52 Uncommon Family Adventures

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A great book on how to get family time together and make memories! There are some very unique ideas in this little gem!
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What a great concept for a book! This book consisted of 52 different activities for families - of different levels of cost and commitment. Some of my favorite features were the suggestions for discussion and devotions and the connection with the love languages for each child. A great resource to add to your family library!
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What a cool book! The word "adventure" always captures my attention and this book is packed with great ideas of adventures for families of all sizes and ages to do together. It's also tied to the 5 Love Languages philosophy with special instructions on how to make each adventure meaningful for a specific love language. Each adventure is marked with a symbol detailing the time commitment (one hour, half day, full day), cost (free, low, moderate), locale (inside, outside), and love language. The adventure instructions themselves are well organized with information on getting ready, how to do the adventure, a "that reminds me' section that provides possible discussion/conversation starters for the fam while you're doing the adventure, and finally a devotion section with bible verses and questions to ask to get everyone thinking. The last part of each adventure is how to make the adventure particularly meaningful for a specific love language. 

The book is geared for families, but I could see youth groups using this as well. Definitely one to buy and use as a reference!
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52 Uncommon Family Adventures
By Randy Southern
Although the title uses the word uncommon, I don’t think the activities provided are uncommon, in fact, the activities are quite common. The activities are creatively put together however with lessons for you and your family discuss and learn from. The goal is to address each love language with activities to help your family grow closer and spiritually. I think the ideas are entertaining and insightful for an afternoon of fun. All of the ideas are either free or inexpensive making them easy to implement. 
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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This is such a fun devotional/activity book! It's so unique and great for families. I love how it ties in an activity, a lesson, and love languages in each weekly devotional. Genius! My eight-year-old would love a lot of these activities. Some of my favorite activities included the bike wash, penny day, and minute to win it style games. Thanks so much to the publisher and netgalley for the chance to read and review this book. I will definitely be recommending this one!
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I love this idea!!! I love how it has an activity like Hide and Seek and then has a talking point like ... as a parent telling your kids about a time that you "lost" them and how it feels to be lost and how we can turn to God in those times. Then a Bible story and prayer time. Also having the Love Language listed with suggestions.

This will be on my gift giving list for Christmas this year! Awesome resource!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley on behalf of the Publisher and was under no obligation to post a favorable review.
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Randy Southern has put together a great resource of ways to intentionally bring your family together and have meaningful fun. I loved how adaptive the book was and easy to implement. He had discussion ideas to go with each activity and a small Bible lesson to accompany it. I really appreciated that he broke each activity down by price (most of them are free), and if the activity was inside or outside based. It was also very insightful of him to break it down what activities would be particularly impactful on the different love languages. 

Randy has written a great go to for parents and I would recommend getting a hard copy. That would be the easiest to reference and make notes in as you use them. I received an e-copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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I absolutely loved 52 Uncommon Family Adventures by Randy Southern. As a single parent, I am always looking for things to do for free or low cost with my daughter throughout the year to keep that connection with her. My favorite part is that after every adventure time there is a family devotion that ties in with the activity that was given for that week. It also has “Languages of the Day” and if you know your child’s love languages, you can benefit you from that adventure a little bit more. (If you do not know your child’s love language, you can go to https://www.5lovelanguages.com/) Randy Southern did an excellent job intertwining the book 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman with his book. I honestly cannot wait to try all of these activities with my daughter this next year and give her some great childhood memories! 
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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52 Uncommon Family Adventures by Randy Southern is a fun and creative book for the entire family! New ideas (and old) to make forever memories! I recommend this book totally! 

Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I loved this book and immediately ordered it for my family. This was a fantastic book to help plan family time together that isn't just dinner and a movie night. I thoroughly enjoyed the verses and questions and thoughts included with each activity. Very fun!
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So many great ideas for family adventures in this book. Loved this one!

Many thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for my ARC. All opinions are my own.
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I read a lot of books on building family traditions, unity, making memories, etc. This book a breath of fresh air and unlike any other as the “adventures“ really are uncommon! I was surprised to find how easy these were to do! With how well it’s written, how easy some of the activities were to implement, and the overall appeal, nothing takes the cake more than the fact that it’s biblically sound! Imagine that! Teaching about Jesus and the scriptures through engaging activities. I appreciated the ready made prompts but didn’t really care for the modernization (take a selfie with a librarian). 
Overall wonderful read and worthy addition to your library!
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Randy Southern's book, 52 Uncommon Family Adventures, lays out a variety of family fun nights varying in cost and time.  A date for each week of the year, Southern includes:
materials needed
any prep work needed (if applicable)
steps for making it happen
talking points
devotional
and specific love languages that it addresses
While some of these adventures may seem commonplace, others are unique and the author seems to take into consideration budget and ages of children.  With so many different ideas, the book would be a great place to start when planning a family night.  Who wouldn't love a speed board games, bowling with a twist, or a nerf gun war?  I especially loved that the author included talking points for conversations and a family devotional tied into each adventure.  Both would be a good way to wrap up the evening and still strengthen the family relationships.  A few resource for any family looking for a way to draw closer together.

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.
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Randy Southern offers up a full year's worth of family connections and fun times in his latest book, 52 Uncommon Family Adventures.  His desire is for families to break out of their routines, have fun and build positive memories together.

Adventures vary in how much they cost, how much time they take, how many supplies are needed, which love languages they cater to, and so on.  So, a special key helps parent pick and choose from the smorgasboard of 52 adventures, tailoring making adventures just for their family.  The key includes: time commitment, cost, indoors/outdoors, and love languages.

52 Uncommon Family Adventures includes all kinds of things--bowling with a twist, interviews, nerf games, photobombing, toilet paper olypmics, and oh, so much more!  You're guaranteed to find something that fits!  And Southern makes it easy for parents to implement these family adventures since he's already done the hard work for you--collecting the ideas and making the plan for intentional times together.  How can you go wrong with adventures that spark family fun, connections, and make memories of a lifetime!  You can't, so get your copy today!

Note:  I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this honest review.  However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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This book is not at all what I was expecting.  I was expecting a book like "things to do with your kids on a rainy day", "fun family adventures at the Smithsonian", "back road Wisconsin adventures for your family", "craft projects for kids" ....  I had no idea that Randy Southern is a Christian author, so had no idea that this book would contain 52 family adventures to teach 52 bible lessons to your kids.  If this is what you are looking for, then this is the book for you.  It has a good variety of activities to do at home and away, inside and out.
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This is really a sweet book.  It seems to cover all the bases so that these adventures are fun and fruitful for every family member.  Each member's needs get met.  I love that.  Sometimes in the mix of life, we need some help to light the creative spark for our family.  This book is so great for that.
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