Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tabitha's Travels by Arnold Ytreeide

Following in the footsteps of the immensely popular Jotham’s Journey and Bartholomew’s Passage, this captivating story will take families through Advent to Christmas as they share in Tabitha’s adventures. Curious, competent, and courageous Tabitha is the daughter of a shepherd who is taking his family on caravan to his birthplace. Along the way, she meets and becomes friends with Jotham and Bartholomew, watches as Romans take her father prisoner, spends time with Zechariah and Elizabeth, helps Mary and Joseph just before Christ’s birth, and ends her travels at the stable in Bethlehem. With day-by-day readings, reflections for family devotions, and advice for making Christmas a meaningful season of worship, Tabitha’s Travels continues the beloved tradition of celebrating Advent with your family.

My review:
I was familiar with these books, but had never read any. This is getting pretty close to Christmas, but if you aren't familiar with the books, it might get you interested for next year.

Tabitha's Travels is a story, but it is split up into the four weeks of Advent, and has a chapter of a few pages for each day of that week. First is the story part, then a short application of what was just read.

The book starts out with an explanation of Advent customs and some ideas on how to observe it.

The story is interesting, and the author's applications and insights are very helpful. A great tool for the whole family. This is a book I would highly recommend to start a new Christmas tradtion.

About the author:
Arnold Ytreeide is a fine storyteller who cares deeply about spiritual growth in families. Ytreeide is the founder of Storyteller Productions and lives with his wife and two children in Nampa, Idaho.

Tabitha's Travels is available from Kregel Publications.

Thanks to Kregel for the review copy.