Friday, October 12, 2018

Brinkman Adventures Season 6 {review}

One of the benefits of homeschooling is that we get through our "work" quickly, so we have plenty of time for hobbies and play!  One of the things we all love is listening to audio dramas, so when we were given the opportunity to review Season 6: Underground Rising (digital version) from Brinkman Adventures, I was thrilled to add it to our homeschool day.

Underground Rising Season 6 Brinkman Adventures

Our family has reviewed Brinkman Adventures Season 3 and Season 4, in the past, and it has always been a great experience.  The "adventures" are actually radio dramas, and are based on true stories and modern missionaries, brought to us through the large and wacky Brinkman Family.

Season 6: Underground Rising is in a new format.  It includes six episodes, and is a little over two hours long.  The episodes each have a prominent theme, so you can encourage the kids to listen for how that theme is portrayed.  Or for older kids, you might ask them what underlying themes they noticed, and compare it to the producer's intentional theme.  These themes are things like Resisting Evil or Trusting God's Plan.

The episode titles are as follows:

Dutch Underground, Part 1
Dutch Underground, Part 2
Twice Born Fly
I Wonder Why
Free Burma Rangers, Part 1
Free Burma Rangers, Part 2

The episodes aren't very long, approximately half an hour, which makes them quick and easy listens.  We typically listen in the car on the way to co-op or other errands, but you could do them as part of family devotions or just during downtime.  Otherwise, you could easily listen on a road trip.

These stories carry us through WWII and stealing ration cards and cars, to an orphanage in India, through a prison break, and more.  My primary listeners are 5, 9 and 11, and I feel like the stories have enough action, without being intense.  Some episodes include a precaution for children under ten to listen with parents, due to intense scenes and subject matter, but we didn't find them particularly distressing.  That being said, I Wonder Why does include discussion of a miscarriage and a scary incident with food allergies, which can also be sensitive subjects due to being so relatable, so parents may want to preview this episode.  I thought I Wonder Why was a wonderful story about learning to trust that God has a plan and is using us for His glory, even if we don't recognize it while we are going through a difficult time.  That makes it worth the listen, particularly if your family is going through a hard time.  Also, if your kids are familiar with Pilgrim's Progress, see if they notice any similarities in one of the stories - I definitely noticed it before the character in the story made the comparison, but it's always fun to see when my kids will make these connections.

One thing we've always enjoyed about Brinkman Adventures is that they are based on true stories and real people, which naturally makes the human interest factor higher.  We've always loved reading the Real Stories, because it makes these people more real to us.  There is so much great information, pictures, videos and diagrams, that it will really help you to connect with the stories all over again.  (I suggest reading them after, if you don't want spoilers.)  I just appreciate how it helps put the history and culture into perspective.

These episodes are great for missionary studies, devotion time, or even as history or social studies supplements, and I will continue to recommend them to families!  If you're interested in learning more about Brinkman Adventures, you can find them on Facebook, read more reviews, and of course check out their website and take advantage of their special 10% discount through October 31st, 2018 (Coupon code: FALL10) to grab a season or two for your own family!

Brinkman Adventures Season 6 Reviews
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