I thought it might be good to type out what some of my older kids had to say about this story.
13YO- An enthralling story of love and obedience filled with adventure and Messianic prophecies, for the whole family.
10YO- Can love and obedience be learnt through an action packed adventure? Join Jotham on his journey and learn about the Messiah and how it all happened that first Christmas. This great story helps you understand how the birth of Jesus happened.
12YO- As Jotham gets separated from his family, he tries desperately to reunite with them. I loved the breathtaking moments in every chapter and this book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. I like stories that have unexpected elements and are unpredictable, I will always remember Decha's evil laugh resonating through the dark, gloomy cave. It is a story that helps you think about why it is important to be obedient.
8YO I didn't like missing chapters when I went to stay with my Grandma, so I read them to catch up.
Clever construction of the story of a young shepherd boy who through personal character flaws finds himself at the mercy of forces which bring him into contact with all the major players in the nativity story.
Chapters are well structured, though obviously contrived, to last throughout the advent weeks, with cliffhangers at the end of many chapters which will have you tempted to read ahead, rather than day by day.
After 8 years my 4 boys still love these adventures and they add to our advent season. I highly recommend them and I always give them as gifts to my family and friends. Faith, edge of your seat excitement, and historical fiction all add up to this series. I wish the author would write more. We have also enjoy his adventure for Lent with all the same main characters.
Our family..14 year old son and girls 10 and 12 loved this book and the others in the series. Our son is not a reader, but he throughly enjoyed me reading this book. Great family read! Well written Good message!
Excellent adventure story. My children (and myself) were on the edges of our seats each night, and they always begged to read more. This brought to life, the true story and meaning of Christmas. We were all so excited for Jotham to find his family, and for the birth of the Messiah. It really made this Christmas season very meaningful! Lots of detail and adventure, without being too scary. My youngest is 4 and she was not afraid of Jotham's encounters. My oldest is 9 and it was perfect for his age, since Jotham is 10. We cannot recommend this story enough for Advent!!!!