Amon's Adventure: A Family Story for Easter Paperback – 1 Dec 2010
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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.
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I read this aloud to two boys who were 12 and 10. They enjoyed the story. At first, I found it a bit difficult (tedious) to read. In fact, I tried it once before putting it away. I took it out a year later and decided to stick it out. I think that's because the first two or three chapters are long and slow in comparison to the rest of the book. The young male protagonist is initially upset that he will have a female house guest. I didn't find him appealing because he seemed to make such a big deal of it.
However, the story picks up after that and continues to move along at a nice clip. The boys enjoyed the story and always wanted to read additional chapters. (As a side note: they could have read it themselves but we like to enjoy some books together.) At first I had wondered if we (I) would make it through before Easter, since we began the book late. We also skipped some days when we were busy. We still made it through by combining some chapters every time we read.
The conflict here is pretty high stakes, which is engaging. There is essentially a mystery to solve. It is still fun for an adult or older reader who knows their Bible.
One interesting aspect is the detail given about the temple, especially in relation to the Fortress of Antonia.
Some real people are mixed in with the story but fictional elements are added to their lives. For example, an apostle is credited as having a daughter, but that is never mentioned in Scripture. Very young children may find that confusing.
From what I recall, characterization is good. The protagonist is the most well developed. His friends also have distinct and consistent personalities. The mother and brothers are shuttled to the side. For example, one of the boys is described as having a lying problem. That goes nowhere.
The editing could have been better. I told the boys that I didn't want them to read the book themselves because there are so many misplaced commas. There may have been other problems, but I don't remember them now.
I also don't know that we got a whole lot out of the devotional verse(s) and message at the end of each chapter. I thought some didn't quite fit with the chapter we had read.
Despite its flaws, we really enjoyed the story. I think many Christian families with enjoy. It made the boys want to read all the others in the series. I wish there were more Easter stories like this one.