Pat Durham loves Christmas, and Advent has always been a magical season for her. Nyger's Advent Journey is her response to the realization that many children, and adults, don't understand the difference between Christmas and Advent. Her inspirational and entertaining devotional book provides daily, fifteen-minute story lessons, from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Eve. It follows the adventures taking place in and around a little, white, clapboard country church on the hill. Nyger, a brown field rat with a baldhead (the result of a grass fire) and round cheeks, escorts the reader through each story and lesson. He frees a white circus rat, who's spent her life in a cage; and he meets a bat, who has lost her radar. When they discover a Labrador retriever, who is hurt, they come together to nurse him back to health. Through this journey, the animals learn to depend on each other and on their Creator God. Christmas week, they uncover a larger purpose for their lives, which extends beyond their little church. Though written for children, Nyger's journey is sure to add meaning and inspiration to the Advent season for the whole family.
Pat Durham is a professional coach and the CEO of the Diversity-Unlimited Institute of Etiquette and Protocol, which offers life skill classes for children and youth. She uses her twenty-one years' experience to redefine today's businessmen and women to meet the challenges in tomorrow's competitive global marketplace. Throughout her career, she has presented, and been a keynote speaker, at workshops, conferences, and seminars throughout Texas. Durham created The Events of Advent, a devotional booklet for the Resurrection Lutheran Church. Since 1996, she has been travelling statewide, with the Lutheran Women's Ministry League, to conduct conferences and speak at conventions. Durham was nominated 1998's Lutheran Woman of the Year, and the Federation of Houston Professional Women has honored her with the Woman of Excellence Award. When she was twelve years old, Durham wrote an essay chronicling her imaginary journey down the Amazon River. Now, with Nyger's Advent Journey, she returns to her imaginative roots.