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OAC: The 2015 John Avery Whittaker Award

Posted by Julie on September 19, 2015 in encouragement, God's Word, Life Lessons |

September2015OACMost people can think of one or two figures whose love and life example had a great impact on the formation of their spiritual foundation. It might be a coach, a Sunday school teacher or a parent or grandparent. Whatever the role, it’s hard to put a value on the investment these people make on a daily basis. In an effort to bring honor to these countless, quiet heroes, Adventures in Odyssey announces the  John Avery Whittaker Award. Named after Odyssey’s resident leader and the namesake of Odyssey’s most famous attraction, Whit’s End, the award will be bestowed annually on one deserving mentor.
 

Like the Adventures in Odyssey character John Avery Whittaker, or “Whit” as he’s known by fans of the show, the person should be someone who is passionate about innovatively teaching children the truths expressed in the Bible. Those who create Adventures in Odyssey know that while Whit might be a fictitious character, there are thousands of real people just like him. “Our hope is that by bringing those people into the light, others will be inspired to follow their example,” says Dave Arnold, the executive producer of Adventures in Odyssey. “If we can spur mature believers in Christ to mentor and influence a generation being barraged with messages of compromise, we can turn the tide and encourage revival in our youth.”

Nominations are being accepted now through October 31 for the “Whits” out there in the world. Beginning on November 1, one nominee will be selected daily and awarded with a prize package including Adventures in Odyssey’s latest album, Taking the Plunge, and a DVD of the movie Beyond the Mask. One grand prize winner will be chosen and announced on November 20. This worthy recipient will receive more than $500 worth of Focus on the Family resources, including an Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC) membership. The OAC offers 24/7, on-the-go access to more than 800 episodes of Adventures in Odyssey, as well as a new, members-only episode every month. It is a safe, fun environment where the whole family can explore, create and imagine, all while learning biblical truth.

Nominations can be submitted via this form, or the information can be emailed to contest@whitsend.org. (See the Official Rules for all the details.)

To learn more about the John Avery Whitaker Award, visit www.whitsend.org. Discover the Odyssey Adventure Club at www.oaclub.org or on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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Odyssey Adventure Club

Posted by Julie on April 7, 2015 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

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One of the perks of being a reviewer is people think of me and ask, “Hey, would you be interested?” It is very rare when I say no, and it’s usually time or the product goes against my core values.

And then there are the times I can’t say yes fast enough.

Odyssey Adventure Club is a product I believe in because my entire family has grown together through listening to Whit, Eugene, Connie and the gang. Honestly, my husband and I probably have garnered the most listening time. They are shows we can listen to together and be confident in the content.

The Odyssey Adventure Club is the same and they have a great deal going on for new accounts, first month only. (Subject to change without notice, please check website.) I hope you check it out.

For $5, first month, new accounts only, remember, here’s what you get:

Your Membership Includes …

  • Unlimited streaming of Adventures in Odyssey library(740+ episodes) retail value over $1,500

  • New monthly exclusive episodes

  • Monthly Web Quests

  • Monthly Clubhouse magazine subscription (U.S. Residents Only)

  • Daily devotions based on Adventures in Odyssey episodes

  • OAC monthly member newsletter

  • OAC exclusive video stories

  • Animated Odyssey videos, Last Chance Detectives, and more!

I hope you act now. These are some of our best memories, and I think they will be yours, too.

Learn more about the Odyssey Adventure Club here.

(I am affiliated through Litfuse Publicity OAC Blogger Program)

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My Adventures in Odyssey Confession

Posted by Julie on July 2, 2014 in About Me, Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

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I have a confession to make.

I’m in my 40’s and I love Adventures in Odyssey.

My favorite episodes?

When they time travel.

As a history buff, I love how history comes alive through my speakers when someone in the gang ends up in a place and time I can usually only read about. The character is placed in the event and sees firsthand what the event was about and why it is important. There’s always a lesson for the character. And of course with Adventures in Odyssey, it’s Biblical.

The Odyssey Adventure Club is geared for families with kids ages 8-12, but don’t let that stop you. As a member (because I’ve agreed to blog/review the site) this is what I have access to:

Your Membership Includes …

Unlimited streaming of Adventures in Odyssey Library (740+ episodes) retail value over $1,500
New monthly exclusives episodes
Monthly web quests
Clubhouse magazine subscription
Daily Devotions based on Adventures in Odyssey episodes
OAC exclusive blog posts
OAC Monthly Member Newsletter
OAC exclusive video stories
Other Odyssey content (Last Chance Detectives and More!)

I’m not only searching for and enjoying the episodes with the Imagination Station, I’m reading daily devotions from the site. Sometimes they are my own devotion time, not just what I do with my youngest. I’ve worked through the monthly adventure, mission based episodes and themes that highlight a ministry and/or organization that helps others and shares Jesus throughout the world.

Whether you’re a fan because of Whit, Connie, Eugene, those Rathbones, the time travel, or something else, this is a great opportunity to enjoy everything Adventures in Odyssey while growing closer to your family and Christ.

Learn more here.

I’m part of the team blogging about the Odyssey Adventure Club. I received a trial membership to OAC in return for promoting the club through social media.

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Odyssey Adventure Club Membership $5 for First Month

Posted by Julie on June 17, 2014 in Book Review, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |
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Are your kids in need of a safe and fun environment where they can explore, create and imagine, all while developing their faith and learning biblical truth? Enter the Odyssey Adventure Club (AOC)!

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For a limited time, you can join HERE for only $5 (regular monthly membership costs $15 for up to six users)!

Families will be able to stream the Adventures in Odyssey library, plus listen to exclusive new monthly episodes.  Busy families will find 24/7 access to the content through the Odyssey Adventure Club mobile iPhone app.

Children can also read daily devotions, interact with hands-on activities and view video documentaries featuring a behind-the-scenes look into the production of the Adventures in Odyssey stories. Parents can feel confident their children are safe on the Odyssey Adventure Club website — Focus on the Family staff will be monitoring all comments before they’re publicly posted.

A portion of each Odyssey Adventure Club membership will benefit Focus on the Family partner relief organizations, including Christian Veterinary Mission, Operation Christmas Child and Compassion International. This provides parents with an opportunity to teach children about the value of giving and serving others.

Coming in July, Odyssey Adventure Club members get to listen to the brand new album, “The Ties That Bind,” FIRST before it’s available ANYWHERE ELSE!

Click here to join for only $5!

Want more summer activities for your kids inspired by the Odyssey Adventure Club? Check out this post.



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