In 1987, Focus on the Family aired an experimental radio drama called "Family Portraits." It featured the first adventures of John Avery Whittaker, Tom Riley, and many others in the small town of Odyssey. After receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback, Focus decided to launch into full-scale production on what became Adeventures in Odyssey
. You can now enjoy all twelve episodes in this exclusive collection of the first family audio dramas by Focus on the Family. As you join Whit and his friends in Odyssey for the very first time, timeless truths will be revealed about sibling rivalry, the consequences of lying, peer pressure, parent-child relationships, and the effects of divorce. Also included: A half-hour roundtable discussion with Chuck Bolte, Phil Lollar, and Steve Harris about the creation of the series.
Themes in this collection:Whit's Visitor
Whit finds eight-year-old Davey Morrison in his basement. Davey wants to move to escape the pain of his parents' divorce. (Theme: The effects of divorce on children)Dental Dilemma
Middle-schooler Mark Forbes plants fear in the heart of his younger sister, Emily, as she anticipates her first dental appointment. (Theme: Teasing, dealing with fear)The New Kid in Town
Whit meets a 13-year-old girl named Shawn Walker who is new to town and has no friends. (Theme: Making new friends)No Stupid Questions
Young Meg Stevens asks a constant stream of questions, which annoys a cranky man named Chris Gottlieb. (Theme: Respect for the handicapped, the value of seeking knowledge)You're Not Going to Believe This...
Fourteen-year-old Budgie Wentworth III exaggerates the truth, which makes it hard for his cousin to believe anything he says. (Theme: The importance of a good reputation)My Brother's Keeper
A boy named Phillip Callas wants to get rid of his younger brother, and his wish might come true - permanently. (Theme: Sibling conflict)While Dad's Away
Whit tells the story of Mike Brettman, a vice president for a local company, whose job keeps him from seeing his family. (Theme: Absentee fathers)The Letter
A teen named Stacey, who is talking on the phone with a friend, gets into an argument with her father after he takes away the phone and hangs up on her conversation. (Theme: Communication with teens)A Different Kind of Peer Pressure
Richard Hudson is upset when his 14-year-old daughter, Blair, gives into peer pressure. (Theme: Peer pressure)In Memory of Herman
Amanda and Vic Hardwick are a married couple who disagree about Christianity. Amanda is convinced that she must persuade Vic to accept the gospel so he won't go to hell. (Theme: Life after death, salvation)A Member of the Family, Parts 1 & 2
When Whit's grandson, Monty, arrives for a summer in Odyssey, they are in for more trouble - and healing - than they expected. (Theme: Discipline, family conflict)A Simple Addition
Elementary-schooler Nicky is upset that his baby sister is taking his parents' attention away from him. (Theme: Sibling rivalry)