Advent takes me by surprise every year…Melissa
It’s true. You’d think I’d know by now that advent comes right on the heels of Thanksgiving every year, but I think because so many grinches are trying so hard to stave off the Christmas songs and Christmas displays, I feel guilty thinking about Christmas any time before Turkey Day. And then THWAP! It’s Advent. So today, as I was thinking about the Advent readings that we should have started yesterday, I pulled out my favorites, which were written by Arnold Ytreeide. Currently a series of three, with another on the way, the first book is called Jotham’s Journey, the second is Bartholomew’s Passage and the third is Tabitha’s Travels. What I LOVE about these is that they are advent readings, but sooo much more than that! They are actually a work of fiction – a short novel to read aloud to the family, a chapter a day. Yet woven into EACH day is a message about advent, which points the reader toward Christ. Unlike other advent readings, where you may miss a day and feel the need to catch up and read two unrelated messages, with these books, if you get behind (which you might not, because the kids BEG to hear the story), catching up is a joy – it’s like simply reading more chapters of a well-loved book. If there’s any problem with these books, it’s that you have to tell the kids they MUST wait until tomorrow – you can’t read ahead! It wasn’t until I found these books that our family really found success with our advent readings. And to tell the truth, I ordered Tabitha’s Travels from Amazon yesterday, which means it won’t get here until Wednesday, so I’ll be starting three days behind. But am I worried? Naaahhh…
So we’ve got a copy of Jotham’s Journey to give away! To be eligible for the drawing, comment on this post with your favorite advent tradition or a tradition you’d like to start. Check back on this blog Thursday morning when we’ll announce the winner!!
UPDATE: We are please to announce the winner of this contest is Tricia!! We will be contacting you soon so we can get your book to you!!