Review: Adventures in Odyssey, Back to Bethlehem

Review: Adventures in Odyssey, Back to Bethlehem

Family Lore Review: Back to Bethlehem (Adventures in Odyssey, Episodes 135, 136, and 137; Written by Paul McCusker and directed by Phil Lollar)   Family Lore Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Summary Review: Written by Paul McCusker and directed by Phil Lollar, Back to Bethlehem delivers on the promise of its apt name, taking the listener back in time to the birth of Jesus the Messiah. A large cast of engaging characters, some historical (Joseph and Mary, the Shepherds), some fictional (the Roman general), and some based on historical characters (Judah the Zealot, Hezekiah), set together in a fast-paced, complex plot, combine to make this one of Adventures in Odyssey’s best Biblical adaptations. Five stars. Full Review: We’re big fans of Adventures in Odyssey around here. It’s great to find Odyssey episodes dramatizing stories from various Bible or History subjects my kids are studying. So when you’re going through the life of Jesus, you’ll be glad to know that the creative team down at Adventures in Odyssey has crafted several (around a dozen or so) episodes retelling stories from the life of our Lord. Historian and theologian N.T. Wright (in his book How God Became King) has commented on the fact that the great creeds of the Christian church essentially pass over most of the life and ministry of Jesus, focusing instead on his incarnation and birth, and his death, resurrection, and ascension. The basic reason for this is that Jesus’ life and ministry were not in dispute in the days of the creeds: the incarnation, death, resurrection, and ascension were. The point here is that, like the creeds,...
The Second Kingdom is Here!

The Second Kingdom is Here!

Our release date, December 8, is here, and that means you can now get your very own copy of our new, three-part audio drama, The Second Kingdom Book I: A Christmas Mystery, for a lousy $5.99. Why should you get it? Because you like mystery stories laced with a touch of sci-fi and fantasy. Because you are looking for family-friendly audio dramas for your kids. Because you like Christmas stories. Because you’re worried about the state our increasingly insane country, and don’t know whether to buckle down for the Second Coming, or buckle up for battle. Because you’d like to know if it makes sense to have any hope for this world, or if it should all just be left to burn. Because you want to live in the reality of the words, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Let Nothing You Dismay. For these and other reasons, I hope you’ll delay no longer, and get your own copy of this instant download now. In addition to the three episodes of The Second Kingdom, you’ll also get three Bonus Features not available elsewhere. See below for the complete track list. Each episode runs around 30 minutes, while the Bonus Features run between three and eleven minutes each. Have you got your very own copy yet? Track List: Episode 1 – Far as the Curse is Found Episode 2 – Mysterium Episode 3 – God Rest Ye Merry Bonus Feature 1 – Behind the Scenes Bonus Feature 2 – Behind the Voices Bonus Feature 3 – Behind the...
What’s Your Family’s Favorite Kind of Audio Story? Answer For a Chance to Win!

What’s Your Family’s Favorite Kind of Audio Story? Answer For a Chance to Win!

Around here, we love all kinds of audio stories. But the question is, what do you and your family most enjoy? If you had to choose your favorite, what would it be? Here are some options to get you started: Adventure Mystery Comedy Fantasy Historical Or any other you can think of! To help announce our brand new audio drama that’s about to be released, please answer the following question about your family: What kind of stories would your family most like to see in an audio drama? By answering this question in the comments below, you can enter into our special promotional drawing to win a Free Amazon Kindle Fire! We look forward to reading your comments, and don’t forget to go to our GIVEAWAY Page for additional chances to win, and help us spread the word about our new, three-part audio drama, The Second Kingdom Book I: A Christmas...
What Ages in Your Family Listen to Audio Drama? Answer For a Chance to Win!

What Ages in Your Family Listen to Audio Drama? Answer For a Chance to Win!

Our family has wanted to create a home business together for years. “Together,” as in something every member of the household could participate in. Chad had been a freelance writer for a long time, but writing is a rather solitary art form, and there was really no way to bring the kids into that process. But we’ve also had a lifelong love of audio drama, and have experimented with it from time to time. Audio drama was a favorite storytelling form of our family even before we were blessed with children, but has also captured the kids’ imaginations as they have grown up. Every age in our household has enjoyed the writing, recording, and producing process, some even getting involved as young as six months old. So it seemed natural to combine the desire for a family business with our love of audio theater. Family Lore Audio Adventures is the result of that combination: our very own, Mom and Pop audio drama company, serving up home-grown tales of adventure, mystery, and fantasy. To help announce our brand new audio drama that’s about to be released, please answer the following question about your family: What ages are the children in your family who listen to audio drama? By answering this question in the comments below, you can enter into our special promotional drawing to win a Free Amazon Kindle Fire! We look forward to reading your comments, and don’t forget to go to our GIVEAWAY Page for additional chances to win, and help us spread the word about our new, three-part audio drama, The Second Kingdom Book I: A Christmas...
What’s Your Favorite Audio Drama? Answer For a Chance to Win!

What’s Your Favorite Audio Drama? Answer For a Chance to Win!

All right, audio drama fans, listeners of radio shows like Adventures in Odyssey, or Lamplighter Theatre, or Jungle Jam, or Radio Theatre, or Jonathan Park, or…well, fill in the blank. In fact, please do fill in the blank: to help announce a brand new audio drama that’s about to be released, please answer the following question for you and your kids: What’s Your Family’s Favorite Audio Drama? For some, the answer may be Odyssey, or one of the Christian shows listed above. For others, perhaps your favorite is one of the Old Time Radio (OTR) shows, like The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, or Orson Welles’ Mercury Theater on the Air, or kid’s shows like Cinnamon Bear or The Lone Ranger, or old comedies like The Burns and Allen Show. Whatever your favorite happens to be, let us know in the comments below, for one of several ways to enter our Win a Kindle Fire Contest! Yep, from now through December 15, you can enter multiple times to win a Kindle Fire, by helping us promote our new, family friendly audio drama company, Family Lore Audio Adventures! Go to our Giveaway Page for a list of all the ways you can enter to win. While you’re here, be sure to find out more about our all new, three-part audio drama, The Second Kingdom Book I: A Christmas Mystery, available December...
C.S. Lewis Society of Chattanooga

C.S. Lewis Society of Chattanooga

This is pretty cool. A few years ago, the C.S. Lewis Society of Chattanooga, at one of their meetings, discussed my book, Talking of Dragons: The Children’s Books of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, mainly as a springboard for talking about “the importance of stories – especially fairy stories – for the development of imagination and the improvement of Christian faith.” You can listen to the audio here; and you can download the MP3 here. And if you’d like to visit the C.S. Lewis Society of Chattanooga, you can do that right...
St. Anne’s Pub Interview

St. Anne’s Pub Interview

So back in 2005, when Crown of Fire and Talking of Dragons first came out, I wasn’t exactly burning up the interview circuit. I did a few things: a local TV show, our local newspaper, and things like that. One of my favourites was with St Anne’s Pub, a very entertaining theology and culture audio journal out of Washington State. They do interviews, stories, reviews, and lots more, on subjects ranging from the economy to chocolate to fatherhood to death. In this interview, we talked about myths and fairy tales, dragons and books, Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, and about how to build storytelling cultures in our homes. We even talked about Santa Claus. Below are all three parts of the interview. St. Anne's Pub Interview Part 1 http://www.audioadventures.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Chad_on_St_Annes_Pub_1.mp3 St. Anne's Pub Interview Part 2 http://www.audioadventures.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Chad_on_St_Annes_Pub_2.mp3 St. Anne's Pub Interview Part 3...
Veritas Press Scholar’s Academy Author Discussion

Veritas Press Scholar’s Academy Author Discussion

Marlin Detweiler and the good folks over at Veritas Press have been jolly decent to me as a writer. They have carried my books in their catalog for years, and have graciously invited me to write for a several volumes in their outstanding Omnibus history / literature / theology series (I plan to do a post or two devoted to the Omnibus series in the near future). Several years ago, Marlin called and asked if I would participate in their series of author discussions for the Veritas Press Scholar’s Academy. This is an online classroom environment where homeschool families can get instruction in everything from Latin to Logic to Rhetoric to Omnibus to even things like Worldview and Film. So for those of you who are looking for a solution as to how you can give your kids an education in those subjects you feel are beyond you (and we all have some of those), while keeping them at home, I highly recommend the Veritas Press Scholar’s Academy as an excellent option. Anyway, several times a year, they bring in an author for a discussion with the students. My turn at bat came in early December. It was really a fun hour: after some introductory matter, the students, who were listening live in the “classroom,” began to type their questions in a chat box. Then Bruce Etter, host for the evening (and administrator of the Scholar’s Academy), asked the question, and all kinds of good discussion followed. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and the kids asked some really interesting questions that I don’t normally get in the interviews that I have done. So...
The Second Kingdom Preview

The Second Kingdom Preview

The shorter version of our trailer/preview (two minutes) of The Second Kingdom Book I: A Christmas Mystery, is now available on our YouTube channel, or you can view it right here, on this page. Be sure to also check out our Extended Preview (five minutes) as well. The Second Kingdom Book I: A Christmas Mystery will be available December 8, 2015. Here’s the story summary: The Warfield family is sliding into the darkness of their age: bad news in the media, personal losses in the family, and the apparent end of Christian influence in the culture have made them ready to give in to despair. But a strangely hopeful radio broadcast at Christmas begins to bring back the light, and sends daughter Rebekah on a quest to solve the mystery of John the Broadcaster. But enemies are dogging John’s trail, and it may be that the one voice of hope will be silenced forever. Meanwhile, it is becoming clearer to Rebekah that there is much more to this mysterious broadcaster than meets the ear. Join Rebekah and her family in a quest for hope in The Second Kingdom Book I: A Christmas Mystery. Available December 8, 2015 from Family Lore Audio...
The Nate and Abi Show

The Nate and Abi Show

The Nate and Abi Show was another pilot, this one made several years after The Newsom Kids Radio Show, and designed to allow the “middle kids” (Nathanael and Abigail) to host a short, fun show. This one also featured our then-youngest child, Kaitlyn (just under two at the time), and the mysterious, time-traveling Door of Many Keyholes. A fun show for your younger kids, The Nate and Abi Show is one Nate and Abi themselves are hoping to return to at some point for future episodes. Available December 8,...