Monday, December 21, 2015

Jotham's Journey, A Storybook for Advent....

I've had Arnold Ytreeide books on the shelf for years, but for some reason I've never used them.  This year seemed like a good time to give one a try.  We are nearly finished reading Jotham's Journey. This Advent storybook reads like an adventure novel.  The kids were captivated from day one.  I particularly like the lesson or commentary at the end, which links bible verses and provokes thought regarding character.

Of course lighting the Advent candles is a novelty the kids also love.  Each night, usually after supper, the kids take turns lighting the appropriate candle(s).  Then I read the assigned pages.  We have brief discussion or they narrate.  They blow out the candles and it's over until the next evening.  The first reading begins on the first Sunday of Advent and the final reading ends on Christmas Eve.  The readings take anywhere from 10-20 minutes each night.  

To date, there are four books in Ytreeide's Advent series. You would only read one per year so this provides four years worth of study.  Jotham's Journey was written and intended to be the first book.  However, each book is independent in and of itself so you don't have to read one to understand the others.

Jotham's Journey is a hit in our home.  Take a look here to see other Christmas books we've read in the past.   What are your favorite Christmas reads?


  1. We are reading it too this year. Like you, I've had it on my shelf for several years (probably 4 now). It's a hit here too and I can hardly wait to read all the others. Wish he had several Easter ones too. We read that one a few years ago and I highly recommend it as well. Merry Christmas!

  2. We read Gotham this year too and loved it! Hoping to get my hands on the Tabitha one for next year at a good price!