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!
This book is an excellent read-aloud for the advent season. The well written story portrays the salvation message and the true meaning of Christmas in a way that will stick with your children. My children, 4, 7 and 9 were eager to read every night and even my 4 year old sat and listened with interest and anticipation. The story opened the door for some great family discussions!
I am pleasantly surprised with this book! It is a story of a boy who gets separated from his family. As he searches for them, he meets people who teach him about, and are looking for, the coming of the Messiah. It has given my children a child's-eye-view of life at that time. I bought all 3 in the trilogy and plan to read another one next year.
It is a little scary at times, as the boy must fight jackals, dishonest men, dangerous people, is sold into slavery, and make tough decisions.
Complete with suspense, humor, joy and sorrow, this book has brought us to truly look forward to Christmas day as the day of Christ's birth!