A number of years ago, the Higham family was introduced to an exciting Advent tradition. While serving as the youth pastor, at St. Paul's in Somerset, our new friends asked if we had ever read a book called, Jotham's Journey, by Arnold Ytreeide. Of course we had not.
As the Christmas season approached, a family in the church shared their copy of Jotham's Journey with us. That Christmas we began reading. Unfortunately, our kids were still a little too young. But then we tried again the next Christmas. Success!
Advent is all about preparing for Christmas and the arrival of the Christ-child. From lighting candles to sharing in various devotions, the idea of having some kind of family Advent tradition is nothing new. But these adventurous storybooks help to reimagine and rethink the Advent season.
Jotham's Journey was the first storybook we read as a family during Advent. For each day in Advent, you read another chapter in the book. Each chapter stretches the adventure, leading both Jotham and the reader on an amazing journey. Within a couple of chapters our kids were hooked. Suspense, mystery, adventure, sword fights, good guys, bad guys, and edge-of-your-seat cliffhangers make this series an exciting must read Advent tradition. And it's been our tradition ever since.
We love these books and we want to share them with your family this Advent season!
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