Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Adventures in Odyssey

When I was probably 7 years or so, I remember going to Alpha and Omega (the local Christian bookstore) with my mom and she would most often let us pick something out. Usually we would pick out a Superbook video or something like that, but i remember clear as it was yesterday picking out my first Adventures in Odyssey album.


Upon bringing it home, i proceeded to listen to every tape, in order, until i had finished. Then i did it again... and again, and again. I listened to those tapes over and over. Honestly I'm surprised that they still play! At any rate, when I was that young i never thought about how much of an impact they would have on my life. I grew up with the characters, and still listened to the episodes regularly until i was about 13 or 14.

I remember crying when the real Mr. Whitaker died and they replaced him... but I'm glad they did because really Whit's End wouldn't have been Whit's End without Whit! Anyways, I said all that to say that even though I am 23, I still love them! In fact, last summer I was able to get them out again and all summer long when the kids and i were in the car, we would listen to them. So when I got my new car and realized that we wouldn't be able to listen to the tapes anymore (since it doesn't have a tape deck) I immediately thought that I would just have to buy some on CD.

I went to two Christian bookstores and they were both priced the same. The series that i wanted was a compilation of the best adventures from the last 20 years and it was priced $40 instead of the regular volumes which were $25. I was trying to justify the cost, when my great friend Melissa suggested that I look on Amazon. They were so much cheaper! At any rate, i ended up getting 2 albums, the platinum one and then I think the most recent volume, and I got BOTH for $42!

I'm so happy! I never would have thought that first day i picked up the album off the shelf that 16 years later i would still be loving each and every adventure as much as I did then. If you haven't ever listened to any of the series, i would suggest that you look into it for your kids. They portray fictional people with real problems and 100% Godly solutions... I'm so glad that my mom got them for us when we were so young!

4 extraordinary comments:

Melissa March 26, 2008 at 9:56 AM  

Yay for smart friends named Melissa, who are on the computer instead of starting the massive amount of homework...haha

GO ME! :0)

But, I'm glad you've got them coming soon! I wanna hear them now too!

Smiling Sal :) March 26, 2008 at 11:18 AM  

Adventures in Odyssey are the BEST!!! Growing up and even now, I listen to them every night on the radio. Every month, us kids would put our money together and buy another set. I don't know how many we have - but I have listened to them all and they are great. You really never get sick of listening to them!!! They are GREAT!!

Alistar March 30, 2008 at 11:32 PM  

yeah.... we had them on tape AND we listened to them every night at seven on FLM. Pretty stinkn good. I always liked eugene cuz he had such a big vocabulary and was socially awkward. If we were talking about this you would say "kinda like you, har de har har har" lol. Anyway, my personal favorites are the episode where he teaches connie to drive and the set where he is dating and asking katrina to marry him.

Chris April 3, 2008 at 11:37 PM  

Hey Amanda! Was doing a Google search on Adventures in Odyssey and came across your blog. You gotta love how timeless Odyssey has been and continues to be. I'm twenty and have been listening for the past thirteen years! Over the last couple years, however, my interest in the show has really heightened... not long after they started Official Odyssey Podcast over at WhitsEnd.org, I started my own podcast with a fellow Odyssey fan.

Since we started last February, we've been extremely fortunate to talk with actors Dave Griffin (Jimmy Barclay) and Lauren Schaffel (Liz Horton) as well as writers Nathan Hoobler and Marshal Younger. You should check out the blog and let us know what you think.

God bless!

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