Growing in the Word, Fear!

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As my children prepare to attend a day camp for the first time I see that we are needing to tackle some fears.  My children have generally never been big fans of the unknown.  One result of homeschooling them is that they’ve never really had to go too awful far without Mommy or Daddy or maybe a grandparent.  We have done drop off classes, movie nights, and that sort of thing and they generally go very well.  But being away ALL day, for 5 days?  That’s new.  They are anxious.  Especially, my 5 year old.  So we are beginning to look into what the Bible has to tell us about fear.

I hope and pray our discussions calm and sooth them and they remember they can depend on God to strengthen them.

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Review! Superbook: A Giant Adventure DVD from FishFlix.com

My family recently had the opportunity to review a really fun video called Superbook: A Giant Adventure DVD from FishFlix.com.  Reviewing Christian movies is a fantastic treat for us.  I’m always hunting down new resources to reinforce our Biblical values.

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About FishFlix.com

FishFlix.com is a video store for Christians.  This is a website that offers the sort of family friendly content that is often hard to find.  Their collection is pretty spectacular.  They  have thousands of  Christian Movies at good prices.  What a treasure trove!  This is a one stop shop for the kind of family friendly entertainment that we adore.  But they don’t stop there.  FishFlix.com is also full of educational DVD’s that teach from a Christian world view.

You may remember that we had the opportunity to review a Tourchlighter DVD of the John Wesley Story.  That makes two animated stories that we’ve been blessed with.  However you should know that FishFlix.com offers other Christian movies like The Passion of the Christ, War Room, Woodlawn, and even documentaries on apologetics.  I’ve got my eye on a couple of DVD’s about how the world was created from the creationist view point. They have such a wide variety of choices there is something for everyone.  They offer both Blue-Rays and DVDs available for purchase.  If you’d like to buy a gift for someone but you aren’t sure what they would like, gift cards are available.  They also offer free shipping with a purchase of $40 or more.

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About the Movie

Superbook: A Giant Adventure DVD is an animated Christian movie about David and Goliath. We follow Chris, Joy, and Gizmo the Robot as they travel back to the time of David and his brave battle with Goliath.

Chris is a young guitarist who is interested in auditioning for the school band.  However some taunting from his classmates gives him a terrible case of stage fright. As he travels back to biblical times Chris learns about bravery and courage from David himself.  He also learns that anything is possible with God’s help. When the crew arrives back to this day and age Chris finds the courage to audition for the school band.  He gives a rockin’ performance and puts his nemesis in his place.

I loved how they integrated something relate-able to today’s children into the story line.  My children will never face a giant they David did but they do have their own obstacles to overcome… just like Chris.  In the days since we viewed the video together I’ve used it as a conversational jumping off point a few times.  For example, one of my boys has a very big Karate Belt test coming up in a few days.  He is quite nervous.  It is the last test he’ll have to pass before he formally moves into Black Belt Training.  How like young Chris he is.  This video couldn’t have come at a better time for us.

The DVD comes with a Study Guide to aide you in talking with your children about the movie.  It covers three topics:

  1. A Special Gift
  2. A Fierce Battle
  3. An Amazing Victory

You’ll find special Bible verses you can read together and great prayers to pray as a family.

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The DVD also comes with bonus features!  You’ll find a video on How to Draw Jesus and a Follow Jesus music video.

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Overall

FishFlix.com is a fantastic resource for your Christian DVD and Blue-Ray needs.  Superbook: A Giant Adventure is a great Christian movie that will give you and your children much to talk about.

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Review: Faith Builders Bible from Zonderkidz

Zondervan Logo_zpsaxmkrrcj Our family was recently given the opportunity to review a pretty unique Bible that I’m sure will be very appealing to many young children.  It is called the Faith Builders Bible  from Zonderkidz.  

In case you aren’t familiar with Zonderkidz, is an extension of Zondervan publishing.  Zondervan is responsible for many popular Christian books and Bible study guides.  Zonderkidz is their dedicated children’s books.download (1)

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The Faith Builders Bible is an NIRV, New International Reader’s Version, of the Bible.  The NIRV Bible is based on the very popular NIV Bible.  The publishers have taken the NIV and changed some of the text into shorter words or sentences which make it easier to read, especially for children.  This Bible draws upon the love of building with bricks (or Legos) that is common among young children. From the Bible cover to 24 pages double sided picture pages sprinkled throughout, lovers of brick building will have a feast for their eyes.

The book itself has a sturdy hard cover that should hold up to wear pretty well.  The cover prominently features the brick building theme and gives a sample of some of what will be found inside the pages.  I measured it to be 8.5 inches tall, 5.5 inches wide, and about an inch thick.

Within the first few pages of the book you’ll find “Building With The Books Of The Bible” where they have a picture a tower of Lego blocks, with each book of the Bible listed on a block. I thought this was a clever way to visually show all the books of the Bible.  I can see a family creating their own towers in a similar fashion to help with memorization.

Throughout the Bible you’ll find beautifully done photographs of brick creations depicting the most well known scenes from the Bible.  The photographs are fantastic.  They are printed on a thicker paper than the rest of the pages of the Bible making them pretty durable.  Care and detail went into the creation of these scenes as well as to the printing of the photographs within the pages of this Bible.  Some of these scenes include Noah building his ark, men building the Tower of Babel, Moses with the 10 Commandments, Solomon Builds God’s Temple, the Nativity, Jesus Walks and the Cross, and lots more.TMH_0539

On these pages you’ll also find  a “Building Block Verse” which is something like a memory verse that relates to that story.

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The rest of the Bible is actually pretty standard as far as Bibles go.  In actuality I was a bit surprised by that.  All of the pages that do not contain brick pictures are printed on the standard thin and delicate paper that you find in just about any Bible.  The font is standard sized for most Bibles and younger children may find that more difficult to read.  I had hoped for something a bit more fun, whimsical, or child centered for the entire Bible in addition to the pages that contain the photographs of the brick creations.

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How Our Family Used this Bible

Bible study is a regular part of the day around here.  The boys and I start our homeschool day by reading scripture and using a Bible dictionary to look up keywords in the passages for the day.  At night my husband will do something more of a devotional with them aimed at character development.  In addition to our usual Bible study we used this Bible as sort of “key highlights of the Bible” refresher.  We enjoyed flipping to a photograph, discussing what we saw in the brick creation that was on display, and reading through the memory verse.  My Ezra has  knack for memorizing and as usual quickly memorized every verse.  He seems have something a photographic memory.  He was able to more easily recall the Building Block Verse since it is placed separately on the page and it stands out with the colored background.

I often challenged my boys to try and recreate or even elaborate on the brick creations in the photographs.  They loved the challenge.  While the were building I could hear them discussing the details of the story too.  That’s a win in my book! You can see one of their creations (Jesus and Peter walking on water) in the picture below.

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Overall

I think this could be a great Bible for children in the 9-13 year old range.  Those kids generally still adore brick building and often their maturity level and reading skills make them more ready for what really is a mostly traditional Bible.  This might make a great gift for the right occasion or perhaps a reward for some hard work well done. Make sure you visit the Faith Builders Bible webpage to order one for the brick builder in your family.

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Encouragement for a Mother’s Heart: When Facing Trials

EncouragmentMothersTrialsThere is a hard lesson that I think God is trying to teach me.  It has everything to do with trials and hardships and what on earth is going on when bad things happen in life.  Why does a good God let things like sickness or natural disasters or terrorism or all of the horrible stuff we face in this world happen? Why didn’t Adam Lanza get hit by a garbage truck or something on his way to Sandy Hook that day.  Or why didn’t the FBI get some fabulous tip that would have stopped that crazy couple from shooting up a work holiday party a few weeks back?  What is the point of sickness?  Why do we have things like cancer?  This week the cancer thing has been out of control!  I’ve stopped counting how many celebrities succumb to it in the last several days.  It was getting ridiculous.

Why are their so many bad things in our world?  I believe God is a good and loving God so why? Why does it all have to be this way?  We are His children and it breaks His heart to see us so broken. So why allow us to be broken? You know what? I’m sitting here typing these words without good answers to these questions.  I’ll tell you this though, I know it wasn’t God’s original plan.  This world wasn’t meant to be this way.  Not at all.  Then Adam and Eve were deceived and ate that darn forbidden fruit!  I sometimes imagine going back to that moment smacking that fruit right out of her hands!  UGH!

How different the world would be! Violence, hatred, disease, heartache, all of it would just not exist! None of this tells us why God allows any of it.   I think it is because He uses it for our own good.  I know, it sounds ridiculous.  How can loosing a loved one to terrorism be for our own good?  God uses those moments, those heart wrenching I’d rather be dead than living moments, the long slogs through illness, the devastation of natural disasters to refine us.  To literally bring us to our knees so that we can learn that we need HIM.  We cannot face this broken world without him.  We cannot traverse tragedy alone.  We need Him!  Without tragedy we cruise through life believing we’ve got it all figured out and we are just fine managing without any help.  Without tragedy we may never come to know God, we may never accept that Jesus died on the cross for our sins.  We may never make it into Heaven.

I think there is one more piece to this puzzle.  A piece that is nearly impossible for us to understand in this world.  Our time here on earth is FLEETING compared to our time in Heaven (or Hell) which will last for all eternity.  60/70/80 years here on earth isn’t even a BLINK of an eye compared to eternity.  What ever we are facing right now, that thing that feels endless, like there is no hope, like it’ll never get better.  When viewed in the scope of eternity it is actually shorter than the snap of your fingers.

Then, if you believe in Jesus as your savior your eternity will be spent in a world without any of the terrible things we have in this world.  In Heaven there is no war, terrorism, natural disasters, or illness.  It is a world filled with everything we wish we had and it does not contain one thing we wish we did NOT have here.

God has asked just one thing of us.  No matter who we are, not matter what we’ve done, no matter what our lives have looked like there is just one thing to do.  To love Him.  To believe with our whole heart that Jesus is our savior.  And when that holds true for you your life will reflect it.

God is faithful and he loves those who love Him.  Once again what I write to you is really to myself to remind me of the goodness of God and to encourage myself in the week ahead.  Have a great week everyone!

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Prayers have been answered! Pastor Saeed!

Though it has been quite a while since I have posted about this I wanted to be sure I wrote a post thanking God for answered prayer.  My family has spent the last couple of years praying whole heartedly for the persecuted Christian Church and specifically Pastor Saeed Abedini.  You’ve likely seen the updates on the news today but Pastor Saeed is an American Christian pastor who was being held in horrible Iranian prisons for his faith in Jesus.

You can see my previous blog posts on the matter here, here, and you can see a post my husband wrote here about his experience traveling to Washington D.C. to pray at a prayer vigil in front of the White House.  Over the years we’ve hosted a few prayer vigils in our state’s capitol and although Pastor Saeed and 3 other Americans were released today there are hundreds and thousands of other Christians still being persecuted for their faith all over the world.  For this reason our prayers will not cease.

The last news update I saw indicated that Pastor Saeed and the other Americans were on a plane that had left Iranian air space and they were headed to Germany.  I know this man and his family have a very very long road ahead.  The scars left by this ordeal will be visible and invisible.  So our prayers for them will continue.

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Encouragement for Moms: Ask Him!

EncouragmentMothersMatthew77AskHimRight now I’m sitting at my desk giving my all to write words of encouragement to all of the moms out there that will bless me by stopping long enough to read this post.  I love writing encouraging posts.  Can I tell you why?  It might be for less than altruistic reason.  I write encouragement posts because I need the encouragement myself!  Especially right in this moment.  I came to my desk in the corner of my basement in order to get a little quiet space to write what is on my heart.  Wouldn’t you know every single person in my family followed me down here.  Yes all four of my children, my husband, and even my DOG!  If one more person says… “Hey Mommy!” I just might bash my head into a wall.  (Or maybe it’s the sirens from the snap circuit set they just dragged out!) It can be a discouraging to live a life that doesn’t afford you even a few moments to collect your thoughts!  So I write for you and I especially write for me.

 

Where was I? These days I’ve been thinking a lot about praise and worship.  (By the way I now I have headphones in my ears with music BLASTING!  My few moments of “peace” just might cause me to go deaf.  At this moment I’m not sure how bad of a thing that would be).  When I pray with my children I want to model praise and worship and not just… “God GIMME this and GIMME that!”  A strange thing happens though when I try to bring out heartfelt prayers to honor God.  Right in that moment not a word comes to mind.  Sure I get out… Lord I honor you and I praise you and I worship you… and then I go dry.  It sort of drives me insane.  I know God can see what is in my heart but my children’ aren’t necessarily going to understand that.  I’m not looking to be all flowery but I am looking to show something positive to my children.  Maybe I’m just not quick with the prayer but I’m thinking I may not be alone in this struggle.  God invited me to open my Bible and start looking at what He has told us about praising and worshiping Him.

I asked God to show me how to teach my children to praise Him and I felt as though he instructed me to do a little digging.  With the help of a concordance I simply hunted for the word “Worship” in the scripture and I was words lead to 1 Chronicles 16.  My study Bible tells me verses 8-36 are a song of praise.  Bits and pieces of it can be found in Psalms as well.  And there it was.  Laid out perfectly for me.  A great model that God Himself has provided me for praising Him.  I think the next time I pray with my children I’ll simply begin by reading these scripture verses out loud.

When I stop and ask God to help me He does.  He provided me with tools and resources to that answered my prayer.  Perhaps to some my little example here is not of much consequence.  Surely I could have solved issue on my own right?  Well, maybe with time I might have landed in the same place.  Or maybe I wouldn’t have.  I do know this.  Most everyone is facing something huge in our lives.  Money, marital struggles, sickness… the list is long.  When I’m in the practice of going to God in the small things (though I’ll argue with you that praising God is not so small)… Then it’ll be easy to go to Him with the big things.  God is good and He will help us if we simply ask.

In Mathew 7:7 God tells us…. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”  

I encourage you… ask!

My Must Read Books for 2016

download (1)I’m making a list of books I am DETERMINE to read in 2016!  Truthfully I’m going through my Kindle and sharing with you the back log of books I have there.  Though I read quite lot I buy even more!  Yes books to me are like shoes or purses to some women.  Oh I take that back, I’ve always had a thing for a pretty purse.  Here are the books at the top of my reading list for 2016. If you’d like to check them out in the Amazon store just click on the cover photo.  I may update this post sometime in the year as finish these up and add more to my ever growing “To-Be Read” pile.

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Christian Reads

 Spritual Leadership by Henry & Richard Blackaby.  I’ve only just started this book and I have to say the very first pages have me thinking about leadership and the leaders I know.  In my life I am a mom and that makes me a leader for my children.  I also lead a fairly decent sized co-op and I assist my husband in his ministry.  So this goes definitely goes on my list.

 Alone with God by John MacArthur.  I have a thing for books about prayer. If I can make a confession here I would say that sometimes I wonder if I should spend my time actually praying instead of reading about prayer… however this book promises encouragement for my alone time with God and I know that I can definitely use that.

 This year my husband and I will celebrate 15 years of marriage.  It’s been quite a wonderful ride though we’ve had our fair share of hardship and difficulties.  I’m looking forward to the next 15 years and hopefully doing things even better.

 I started this devotional at the first of the year.  So far I’m truly enjoying it.  This author has a true gift for what she writes.  The reviews on this one are phenomenal.  So I agree with them.

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 I’ve read this one before.  I need to read it again.  Yes it is that good! I’m not sure a book needs any more explanation. The title sort of says it all!

 I’ve been following a Facebook group this author created.  She has some very good advice.  I’d love to get for my children to get some college credits out of the way as highschoolers.  Time to start planning!

 This book will be another reread for me as well.  I try to read this one every year.  It keeps my brain in focus when I think about WHY we homeschool.  It’s something of a homeschooling “bible” for me.

 This is considered to be a classic homeschooling text.  I’ve read other books by John Holt and I admire his courage.  His voice as a former public school teacher (like myself) and his boldness to declare everything he sees wrong in traditional education.  It has been said every homeschooler should read this one and I probably will agree.


 I’d like to see our homeschool become a little less structured.  My children don’t always have the confidence to research their interests on their own.  Maybe we can change that this year.

 

 Check this one out?  I only just noticed this while hunting down the links to the other books I’m sharing with you!  I am struggling with inspiring my children to read really great books.  The seem to love JUNK!  They love it if I read great books aloud to them but they don’t choose them on their own.  I wonder if this will help.  Yep, it’s hitting my must read list!

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 I love absolutely everything I’ve ever read by Sally Clarkson.  This book actually won’t be released until February but I didn’t even hesitate to hit the preorder button. I’m really hoping to bring even more warmth, love, and joy to our home this year.  All of Sally’s books have helped me shape our home.  I’m sure this one will too.

 Another classic I’ve been meaning to read for some time. This could have fallen under homeschool as well.

 Another Sally Clarkson book I know!  But her books so inspire me.  I read her Ministry of Motherhood and it totally changed my view of myself as a Stay at Home Mom.  I wonder what impact this book will have.

  One thing I’d like to change in the new year is how busy and over-committed I tend to be.  I’m really hoping this book can give me some insight into how to say yes only the the very best things in life and then, of course how to say NO at the right times.

I’m going to stop with my list here.  There are so many more I could add.  The world is just full of so many fantastic books that I’ll never get to them all!  This is a great start for 2016!

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Guest Post at The Schoolhouse Review Crew on The Spirit of Advent

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Anticipation and Hope!  These are the things that mark the Advent season which begins on Sunday.  In these days hope can be a difficult thing to hold onto.  How can we keep the spirit of Advent alive even through the despair that surrounds our world?

Advent is all about expectation and longing.  It is about yearning to be delivered from the world’s evils.  It is a time of hope.  A hope in our God that though to us he can sometimes seem like He is quite far away, that He will come and set the world right.  We are anticipating the arrival of our King.

How do we keep the spirit of Advent alive in these crazy weeks leading up to Christmas?

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Review: GrapeVine Studies Stick Figure Through the Bible

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Bible studies!  I am so blessed that we homeschool and I’m able to participate in daily Bible study with my children.  It is vitally important to me.  If we accomplish nothing else in a day besides Bible study I call it a good day.  My family has tried everything.  During different seasons we have studied a book at a time, we’ve used a variety of programs, we’ve read devotionals, you name it.  I always have my eyes peeled for the next Bible Study to try.  So Bible studies from Grapevine Studies became available for review I knew I’d have to try this one too. We were blessed to review the Old Testament 1: Level 1 Creation to Jacob the traceable version good for 3-6 year olds and Old Testament 1: Level 3 Creation to Jacob geared for 10-12 year olds. These are a chronological study of all of the characters and events in the earliest books of the old testament.  

Grapevine Studies have a huge variety of Bible studies to offer your family.  Their style of Bible teaching involves learning the timeline of events and characters followed by more specific details. They provide a broad and then a more detailed picture of God’s story.  

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For this review I received the Teacher books for level 1 and level 3 and student books as downloadable pdf ebooks that I then printed and bound myself.  Part of the beauty of these studies is that they are entirely open and go.  There is nothing to prepare and you do not need to have any craft supplies on hand.  A dry erase board and a variety of colored markers are all you really need.  This is a very fun yet low tech/low key approach to learning all about God’s word.  It is great for young and sometimes wiggly children too.  The simply easy drawings make they feel successful as they learn and participate.

It is also quite easy to teach multiple levels at once.  While my two boys were ready for level 3 and my daughter was using the traceable level 1 we were able to do our Bible study together all at the same time. One entire lesson can take us about a half an hour per day.  If you have your children look up the scriptures and read them aloud on their own it may take you a bit longer.

Creation to Jacob is made up of 12 lessons.  We easily completed a lesson a day most days however it is very easy to break down the lessons into shorter chunks and spread the study out.  It is really quite adaptable to whatever works for your family.  Each lesson starts with a review of the timeline and memory verses.  The previous three characters studied are discussed and drawn out on the timeline using stick figures.  Yes, simple stick figures.  More on that in a moment.  You also review the memory verses that were previously assigned.  They can be written out or spoken aloud.

Once the review is finished you move on to the lesson for the day.  The lesson is typically broken into a couple of parts (which is why it is easy to do just a portion at a time).  Your children will draw using stick figures to depict what happened at that time to that character.  They drawings are done inside of their student book.  You will read aloud various verses that tell that character’s story and discuss what happened.

The stick figure drawing is genius.  It is just so simple!  Any child can be successful.  Whether they are creative and artistic or not.  The act of drawing also helps children more fully engage and remember what it is they are learning.  I said it before but I’ll say it again. It is so simple and everyone feels like they are successful.  The simple drawings also serve to keep study time short and to the point.  My children really look forward to Bible study time where they get to draw their stick figures.

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My five year old daughter used the traceable version of level 1.  The drawings were already there for her and she just simply had to go over them with marker or crayon.  This feature kept her on track and enabled her to keep up with her bigger brothers.  It may not have been necessary for her age but it was a convenience I appreciated.

Over All

I really appreciate this Bible study.  It is very simple to implement.  My children are memorizing Bible scripture.  They are reviewing the God’s story as he laid it out in His word.  It also gives me a great jumping off point for discussion.  I like to focus on the big picture.  God loves us so much and he has had a plan all along to draw us close to Him.  We can see evidence of that plan in every story of the Bible.  He provides for all of our needs, he forgives us even when we sin, he calls us close to Him, and he sent Jesus to save us from ourselves.  These themes ring true in pretty much every Bible story.  This study helps me drive those points home.

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Review: Brinkman Adventures Season 3

brinkman logo small_zps9e4fmspfDid the whole world hear my family squeal at the top of their lungs with delight when we got news of one of our latest reviews?  That’s right our family was privileged and blessed to have our request to review The Brinkman Adventures: Season 3 from Brinkman Adventures.  If you haven’t heard of the Brinkman Adventures before then you’ll want to pay attention because these audio adventures could breath a lot of life into your family.  

The Brinkman Adventures are missionary audio dramas.  They combine the adventure of one oversized family with true stories of Christian Missionaries from around the world.  This series will encourage, excite, and challenge your family’s faith.  It will also inspire a new generation into the missionary field.

This time we were given Season 3 which includes episodes 25 to 36.  You may recall we were blessed to review Season 2 last year.  We have since become HUGE fans of Brinkman Adventures.  Season 3 came to us as an audio download in 24 mp3 files that I unzipped and then burned to my own CDs.  It require 5 CDs.  I had intended to put the files onto my phone for listening with that then I had some phone issues so this method ended working well for us.  You can of course purchase CDs already made for you and in that case you would receive 4 cds.  Either way it is a total of 5 hours of listening time.

We listened mostly in our van on our way to and from our usual activities.  I was not surprised to find ourselves sitting in the driveway after we arrived home as we just could not stop listening at times.  My boys were even hunting down excuses to go out just so we could listen some more!  These stories are just so captivating.

There are 12 stories in total and you can find even more background information about the stories if you go to the Stories Behind the Stories page on the Brinkman Adventures Website.

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  1. God’s Mule
  2. Mountain Mover
  3. The Silent Ambassador
  4. Translating Trouble
  5. Man-Up
  6. Acorns & Oaks
  7. A Saint’s Story, Pt. 1
  8. A Saint’s Story, Pt. 2
  9. Untouched Busy Bees and a Bullhorn
  10. Missionary Tourist, Pt. 1
  11. Missionary Tourist Pt. 2

I fail to find the words to adequately describe just what a treasure these stories are.  The voice acting (done by the family that creates these stories) is fantastic.  The music and sound effects are wonderful.  In fact, the bump music that leads into each new adventure has become something of a theme song for our family.  We quite literally bop along in our seats while cruising down the highway to our own adventures.  I know that perhaps in 10 years from now when I come across these stories and that music again I will be transported back in my mind to these days and this time with my family.  It may sound sappy but it is very meaningful to me.

The stories are faith challenging, moving and inspiring.  These stories will impact your entire family, yes even Mom and Dad.  Maybe especially Mom and Dad.  I was listening to the 9th story in this season called Untouched Busy Bees and a Bullhorn.  It is the story mostly of Mrs. Brinkman (the mother) and how she basically takes on way to many tasks and her life spins a bit out of control (literally, in a car).  As she sobbed on the phone to her mother I cried too.  I could just so relate.  I do think God had a message specifically for me in that story.

A Saints Story pt 1 and pt 2 was a huge deal for my children.  We have studied all of the missionaries who were killed serving the Auca Indians including Nate Saint, the pilot who landed at Palm Beach with the other missionary men.  These two episodes gave us a peek at what has happened to the tribe and the Saint family in the years since that fateful day in the jungle. It is such a powerful story of God’s grace and forgiveness.  My children were so excited to hear about the good things God continues to do in that area of Ecuador.

All of the stories give my family so many talking points about what God is doing in our world even today.  They give us hope and they inspire to get involved in His Kingdom.  If you’d like to listen to a sample story click here for The Provider.

I said it before and I’ll say it again.  Brinkman Adventures are a treasure.  You just will not be dissapointed.  All of the proceeds from your purchase go to support the recording of future adventures and to support missionaries throughout the world.

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