Review - When Calls The Heart on DVD

When Calls the Heart - The Heart of Faith - Movie 1, season 4

I have been watching several episodes of "When Calls the Heart" on DVD.  This is a series shown on the Hallmark channel, which is also available for purchase on DVD.  I have been enjoying the program very much.

The series begins with a young woman, Elizabeth, who travels to Hope Valley to become the town's school teacher. She comes from a very wealthy, upstanding family.  The new life she begins takes quite a bit of getting used to, but she does it with dignity, poise, and grace.

The program is like watching a lovely civilized western, where the buildings are beautifully decorated and the majority of the residents have upstanding characters.  It is refreshing to watch.

The clothing is beautifully made and will inspire, I am sure, some designers to make similar wardrobes for those of us today who would love to dress in such a charming way.

Each "Movie" on DVD, from each season, has a specific plot that we get to enjoy.  It is resolved by the end of each episode so you are not left wondering what will happen next.  At the same time, we look forward to the next program so we can follow the lives of the people we get to know and love. 

I love that there is a church and a pastor in this town.  I love the café, which is a classy establishment run by a gracious hostess.  The school teacher is cheerful and pleasant and is wonderful with the children.  Most of the men in town have strong moral characters. They work hard, are committed to their duties in life, and are protective and caring of those in the community.

At times, in some of the episodes, there are moments when a female character is eager to take on work that is commonly done by men in the town. For instance, a gentleman will offer to help chop wood, but the lady wants to do it herself.  The lady does it cheerfully and with a smile.  The men take it graciously.  However, I would love to see one of the ladies accept this help.  It would be good to encourage such gallant behavior in men, and thankfully accept their kindness when possible.  

I love that they talk of faith in God and pray in each episode.  It is refreshing to see such a program which is produced by Michael Landon, Jr.   The program is inspired by the novel, "When Calls the Heart" by Janette Oke.

The scenery is, at times, breathtaking.  The town is beautiful to watch, and the writing is well done.  At times, viewers will cry, smile, sit on the edge of their seat in suspense, and be inspired.

A Bonus:

Movie 1, from season 4, is a Christmas special. The title is "When Calls the Heart - The Heart of Faith."  Included in this DVD is a Bible study. It can be accessed by putting the DVD into your computer and getting the files.  These can be printed for personal use, or shared with others in a group study.  It is approximately 30 pages long.  The study has 15 short sections for discussion based on clips from the movie.  There are Bible verses, questions, and room for notes and personal reflection.  This is very well done!

*Disclosure - I received this for review purposes.*

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