This post contains affiliate links. For the last five to six years, Arnold Ytreeide’s books have been part of our holiday celebration. We read (and reread) Jotham’s Journey, Bartholomew’s Passage, Ishtar’s Odyssey, and Tabitha’s Travels. Each of these books takes place at Christmas and features a child who happens to be in Bethlehem in time for Jesus’ birth. What we particularly enjoy is that the other children make an appearance in each child’s book. This year, we decided to read the Easter book, Amon’s Adventure by Arnold Ytreeide.
About Amon’s Adventure by Arnold Ytreeide
This book is about Amon, a 13-year old boy whose father is Jotham (from Jotham’s Journey) and whose mother is Tabitha (from Tabitha’s Travels). Even though Amon has heard Jotham’s stories about being there when the Messiah was born, he thinks his father is just an adle-brained old man. He doesn’t believe any of the stories.
When the story opens, Bartholomew is coming to visit, and he’s bring his daughter, Tamar. Amon is very put out that he’ll have to entertain a girl. However, his disgust soon disappears when Caiaphias accuses Jotham of stealing from the temple. Of course, Jotham didn’t do it, but he is still charged and sentenced to death by crucifixion.
For the rest of the book, Jotham desperately tries to find a way to free his father.
Meanwhile, Tamar and her father, Bartholomew, are followers of Jesus, who Amon sees as a false prophet. Tamar tells Amon time and time again that if they go to Jesus, he can help free Jotham, but Amon is doubtful.
Our Thoughts about This Book
PB & J Girl, at 12, was not interested in this book. However, Cuddle Bug (almost 11), loved this story. I had mixed feelings.
We both found Amon’s extreme dislike of girls annoying. Luckily, that is only expressed in the first couple of chapters, but it was tedious.
Second, I disliked the organization of this book. In Ytreeide’s Christmas books, each chapter is marked to correspond to the days of Advent, making it easy to know what to read each day. Amon’s Adventure is not broken down like that, so I found it difficult to plan our daily reading. In addition, the last two chapters were much longer than the rest. I wish this book would have been organized like the others.
Having said that, I did appreciate “seeing” Jesus in every day life. Amon’s doubt that Jesus is the Messiah is rational. After reading this book, I can see how people would doubt him. I also enjoyed that the book clearly showed the other side–the side of Jesus’ followers.
Simply put, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as Ytreeide’s Advent books, which are much more suspenseful.
I give Amon’s Adventure 3.5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.