—readers ages 9-13 will discover theological themes as they travel through God’s Word. By placing the characters into Bible events, authors Champ Thornton and Andrew David Naselli show the Bible is far from being a boring book full of instructions. Readers will discover life-changing truths they’ll never forget.
“I want the Bible to come alive to younger readers because the Bible tells the most stunning story—of true love, a lost loved one, a fearsome enemy, and a costly rescue! And in The Serpent Slayer and the Scroll of Riddles the heroes meet these amazing realities face to face as they go adventuring through the Bible,” Thornton shares.
Through the course of the story, the brother and sister team cross paths with Adam, Eve, and David, and come close (but not quite) to meeting Moses and Jesus. As readers journey through the Bible with Emmet and Nomi, they will see how God conquers evil, slays the Serpent, and rescues his people. The authors hope that readers will begin experience the Bible the same way and encounter the story of scripture up close and personal.
The Serpent Slayer and the Scroll of Riddles includes illustrations by Dana Thompson and contains a reader’s guide at the end of the story that digs deeper into the theology of snakes and dragons in the Bible. Thornton explains, “The Reader’s Guide is the theological summary for kids that Andy wrote based on his book The Serpent and the Serpent Slayer for adults. It’s a short theology of snakes and dragons in the Bible. The same lessons that Emmet and Nomi discover during their adventures are stated plainly in the Reader’s Guide. The Reader’s Guide is a way to reinforce—through more direct teaching—the truths that the entire book aims to convey.”
The Serpent Slayer and the Scroll of Riddles
The Kámbur Chronicles Series #1
Champ Thornton and Andrew David Naselli
New Growth Press
Genres: Middle Grade Kids, Suspense, Action/Adventure, Time Travel
Release Date: February 14, 2022
Fleeing a neighborhood bully, a brother and sister stumble into an ancient quest and now they must escape far more powerful enemies. This exciting story engages young readers as they follow Nomi and Emmet as they go adventuring through the Bible—unlocking secret riddles and following the path of the Serpent Slayer. As readers journey through time and place with Nomi and Emmet, they’ll see how God conquers evil, slays the Serpent, and rescues his people.
The Serpent Slayer and the Scroll of Riddles will engage young readers while the Bible comes alive in their hearts and minds. Far from being a dry, dusty book of instructions, the Bible tells the most stunning story—of true love, a lost loved one, a fearsome enemy, and a costly rescue. Young readers will encounter the story of Scripture up close and personal along with life-changing truths they’ll never forget.
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About the Authors:
Champ Thornton is associate pastor at Ogletown Baptist Church in Newark, Delaware. He has pastored in South Carolina and served as director of SOMA, a ministry training school in Columbus, Ohio. Before arriving in Newark, Thornton lived most of his life in the Carolinas. After seminary, he pastored at Grace Bible Church near Spartanburg, South Carolina. He is host of “In the Word, On the Go,” a ten-minute podcast for families and is the author of several books, including The Radical Book for Kids, Pass It On: A Proverbs Journal for the Next Generation, Radically Different: A Student’s Guide to Community, Why Do We Say Good Night, and Wonders of His Love: Finding Jesus in Isaiah. He is the co-author of The Serpent Slayer and the Scroll of Riddles. Thornton enjoys hanging out with his family and friends, drinking coffee, listening to music, doing genealogical research, and reading theology, biographies, and fiction. Thornton and his wife, Robben, have three children.
Andrew David Naselli, PhD, is associate professor of systematic theology and New Testament at Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis and one of the pastors of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He is the author of several books, including 40 Questions about Biblical Theology and The Serpent and the Serpent Slayer, in addition to contributing to and co-authoring many others. He is the co-author of The Serpent Slayer and the Scroll of Riddles.