Jotham's Journey: A Storybook for Advent is a FAVORITE of Nathan & Jared! This book was out of print for a number of years. This year it's back in print, at least for the time being. We've had a copy, but I bought another one from Christian Book Distributors for only 6.99! (Suggested retail price is $10.99). This is the 4th year that we are reading this Advent story. The boys just love it! I won't read it to Owen for a couple more years. The description on CBD says 4 and up; but I think that's too young, as it can be frightening for one so young. Jared was going on 6, when we first read it. Let me say this about Jotham... besides encountering thieves and robbers, as the book describes on the back, he encounters an evil murderer! I don't want to soften it. It's meant to show us that evil is not only found in a modern-day world. Evil has been around from the beginning of the world. The author wants us to understand this -- that we need a Savior! The short devotionals at the end of each chapter are wonderful, thoughtful reminders of our need for Him now in each of our lives. The book means alot to me and the boys. There are great opportunites for family discussion as well. I can't speak for girls, but my boys love the suspense, adventure and excitement in the book! My hats off to Arnold Ytreeide for sharing this great book that he wrote for his family. There are some who want Advent to be peaceful and quiet. Jotham's Journey is probably not for those.
There are some young children's books that I've collected over the years that I loved reading to Nathan and Jared and can enjoy them again reading to Owen! I will try to list them tomorrow!
Until next time...