The Brinkman Adventures: An Exciting Audio Experience for the Whole Family!

The Brinkman Adventures: An Exciting Audio Experience for the Whole Family!

Our family has always enjoyed listening to quality audio stories and dramatizations in the car and at bed time.

Over the years we’ve amassed quite a collection, and we’ve listened to them all dozens of times. So when I had the opportunity to review The Brinkman Adventures, everyone was excited to hear something new! The Brinkman Adventures are exciting, true stories of modern-day Christian heroes, told through the eyes of the Brinkman family. We received a downloadable version of The Brinkman Adventures Season 2: Episodes 13-24, which contains the following twelve episodes:

  • The Mystery Ring
  • Blue Hat & T-Shirt Bible
  • How Big is Your God, part 1
  • How Big is Your God, part 2
  • Mexico by Bus
  • Treehouse Academy
  • Pirates of Mayan Island
  • Sapphire Slaves, part 1
  • Sapphire Slaves, part 2
  • Hadi’s Choice
  • Castle of Secrets
  • On the Run

Each episode runs just over 25 minutes, so they’re the perfect length for a quick car trip or one story before bed (although certain children of mine tend to play whole albums at a time at bedtime 😉 ).

The stories are all based on true events, although sometimes names, dates, and minor details have been changed. From pirates to Communists, and jungles to castles, the adventures recount and dramatize true events in the lives of modern missionaries in all kinds of situations spanning the globe. Serious subjects like child slavery are handled with sensitivity and skill (warnings are given for these episodes for especially sensitive and young children).

Our family (especially my boys, 13 and 5) has thoroughly enjoyed listening to The Brinkman Adventures! The dramatization is well-done (if a bit over-dramatic at times), and the characters are likable and fun to listen to – especially the adorable little girl, Hope! Spiritual applications are woven into the story without seeming overly preachy.

Understanding the critical role of missions has always been a priority in our family, and these stories bring that point home in a unique way, drawing the listener into the lives of those who are at work to spread the Gospel around the globe. I love the inclusion of the history behind Chinese symbols that points to a memory of Creation and the flood in the second episode. That subject has always fascinated me, and my kids found it equally fascinating! I believe that God built things like this into different cultures to point to Himself, and modern missionaries are able to use them as tools.

One of the things I am most impressed with about this series is the section on the website about “the stories behind the stories“. In this section, you can click on an episode and find all kinds of background information, photos, video clips, and links to explore further. Many of the episodes could be used as a jumping off point for a mini unit study using these resources.

The Brinkman Adventures are available on CD for $25.00 per season (4 CD set) or as an MP3 download for $17.00 per season. Each season consists of twelve episodes, containing 5+ hours of adventure.

We’ll definitely be downloading and listening to Season 1 as soon as our budget allows!

If your family has enjoyed other popular audio dramatizations, you’re sure to enjoy The Brinkman Adventures, and you’ll love the unique missionary twist! If you’ve never tried audio before, these would be a perfect place to start! They’re great for independent listening or for the whole family to enjoy. I’d say the optimal age range is from preschool through about 12 or 13.

You can listen to an entire episode here and see what you think.

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