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Ishtar's Odyssey: A Family Story for Advent by Arnold Ytreeide

Updated on November 16, 2015


I was sent a free copy of Ishtar's Odyssey: A Family Story for Advent by Arnold Ytreeide in exchange only for my honest and unbiased review of Ishtar's Odyssey: A Family Story for Advent by Arnold Ytreeide.


Arnold Ytreeide's Books

Arnold Ytreeide has written numerous books including:

  • Jotham's Journey: A Storybook for Advent
  • Tabitha's Travels: A Family Story for Advent
  • Submarine Spy: The Mike Danford Adventure Series #1
  • Under My Teacher's Desk
  • Bartholomew's Passage: A Family Story for Advent
  • Amon's Adventure: A Family Story for Easter
  • An Introduction To Story, Structure, And Video Production: A Director's Approach
  • My Lupus
  • The Most Excellent People: A Parable of Leadership & Management
  • Time Of Iniquity: Past, Present, And Regret Are About To Collide

Arnold Ytreeide, Ph.D., has over thirty years of experience in writing and television production. As owner of a production company he has traveled extensively around the world producing television programs, films, and videos, and has had over fifty scripts produced as stage plays, videos, multi-media programs, cable network specials, and broadcast shows. He met his wife, Elsie, and raised their kids in the Boise, Idaho area, where they still live.

— Arnold Ytreeide


First off just as I wrote at the top of this hub in the disclaimer "I was sent a free copy of Ishtar's Odyssey: A Family Story for Advent by Arnold Ytreeide in exchange only for my honest and unbiased review of Ishtar's Odyssey: A Family Story for Advent by Arnold Ytreeide."

Prior to getting Ishtar's Odyssey: A Family Story for Advent by Arnold Ytreeide for review, I had not read any of Arnold Ytreeide's books. I am always a fan of trying works written by new author's so I was excited to give this one a shot. I honestly found myself drawn into this book; it is split into chapters and each chapter has the week number and day so that the reader can keep track of where in the journey the caravan is. I enjoyed reading about Ishtar and how he transforms from a naive scared little boy into a young man as he learns about the world from experience instead of just in lessons. Ishtar is much a like any young child in the modern world when there is something he does not want to do, join the caravan for the journey, he tries to get out of it. First he tries logic and when that fails he tries to avoid the journey by pretending to be sick. His plan falls through when the physician talks about bleeding him and using leaches and how the process is painless if Ishtar is asleep, but painful if he is awake and just as the knife almost touches him he screams that he is better.

I truly found Ishtar's Odyssey: A Family Story for Advent by Arnold Ytreeide to be an interesting read as it tells the story from a child's perspective which is a nice change. After each lesson Ishtar learns there is a lesson that is explained to the reader which applied to the modern world as well as the past. This would be a good book to be read to a child as it is not too graphic and it is written from a child to a child. I would recommend this book for parents and children though parents you may have to read the book to the child depending on your child's age and/or reading skill.


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