Genre: Fiction Storybook, Christmas
Publisher: Kregel Publications (August 26, 2008)
Ages: 6-14 and up
Why Did I Choose It? Well it's December of course and I love to have a large stack of Christmas themed books to read throughout the month. I wanted to be sure you all had a chance to know about it as it's a book that's meant to be read in parts, nightly, throughout all advent. It's still early December so I'm sure you could catch up easily if you get it now and read a couple extra sections here and there.
A Bit From The Back Cover: Over and over Jotham screamed for his family, but there was no one to hear him. They had vanished. He was alone. Where had they gone? How long ago did they leave? Through quick, stabbing sobs Jotham told himself, "I must look for my family. I must search until I find them." And so his journey began.
My Review: My children and I read this first book of a series of three several years ago. Jotham's Journey is divided into short chapters to allow for nightly readings starting 4 Sundays before Christmas (and can easily be caught up by those who start late or who forget a night here and there). We became mesmerized by the adventures of ten-year old Jotham as he travels across Israel in search of his family. We felt compelled to read more as the end of many chapters kept us on the edge of our seats as Jotham faces robbers, kidnappers and other challenges until the end. Can you guess what he will find in Bethlehem? It was fun fitting the pieces of the story together with information we knew from the Gospels and information gleaned from the Old Testament to realize who all the characters were in Jotham's story and the role they all played in the real Christmas story. I highly recommend making this book and the others in the series part of your advent/nativity family traditions.
Other Books By This Author: Bartholomew's Passage, Tabitha's Travels and Amon's Adventure
You may also want to check out JothamsJourney.com