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Bartholomew's Passage: A Family Story for Advent (Storybooks for Advent) Paperback – August 25, 2009
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The highly anticipated follow-up to Jotham's Journey!
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.
A Family Story for Advent
What will happen to Bartholomew when Roman soldiers ransack his village?
Offering readings for each day of the Advent season, Bartholomew’s Passage is a family story and devotional that gives you the opportunity to create a seasonal tradition of storytelling in your home as it helps you and your family prepare for the miracle of Christmas.
From the Back Cover
What will happen to Bartholomew when Roman soldiers ransack his village? Watch young Bartholomew as he travels across Israel in search of his family. Follow him through slavery and join him on his adventurous escape. Then help him celebrate a glorious reunion in Bethlehem-just in time for our Savior's birth.
Offering readings for each day of the Advent season, Bartholomew's Passage is a family story and devotional that gives you the opportunity to create a seasonal tradition of storytelling in your home as it helps you and your family prepare for the miracle of Christmas.
About the Author
- Item Weight : 14.6 ounces
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0825441730
- Product Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.32 x 9.25 inches
- ISBN-13 : 978-0825441738
- Reading level : 9 - 12 years
- Publisher : Kregel Publications (August 25, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #86,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"We’ll never know how many times God has stepped in to protect us, or guide us, or prevent some evil. But sometimes He can’t. It seems kind of strange, but it’s His great love for us that sometimes prevents Him from helping us. He has given us free will, to do as we please. We are not slaves to Him, He doesn’t force us to follow His rules. He only offers us the joy of an abundant life if we do, and then He allows us to make our own choice.
But the price of that freedom is that He has no control over some of the storms and tragedies we face."
Is this really true of the God of the Bible that we worship, the God that we celebrate this advent & Christmas season, that He has no control over some of the trials we face?
No, that is not the God of the Bible! Psalm 139 states, "Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether (v.4)" & "Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them (v.16)". There are so many examples I could give here, but this is a book review, not a theology debate :) The point is, the story is great, but the theology about that God they are seeking to point us to is terrible! Read the explanations at the end of the chapters with caution.
Because we see a revisit of characters from the first book, it felt like we had too many villains for this one season. We had the evil Romans who kidnap Bartholomew, the evil Roman slaveholder who is going to cut his hands off before he gets away, and then we see the evil Decha of Meggido from the first book who is also overwhelmingly evil. I didn't feel like Bartholomew was nearly as interesting as Jotham (from the first book), nor was the supporting cast sufficiently fresh.
He seamlessly weaves the facts we know from Scripture with some Traditonal ideas & his fictional imaginings to tell an engaging tale of how the coming of Messiah Jesus could have interacted with several compelling families and Individuals, the most prominent of which is the young lad, Bartholomew, and his Mentor / Adopted father, Nathan.
The book chapters are set in episode format, following the Advent season, as they days count down to Christmas Eve. Our kids ages 11 to 21 would look forward to each nights chapter & application, most of the time a relevant Scripture verse.
This book was preceeded by Jotham's Journey and we obtained it after having that volume and having used it for several Advent seasons. I now note that there are other's like Istar's Odyssey & Tabitha's Travels.
We now have another year to obtain those books for upcoming Advent seasons !
Keep up the great work, Arnold !
Top reviews from other countries
I bought the kindle version of this book and it's fine, I know some children's books are a bit lacking on an ordinary kindle (not a Fire) but with all the illustrations being line drawings this was not an issue.