Every single day for the past few months my kids ask this question, “Can we listen to an Odyssey?”. While we’re cooking dinner, eating breakfast, doing chores, in the car or just hanging out at home. They want to listen to an Odyssey.
If you’ve been around here for any stretch of time, I’ve probably mentioned “Odyssey” or better known as Adventures in Odyssey. It’s a family radio drama about a town called Odyssey, a man named John Avery Whittaker who owns a discovery emporium/ice cream shoppe and all the kids and adults who make up this town, have adventures and ultimately learn about God and His Word.
Plus, they are high-quality with really amazing voice actors (like Scrooge McDuck, Chilly from DocMcStuffins, Owl from Winnie the Pooh and more!) and the lessons are just…oh, I wish I could describe them! They are just spot on and perfect conversation starters for you and your kids!
OK, but here’s the thing. If you want to listen to Odyssey, you have to find it on the radio. (Huh? What’s that?!) Or buy the CDs which are like $25 each. Which is fine, but honestly, even if I wanted to spend the money, I just forget to buy them. The stores don’t have every single album (there are like 50+) and I dunno, in this age of instant podcasts and free streaming on Spotify, wrangling an album of CDs is too hard for me to figure out!
So, earlier this year I heard that Odyssey was going to start this Adventure Club where you could have access to EVERY SINGLE Adventures in Odyssey episode on your mobile device or computer. Whoa. I signed up the day it began and was in Odyssey-heaven. All the episodes I listened to as a kid (even the ones that have been sent to the archives because they weren’t quite right) were there, plus all the others I’ve been dying to listen to for the past 20 years. (Literally. 20 years. I am old.)
From the time we joined I think we have listened to 14 albums. That’s like…I don’t even know…225+ episodes! There have been days we’ve listened to five in one day. OK, that might be a little overkill but do you know how much I love my kids doing their chores while listening to a story about kids obeying their parents, loving their friends and learning God’s Word?!
There is so much cool stuff about the Odyssey Adventure Club that I thought I’d show you around in a little screencast. Ready? Here we go…
Isn’t that fun?! Ohmygoodnes, I love it.
Now, just 2 more things…ok, maybe 3:
1. The OAC does cost money. It’s usually $15 per month. Which does seem like a lot. But, I listened to a podcast with some of the creators of the OAC and they said that one big reason they did this club was to be able to showcase and support the ministries of their special adventures. So, I see my $15 as supporting Adventures in Odyssey and that ministry. Money well
2. Guess what else is included in your membership? A free subscription to Clubhouse Magazine! Y’ALL!! I can’t get over how much I love this.
3. This month the OAC is only $5!! FIVE DOLLARS. Y’all. That is such a good deal. You can’t buy one album for $5. Please, go sign up for at least one month and you will see why we have fallen in love with it! (expires July 31, 2014)
I wrote this post out of my great love and admiration for the OAC and bought the subscription myself. However, I’m also part of the LitFuse OAC Blogger team and am writing about OAC as part of a sponsored campaign.