Friday, October 12, 2018

Adventure is Waiting

My older kids grew up on audio adventures, so it has been neat for us to continue that tradition with my youngest son, age 11.  Reviewing the digital version of Season 6: Underground Rising from Brinkman Adventures  was a treat that brought a big smile to his face.  Let's face it, who doesn't like a good adventure?

The Brinkman Adventures is a faith based adventure series featuring a family of missionaries, the Brinkmans.  Each story, about 26 minutes long, is based off the lives of real life missionaries. Some are recorded in two parts, as were two from this season.  Founder Ian Bultman and his production team hope to one day be able to support missionaries through their ever growing Beachglass Ministries which produces the Brinkman Adventures, both on CD and in digital version. In the meantime, they are inspiring future missionaries one story at a time.

Titles from season 6 include-
  • Dutch Underground (parts 1 & 2)
  • Twice Born Fly
  • I Wonder Why?
  • Free Burma Rangers (parts 1 & 2)
This 2 plus hour season is a change from their previous 4 plus hour sets, but I think is a more manageable series to listen to.

One neat thing about Brinkman Adventures is that by going to their website you can get the back stories to all of the adventures in each series.  This area often includes interviews from the real missionaries involved, pictures, videos and more.  In our favorite adventure in season 6, Twice Born Fly it also includes a video of a fly metamorphosis!  Also on the website you will find podcasts to listen to that will expand the adventures even more!

Our Use and Our Thoughts-
After a quick download of the adventures to my computer we were ready to listen!  Because of the relatively short length of each adventure, it has worked out well for the two of us to listen to these either right before or right after lunch, in between school subjects.  Despite the still hot weather here in Arizona, it provides some snuggle time with my boy.

I have to admit, I am not an auditory learner like my boys and have sometimes struggled with listening to audio dramas in the past.  This is not the case with Brinkman Adventures.  I do not know if it is due to the length of each one or how exciting and intriguing they are, but like Colby, I often find myself sitting on the edge of my seat to see what happens next.

My boys have never struggled with their listening skills (with audio dramas, that is) and love listening to Brinkman Adventures.  Colby will often listen to them while he is playing in his room, and even occasionally while reading a book, go figure.  They are also great for longer car rides around town or while off on an adventure ourselves.

We often differ on picking our favorite episodes, but such was not the case this time.  We both agreed that our favorite story from Episode 6 was Twice Born Fly.  For me, I just loved that the gospel was so clearly pictured using a story that the dad told his kids about a dream he had, and that it eventually led to the decision for his young son to be saved.  The conversation between father and son and what it means to be "born again" is precious and brings back memories of a conversation we had with our own son just a short year ago.  Colby loved the dream part of the story the best.  Not surprising as it involves a prison break out!  What is it with boys and their sense of adventure, right?!

Our second favorite was the I Wonder Why? adventure.  While the family involved started with heartache, the story follows their adventures of following God's lead to sell all they have and move to another country to help orphans.  Because Colby was adopted as a small child, this story gave us much to talk about!  We were not only able to discuss how hard it would be to sell all we have and move away from friends and family, but also what it means to help others and how that can look different to different people.  Orphan stories are sometimes hard to listen to, but for our family, it is another opportunity to discuss how the Lord has blessed our family and many others we know through adoption.  Another central theme to this story was forgiveness and changed hearts once we are saved.  Again, a great way to introduce some pretty deep discussions to your family time.

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Do You Know Your Bible? REVIEW

The Bible is a big deal in our house.  It is the basis of our faith- God's Word passed to us so that we might know Him, worship Him, and teach others about Him.  So when we were given the opportunity to review Books of the Bible At-A-Glance I was thrilled!  Books of the Bible At-A-Glance is just one of many Bible resources from  Teach Sunday School.

Also available are Sunday School lesson plans, craft ideas, games, hand outs, skits and plays and so much more. Teach Sunday School allows for home use as well as church and small group use.  It really is a one stop shop full of resources and you can print as many copies you need.

 So what is Books of the Bible At-A-Glance?
You could consider it your Bible cheat sheet.  Remember the days of Cliff Notes?  This is kind of like that- an overview of the Bible in a condensed, but thorough version.  While it should not replace your Bible reading, it can indeed enhance it.  All books of the Bible, that is 66 in all, are represented.

Each book has a dedicated page with all sorts of information packed into it.

  • Title
  • Order in the Bible- What book it is in order, whether in the Old Testament (39 books) or the New Testament (27 books)
  • Who authored the book- Included is the author's name, or ideas of who is speculated to have authored it if it is not for sure,  or simply unknown.
  • Dates Written- These are often approximate, but are noted if so, and help to give you a point of reference on a timeline.
  • Time period- This tells the complete time period the book actually covers in history if applicable.
  • Famous stories included- These are the accounts you will be most familiar with if you have any Bible knowledge.  
  • Most famous verses- These were gathered from the web of the most searched for verses.  In many cases they are ones you will be most familiar with and hear quoted often.
  •  Important points about the book- This is an outline of the book.

How we have been using  Books of the Bible At-A-Glance and what we think.

When we first got the pdf of Books of the Bible, I printed the file off and bound it so it would be easy to reference.  I did a quick perusal of it first and then put it aside until we could use it as a family.  Because we do nightly devotions as a family that includes Bible reading, I knew this would be a good resource for us.  Before beginning a new book of the Bible I am able to pull this reference out and read it to the family giving them a little background before we start.  This year we are reading the Bible chronologically and so we just began reading Esther.

Though we have read Esther many times together, this was a good way to remind the kids when it was written and why.  Included in the Important Parts About the Book section, it told that the events took place in Susa which is now a part of Iraq, so you get a little geography too!  By giving a general overview of the story, it helped us to anticipate some things that would happen.  This was especially good for our 11 year old, who obviously has not read through the Bible as many times as our 16, 21 and 24 year olds.  

One of the things we would like to begin doing is memorizing some of the verses the study lists.  We have been excited to see there are many we already know, but because this information was based on a web search, there are some verses we are less familiar with.  Take note that some verses are not necessarily ones that would point someone to faith if trying to teach the gospel to someone, but are occasionally ones that just speak of the main focus of that book or help to tell the story.  

I love this little reference book!  It is so easy to use and is perfect for a quick glance when you need basic information about a book of the Bible.  It is easy to use and understand so I would not hesitate to use it with younger kids as well.  Though we have used it for our family use, it would also be perfect to use with kids in a Sunday School setting, or even to pass out for adults in a Bible study for reference.

I have also been able to use this in my own personal Bible Study time to reference things I am reading and obtain additional information.  It is great to be able to have that information at my fingertips.

I think you will be blessed by  Books of the Bible At-A-Glance as well as the other phenomenal resources from Teach Sunday School. 
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