Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Familyman's Christmas Treasury - Audio Collection by The Familyman ~ A Homeschool Crew Review

There are two things I love, Christmas and audio books. Combine them both together and I'm a happy girl. We have had the chance to review The Familyman's Christmas Treasury - Audio Collection with digital downloads from The Familyman for the last few weeks just in time for Christmas.

There is something about curling up by the fireplace (if you have one) with a cup of hot chocolate, a blanket, and some good, family friendly, Christmas stories. Even though it's only October, that's exactly what we did (minus that whole fire place thing lol). I love being able to get back to basics and listening to a story, letting your mind decide what characters look like, and where they are.

A lot of times, my kids don't want to pay attention to that because there's no screen, they can't see it, and all of those excuses. I have to say, after listening to one of these stories, they wanted more. They couldn't wait to hear the rest. So, if my kids are asking for more, then they must be GREAT.

Who is The Familyman?

Todd Wilson, the man behind The Familyman Ministries, is a writer, conference speaker, former pastor, and most of all, a dad. He believes that being a dad is the most important job you have, and that you will only have one chance at it. Todd and his wife, Debbie, travel around the country with their 8 kids encouraging other moms and dads.

The Familyman's Christmas Treasury

Included in this collection will be the first 6 stories of the collection which are:

  • Captain Chaos and the Manger Blaster
  • Cootie McKay's Nativity
  • The Stranger
  • The Bishop's Dream
  • Harold Grubbs and the Christmas Vest
  • Gladys Remembers Christmas
Here's a little bit about each story. I got my 11 year old to tell me about each one for you so that it would be from a kid's point of view. 

Captain Chaos and the Manger Blaster - Jason is a 10 year old boy who thought the story of the manger was boring. He gets into trouble and has to go to bed early. This is when Captain Chaos comes into the picture, and changes everything, including the birth of Jesus. What happens in a world with no Jesus?

Cootie McKay's Nativity - This was our favorite! The Nativity scene in this small town gets ruined unexpectedly. The townspeople didn't know of anyone who could build it until someone suggests Cootie McKay as their only hope. Everyone doubted that Cootie could make it happen, but after he learned what the Nativity meant, he started building the best he could. But..was it good enough?

The Stranger - A stranger, Jesse, shows up to town and everyone thinks that he's homeless, and is afraid of him. He knocks on several doors and no one will let him in. He ends up at the the Tucker family's home and even though they are having a really rough night, they welcomed him into their home. What happens next will give you the warm and fuzzies because it's a really beautiful story.

The Bishop's Dream -  Bishop Nicholas went and took care of the homeless children everyday, and they loved him so much. One day after spending time with them, he has a strange dream. People are celebrating "Christmas" and he doesn't know what it is. He sees children laughing and having a good time with Santa Claus. He quickly realizes that it's not all about Jesus, which saddens him, and finds out where Santa came from.

Harold Grubbs and the Christmas Vest - Every year a young boy's dad digs out an old vest right after Thanksgiving. The boy wonders about the vest and where it came from, so his dad tells him about Harold Grubbs, the meanest man in town, and how he ends up having the vest. What happens to Mr. Grubbs that changes him?

Gladys Remembers Christmas - Gladys grew up feeling very unloved after her mother died when she was young, and she ends up really not liking Christmas. While cleaning out her father's house she finds a box that takes her back to Christmas past. What happens to Glady that changes her feelings?

What did we think?

Honestly, we were super impressed with these stories. My son already wants to listen again, so I think we will turn these on while putting up our tree this year. I think these would also be great on those long car rides for the holidays, or just for some family friendly entertainment. Order these now so that you too can enjoy The Familyman's Christmas Treasury - Audio Collection.

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