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Day by day through the Advent season, you and your family can prepare for Christmas by reading Bartholomew's spellbinding story. Follow him from when Roman soldiers destroy his village and disperse his family, through his enslavement to a tyrannical master and his escape with his new friend, Nathan, to his reunion with his family, and a wonderful climax in Bethlehem. Along the way Bartholomew makes a new pal, Jotham, whom many readers have grown to love in Jotham's Journey. This family Christmas story and devotional includes a portion of the story-always a cliffhanger-for every day of Advent and for Christmas day, reflections for family devotions, and ideas for family Advent customs.
In hard-to-put-down chapters, this engaging story takes readers through Advent to Christmas as they follow young Bartholomew on his adventures. You will accompany this delightful boy from the time Roman soldiers destroy his village and disperse his family, through his enslavement to a tyrannical master, his escape with Nathan, and his stay at the community of Qumran, to this reunion with his family and the wonderful climax in Bethlehem. Along the way he makes a new friend, Jotham, whom many readers grew to love in "Jotham's Journey.Following each chapter is a spiritual reflection that gives readers an opportunity to respond personally to a spiritual truth embedded in the story. Ideal for individual reading or family devotions.
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. He is the author of Amon's Adventure: A Family Story for Easter; Bartholomew's Passage: A Family Story for Advent; Tabitha's Travels: A Family Story for Advent and Jotham's Journey A Storybook for Advent