Our family really enjoyed the Brinkman Adventures audio dramas we got to review last year so I was excited to get the opportunity to review The Brinkman Adventures: Season 3!
Each of the three seasons is 12 exciting episodes. We received the physical 4 CD set for Season 3, which is over 5 hours of incredible, faith-building stories. Each season sells for a suggested donation of $27.99. Or, you can also download the MP3 albums for a suggested donation of $17.99. All the stories are family friendly, so they can be listened to by people of all ages. My student listeners are 5, 8, and 11.
As soon as the theme music came on, Jack's eyes lit up and he said, "I remember these!" The first story we listened to was about a man who wanted to do the impossible for God, and he did! We got to have great conversations about Bible smuggling and freedom and the lack of religious freedom in other parts of the world. It tied in nicely with how we've been learning that so many wars in European history were fought over Catholicism and Protestantism.
We liked to listen to these stories while we worked on art projects or coloring pages. It's a great way to have the mind busy and the hands busy at the same time. I'm sure I'll be reaching for Brinkman Adventures quality dramatizations in years to come as Hannah and Katie get older and are better able to understand what's happening. Although I was impressed with how much Hannah could tell me about what she'd listened to, so she's absolutely getting something out of them now.
You'll notice the picture of the sled and the wolves on the cover. This episode was an edge of your seat story! I didn't even know it was possible to fall into a glacier before this! I especially appreciate the way these stories weave in themes like serving others, becoming a man, and the importance of missions. Not in an in your face "moral of the story" kind of way, but much more organically, through the lives and actions of the characters.
Most of my kids have gone through a phase of being fascinated by missionaries, and these dramatic tales are the perfect fuel for that interest. Mission work is noble and definitely something we want to encourage around here!
After listening to the stories, you can read more about the true tales behind the dramatized version on the website. One of our favorites was the tale of Steve Saint, the son of Nate Saint, missionary to Ecuador, who was killed by the Aucas. Over the years, we've read books and watched movies about this amazing family, and it was wonderful to hear more about the work that continued on in the next generation.
Eli, who is in classroom school for high school, saw these in the school room and said, "I remember those! I'll have to listen to the new ones!"
In addition to listening at home in the school room, these great stories are perfect for long car rides. I really wish I'd had them along during the summer when I was taking the Little Ones to out of town visits.
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