Friday, February 15, 2019

Homeschool Review: FOR THE TEMPLE (Heirloom Audio) #hsreviews #HeirloomAudio #FortheTemple #LiveTheAdventure #BringingHentyBack #AudioAdventures

Did you know that there is a brand new G.A. Henty audio adventure from Heirloom Audio and it just may be my favorite one yet?  FOR THE TEMPLE is a fascinating listen that will have you anxiously awaiting what comes next.  There's a little bit of everything packed in this story -- travel, romance, war, peace, and JESUS.  What could be better?  Voiced by a host of family favorites like Brian Blessed, Cathy Sara, and George Blagden, the 2 1/2 hour production will fly by as you join in the adventure and learn to follow the WAY.  It makes for the perfect car ride companion -- and there's even a Study Guide to help you turn it into a more in-depth learning tool at home.

You know how I know?  I recently enjoyed the rare occasion of being in my vehicle all by myself -- weird, right?  Both of my parents had separate surgeries out-of-town, so I spent a few days riding up and down the interstate alone.  I knew from our past experiences with Heirloom audio theatre that For The Temple would keep me interested and awake in the wee hours of the morning drive, and I was absolutely not disappointed.  I had no idea what this story was about before I put it into my CD player and turned it on, so I hung onto every word from each scene as the story of a young man named John unfolded.

For The Temple began quietly enough with the introduction of John (the son of a vineyard owner who is content with growing the best grapes around and producing the finest wine possible) and Mary (the girl who is slated to be his wife) working the grapevines and preparing for harvest together.   It quickly intensified when mischeivous Mary tricks John into an "easy" boat ride on the Sea of Galilee as a storm brews.  Interestingly enough, as the storm raged on John and Mary, rain poured down on my vehicle as I drove so I felt like I was right in the middle of the Sea of Galilee with them.  As the rain beat down outside, I turned up the stereo and leaned into the storytelling of Mr. George (Henty).  Through the providence of GOD's plan, John and Mary are rescued by Josephus who then invites John to join him for military training.  This is a pivotal point in the young man's life as he realizes that indeed "the time is coming when every Jew who can bear arms will be needed in the service of his country."

John becomes quite the leader as the story continues and he tricks Roman soldiers, saves towns and cities, and fights when he must for the love of the Temple -- and home.  The dark moments of history come to life around you as 3,000 Jewish people are crucified when they attempt to flee Roman invasion, but the light of JESUS shines as you hear testimony from Nicodemus about his late-night meeting with LOVE.  It is amazing to take part in some of the very first church meetings and hear the Scripture taught from those early believers.

I firmly believe that For The Temple should be required listening (and studying) for all students today.  As I listened, I couldn't help but think of the political climate we now find ourselves in as compared to the evil of that day and time.  It reaffirmed my commitment that we stand with Israel.  In my opinion, this is an important piece of  history that MUST be remembered.  I'm sharing this CD set with my family, but not just for entertainment purposes.  We must remember.  We must learn.  We must take a stand.  Y'all, this one really is that important.  That's why it is my very favorite.

And did you know that Heirloom Audio offers a super-cool extra in the form of their Live the Adventure Club?  It's an online masterpiece that includes bonus downloads for all of their audio theatre productions and gives you the opportunity to listen right along online.  These digital components have included study guides and quizzes to go with each of their extraordinary adventures, as well as read-along scripts and resources to make your "listening" time an educational treasure.  There are kid activities for each of the stories (coloring sheets, scavenger hunts, word searches) and daily devotions and articles for parents to use on this journey.  It's a great community to be involved with and will greatly benefit your homeschool world.

The 51-page Study Guide for For The Temple is available and it will help younger students really grasp the lessons in the storyline while it helps older students more deeply explore the history of the Zealots and learn more about the new followers of The WAY.  The Study Guide aids students in understanding the literature behind the audiodrama. All of the Heirloom Audio dramas are based off of books by G.A. Henty and the Study Guide helps you find the connection between entertainment and education.

Dividing each track of the CD into three main sections, the full-color Study Guide directs students to Listen Well, Think Further, and Define Words.  Listening Well questions simply ask students what they've heard and makes sure they are hearing key points in the story.  Thinking Further questions take things a step further by asking students to describe and compare what they are learning and require that students move beyond the surface and dig in to the lesson being taught.  It offers map skill opportunities and a more in-depth study of things discussed on the CD.  For example, students are encouraged to describe the armor worn by the common Roman foot soldier and draw a sketch of a Roman soldier in armor.  To do this, they'll need to do independent research and explore history on their own.  Defining Words offers vocabulary words to be learned and studied.  There is also a book list included for older students to learn more about the destruction of Jerusalem and then, there's my favorite part, three Bible Studies that complement the production. That's what I love most about Heirloom Audio.

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We have thoroughly enjoyed listening to and learning from each of the audio dramas that we have reviewed (Under Drake's FlagIn Freedom's Cause, With Lee in VirginiaThe Dragon and the RavenBeric the BritonThe Cat of Bubastes, In the Reign of TerrorCaptain Bayley's HeirWulf the Saxon and St. Bartholemew's Eve) -- and FOR THE TEMPLE is no exception.  We enjoy sharing all of our audio theatre productions with our friends and family.  We've actually made Heirloom Audio an integral part of our homeschool life and we think you should, too.

I was given the opportunity to review FOR THE TEMPLE from Heirloom Audio as a member of the Homeschool Review Crew.   You can check out the Crew Review and see what other members of the Homeschool Review Crew thought of this audio drama and see how they are utilizing the Study Guide in their own homes (or just click on the banner below -- it will take you right there.)

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Homeschool Review -- Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women (Zondervan) #hsreviews #devotions #DevotionsForYoungWomen #Beloved #books #reading #bookstagram #christianity #faith

When our copy of Beloved:  365 Devotions for Young Women arrived from Zondervan, my girl sat right down to dive into its pages.  She read through the Introduction and nodded her head in agreement with the very first statement:  It's hard to be a young woman sometimes.  She mm-hmmed as she read about being bombarded with the messages of the world and trying to decide which ones should be filtered and which ones should be embraced.  There were a few "mom, listen to this" moments and she made sure to read aloud to me the last sentence that reminded her that her identity matters to GOD and she is beloved by HIM.  From the very first moment she held this beautiful book in her hands, she was enamored.  So much so that she read the first few days of devotion and grabbed her Bible to underline some key verses.  Y'all . . . THAT just makes my heart smile.

After she read through the first few days of devotions, my girl decided that she wanted to figure out what day of the year it actually was and start there.  That was day 319 of 365, so she skipped right over and read about Elizabeth greeting her cousin Mary and John the Baptist leaping in utero.  What a cool moment!  The direct intervention of the HOLY SPIRIT happened right then and my daughter was reminded that the same HOLY SPIRIT that was present when Mary arrived to visit Elizabeth lives inside of her.  What an encouragment to know that when we feel lonely and discouraged, HE is there to encourage us and equip us to face the day -- no matter what this world tries to throw in our face.
Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women

Although Beloved:  365 Devotions for Young Women is written specifically for young women between the ages of 12 - 18, I firmly believe that it will be treasured by both younger and older girls/women, as well.  Let me just be honest and say that this 50-year-old momma has enjoyed reading through the devotional, too.  Looking to Rebekah as a great example of hospitality is good for the soul.  I especially like that young women are being introduced to generosity and service to others and taught how to have an attitude of warmth and openness as they welcome others into their environment and offer hope in a world that can seem so hopeless.  Isn't this what we want all of our daughters to learn?  How better to learn to cultivate a spirit of hospitality than through the lives of women in GOD's Word?

It makes my heart happy to share that she fell in love with a book that will point her towards the love that GOD has for her as she studies the lives of over 60 women found throughout GOD's Word.  The 371-page hardcover book has been designed with young women in mind.  Its pages are lovely to look at with the side borders of pink and rose and mauve flowers that spill over to the binding edge and the ribbon marker makes it easy for you to return to your specific place in the devotional each day.  My Elisabeth moved her marker to Day 319 the very first day that she began reading and has continued moving it from there each morning.

Each daily devotion begins with Scripture taken from the NIV translation of the Bible.  The Bible verses are followed by a short relatable reading (2-3 paragraphs, at most) with three blank lines at the bottom of the page.  The lines are perfect for writing notes on what's been read or things you might want to investigate further, answering questions that appear in the reading, or chronicling prayer requests and concerns.  I really like that the women being introduced and discussed include a good mixture of famous characters (women like Mary, Deborah, Hannah, and Abigail) and obscure characters (remember Zelophehad's daughters, Johosheba, and the Shunamite woman?  They are all in here.) and that the devotions cover portions from the entirety of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.

This really is a beautiful way for young ladies to study and learn.  I've trusted Zondervan  with my daughters' spiritual growth for many years, and I have no qualms recommeding Beloved:  365 Devotions for Young Women to you for yours.


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Beloved:  365 Devotions for Young Women will make a wonderful Christmas present for the young women in your life and will be a great way for them to start the new year off right.  Finding a devotional that speaks to the heart of girls and helps them develop the characteristics that make great women is priceless.  You're going to want to grab a copy of this today for the lovelies in your life -- and you may want to go ahead and pick up a copy for yourself, as well.  It really is that good.

I was given the opportunity to review Beloved:  365 Devotions for Young Women  from  Zondervan as a member of the Homeschool Review Crew.   You can check out the Crew Review and see what other members of the Homeschool Review Crew thought of this devotional and see how they are utilizing it in their own homes (or just click on the banner below.)

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Homeschool Review: Balancing Diapers and Deadlines #hsreviews #mompreneurlife #workingfromhome #productivity

It's been a very long time since I was facing diapers on a regular basis, but facing deadlines is a daily occurence.  I often struggle to keep it all together and keep my plates all spinning.  I am always looking for new ways to keep my focus steady, so I was excited to check out the Lisa Tanner Writing course titled Balancing Diapers and Deadlines which is a combo course on time management and productivity.  

The online course is divided into eight units of study.  Each unit is divided into easy-to-study lessons that present infomation and offer hope for crazy-busy moms like you and me.  Designed to help us get it all together, Balancing Diapers and Deadlines is broken down as follows:
  • Welcome to Balancing Diapers and Deadlines introduces you to Lisa Tanner and presents an  overview of the study
  • Building Your Foundation with the Basics shows you how to help your family become part of your team and teaches the importance of a plan.
  • Minimize Your Decisions helps establish a working routine for order, cleaning, and laundry.  Whew!
  • Minimize Your Decisions: The Annual Meal Plan is an absolute lifesaver.  You'll learn how to cut the chaos of shopping as you eliminate the "what's for dinner?" questions.
  • Sustainable Growth reminds you to focus on nurturing yourself to that you can nurture your family for the long term.
  • Growing a Business with Your Kids Around teaches you how to incorporate family into your business world no matter their age or season.  Family writing time, anyone?  Yes, please.
  • Boost Your Productivity shares great tips for taking every minute of every day captive.
  • Closing Thoughts reminds you that it's okay to prioritize tasks and that some things just won't work out like you originally thought.  Lisa shares how to turn failure into success and answers questions raised throughout the course.

Balancing Diapers and Deadlines

The lessons are fairly short but they are packed FULL of great information and they include quite a few printables to help you take the steps necessary to actually implement the useful strategies shared.  Lisa shares tried-and-true routines and systems so that you can accomplish more in your hours, days, weeks, months, and years.  As a busy homeschooling mom of 8, she definitely has some great tricks up her sleeves and we can all benefit from what she's learned.

For example, I have thoroughly enjoyed using both the Annual Meal Planner and the Themed Dinner Planner.  Years ago (before college and marriages), in what was my all-time best idea ever, each child was assigned a night of the week to prepare supper for the family.  We would sit down and plan the menu a month at a time and make our grocery lists accordingly.  As kids started college and the older daughters got married, we went back to our helter-skelter way of meal planning -- which actually meant no planning at all.  That often left supper thrown together or late or pick-up-on-the-way-home.  Ugh.  My Senior and I were just discussing how much we enjoyed the variety when meals were planned ahead and how much easier life would be now if we had a schedule again.  She even volunteered to cook a few nights a week -- and she was excited.  Her actual words were "I have been following some cool cooking sites and I'd love a chance to try out the recipes I'm seeing."  Seriously folks, you don't have to tell me but once.  

I was happy to pull out the Annual Meal Planner and cultivate a workable plan for the current family dynamics.  The neat thing about this is that I was able to look at the big picture and include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack option so that I don't have to hear the constant "what is there to eat in this house?" every day or ask "What sounds good for supper?" only to hear the response of "food".  The idea of themed dinners makes it even easier to come up with variety without falling into a cooking rut.  In less than an hour, I was able to make a plan for an entire year filled with things I know my family likes.  Lisa offers her family meal plans and themed dinner ideas as example and that helped spark our creativity, as well.  

We made sure to make this ours and you will want to make it yours.  You will notice the themes of Smorgasbord (i.e. leftovers) on Sundays, Crockpot/Instant Pot on Mondays (because it is our busiest day of the week filled with extracurricular activities and co-op classes), and Church on Wednesdays.  We are fortunate to have Wednesday Night Supper at church each week, so there's no meal plan necessary then.  We enjoying eating what is provided.  It's a win-win blessing, that's for sure.  Some of the best advice comes in the meal prep area.  Lisa says there's no need to worry about elegant cuisine or to stress over finding weird ingredients for fancy dishes.  She says, instead, we should pick some favorite standbys, and serve them joyfully.  Isn't that the perfect reminder to love our families through gifts of time?  Our Themed Dinner Plan is filled with dishes that I know my family enjoys and I made sure to include the good ole County Cooking recipes that offer comfort to us all.

Another part of these lessons that has been a huge blessing to me is utilizing the Child of the Day Schedule.  Even though my kids don't all still live at home, it has offered me a way to make sure that I'm covering each of them in prayer.  I assigned each child a day of the week (in age order) and added the sons-in-law to the calendar (in the order that they married my daughters).  I spend a portion of each day praying for everyone, but I make sure to really address their specific needs/requests on their special days.

Lisa walks us through finding balance and she does it one baby step at a time.  I like this because I'm not overwhelmed.  I can read through a lesson, spend time in it as needed, move through it quickly if it doesn't apply to me in this season of life, and revisit it whenever I want.  At the end of each lesson, there are Action Steps to take to help you move forward.  We all know it's great to read about productivity and managing your world, but if we aren't actually doing anything we will see no change.  Lisa really hits on everything important in this course -- from meals to sleep and learning to set boundaries.  Hers is a well thought out plan of action that we can ALL benefit from in some way as we are gently reminded to do better by ourselves.  

For example, I absolutely do not get enough sleep.  I just don't sleep much at all.  I average around four hours or less a night and I know that takes its toll on my body and on my mind.  Lisa explains the necessity of sleep and the priority of taking care of ourselves so that we can take care of those we love.  She shares ways to do better so that we can be better and she does so with a gentle spirit.  She even gives you permission to pay for services that will help you mark items off of your To-Do List and remove stress from your day-to-day.  

With over 30 engaging lessons in the course, you'll learn how to make every moment of every day count as you take your life back again.  Lisa helps you establish a morning routine that works, get a handle on laundry, end your day well, and even improve your typing speed.   She offers tons of suggestions on how to grow your business, homeschool more effectively, love your family, and establish routines that will benefit them all.  She puts all of this together in one place for you and encourages accountability as you work toward a more peaceful home.
Lisa Tanner Writing
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Balance and Productivity help bring peace.  Isn't that what we all want?

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Holy Roar CD {Review & Giveaway} #HolyRoar #FlyBy

I met Chris Tomlin almost 16 years ago when I took a group of high school girls to summer camp in Shocco Springs, AL.  It was only our second camp as a student ministry and he was the camp worship leader that week.  We had never heard of Chris Tomlin before, but that young kid led us right to the THRONE of grace as we poured out our hearts in worship.  We were packed into half of a gymnasium with about 400 other students and leaders, and our hearts cried out for JESUS.  All these years later and I still remember our hands lifted high as we sang together and felt Heaven rain down.  As a matter of fact, one of the "girls" that went to camp with me that year was visiting in my home this week and we talked about that experience at camp.  She's all grown up now -- a wife, a mom, my friend -- and we smiled as we reminisced the fact that Chris Tomlin was "just" this neat guy leading music at camp that summer and "Chris Tomlin" the next.  She shared, "you know, Lynn, I bought his CD that summer.  He only had one and it was brand new.  Who knew, huh?"  We had no idea what an up-and-coming Chris Tomlin was that week.  We only knew that he had a heart for worship and oh, how he shared it with us.

Fast forward to just last weekend when my copy of the new Holy Roar CD arrived in the mail.  I was so excited to get it and immediately unwrapped it and stuck it in the stereo in my vehicle as I headed out to attend my college Homecoming.  From the very first chords of the first song to the very last note of the last song, I was enveloped in the wonderful experience of worship.  Every single song is good and powerful.  I really wanted to tell you about my favorite song on the album, but each time I listen through it GOD touches my heart in a new way and I find myself singing along from a raw place deep inside my soul to a new "favorite song".  Truly my praise pours out with reckless abandon and I cannot help but feel renewed in the spirit.

Each and every song grabs me and I can't help but feel the presence of JESUS as I cry out to HIM. 

"Nobody loves me like YOU love me, JESUS.  I stand in awe of YOUR amazing ways . . . nobody loves me like YOU."  And I'm reminded to "count my blessings one by one because . . . in YOU I'm satisfied."

This album may very well be my favorite so far.  How can it not be when tears are streaming as I sing "I am undone, lost in YOUR glory.  Oh, how I love YOU.  Covered in grace, found in YOUR mercy.  Oh, how I love YOU."  I think it can't get any better and then the next song plays.  Oh, how sweet it is, how sweet it is to be loved by JESUS.  How sweet it is, how sweet it is, how sweet it is to be loved by YOU."

Chris Tomlin is the real deal and he's come a long way from that summer camp gymnasium where I first heard him.  He is one of the most heralded singer-songwriters in the world and has amassed an impressive body of work.  He has sold more than 8 million albums, 11.3 million digital tracks with 16 #1 singles.  Chris is one of only four artists ever to receive the Sound Exchange Digital Radio Award for over 1 Billion digital radio streams.  The Grammy® winner’s list of music awards include an American Music Award, 3 Billboard Music Awards, 21 Dove Awards, a BMI Songwriter of the Year Award and more. Chris’ concert tours have sold-out venues in major cities including New York City’s Madison Square Garden, The Forum in Los Angeles, Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and Red Rocks in Denver, among others. This spring, Chris marked another career milestone by launching his own imprint record label, Bowyer & Bow, in partnership with Capitol Christian Music Group. 

I love listening to this music so much.  A HOLY ROAR offers the freedom, the experience, the wonder of worship. It is seeing the church come together, hands lifted to GOD, pouring out our praise with an eternal song in our hearts. It’s every voice together, changing the way we worship.  It offers a chance for authentic worship and blesses my soul. You can pick your preferred platform when you check out this link for streaming and/or downloading.  What a blessing it will be to you to listen and sing along.

I have been given the opportunity to give away one copy of the Holy Roar album.  How fun is that? To enter the giveaway, share your all-time favorite Chris Tomlin song in the comments below.  I'll be choosing a winner next Tuesday, November 6.  

Let's ROAR together, church.  Lift up your HOLY ROAR.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Praise {Wordless Wednesday}

Tenth Avenue North





It was a late night of sweet praise.  Go listen to Tenth Avenue North's new worship song called Worn.  It's my anthem of late.  Let me see redemption win.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Homeschool Review: Heirloom Audio's St. Bartholomew's Eve #hsreviews #HeirloomAudio #LiveTheAdventure #BringingHentyBack #AudioAdventures

Mr. George (G.A. Henty, himself) ends the telling of St. Bartholemew's Eve by saying that there will always be more stories and more adventures to be had and we are ever so thankful that this is the case.  We've been huge fans of Heirloom Audio for quite some time now and have enjoyed listening to all of the audio dramas they have produced thus far.  We have always found them to be delightful and educational, but I daresay that this adventure is the most exciting to date.  I will admit that I did not know very much about the French Wars of Religion and I was unprepared for the realistic battles throughout the story, but I am thankful that by listening along we are now more appreciative of our right to worship with friends in the manner in which we choose.

St. Bartholomew's Eve shares the story of the persecution of the Huguenots that led to a civil war between the Catholics and the Huguenots and the devastation of the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre.  The story is told to friends Ned and Sebastien by extraodinary adventurer, Mr. George Henty, on the occasion of their being caught skipping the morning worship service.  I love how Mr. George gently reminds the boys that they have a right to worship GOD in the way that HE has put it in their hearts to do so -- and that many have fought and died for that right.

Divided into two CDs with a playing time of over two hours, St. Bartholomew's Eve introduces us to cousins Philip and Francois and allows us to journey with them as they fight for religious liberty, protect themselves and others, and secure peace.
By one spirit we are all baptized into one body.  When one is persecuted, all are persecuted.
Isn't that the way we should all look at the body of CHRIST?  Philip arrives from England to serve alongside the French Huguenots even knowing that he might have to fight to the death.   He is willing to train in new techniques of defense so that he can stand beside fellow believers on the battlefield when he could very easily have stayed at home where he was safe and sound.  He realizes that there is a bigger picture, though, and more is at stake.   "This is a cause worth dying for because my SAVIOR died for me."  As we listened, I couldn't help but think about my own reluctance to "get involved" sometimes.  GOD doesn't call us to sit silently by on the sideline.  HE calls us to take up arms, rebuke the enemy, and fight -- together.  Our battle is as real today as it was then and the great deceiver prowls around angrily looking for someone to devour.

What I like most about Heirloom Audio is that they make sure to offer Christian heroes through the telling of stories from history -- and that they tell those stories truthfully even when they aren't pretty.  From the battlefield to an arranged wedding celebration, we find a shattered hope of peace in St. Bartholomew's Eve.  Unfortunately, the markings on the doors lead to destruction instead of redemption this time and Philip stands poised to protect.  The St. Bartholomew's Massacre is gruesome and horrific and is depicted as such in the audio drama.  You can feel the anxiety as the attacks begin and you can "see" the bodies strewn across the streets and beaches as Philip works to return to his family.  You know the pain of bloodstains on special medallions.  It's tough to hear, but it's necessary as it heightens our appreciation for the freedoms that we gained because over 70,000 gave their lives.

Be prepared as you listen because your emotions will be all over the place.  There is a power in the depiction that helps us to realize that many fought for the rights of the generations to come and what they did hundreds of years ago affects us today.  The stories must be told.  We must always keep vigilant against tyranny.  We live in a fallen world where there will always be people who try to keep us from honoring our SAVIOR.  Love always protects.  We have a right and duty to love GOD -- and we should do that in community with other believers.

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We have thoroughly enjoyed listening to and learning from each of the audio dramas that we have reviewed (Under Drake's FlagIn Freedom's Cause, With Lee in VirginiaThe Dragon and the RavenBeric the BritonThe Cat of Bubastes, In the Reign of TerrorCaptain Bayley's Heir, and Wulf the Saxon) and St. Bartholemew's Eve is no exception.  We enjoy sharing all of our audio theatre productions with our friends and family.  We've actually made Heirloom Audio an integral part of our homeschool life and we think you should, too.

I was given the opportunity to review St. Bartholemew's Eve from Heirloom Audio as a member of the Homeschool Review Crew.   You can check out the Crew Review and see what other members of the Homeschool Review Crew thought of this fascinating audio drama (or just click on the banner below.)

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Homeschool Review: The Brinkman Adventures, Season 6 #hsreviews #AudioDrama #MissionaryStories #AudioMissionaryDrama #BrinkmanAdventures

I fell in love with the exciting Brinkman Adventures years ago, and I am always looking forward to the release of new stories.  For purposes of review, we received the Digital Version of Season 6: Underground Rising and we couldn't wait to jump in and get started to see where we would be traveling on mission this time.  How perfect was it that this season started us off with a visit to World War II since that is exactly our focus in history this semester?  GOD's perfect timing -- I love it!

Season 6:  Underground Rising contains six missionary stories in just over 2 hours of listening time.  This is perfect family listening for a long car ride together (headed on vacation or to visit family for the holidays?  Don't forget to take your CDs.) or can even be used during your family devotion time.  Listening to one episode each evening would make for some great discussions about how much GOD loves each and every one of us and would be a beautiful way to incorporate mission education and prayer into your family time.   Be forewarned though:  Once you start listening along, you may not want to stop.  And you are definitely going to want to have a map handy to mark all of the neat places you learn about.  In Season 6 alone, we visited the Netherlands, Wisconsin, India, Thailand, and Myanmar/Burma.

Underground Rising Season 6 Brinkman Adventures

Each episode of the Brinkman Adventures is based on true accounts of real missionaries in GOD's service on the mission field.  Although some names and details must be changed in order to protect their calling and keep their familes secure, all of the stories are true.  The stories are active and draw you right into the midst of them.  As we "listen", we "see".  That said, it makes it tough to choose a "favorite" story.   Each and every episode tugs at my heartstrings -- and quite often bring me to tears as I listen.  The first two episodes of Season 6 take us underground in Nazi-occupied Holland where Jewish families need help to survive and episode four reminds us to trust GOD's plan -- even when it takes you far away from home to India -- where you know no one.  Episode three reminded me that I am offered grace because I am a follower of the KING's SON.

Hearing a roomful of children and teens pray to accept JESUS as their SAVIOUR as they begin to realize what unconditional love truly is brought me to tears.  Y'all . . . this is what it's all about.  Only JESUS can change the hearts of people and these audio dramas put us right in the midst of GOD at work.  Following GOD is not always easy, but it is always, always the right path.  I need the reminder for myself -- and I want my children to hear it often.  More than anything else, I desire for my children to give themselves fully to JESUS.  I appreciate the engaging way the Brinkman Adventures encourage us to wholeheartedly follow GOD.  Every time.  Even when we don't see how.

The last two episodes grabbed my attention immediately as they introduced us to Dave and Karen Eubanks -- a Green Beret and Special Education teacher.  My brother is a Green Beret and it was a perfect calling for his life.  Listening to Dave's call to full-time missions was intriguing and I appreciate so much how GOD prepares us for HIS ultimate plan in ways that we least expect.  It is the perfect reminder that GOD works through our lives and only HE sees the big picture.  I also appreciate that when listening along might get tough or intense, the Brinkman Adventures suggest that families listen together.  The gunfire is real, the danger is evident, but what a blessing that the focus is always on the health of the family unit.  These are mission stories that you will want to hear over and over.  They never get old and they remind us what our mission at home should be as well:
Love each other.
Unite in a work for freedom, justice, and peace.
Forgive and don't hate each other.
Pray with faith.
Act with courage.
Never surrender.

One of my favorite things about the Brinkman Adventures is that you can find the backstories of each episode on the website, follow the family blog, and meet the real-life missionary family that the adventures are based upon.  There are pictures, videos, and more detailed information about each person and location mentioned.  This is a great resource that helps us put faces to the missionary stories.  It helps us to remember that they are real people sharing JESUS in real time.

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I especially enjoyed reading through the Real Stories for Season 6 and seeing the beautiful pictures of Omie's special tea cups because I have been an avid collector of all things tea party for as long as I can remember.  Some of my very favorite teacups and teapots (pictured below) belonged to my grandmother, too, and I love holding them close as I remember the stories that she used to share with me.  What a precious memory brought to mind while listening to the first two episodes.

The "extras" provided in the Real Stories section are fascinating and cover a wide variety of information that really makes a huge difference in how you listen to the audio dramas. Don't skip this section.  It is an invaluable resource for your homeschool.  There are videos, recipes, maps, and more.  It's fun to journey along with real-life people as they visit the same places the Brinkman family has taken us.

You are going to want to make sure and check out the Facebook page, too.  I think you'll enjoy the podcasts links and featured articles there that direct us all to a life of on-mission service.

And finally, jump on over and order up some adventure for yourself.  Brinkman Adventures is offering a 10% discount for my readers this month.  What a great way to kick off Fall!  

We love every episode we've listened to and are always anxiously awaiting the next.  This is a the perfect time to share it with your family -- and stock up for Christmas, too.

As always, I'd love to hear how GOD speaks to you through the Brinkman family escapades.  Please, please share with me what HE is sharing with you and yours.  Let's speak life together.

I was given the opportunity to review Season 6: Underground Rising of the 
Brinkman Adventures as a member of the Homeschool Review Crew.   You can check out the Crew Review and see what other members of the Homeschool Review Crew thought of these adventures by clicking on the graphic below.
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