Monday, November 2, 2015

Brinkman Adventures (A Schoolhouse Crew Review)

 Stories are important for children as they are growing up. What they read and listen to can teach valuable lessons that help build character and morals.  Such is true with the latest offering from Brinkman Adventures and their newly released The Brinkman Adventures: Season 3.

Brinkman Adventures is a radio-style audio drama series that mixes real life missionary accounts told using the fictitious family, The Brinkmans.  These stories of faith and inspiration are the perfect mix of excitement and emotion to really catch the listeners attention and pull them into the story.

The Season Three set consists of 12 episodes of the Brinkman adventures on four compact discs. Each episode is less than 30 minutes in length, making them perfect for listening to in the car while out running errands and all together the 12 episodes equate to 5 hours of listening entertainment.  Each episode is a self contained story which does not require being played in order.

The Episodes:

As this is this third installment of this series, the episodes included are numbered 25-36.  (Episodes 1-12 can be found on Season 1 and episodes 13-24 can be found on Season 2)

25.  God's Mule
26.  Mountain Mover
27.  The Silent Ambassador
28.  Translating Trouble
29.  Man-Up
30.  Acorns & Oaks
31.  A Saint's Story:  Pt 1
32.  A Saint's Story:  Pt 2
33.  Untouched
34.  Busy Bees and a Bullhorn
35.  Missionary Tourist:  Pt 1
36.  Missionary Tourist:  Pt 2

Our Thoughts:

Prior to this review, I was unfamiliar with the Brinkman Adventure series and after listening to Season Three I have to say, I am pretty impressed with it.  Garrett and Ashleigh didn't seem to care for it that much but I sort of wonder if that's more just because of their age. Myself and Alyssa both enjoyed listening to a few episodes each day together and then discussing the various topics covered in them, such as why Bibles would have to be smuggled into other countries.   Some subjects covered in these episodes are a bit deep for younger children to understand without some direction from a parent, so I wouldn't recommend independent listening for smaller children.

While each story is about a fictional family, each episode bases it's storyline on true events and people who carry out God's work.  The Brinkman Adventures Website proved to be a very nice supplemental tool in learning about these real people while listening to (or after) each episode.   These real life biopics are packed full of facts, photographs and information that are both informative as well as interesting.  Once we discovered this addition, Alyssa would often be found on her laptop looking up the current episode she was listening to in order to read the information along with it.

There are really great lessons to be learned within each of the episodes, each covering a different theme and I will definitely be using them later in time as Character lessons for the kids.  While they seemed uninterested in the stories at this time, I do think that will change as they get a bit older and they will be more open to these lessons.  There are also great opportunities for using these episodes as a platform to plant an interest in the lives of people such as Nate and Steve Saint.

Overall, I was thoroughly impressed with the series and will have to think about buying Season 1 and 2 in order to complete the collection.  I have no doubt that these recordings will find plenty of listening opportunities for our family in the future.

Brinkman Adventures Season 3 can be purchased either in the 4 CD format such as I reviewed for a donation of $27.99 (free shipping) or downloaded in an MP3 format for $17.99.

You can find out more about Brinkman Adventures through their website or on their Facebook page.

Brinkman Adventures Season 3 Review

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