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5 Stars Out Of 5
Mother of 6
November 16, 2014
Honestly I rarely leave reviews, but these books are so amazing I needed to share! The stories draw you in to the lives of one child that lives during the birth of Jesus and in some way is involved or touched by the awesome birth of our Lord! The story is divided up into doable sections, easily read during advent. The real problem you will have is not reading too far ahead! My children have all begged to hear more and are on the edge of the seats throughout the whole book. As good as the storyline is, I am most grateful to the author, Mr. Ytreeide for the inspiring devotions at the end of each days' reading. Most of the advent devotions I have read in the past, have been more "fluff" than "faith building", but Ytreeide really delivers heart reaching, gospel centered, thought provoking devotions that have brought about wonderful Christ filled devotions in my home, year after year. Each of the main characters are tested, and rightly either suffer because of OR are rewarded for the choices they make. I bought 4 copies of EACH of these books last year to give to family and friends, and to co-workers, as an outreach! The books can be read in any order. Read one this year, and then a different one the next. While they are independent of one another, the characters do met at different times in the series, and my children are always excited to "see" those old familiar friends from the other books! I also highly recommend "Amon's Adventure: A Family Story of Easter" also by, Arnold Ytreeide, to be read for Lent.
We got all three books in the series and each year we read a different one to the kids. We rotated through all of them and then started again for a second round. The kids loved them and so did we. The books wove in and out of eachother. I would highly recommend these. My kids looked forward to each night and sometimes ask if we could read farther on to the next night. I would say the ages can be as young as 4 up to young teens. All the kids still remember with pleasure the stories. It held all our attention. Again I highly recommend them. I have not found anything close them yet!
We loaned one of the books to our pastor's family last Advent for their evening devotions. They enjoyed Bartholemew so much that penalties were instituted for those who snuck the book and read ahead ;) LOL!
We've been reading these books for years and have really enjoyed them. We're looking forward to reading the new Lenten book.
My children enjoy listening to these historical fiction stories being read each year. They are so interesting and well written! The author has done a superb job of intertwining the characters and plots of the 3 stories together. Since there are 3 stories we continue reading them post Christmas until we're done. They are appropriate for ages 6 or 7 up to teen years. They might not be the best bedtime stories since the plot includes some dangerous situations for the characters, especially at the end of the chapters (cliffhangers). I highly recommend these books!