Today, I am excited to introduce you to my favorite read-aloud for Lent and Easter.

Amon’s Adventure is a wonderful adventure story that will leave your kids begging for just one more chapter.

Amon is a 13 year-old boy during the time of Christ’s persecution, and in this fictional tale, his father has been accused of a terrible crime. It’s up to Amon to navigate the tension in his local community and clear his father’s name. 

If you want to breathe some life into your family’s experience of Lent and Easter… this story is a great way to do just that. I highly recommend it as a family read-aloud for kids 8+.

It’s intense, so I suggest previewing each chapter if you’re reading it aloud to kids younger than that.

The author, Arnold Ytreeide, is visiting with me today on the newest episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, and learning more about where this book came for was such a delight!

In this episode, you’ll hear:

I also answer a listener question about… whether or not you really want to be reading aloud above a child’s own reading level. The answer is both yes and no. Listen to find out more.

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  • 1:01 Reading above a child’s ability
  • 4:54 Kids don’t want to listen to a book?
  • 6:16 An Easter story
  • 7:57 A story of ultimate love
  • 9:46 Meet Arnold Ytreeide
  • 11:17 How Arnie began writing books for children
  • 14:21 Amon is born
  • 15:33 Pacing reading during Lent
  • 16:48 The research process
  • 22:40 The characters take off
  • 23:51 The power of stories to shape faith
  • 25:54 A sense of hope
  • 29:06 A reading from Amon …
  • 34:37 King’s Ransom?
  • 35:46 Let the Kids Speak

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Quotes to remember:

“This is a powerful adventure story that is going to help your family make preparing for Easter both meaningful and transformational.” – Sarah Mackenzie

“I started writing Jotham… he started doing things, and I just had to follow him around. Pretty soon, I had a chapter… and then another chapter… and another… and it just kept building … I wrote this out of love for my kids.” – Arnold Ytreeide

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Episode 123
The Chronicles of Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia

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Good, evil; battles, betrayals; this classic series begins with either The Magician’s Nephew, or The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (depending on who you ask!). There are 7 books in all -- one filled with more adventure and fantasy than the next.

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The Green Ember

The Green Ember

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A Read-Aloud Revival community favorite. Rabbits with Swords! This story will inspire heroic virtue in your children (and who knows... maybe you too!). This is first in a truly wonderful fantasy series. Your kids can meet author S.D. Smith at his Author Access video replay in RAR Premium.

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Heather and Picket are extraordinary rabbits with ordinary lives until calamitous events overtake them, spilling them into a cauldron of misadventures. They discover that their own story is bound up in the tumult threatening to overwhelm the wider world.

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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Jotham’s Journey: A Storybook for Advent

Jotham’s Journey: A Storybook for Advent

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Bartholomew’s Passage: A Family Story for Advent

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Tabitha’s Travels: A Family Story for Advent

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Ishtar’s Odyssey: A Family Story for Advent (Storybooks for Advent)

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Best for ages 7+, and highly recommended. The 4th book in Arnold Ytreeide's fantastic Advent series. This is one of Sarah's favorites. Preview for sensitive readers, as these stories get quite intense. They are also rich and beautiful and unforgettable.

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Amon’s Adventure: A Family Story for Easter

Amon’s Adventure: A Family Story for Easter

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