Family Portraits is the name of an experimental radio drama series that was aired in 1987 on the Focus on the Family show to see if the Christian community would respond to a new form of entertainment as an alternative to Saturday morning cartoons. 13 episodes were written and produced and are contained within the album, complete with the wrap-around commentary by Dr. James Dobson and co-host Mike Trout.
The show captured the hearts and imaginations of listeners - young and old and continued on to gain full production status at Focus on the Family after a largely positive reaction by the listening audience.
This heart-warming collection of 13 family-oriented stories follows the continuing adventures of John Avery Whittaker (Whit) and his friends and the residents of the town of Odyssey. Through their everyday foibles and frustrations, these characters illuminate the daily struggles we all face: sibling rivalry, the consequences of lying, the effects of divorce on kids, peer pressure, teen rebellion and the relationship between children and their parents among other themes.
This album was out of print and was no longer sold through Focus on the Family or any other retailer as a new packaged product. It is very hard to find in hardcopy edition and has became the envy of many collectors.
It is now available as of December 2012 on Focus on the Family, and iTunes, only on digital download.
Budgie likes to exaggerate and his cousin Jaime Wentworth feels he just can't trust him anymore. After an incredibly over-the-top tale, Whit helps both Jamie and Budgie deal with their differences and accept each other for who they are.
The Hudson family is having trouble with peer pressure. The daughter, Blair Hudson, decides not be friends with a guy who is not considered 'in' and her father, Richard Hudson, puts down a co-worker to fit in.