Our family loves listening to audio dramas, especially when we are traveling in our van somewhere. Moreover, I love adding Christian audio drama to my family’s listening time and so I was thrilled to receive the 2-CD set of For The Temple from Heirloom Audio for our listening pleasure. Heirloom Audio offers their audio theater either on CDs or as digital downloads. For this review, we received the actual CDs.
Heirloom Audio provides quality Christain Audio Dramas the whole family will enjoy listening to time and time again. These are more than just books read aloud. They include amazing soundtracks, multiple voices, incredible sound effects and more. Based on the books by G.A. Henty, this audio drama as with their others truly bring history to life.
Along with the Audio dramas themselves, a Study Guide is also available. This guide includes detailed information regarding the background of the story, Our family really enjoyed following the development of John’s character. One of our favorite parts was after John and his band had started thwarting the Roman Army. He had returned to his family, and his mother and fiancee were extolling the character of the “John” they had been hearing about while John knew they were actually talking about him. At the same time, they wanted to know if John had met them and he replied he did know him. However, when his father walked in and revealed the fact that John was indeed the one they were talking about, he stated that he had not revealed his true role in the events. John has the wisdom to realize that those viewed as heroes sometimes let down those who extol their virtues.
Another part of the story our family found particularly interesting was the conversation between John and Titus. John spares Titus’ life in exchange for a promise from Titus that Titus and his armies would not destroy the temple. John’s steadfast devotion to God and preserving the temple of God truly caused us to focus on our own faith and what we believe we would be willing to do for God.
In addition to the audio drama, a study guide is available, which provides background information, a list of characters, questions for each chapter, vocabulary words and more. Here are some screenshots of some of the pages of the study guide. For our family, we decided not to use the study guide as a written exercise. Instead, I decided our family would use the questions as a jumping off point to start conversations about what we were listening to in the story. In other circumstances, I could visualize our children using the questions as journal exercises. Upon answering the questions and writing out the definitions of any words required, I would have the children orally present their thoughts to the rest of the family.
Our family has also had the privilege of reviewing other dramas from Heirloom Audio including In the Reign of Terror, Captain Bayley’s Heir, Wulf the Saxon, and St. Bartholomew’s Eve. From the very first audio drama, we listened to from Heirloom Audio our family has been captivated by the quality and details of these stories. If your family utilize Christian homeschooling materials and enjoy books by G.A. Henty along with audio theater, check out For The Temple for yourself. And if you would like to read reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew, click here or on the banner below.