Book Review: Ishtar's Odyssey

Ishtar's Odyssey    -  A family story for Advent
by Arnold Ytreeide

Ishtar, the ten-year-old son of a Persian wise man. will soon join a caravan following that star across the desert.  The slightly spoiled prince would just as soon stay in the predictable comfort and safety of the palace, but slowly he learns that there's much to see, do, and learn in this world that can't be experienced with tutors.  Disasters and dangers challenge his courage and confidence but Ishtar find strength he never knew he has.  He eventually meets Jotham, Bartholomew, and Tabitha as he follows his father and uncles in their search for a newborn King.

Ishtar's Odyssey is divided into short chapters meant to be read aloud for each day of Advent.  Families will treasure this devotional read and benefit from the advice about creating seasonal traditions, suggestions for sampling Persian foods, and notes on the history behind the story.

Arnold Ytreeide is a fine storyteller who cares deeply about spiritual growth in families.  He is the author of three earlier Advent devotional:  Jothams's Journey, Bartholomew's Passage, and Tabitha's Travels.  Ytreeide is the founder of Storyteller Productions and lives with his wooofe in Nampa, Idaho.

My Thoughts: Often children's religious stories are directly related to the bible, which is great but not always what you want. Lately though I've been seeing a few that are a little less traditional such as this one Ishtar's Odyssey. It's a great story book children will love with a meaning behind it without being quite as obvious. I see Ishtar's Odyssey as being a favorite Christmas story for children. If you like The Midnight Visitors you love this book. 

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