A Christian Comic Book {Homeschool Review Crew}

A Christian Comic Book

Homeschool Review Crew

As part of the Homeschool Review Crew we recently received a new Christian Comic Book to review.  My oldest son was particularly interested in this one!  Captain Absolutely was out of the box and in his hands before I even realized that it had arrived!  Thanks to Focus On The Family for keeping him occupied reading for a few hours.

 

A Christian Comic Book

 

Yes I did say a few hours.  He literally read this book super fast.  It’s written like a comic book with lots of great graphics and just enough suspense and fun to keep my 10 year old intrigued from cover to cover.  Who wouldn’t be mesmerized by a librarian named Josiah King who while hiding amongst a room full of Bibles actually opens and starts reading one.  Due to some radioactive fumes(aren’t they always the culprit) and the fact that he’s reading the Bible,  he is turned into the hero Captain Absolutely.

About the Book

Do you remember ever listening to or reading Adventures in Odyssey?  I remember listening to the audio shows and watching the cartoons for Adventures in Odyssey as a child.  Captain Absolutely, the star of this Christian comic book, is a character from that show.  

We received a paperback copy of this book.  The bright colors and vivid graphics caught my eye as I was sneaking looks over my sons shoulder.  As soon as he finished reading the book it went off to my oldest daughter and then on down the line.  Currently I think child seven is reading the book and she’s the last independent reader I have.  Once she’s done I might actually get a chance to read it!

Captain Absolutely: Battle Against Dr Relative is written by Wooten Z. Bassett and illustrated by Dennis Edwards.  This character is a spin off of the Adventures in Odyssey series.  The series was written over a span of 5 years while it was appearing as a comic strip within the Clubhouse Magazine from Focus On The Family.  Only 105 pages long it will entertain your child as Dr Relative is dealt with by our hero who is defending truth, justice, and lots more truth.

This book is listed as a kids juvenile fiction and is currently retailing for $9.99.

Our Thoughts

I was not super interested in this book to review.  Got to admit it.  Science fiction and superheroes has just never been my thing.  Give me a historical fiction novel or a good biography and I’m hooked.  But sci fi and futuristic stuff, it’s over my head and just does not engage me.  My son on the other hand thinks this is amazing and could not wait to receive it to review.

Once the book arrived he grabbed it and found a comfy spot.  Within a few hours of sitting down he’d read the book straight through!  Even though I’m not a fan of this genre I do love the message behind this book.  It’s teaching children how to stand firm in their beliefs no matter what the rest of the world might be saying and doing.

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Learn More

Want to learn more?  Check out the Main Blog Post for the review team.  All of the reviews of this Christian Comic Book are linked up there so you can pick and choose some to read and see what everyone has to say.  You can also find Captain Absolutely and Focus On The Family on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Google +, and YouTube.

 

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FREE 14 Day Trial {OAClub}

 

FREE 14 Day Trial 

 
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FREE 14 Day Trial

 

Think of ways you can enjoy this summer for free:

  • Hiking
  • Visiting parks in your area
  • Swimming
  • Camping in your backyard
  • Visit a public museum or library

Now, add more fun and imagination to your summer through the Odyssey Adventure Club!

The Odyssey Adventure Club will give you streaming access to more than 800 Adventures in Odyssey episodes plus a sneak peek of exclusive audio and video stories, on-line activities and daily devotions you can’t find anywhere else.

Listening to the audios of Adventures in Odyssey is a great way to spend the drive time while you’re on vacation.  My kids love to listen to books on tape or stories on CD when we drive.  I love that when we listen to Adventures in Odyssey it’s a great Christian program with a message and a lesson to be learned.  They’re not just being entertained, they’re learning.  It may not qualify as school(or could it hmmm) but it’s still learning when we learn from God’s word.

Start a free 14-day trial for your family today and make the summer even more fun!  The good news is that you can extend that free trial when you purchase a membership to the Odyssey Adventure Club.  Like I mentioned above it’s great for the summer when you’re going on vacation.

It’s also a great way to occupy children when you’re going grocery shopping and have a drive(ours is an hour each way) or maybe when it’s a rainy day and they’re SOOO bored because they outside play just isn’t happening.  How would you use your FREE 14 day trial?  

My kids enjoy the Adventures in Odyssey.  Our age range is ages newborn(how can he already be almost 5 weeks) up to 11 years old.  And of course, I must admit that I too still love Adventures in Odyssey!  Some episodes I am experiencing for the first time!  So moms and dads relive some great memories with your kids this summer by taking advantage of the FREE 14 day trial!  What have you got to lose!

Free Clubhouse Magazine {OAClub}

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Try 3 issues of the Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse® (ages 8-12) OR Clubhouse Jr.® (ages 3-7) magazine for free!

Created with kids in mind, Focus on the Family offers a world of fun and imagination through short stories, jokes, puzzles, and games as well as recipes and activities to do as a family. Plus, what child doesn’t like mail? Your child will enjoy getting this entertaining magazine each month in the mail.

Click here to sign up for the free Clubhouse® magazine trial.

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Grow Your Child’s Faith This Summer!

Want to give your kids some fun mail this summer?  Make sure to sign them up for their free clubhouse magazine!  They’ll love getting it and it contains fun things to help keep them busy and not bored this summer.  My kids love getting mail, but it’s not something that they get a lot of.  If your kids are like mine they’re going to love seeing their name on a piece of mail just for them!

Now is the time to make sure your kids have the greatest adventure this summer with more than 800 Adventures in Odyssey episodes and non-stop listening fun! Sign up for the Odyssey Adventure Club today for just $9.99 per month at OACLUB.org.

Go Exploring This Summer! {OAClub}

Go exploring this summer!
Become world explorers with Adventures in Odyssey and OAClub!
Summer is here in temperatures and almost by the day!
What are you going to do with your summer!?
Go Exploring this Summer with Odyssey Adventure Club!
 
Go Exploring This Summer {OAClub} 

Give your family summer vacation a makeover this year and turn it into a “staycation.” Have your kids forget their summer boredom, turn off their screens, and instead circle the globe with Focus on the Family’s “World Explorers” summer adventure kit!

My kids don’t even know what a vacation is.  We school year round.  And with 10 children including a newborn it’s really hard to actually go anywhere.  Our vacations are day trips to the zoo or local Civil War reenactments.  We’re going to go exploring this summer with the Odyssey Adventure Club and you can too!

Throughout the next two months, travel our colorful, diverse world, visiting 27 different countries on six continents. Part of the fun will be figuring out where the next stop is, using five clues that reveal interesting facts about the next country. Once you’ve determined where you’re going, use the games, activities and faith lessons to give your kids a glimpse into that country’s unique culture.

Click here to sign up and receive your free summer adventure kit.

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Don’t Be Bored This Summer!

Now is the time to make sure your kids have the greatest adventure this summer with more than 800 Adventures in Odyssey episodes and non-stop listening fun! Sign up for the Odyssey Adventure Club today for just $9.99 per month at OACLUB.org.

There will be no boredom this summer for my family!  There will just be tons of fun and countless adventures!  Please take a moment to hop over and check out how much fun your family could have as part of the Odyssey Adventure Club(OAClub).  Plus make sure to go exploring this summer even if it’s just a walk around your yard.  You never know what you might find!

Say GoodBye to Boredom {OAClub}

Say GoodBye to Boredom this summer with Adventures in Odyssey and the Odyssey Adventure Club!

 

This summer, you can join Adventures in Odyssey’s Clubhouse Magazine and help children in the Middle East go to school and learn English. It’s Adventures in Odyssey’s Clubhouse Magazine Exercise to Educate summer challenge!

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The Problem

Nearly 7,000 miles away from the United States, there’s a war going on in the country of Syria. Many families have been forced from their homes. Parents have had to leave their jobs, and children have had to leave behind toys and friends.

Many of these families now live in refugee camps in nearby countries. They have tents instead of houses. Clean water is hard to come by. This war has put 2.6 million children out of school – some for more than four years already.

The Solution

Our friends at Focus on the Family Middle East know many families who don’t have the money to buy a school uniform and pay for their children to go to school. They also know people who would love to teach children English in local churches.

You may not have a lot of money to help, but you probably have time, energy and excitement. Here’s what you can do:

1. Go to to Whitsend.org/summer.

2. Print a sponsor sheet and exercise to earn points. You can do it for a week or the whole summer – just remember, the more you exercise, the more points you’ll earn!

3. Ask your family and friends to sponsor your efforts.

4. Beginning in July, tell us how you did and receive a digital bundle from your friends at Adventures in Odyssey and Focus on the Family. The deadline to submit your information is August 31, 2016. 

For participating and submitting your information, you will get a free Adventures in Odyssey episode from Album 51. You will also get 101 Surefire Ways to Strengthen Your Child’s Faith – eBook and the audio book of Imagination Station #1, “Voyage with the Vikings.”
Make the most of your summer—exercise for your health and help other kids in need while you do!

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Don’t Be Bored This Summer!

Now is the time to make sure your kids have the greatest adventure this summer with over 800 Adventures in Odyssey episodes and non-stop listening fun! Sign up for the Odyssey Adventure Club today for just $9.99 per month at OACLUB.org.

My kids can’t quite know how these kids feel being out of school because we school year round, but they do know what it’s like to have their routine messed up.  It’s super important (in our opinion) for young children to have a routine and being in a war torn country leaves them with no routine and no school.  

We’re going to be exercising and keeping fit this summer!  How about you?  Don’t forget to fill out the sponsor sheet and track your exercise.  Then turn it in by August 31st for it to count!

 

 

Nourish Their Spiritual Health {OAC}

Do you have kids?
Do you take time to nourish their spiritual health?
Let Adventures in Odyssey and their Odyssey Adventure Club help you out!
 
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If your family is like most, breakfast is rushed to get everyone out the door. Lunch is spent at school or work. Well our family is a bit different from most since we homeschool.  Our breakfast for the kids and I isn’t normally rushed but some days it is for daddy.  My husband is self-employed and some days he’s leaving at 6 or 7am so he can get to a job on time.  Other days he’s here and we share a leisurely breakfast.  Same with lunch.  Sometimes daddy is here and sometimes he’s off working.  

There is always one meal that we sit down and eat as a family though.  Supper.  Supper is our family meal.  Nourish their spiritual health as you eat supper together. Adventures in Odyssey and Odyssey Adventure Club want to give you a free resource to help you begin your new dinner tradition of making the most of your family mealtime, beginning this Easter season. Simply head to this page and fill out the form to receive a free sample of Whit’s End Mealtime Devotions.

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Want new resources to continue to build your family’s faith, even after Easter is over? Consider signing your family up for the Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC). It offers safe and free content for everyone in your family. Membership to the OAC costs just $9.99 a month — or even less if parents make a six-month or one-year commitment. Enrollment provides more than enough content to keep kids engaged throughout the year:

  • Access to exclusive content and first looks at books and select Radio Theatre dramas.
  • On-the-go access to the OAC app for both iOS and Android users.
  • 24/7 streaming access to nearly 800 AIO episodes.
  • A new, members-only AIO episode every month.
  • A subscription to Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine, and more.

To learn more about the Odyssey Adventure Club, visit www.oaclub.org, Facebook, Twitter. and Pinterest.

Nourish Their Spiritual Health

 

Our favorite thing to do around the supper table after everyone is done eating is read.  We have read books such as Anne of Green Gables(the series!), The Chronicles of Narnia series, and others.  So reading is not something new to us after supper.  You can easily replace reading a book with reading the free mealtime devotions from Adventures in Odyssey and Odyssey Adventure Club.  We personally in our family will do both.  We’ll nourish their minds and nourish their spiritual health at the same time.  Reading and being read to are so very important.

Leading Your Children to Easter {OAC}

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Leading your children to Easter is easier than ever this year.  We in our house know that Easter is more than just eggs and candy.  But do other children?  Do they care?  Give the gift of OAC this month to a child you want to know the true meaning of Easter and watch them grow!

There were a few years when our kids were little that we hid eggs.  Not full of candy though.  Just eggs.  Empty plastic eggs.  There was a meaning there that we wanted our kids to get but it was still getting lost somewhere along the way.  Now we love to watch a few special Easter movies that help us learn the true meaning of Easter as well as read the Bible stories connected to this celebration.

 

Leading Your Children to Easter {OAC}

 

The Bible is no doubt a timeless book, but often it’s seen by the younger generation as ancient and antiquated. How can we make the stories of the Bible—particularly the Easter story—alive and exciting for our children? Lead your children to Easter with Adventures in Odyssey.  Adventures in Odyssey has created a free activity kit for families to experience the Easter story brought to life through eight days of Christ-centered and fun activities. Click here to sign up and download the kit for free. 

Activity kits are always a great way to allow your children to learn and grow while having fun at the same time.  It’s leading your children to Easter but allowing them to feel that they’ve found the way all on their own.  There are eight days worth of activities for the days leading up to Easter.  I hope you’ll take advantage of this and that your kids will love it!

 

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If you’re looking to bring the Bible to life further during the Easter season, consider signing your family up for the Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC). It offers safe and free content for everyone in your family. Membership to the OAC costs just $9.99 a month — or even less if parents make a six-month or one-year commitment. Enrollment provides more than enough content to keep kids engaged throughout the year:

  • Access to exclusive content and first looks at books and select Radio Theatre dramas.
  • On-the-go access to the OAC app for both iOS and Android users.
  • 24/7 streaming access to nearly 800 AIO episodes.
  • A new, members-only AIO episode every month.
  • A subscription to Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine, and more.

To learn more about the Odyssey Adventure Club, visit www.oaclub.org, Facebook, Twitter. and Pinterest.

Merry Christmas From Odyssey Adventure Club

Merry Christmas From Odyssey Adventure Club!!

 
 
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Tired of the Christmas shopping, the baking and sugar overload, the Christmas festivities that keep you away from your family during the season? Take time special time to spend with your loved ones and invest in your community—with Focus on the Family’s help!

You can download a fun gift to give to your friends, family, and community! Each Christmas stocking stuffer card directs you to a special place to hear an Adventures in Odyssey Christmas episode. Plus, you’ll be able to read a special excerpt from Imagination Station #12, “Danger on a Silent Night.” Sign up here to download the free cards.

Plus stop by this page for a slew of crafts, recipes, and stories to share with your family during this special time of year!

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If you’re still looking for one last gift to give your kids this year, give the gift of the Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC). It offers safe and free content for everyone in your family, including an Advent calendar, a broadcast download with tips to create a memorable Christmas, AIO cutouts, and Christmas stocking stuffer cards. Membership to the OAC costs just $9.99 a month — or even less if parents make a six-month or one-year commitment. Enrollment provides more than enough content to keep kids engaged throughout the year:

  • Access to exclusive content and first looks at books and select Radio Theatre dramas.
  • On-the-go access to the OAC app for both iOS and Android users.
  • 24/7 streaming access to nearly 800 AIO episodes.
  • A new, members-only AIO episode every month.
  • A subscription to Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine, and more.

 

Merry Christmas From Odyssey Adventure Club

To learn more about the Odyssey Adventure Club, visit www.oaclub.org, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

But most of all Merry Christmas from Odyssey Adventure Club and from us the bloggers who love to share the fun with you.  I know my kids are loving these episodes and it has given us something great to listen to when it’s so yucky and rainy out.  That’s right, rain, not snow this Christmas season.   We’re still holding out hope for snow soon!

Take over the Holidays with OAC!

Holiday to-do lists often become longer and longer as we get closer to Christmas. From holiday parties to host, Christmas pajamas to coordinate, family pictures, gifts to buy, travel plans to finalize, and more, the joy of the season can often be lost in the midst of the hustle and bustle.  Take over the holidays with OAC!  Put them at the top of all the lists of things to buy for family and make sure to use them to help keep the kids occupied while you’re completing your other to do lists!

 

Take over the holidays with OAC
 

Adventures in Odyssey and Odyssey Adventure Club have you covered. Karen Ehman and Glynnis Whitwer, authors of Everyday Confetti, share ideas and tips for simplifying and taking the stress out of the holidays. Pointing to the real reason for the season, they offer ideas to help you keep Christ at the center. Click here for a free broadcast download to learn how to simplify and de-stress your holiday season.

Speaking of de-stressing, let me help you out with your last-minute gift shopping. One of my top recommendations: the Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC) because it offers free content for everyone, including an Advent calendar, a broadcast download with tips to create a memorable Christmas, AIO cutouts and Christmas stocking stuffer cards. Membership to the OAC costs just $9.99 a month — or even less if parents make a six-month or one-year commitment. Enrollment provides more than enough content to keep kids engaged throughout the year:

  • Access to exclusive content and first looks at books and select Radio Theatre dramas.
  • On-the-go access to the OAC app for both iOS and Android users.
  • 24/7 streaming access to nearly 800 AIO episodes.
  • A new, members-only AIO episode every month.
  • A subscription to Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine, and more.

 

Take over the Holidays with OAC

To learn more about the Odyssey Adventure Club, visit www.oaclub.org, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Check out these other gift ideas:

For our kids we try to always buy them something that will help them learn.  This year we are giving them games to help them learn geography!  You can find several good ones on Amazon.  One that we purchased is Geography Bingo.  We also got a Fifty States game to help them with our more local geography as well.

We also love to read in our family and each of the kids gets at least one book.  What books or series depends on what age level our children are, but some we’ve loved are the I Can Read books that are (we adore Veggie Tales).  They’re great for the beginning reader and can double as school reading books as well since I know there is nothing controversial in them.

Don’t forget about some good solid Bible teaching for kids too.  Make sure that each child has an age appropriate Bible.  Last year we also introduced devotionals for kids to our gang of kids!

Hope these have helped and I look forward to hearing what you decided to go with for gifts this year!

Make the Most of this Holiday Season {Odyssey Adventure Club}

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What’s on your children’s Christmas wish list? As excited as they might be about that new toy, as every parent knows, the thrill of the gift will eventually wear off. Focus on the Family and Adventures in Odyssey have created the perfect gift for those who want to give their children or grandchildren a present that will provide year-round fun with eternal impact.  This holiday season give them the gift they can enjoy all year long!

The Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC) offers families 24/7 access to 25 years’ worth of Adventures in Odyssey (AIO) episodes in a safe online environment where children can explore and learn. Christmas really is the perfect time to tap into your children’s imagination while infusing faith and fun into their day . . . and every day of the year.

To celebrate the holiday season this year, the OAC is offering free content for everyone, including an Advent calendar, a broadcast download with tips to create a memorable Christmas, AIO cutouts and Christmas stocking stuffer cards. Membership to the OAC costs just $9.99 a month — or even less if parents make a six-month or one-year commitment. Enrollment provides more than enough content to keep kids engaged throughout the year:

  • Access to exclusive content and first looks at books and select Radio Theatre dramas.
  • On-the-go access to the OAC app for both iOS and Android users.
  • 24/7 streaming access to nearly 800 AIO episodes.
  • A new, members-only AIO episode every month.
  • A subscription to Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine, and more.

In keeping with AIO’s rich heritage of teaching children about biblical principles — such as the importance of giving — a portion of each OAC membership benefits Focus on the Family partner organizations. Here are a couple of examples of what has been accomplished through Odyssey Adventure Club members:

The Odyssey Adventure Club wants to reach beyond fleeting entertainment this Christmas, partnering with parents in helping their kids grow deep in faith and find their place in God’s story.

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Speaking of the holidays, you can prepare for Christmas with Thriving Family‘s 2015 Advent Activity Calendar — Tales of Christmas Past: 25 Inspiring true stories of the season. Assemble a beautifully designed Advent poster to help your kids focus on Christ this Christmas. Then read Scripture passages and stories that relate to individual flaps on the poster. You can also create easy-to-fold booklets for each story. Get more information about this year’s free Advent calendar at ThrivingFamily.com/Advent, or sign up to download it.

To learn more about the Odyssey Adventure Club, visit www.oaclub.org, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

There are more awesome things happening to so stay tuned!  I personally can’t wait for the Advent Calendar!  This is our first year celebrating Advent and I’m at a bit of a loss.  I’ve never done it before and don’t know a lot about Advent. Plus Hanukkah falls in the middle of Advent so we’ll be double celebrating!  I’d love to hear your Advent traditions!

 

 

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