Friday, January 28, 2011

G.T. and the Halo Express

One day, when I was in elementary school, my mom heard about this set of children's audio tapes on James Dobson's radio program called G.T. and the Halo Express. I can't remember the specifics of the story, but the creators of G.T. had a son that was disabled and undergoing some medical treatments. They created the series for their son to entertain him as well as teach him scripture verses and important biblical themes. After hearing about them on James Dobson, my mom went to our local Christian bookstore and picked up Winning the Great Race of Faith. It's actually number 4 in the series. I listened to this tape until it basically fell apart. I loved it!

The premise of the story is pretty corny and completely un - T.C. (theologically correct). It follows the lives of Michael and Christie - brother and sister who are frequently visited by their guardian angels G.T. (Good Tidings) and Guardian and their band, the Halo Express who appear to teach them special lessons like perseverance, overcoming fear, and sharing God's word. The greatest part is that each story is interspersed with wonderful, catchy music AND every song is an actual scripture verse with reference. I still have every single verse memorized from the original G.T. tape that we bought all those years ago.

For Christmas, my mom found the whole series online (now they actually have CDs!) and ordered them for Keaton. There are 7 total in the series, including the Christmas one - that's over 100 verses put to music! I still think that #4 is my favorite, but they are all fantastic. Keaton has already enjoyed listening to them in the car. It's so refreshing to hear him singing scripture instead of "I Love Trash" or "Fruit Salad. Yummy yummy" Bonus: I have woken up every morning this week humming a scripture verse!

You can order the CDs from the website: http://www.gthalo.com. If you want to try one out, I would strongly suggest #4, or you can order the all 7 CDs for $69.00. Such a worthwhile investment, if you ask me!

Thanks, Mom for such a great gift!

6 comments:

Molly said...

"Learning verses from the Bible, memorizing them, one by one.." I LOVE GT and the Halo Express! Number 4 is also my favorite; I sometimes find myself singing the perseverence verses while I'm running without even thinking about it. I'm so glad these are still around!

Melissa Batusic said...

Thanks so much! I have been looking for something like this for a while. My mom ordered one that I had picked out and it was the worst thing I've ever heard! sounds like it was recorded in someones garage :)

Mary Anderson said...

Thanks for the tip. Maybe I will order them for Matthew's 4th Birthday!

Meagan Dennison said...

I have such great memories of listening to those with you as kids! I might have to invest in it for the boys...

Mom T said...

I just came upon your comments as I was looking for GT for my grandkids. It is soooo deja vue. My son is Silas Anderson whose story sounds just like yours except that I (the Mom) found them in the early 1980's.
Then I read the other comments and deja vu hit again. His step Gma is Mary Anderson and his cousin which would be Mary's Grandson is Matthew.
It is most likely that neither of you are related but it truly is a small world.
Also, the story of GT's beginnings is as follows - the very young son (3 or 4 I think) of the creators of the series had to have open heart surgery and his parents wanted to teach him some bible verses to help him trust in God's Comfort and Care so he wouldn't be scared. However since he couldn't even read at the time they decided to put the verse to music. After his successful surgery they went on teaching him verses this way and eventually they wrote the storyline to go with them.

Rob Barrett, Jr. said...

BTW, just the music is now up on iTunes. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/music-gt-halo-express/id1118129789