Friday, November 03, 2006

Advent Book and Fall Reading Challenge

For those of you who were interested this is the advent book I spoke of in this Traditions post. The two front flaps open to reveal the 24 individual little books that tell the story of Jesus birth from the angel coming to Mary, to the trip to Bethlehem, to the birth of our Savior.


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And here's the little books out and then they can be hung on the tree. Each little book is only a sentence or two so it's great for really young children with short attention spans but older kids like it too. Because it was a tradition started when my kids were still in preschool, as teens they still enjoy this book and will even pull the books off the tree to reread them.


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You can pick up this wonderful advent book here. And bonus: it's still the same price it was when I got it about 12 years ago.


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Another book down in the Fall Reading Challenge. This was one of my added books. One I had on hold at the library so when it came in I had to read it or else lose it and then who knows when it would come around again.

This is book #3 in the "Annie's People" Series by Beverly Lewis. I enjoyed the first two books, being a lover of Amish fiction, and I was looking forward to this one. I did enjoy it. The characters are so very real, with real struggles that you can relate to. The description of Amish life and traditions and beliefs are laid out in an understanding manner.

This series is about an Amish girl who is struggling with whether she will be joining the church or possibly "jumping the fence". I thoroughly enjoyed this story but was sad to find out it was the last in the series as I thought there were a few questions that did not get answered by the end of the story. If you are a Beverly Lewis fan or an Amish fiction fan you will like this last installment.

15 comments:

Beck said...

I love that Advent book! The second I saw the picture, I wanted to buy it - and yay! I can! Guess what my kids are getting for Advent this year...

Barb said...

I've never read Beverly Lewis but I'll be checking this series out now. I've always enjoyed reading about the Amish and their way of life.

I know what you mean about wishing there were more books in a series. I wish Jan Karon would get busy and write some more about Mitford.

The Advent book is adorable. What a great gift for my grandchild, when he gets just a little older, say next Christmas? I'm making a note of where to find this. I love the idea of taking the little books out and putting them on the tree.

Her Bad Mother said...

That's a great tip on the Advent book - good alternative to the candy calendars!

Jane said...

Thanks for the link to the advent book, will definitely get that when we have kids. And thanks for the book review too, it is great catching up on how everyone is getting on with their Fall Reading Challenge.

Kim said...

I just ordered it! Looks great!I'm glad I had an amazon gift certificate to use! Another thing we like is the *Adornaments* from familylife.com.Have you seen these?..it has the names of Christ from scripture on ornaments that are hung on the tree.There is also a cd that comes with it with songs for each ornament....we do this every year.

momrn2 said...

The nativity book looks fabulous!!

I "found" Beverly Lewis last year. I've not yet read this one. Guess I can add it to my list (if I ever get time to read again that is....) :-)

When I read my last Beverly Lewis book I checked it out from the library in large print and found I could read while on the treadmill.

Hey... maybe that's a way I can read the book AND exercise... hmmm. I may be making a stop at the local library this weekend! :-)

crygibb said...

I read this book also..along with all her other books. I enjoy her books alot, she is my favorite author. If you havent already check out her cookbook..its awesome.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love Beverly Lewis although I haven't read too many. I just finished The Preacher's Daughter and thought it was one of the best books I ever read. I am trying to get my hands on The Englisher but my library doesn't have it. I got 2 other's by her.

Islandsparrow said...

I really enjoy reading about the Amish. I'll be sure to look that one up in our library. Thanks!

Jen said...

what a lovely advent book

Susie said...

You sure are full of good information! I love the calendar and I don't believe I have read any Beverly Lewis books before. I read "Crossing Over" by Ruth Irene Garrett about 6 years ago which was about a girl leaving her Amish community. The Amish are such an interesting group of people.

Chappyswife said...

I love that Advent book! I was wondering about it when you first wrote about it, so I am glad that you took pictures!

Canada does sound like a great place to live, although I truly know very little about it. That's why I am so fascinated with your blog and news. I won't be moving that far, though.

Jennifer said...

Susanne, this was on my fall reading challenge too. I really liked it. I do think she wrapped it up alittle too quickly, but at least it wasn't as gut-wrenchingly sad as some of the others she has written.

Jenny

Kate said...

What a cool advent book. I am so going to get that! Great books too (writing them down!)

Anonymous said...

Congrats on another book in the challenge! I'm doing well too, but I sort of cheated and only put fiction books on my list (what I enjoy, no challenges!). I have bought the first Annie's People book and the first 2 in the Abram's Daughters series, but have not read any of them yet. I put other books on my Fall Challenge list, so I'm hoping to get to them after the holidays. I also put the rest of those 2 series in my wishlist at Amazon, so maybe someone will get the hint and get me some for Christmas :)

Love the Advent book too, what a wonderful tradition to have in your family :)

Have a great day!