We have all three of the books. We love them! We have read one of them every year. It has become a tradition in our home. We started when my oldest was 7. She is now 26. They then only had the one. We were so excited to have the other two come out and add to our collection and tradition! We still read and look forward to them to keep our focus on Christ for Christmas. We still have listening ages 8-20. We look forward to starting the Easter one this year! Highly recommend them all!
I was excited to have something special to share nightly with my children through the advent season but this was such a disappointment. The book starts off OK but then it takes a twist with a very evil character and some gruesome violence to go with it. We couldn't finish the book and wished we had never started it!
Jotham's Journey is a WONDERFUL book for the whole family to read aloud together!! We have a 10 year age span between our oldest and youngest, but we all enjoy reading this book together. It is a long and detailed read for the 4-6 year ages, but if they can do a quiet activity like coloring while we read, they do pick up many things from the story. We have given this book to our cousins, aunts & uncles, grandparents and friends. This year when the cousins came for Christmas, they knew where we were in the story because they were reading the same story! We always get behind in the reading, but that's ok. We try to finish the story on Christmas Day, but some years it is a few days after. We have also read Tabitha's Travels and Bartholomew's Passage also by Arnold Ytreeide. Tabitha and Bartholomew are characters in Jotham's Journey. These are also good Advent books, but Jotham's Journey is our families favorite of the three.
This book is full of suspense and wisdom. I enjoy reading them as an adult and the kids get where they don't want the story to end. I was so moved by the ending which brought me to tears. Great book and way to spend some time together with my kids during a busy time of year.