Thursday, December 10, 2009

Review & Giveaway: Jotham's Journey and Bartholomew's Passage

Our family is celebrating Advent for the first time this year; we are making new traditions and just having a lot of fun with it.  Knowing that we were going to start our school days with an Advent devotional of some kind, I was on the hunt for good stories that could go along with our beliefs and make it even more enjoyable for the boys.  Then I read about Jotham's Journey and Bartholomew's Passage, two books written by Arnold Ytreeide and published by Kregel Publications


Jotham's Journey is A Storybook for Advent.  It is divided up into chapters for each day and week of Advent. It even has a yearly calendar in the back that tells you what day to start each year, all the way up through 2078.  In the beginning of the story, Jotham ends up running away from home, hoping that his family will come looking for him, and they do; but after finding clues that a jackal has dragged something/someone off, they fear their son is dead, and they uproot their tents and move on....Jotham being left behind.  This book carries him on the journey of a lifetime, all through the land of Israel, to find his family.  There are many dangers that Jotham must face, including people like Decha; but along the way he will meet people like Zechariah with his baby son, John; Elizabeth; Salamar and the other wise men who are earnestly searching for the new King; and even the angels who announce that the Messiah has been born.  Jotham's story is like a first-hand account, as if you are right there with him through the whole story of Christmas, living every moment before and during.  Will Jotham find his family?  The conclusion of the story is very powerful....

After each chapter is a small devotional with verses and concepts that are explained in a child-like way.  In my opinion, this book would be great for younger and older alike, although parts of it could be a little scary for very young children.  It's probably a book we will pull out every Christmas season.  You can buy this book from Kregel Publications for $13.99, which is well worth it, in my opinion, for a whole month or more of chapters and devotionals for Advent. 


Bartholomew's Passage is A Family Story for Advent.  It too has chapters divided up by the days and weeks of Advent, so as to break it up into bite-size chunks.  This is one book that would definitely be good to read in our family right now, as Jacob has been studying about the Romans in history....it might help his history to come alive even more.  This is the story of Bartholomew, a boy whose town is attacked by Roman soldiers; in all of the confusion, Bartholomew loses track of his family.  The Romans capture Jotham, and all seems lost as he is made a slave, and he hears that his parents were shipped off to Rome to become slaves themselves.  Bartholomew is rescued by Nathan, though, and so begins his journey across Israel to find his family.  As he journies, he will meet people such as Cornelius, Dorcas, Rabbi, etc. He will also face many dangers, including the danger of being captured again by the Romans or worse yet, by the evil Decha of Megiddo.  Will Bartholomew find his family?  Again, this book too ends in a very powerful way.  The story is just written in such a vivid way, as to make you feel you are making the journey right alongside Bartholomew.


This book also has devotionals at the end of each chapter with verses.  It could be read to younger and older alike, although parts of it could be scary for very young children.  You can buy this book from Kregel Publications for $13.99, which again, in my opinion, is a very reasonable price for such a wonderful book.

Now, on to the giveaway!  I am giving away one copy of these books, Jotham's Journey and Bartholomew's Passage to two very fortunate readers.  You will win only one of these books.    I will draw the winner, using Random.org, on Thursday, December 17; then I will give the lowest number that is drawn the copy of Jotham's Journey and the highest number that is drawn Bartholomew's Passage.  I hope this makes sense; I just want to open the giveaway up to more than one reader, yet make it fair at the same time.  You can enter in one or more of the following ways; please leave a separate comment for each way that you enter.  


1) Leave me a comment, letting me know which book would be your favorite, if you had to choose.
2) Visit Kregel Publications, and tell me one or more other holiday books that interest you.
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7) Leave me an additional comment, letting me know how you found out about this giveaway.
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Good luck, and Merry Christmas!

(Disclosure: I was provided with 2 copies of each of these books, by Kregel Publications, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review and giveaway.)

72 comments:

Lori Lutze December 10, 2009 at 9:44 AM  

What a serendipitious visit from SITS---we just started using a homemade Advent 'wreath' this season! We'd love a copy of Bartholomew's Passage! Thanks for the Advent thoughts!! xo

Buttons and Bows December 10, 2009 at 10:56 AM  

Bartholomew's Passage
I know that Lori posted this same book but It looked appealing.
The
Gifts of the Wise Men looked good to.
I am always looking for good reading material for my children.
My daughter runs through books.

I would love to win this giveaway.
Thanks.

Rebecca

Buttons and Bows December 10, 2009 at 11:00 AM  

I am following your blog.

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I posted this giveaway on my blog.

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Kerrie December 11, 2009 at 1:13 AM  

Both look like great books! my 1st pick would be Bartholomew's Passage
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Kerrie December 11, 2009 at 1:15 AM  

Another book that interests me is A Stocking Full of Christmas
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Kerrie December 11, 2009 at 1:16 AM  

I am a follower!
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debra.pp December 11, 2009 at 3:13 PM  

i follow your blog.

Caleb December 11, 2009 at 6:11 PM  

I would be interested in Bartholomew's Passage.

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Caleb December 11, 2009 at 6:15 PM  

Also, I found your blog giveaway through a freebie Friday list.

Tarissa December 11, 2009 at 6:17 PM  

I would like Jotham's Journey.
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Tarissa December 11, 2009 at 6:18 PM  

I just became a follower of your blog!

Tarissa December 11, 2009 at 6:19 PM  

I found your blog while I was looking through a Freebie Friday list (on Bargain Briana).

Tarissa December 11, 2009 at 7:48 PM  

I looked at the Kregel Publications site.. I would probably most be interested in Gifts of the Wise Men.

Caleb December 11, 2009 at 7:49 PM  

I think "Gifts of the Wise Men" looks like a good one.

Christel December 12, 2009 at 1:05 AM  

#1 pick Jotham's Journey
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Christel December 12, 2009 at 1:05 AM  

#1 pick Jotham's Journey
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Christel December 12, 2009 at 1:07 AM  

I follow!
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Christel December 12, 2009 at 1:12 AM  

I looked at the Kregel Publications site..John Phillips Bible Characters, 4-Volume Set would be awesome!

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Christel December 12, 2009 at 1:21 AM  

I blogged about your giveaway..
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Heidi December 12, 2009 at 1:21 AM  

Bartholomew's Passage is the book I would love to have. Sounds very interesting.

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Heidi December 12, 2009 at 1:22 AM  

I found out about your blog from the freebies4mom website. A great find!

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Stephanie December 12, 2009 at 2:00 PM  

I would love either one, but if I had to choose, I guess it would be Jotham's Journey, but either would be wonderful.

Stephanie December 12, 2009 at 2:01 PM  

I found out about your giveaway from Contest Corner.

Stephanie December 12, 2009 at 2:03 PM  

I think Gifts of the Wise Men looks like a good book.

Golfersmom December 12, 2009 at 7:00 PM  

I love Bartholomew's Passage. We have started Advent this year also. Haley loves it.

Golfersmom December 12, 2009 at 7:00 PM  

I am a follower of your blog.

maureen73 December 13, 2009 at 6:46 PM  

This is our families first year to teach the advent too so this caught my attention. I would chose Bartholomew's Passage because my son (I homeschool)has been asking for this on a book website!
Thanks and Happy Holidays,
Maureen
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maureen73 December 13, 2009 at 6:47 PM  

I am a new follower! Glad to have found you!
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Anonymous December 13, 2009 at 6:47 PM  

I would prefer Bartholomew's Passage, since you mentioned that the other book could be scary for younger children. Thanks for sponsoring this giveaway!
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maureen73 December 13, 2009 at 6:48 PM  

I found out about your giveaway from the Thrifty Mama forums and was interested in the advent information!
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The Filler Boys Joys December 13, 2009 at 8:31 PM  

I would like to win Jonathan's Journey. thefiller4@gmail.com

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I follow your blog. thefiller4@gmail.com

Elaine Welby December 13, 2009 at 9:08 PM  

If I won, I would like the Bartholomew book. That's my son's name!

bison61 December 14, 2009 at 10:18 AM  

I'll pick Bartholomew's Passage

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Pat December 14, 2009 at 12:12 PM  

I would choose Jotham's Journey.
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Pat December 14, 2009 at 12:17 PM  

I like the book Joy to the World.
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erma December 15, 2009 at 6:15 AM  

I'd pick Jotham's jounery.
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Jennifer December 15, 2009 at 10:38 AM  

Id pick Jotham's Jounery
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Anonymous December 15, 2009 at 12:21 PM  

I would like Bartholomew's Passage.
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Tim, Allyson, Emahry, and Jonathan December 15, 2009 at 1:17 PM  

I would choose Bartholomew's Passage.
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Tim, Allyson, Emahry, and Jonathan December 15, 2009 at 1:18 PM  

Not so Silent Night sounds like a wonderful way to get past a lot of the "fluffiness" of the traditional Christmas story.
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Happi Shopr December 15, 2009 at 2:56 PM  

Jotham's Journey would be my pick. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

Anonymous December 15, 2009 at 5:11 PM  

"Jotham's Journey"!

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ktgonyea December 15, 2009 at 7:15 PM  

My 1st pick would be Bartholomew's Passage :)

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One Southern Girl December 15, 2009 at 8:12 PM  

I'd really like to get Bartholomew's Passage. My family did Jotham's Journey one year when I was growing up. I love these books!

One Southern Girl December 15, 2009 at 8:14 PM  

I'd like to get the Joy to the World! I really enjoy reading the stories behind Christmas Carols.

One Southern Girl December 15, 2009 at 8:17 PM  

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One Southern Girl December 15, 2009 at 8:20 PM  

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One Southern Girl December 15, 2009 at 8:28 PM  

I blogged about this giveaway on my blog!

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naynays1 December 16, 2009 at 2:23 AM  

Another book that interests me is A Stocking Full of Christmas.
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Melanie December 16, 2009 at 8:31 AM  

My first pick would be Bartholomew's passage.



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sibabe64 December 16, 2009 at 9:04 AM  

I would appreciate either one of these

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MAC Mom December 16, 2009 at 9:51 AM  

I like Jotham's Journey sounds like a nice read.
Thanks
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MAC Mom December 16, 2009 at 9:52 AM  

I like The First Christmas over @ Kregel.
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Marie December 16, 2009 at 9:56 AM  

I would pick Jotham's Journey.
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Maja December 16, 2009 at 1:04 PM  

jotham's journey

Maja December 16, 2009 at 1:04 PM  

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Gianna December 16, 2009 at 2:30 PM  

Jotham's Journey :)

giggling kids December 16, 2009 at 5:06 PM  

Bartholomew's Passage
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purango December 16, 2009 at 8:40 PM  

I would choose Jotham's Journey. garrettsambo@aol.com

cstironkat December 16, 2009 at 9:50 PM  

I would like the book Bartholomew's Passage

cstironkat December 16, 2009 at 9:52 PM  

Another book I would like to read is Joy to the World

cstironkat December 16, 2009 at 9:52 PM  

I learned about this giveaway from online-sweepstakes.com

memetu December 16, 2009 at 10:05 PM  

A Not-So-Silent Night is perfect for pastors looking for a new approach to their traditional Christmas sermons and for anyone who wants to get past holiday commercialization and get back to the reason for the season.
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memetu December 16, 2009 at 10:08 PM  

Bartholomew's Passage is my choice between the two books offered in this giveaway.
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