New Bookshelf Reviews for December 2010

Peter —  December 6, 2010

I had a file started of books to review in June.  In the chaos of moving and settling in, I never got the reviews written.  Here are the books I was going to review then and some new books I’ve read more recently.  I’ll start with two children’s books . . .

Jotham’s Journey, by Arnold Ytreeide

We were looking for a book to read as a family during the Advent season and heard about this one.  It has been a fantastic book, a segment to read for each day of Advent.  Not only is it a well-written, keep you on the edge of your seat story, it’s also full of biblical truths and biblical history.  I would think children even into their teens would enjoy it.  Apparently Ytreeide has written two other Advent stories: Bartholomew’s Passage and Tabitha’s Travels.  We will definitely be choosing one for next year.  Also, he has a book for Easter coming out in early 2011: Amon’s Adventure.
(NOTE: Probably not suitable for very young children unless you edit – we did – as there is a lot of suspense and some violence.)

Little Pilgrim’s Progress, by Helen L. Taylor

We read this book as a family during the autumn.  Wow, what a book – a lovely adaptation of the classic by John Bunyan.  We’ll be reading it again, every few years as I’m sure the children (and we!) will get more and more out of it as they grow and mature spiritually.  We were actually surprised though, how much of the symbolism they (even Mariah) already grasped.