I’ve mentioned before my absolute LOVE for good quality Christian audio dramas. Adventures in Odyssey is probably my family’s all-time favorite, but we love Focus on the Family Radio Theatre, Heirloom Audio Productions, and Lamplight Theatre stories as well.
So why do I think them worth your investment of time and money? Let me give you a few reasons. And continue to the end to learn about a giveaway, just in time for Christmas gift-giving! (Of course, if you decide to keep it for yourself, that’s okay, too! I won’t tell anybody.)
- Audio dramas are wholesome and family-oriented.
Audio theater teaches lessons and reinforces the kind of principles I strive to instill in my children, and they do it in an entertaining, engaging way. And there’s no foul language, indecent or inappropriate situations, and no disturbing or violent images to leave an imprint on my children’s minds. Plus a good audio drama is perfect for family time, quiet time, homeschooling, or passing those long, dull hours during
- Audio dramas offer entertainment without a SCREEN!
We live in such a visual society, and while I don’t think that’s necessarily all bad, it’s also true most kids get far more visual stimulation than they could ever need. Audio dramas inspire their minds in other amazing ways. Which takes me to my next point…
- Audio dramas stir the imagination.
Whether it’s a garden setting, a battle scene, or a journey on the high seas, audio theater takes place completely within the imagination, which is bigger and more wonderful and more limitless than any visual media could ever be. I love anything that encourages the exercise of my children’s imagination.
- Audio dramas can introduce kids to good books.
Listening to your standard book on audio is a wonderful thing, but dramatizing that same book brings it alive for a child (or adult!) in unbelievable ways. Books, particularly classics, can look so heavy and imposing on a bookshelf, and their challenging language may prevent kids from giving them much of a chance. But when those same books are dramatized, suddenly kids begin to see there is far more wonder and excitement in those stuffy classics than they ever dreamed possible!
Now I’ve mentioned before my LOVE for Focus on the Family’s Radio Theatre. If you’re not familiar with their productions, let me assure you they are of the highest quality; beautifully written, true-to-the-book stories with amazing sound effects and musical scores that bring the tales to life.
And I have some to give away! In fact, I’m giving away TWO of my favorites. (Plus a 3rd, perhaps my VERY favorite, in another week or two. Stay tuned…)
First of all…
The Secret Garden — I loved this book as a kid and the Radio Theatre production is filled with good lessons for children, (and adults,) like the importance of humility, contentment, and patience, and the altering power of hope. Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel about a little girl who finds a garden that transforms and heals a family is beautifully retold in this audio drama. The production is approximately 135 minutes long and it is a sweet story for kids of all ages.
Les Miserables — This Victor Hugo classic is probably one of the most beautiful stories ever written. The message of redemption and mercy is so powerful and the plot is filled with interesting twists and turns. But be warned: If you’re the tearful sort, you WILL cry. Trust me. I will never forget the first time I heard this particular Radio Theatre Production. I was painting my bathroom and I remember sobbing so hard it was all I could do to see the walls! It was such an incredibly moving story. And it’s amazing how much more quickly the painting went when I was so absorbed in the tale of Jean Valjean!
Les Miserables is approximately 169 minutes long. And make note that Radio Theatre does not recommend this story for children under 8 years old. It is dark at points and very intense, though I think the particularly weighty scenes are handled very delicately. Still, use your own discretion.
So on to the giveaway, right? Be sure to check out the terms and conditions, and get to entering! The giveaway ends November 19 at 12:00 a.m., so be sure to share with friends and family!