The Brinkman Advevntures Season 3 Review

Brinkman Adventures brings us exciting and true to life audio missionary stories and they have just released The Brinkman Adventures: Season 3. As part of this year’s Schoolhouse Review Crew, our family was given the digital copy and an opportunity to review it!

Brinkman Adventures Season 3 Review

The Brinkman Adventures is not new to us. We’ve reviewed the 2nd season last year and we immensely enjoyed it. The 3rd season brings episodes 25 to 36. Amazing stories of missionaries and God’s faithfulness in each of their lives in different circumstances. The stories actually come from real life but some names may have been changed and some details are dramatized too. But there is one story where the real name of the person is used (Steve Saint) and he even played his own character!

If you are not familiar with The Brinkmans, they are a modern-day missionary family. They have a blog where they write about the different missionaries they meet around the world. They are still the lead characters of the season but there are several stories which doesn’t include them or doesn’t center on them. The different characters face life threatening adventures and challenges which allow them to discover the very character of God and allow them to know their life’s mission. The stories  happen at different parts of the world from Ecuador to Kashmir and Africa to Alaska.
Brinkman Adventures Season 3 Review

Season 3 includes 12 exciting episodes. Every episode is about 25 minutes long so you will receive around 5 hours of audio drama. As we received digital files, we used the software VLC Media Player or Windows Media Player on my laptop to listen to all 12 episodes.

The episodes included in this season are namely:

Ep. 01 – God’s Mule

Ep. 02 – Mountain Mover

Ep. 03 – Silent Ambassador

Ep. 04 – Translating Trouble

Ep. 05 – Man-Up

Ep. 06 – Acorns & Oaks

Ep. 07 – A Saint’s Story Pt 1

Ep. 08 – A Saint Story pt 2

Ep. 09 – Untouched

Ep. 10 – Busy Bees and a Bullhorn

Ep. 11 – Missionary Tourist Pt 1

Ep. 12 – Missionary Tourist Pt 2

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We listened to one episode each day after lunch. This was our usual read-aloud time so listening to The Brinkman Adventure during this time was perfect for our family. My 11 year old daughter and 8 year old son sat close by and listened to the stories with anticipation. As they have listened to the previous season last year, they still remember some of the characters from the Brinkman family. They looked forward to hearing the familiar voices! There were also some recurring characters from the previous season like Mr. Benti and

After every episode, we discussed briefly the main lessons  we learned from the stories. Some of the lessons we learned from the different episodes were:

  • God is all-powerful, not limited to what our mind can conceive!
  • We need to obey the Lord’s instruction and step out in faith then God would show up when we least expect it!
  • We can never do everything on our own. We need to help one another so we can achieve what God wants us to do.
  • Even through painful situations in life, God can still use us if we are sensitive to His leading.

We also used the stories behind the stories guide from the webpage to know which part of the story were true and which were fictional.

My son’s favorite episode is “Man Up” because it was action-packed and exciting and Ian Brinkman was in the story! I guess he identifies with him. While my daughter’s favorite episode is “Acorns & Oaks” because it was truly inspiring to hear the story of the Ice Cream money Camp!  My favorite episode is “Busy Bees and A Bullhorn” because I sometimes am like Susan Brinkman, trying to do it all when I shouldn’t really be!

If you haven’t listened to The Brinkman Adventures, I recommend that you listen to the stories as a family. It gives every family some hope and encouragement that God can use each person to touch another life. It can even give your family a head start on becoming a family rooted in doing what God has tasked you to be!

You can get the CD version for a suggested donation fee of $27.99 and the MP3 downloadable version for a suggested donation fee of $17.99.

For more on The Brinkman Adventures, follow them on their Facebook page at The Brinkman Adventures Facebook.

Brinkman Adventures Season 3 Review
 

 

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Christian missionary stories are a rarity these days so when the Schoolhouse Review Crew introduced The Brinkman Adventures to us and gave us digital download copies of The Brinkman Adventures Season 2: Episodes 13-24 in exchange for a review, my kids and I were totally excited to listen to their stories.

Brinkman Adventures Review
The Brinkman Adventures is an audio drama of the life of a modern-day homeschooling missionary family. The Brinkmans travel to different places and meet all sorts of people. They write about their wild and crazy adventures and the wonderful people they meet along the way on their blog. The Brinkmans represent your modern day family. Having a big family, they encounter problems and their faith gets tested through the challenging circumstances they face daily. The stories actually come from real life missionaries whose names have been changed and some details are dramatized too.

We downloaded the digital copy of Season 2 through our web browser and received 13 files. There were 12 episodes and 1 bonus song included. Each episode is about 25 minutes long so you will receive around 5 hours of audio drama. We used the software VLC Media Player to listen to all 12 episodes.  The episodes included in this season are:

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

Brinkman Adventures Review
Even though it was our first time to listen to The Brinkman Adventures, it didn’t matter if we were not able to listen to the first season.  We were able to understand who the characters were and how the story unfolded. The episodes are all action packed! The actors were very lively and there were no dull moments. It was like listening to a movie!     The characters portrayed were very real. The frustrations of a mom, the conflict between siblings, the prayers that are waiting to be answered and the mischieveousness of children were part of the episodes and it made the stories real.

The episodes are for the entire family and very child friendly. We listened to 2 episodes each day and sometimes, the kids even wanted to listen to more episodes. My 10 year old daughter’s favorite episode is Blue Hat & Tshirt Bible. She said that the events were extra ordinary and were quite memorable. You can see that God was really protecting the missionaries throughout their journey.  She truly enjoyed almost all the episodes. While my 7 year old son listened along, I am not sure he understood what was happening on some of the episodes. He most liked The Mystery Ring because of the action packed episode but he kind of lost interest in the last episodes. The last few episodes had disclaminer that if you were 10 years old and below, it would be best to listen with your parents since the episodes were very intense. I personally enjoyed The Brinkman Adventure. It is not everyday where we get to listen to stories about missions so it was perfect for our family. My husband is a full time pastor but our children haven’t really been exposed much to the missions field, this was a great opportunity for us to share with them what a missionary actually does and how they live their lives. This is a good product to support as it help spreads awareness about the plight of missionaries around the world.

The first season of The Brinkman Adventures is also available through their website. It also consists of 12 episodes. First and second season are sold separately  The suggested donation price for the downloadable MP3 copies per season is $17 while the suggested donation price for the CD copies is  $25, they offer free shipping for their product.

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