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Wondering if any of you have read these advent/devotional books by Arnold Ytreeide?
We’ve read the first two books the last two years and are trying to find a copy of the third book titled “Tabithas Travels”. The problem is that they are out of print books. The cheapest I have found them so far is around $75.oo and the library does not carry them.
I wondered if any of you know of a way that I can get my hands on this book for a cheaper price? Thanks for any suggestions.
Heather.. I love these books but I also have not been able to find the last 2. The 1st one Jothams Journey is (for anyone interested) on amazon for w/ shipping like 15. The 2nd one Bartholomews Passage will be out Summer/Fall ’09. And the last isn’t due to be reprinted anytime soon.
Good luck & I would love to hear also on the 2nd & 3rd books cause I don’t actually have those only the 1st one.
Oh, my, I did not know they were out of print! We have all three, we’ll be reading Bartholomew this year. They are very exciting books for boys, although at our house Tabitha was not quite as big a hit. I am shocked at how high the used prices are! There is one copy for $36 right now on Ebay but it looks like it will likely head higher; one ending a little before that one is up to $91!
I’ll try and keep an eye out on them. You might post “Want to Buy” ads on vegsource and homeschoolclassifieds; you just might find someone willing to part with them for something below the market price. Yikes! We bought them all as they came out the first time; I’m glad we did!MarshaParticipant
I just found Jotham’s Journey at my local Christian bookstore. It was selling for $10.00 so I bought it. We will read it this year.
Im so glad that you found a copy of Jothams Journey! When we tried to get it a couple years ago it was still out of print and very hard to find. It is truly an inspirational story and I know that your familys Christmas will be extrememly blessed by reading it! ~ Enjoy!!
Im assuming that Batholomews Passage is hard to find for a reasonable price also, I would love to let you borrow my copy of we lived closer. 🙂 I do hope you find the book though because IMO it is just as good as the first one.
Thanks for keeping an eye out for me. I did see that one on ebay but am afraid the price is only going to get higher. Would you say that Tabithas Travels is not as good as the first two then, especially considering we have three boys? I’m just trying to decide how much I’m willing to pay for it. Do you have any other suggestions for readings around this time of year? since you are the bookworm 🙂
Thanks again everyone!
For those that might not be able to purchase a book this year, this is a nice FREE advent study: http://www.miikogibson.com/advent_study.htm
Jesse Tree story & ideas: http://www.crivoice.org/jesse.html#Jesse%20Story
Jesse Tree patterns: http://www.domestic-church.com/CONTENT.DCC/19971201/FRIDGE/FRIDGE1.HTM
Cute calendar and pocket idea: http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/jailkmess/257762/
I just wanted to share a few things I’d found and used last year. When times are tight, free is always good…ha!
No, we didn’t like Tabitha’s Travels quite as well. It’s still an involving story–it’s just that by the third book it began to us to seem a little bit “forced”-the constant interplay between the three characters’ stories. Unless you were rolling in money, I’d recommend waiting–they’ll surely reprint it or prices may very well go down in, say, February as opposed to November, considering this is such a seasonal item.
Of COURSE I have other suggestions. 🙂 None of them are quite as much a self-contained “story” but these are some other Advent products we have used and loved:
Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas, and Joy to the World–Stories Behind Your Favorite Christmas Carols–these are better for older families. We “plumped” these by playing the songs, finding scriptures to go along with them, and doing a few crafts
The ADVENTure of Christmas, by Lisa Whelchel–this book is adorable. Very enjoyable and good for all ages.
My favorite, probably–The Handel’s Messiah Family Advent Reader–we loved this! Composer study, devotional and advent resource all rolled into one, with a CD to play.
Other things we have done–we take all our favorite Christmas picture books, write their titles on pieces of paper, and draw one per day to read. Then we again find carols, scriptures and crafts to “go along”
There are also Advent activity calendars on the internet. Try googling “advent activity calendar” and you’ll find all kinds. We’ve done ones on Christmas traditions in other countries, Old Testament prophecies, and a number of other things.
Another idea is to google “Christmas stories” and print one that you like, off for each day to read. I’ve even made up little booklets for all the children of the ones we’ve read.
I hope others have lots of ideas too! If you have young children, don’t discount the idea of simply beginning again with Jotham, we’ve read them more than once.
Thank you so much for the wonderful suggestions! I just put a hold on the Lisa Whelchel book, but I’m having a hard time finding the Handel’s Messiah book. Did you find it at a Christian bookstore or on Amazon? I tried the library, and it was nowhere to be found.
I was able to put a couple of the other books mentioned on hold, so hopefully they’ll come soon.
Thanks again for being such a good resource!
I second Faiths appreciation of you, Michelle! Thanks again for all of your wonderful suggestions! Anyone else want to add to her Christmas/Advent ideas? 🙂
Hi, Faith! I did find this at Amazon starting at $13.99 http://www.amazon.com/Handels-Messiah-Family-Advent-Reader/dp/0802455743
And I found it for $9.99 at CBC but they have a $10 minimum order
I originally bought it from Lifetime Books and Gifts some years ago, as Tina Farewell, the owner at the time, was the one who told me about the book.
Hope this helps! This is a lovely book.
Thanks, Michelle. I appreciate the research. It’s going on my wish list!
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