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!!!!
We purchased this book on a friend's recommendation, assuming it would hold the interest of our 9-year-old son. We discovered that the well-written story and short devotionals after each chapter spoke to everyone in the family, adults included. We've thoroughly enjoyed this nightly treat and look forward to doing the same next year with the following book!