I am so excited to be sharing this review of the newest book in the Jotham’s Journey series by Adnold Ytreeide, Ishtar’s Odyssey! Oh my! When I was given the opportunity to review this book I jumped! Our family just loves these books. They are so good!
We have read quite a few books for Advent over the years that were very good, but hands down these books are our favorite!
Ishtar is a ten-year-old son of a Persian wise man. He is part of a caravan that is trekking across the desert following a bright star. Ishtar is a bit of a spoiled boy. He soon finds out that there is much adventure and danger on this trip through the desert. Ishtar has much to learn about life and finds that some lessons are only learned by experience.
As with the other books in this series Ishtar’s Odyssey, readings begin on the first Sunday of Advent (November 29th for 2015) and concludes on Christmas morning. Each days reading ends in a cliff hanger-where you have your children begging you to continue reading and asking you if you read ahead!
After each days reading there is also commentary on what happened that day and the lesson or point that is being taught.
Before beginning the the actual story, Mr. Ytreeide has shared some wonderful information about Advent and the customs of Advent and a section called Making Connections where you can learn and even create some of the food that Ishtar would have eaten. You will also find a pronunciation guide for the cast of characters in the story.
In addition to these resources there is a website you can go to see maps of the holy land and map out Ishtar’s journey.
Each of the books in this series are stand alone stories, but are all intertwined, so you do not have to read these stories in order. They are truly a wonderful way to observe Advent as a family and prepare our hearts for the birth of our Savoir, Jesus.
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I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review from Kregel Publications. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own in this post and on this blog.