‘When Calls the Heart’ ~
CFDb Movie Review & Recommendation
“When Calls the Heart” tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coalmining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Loughlin plays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion.
The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing) who believes Thatcher’s wealthy father has doomed the lawman’s career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate’s daughter. Living in a 19th century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.
The series is inspired by Janette Oke’s bestselling book series about the Canadian West, and reunites Oke with Executive Producer and Director, Michael Landon, Jr.
So, after the first episode I was disappointed, but I thought we’ll give it one more chance and the 2nd episode was MUCH better and even had a little Christianity in it. I’ll focus in on this episode since this was the episode I really enjoyed. Here are some things that stood out to me:
- Great speech given by the student Rachel.
- A couple of the sayings – to find out what God has shaped you for and then give your whole heart to it. (Fabulous) Sometimes we think we know what we are called to, then something happens in our lives and we realize it was really for something entirely different.
- There is a cost to things that matter most in life and it’s in that sacrifice that we find that true treasure. (This reminds me of marriage too. There is a cost to maintaining a good marriage, same for good health too. There is TRUE TREASURE in these things and it all works towards the treasure in Heaven too as we are a good witness for Him when all parts of our lives fall under surrender to Jesus.)
So…changing my opinion…enjoying the entire series and will continue to watch it.
3rd episode – I really liked the saying, “Where God guides, He provides.”
3th episode – Typical romance episode, but the ending did show asking forgiveness by the pastor. That was nice. Forgiveness was all around.
4th episode – Small kindnesses can lead to real blessings. Something we all need to remember.
5th episode – We need to go to God to be able to discern which people are worthy of our trust…and so important…whom should we marry.
6th episode – This one really brings out that even after tragedy God still has a purpose for each one of us. If we are living…God has a purpose for us. Never forget that!
7th episode – Again the idea shines through that God has a purpose for us no matter what. It also causes you to think about how we allow disabilities to affect us. I also liked the statement that love travels with us wherever we go. It’s a reminder that Jesus NEVER leaves us, nor forsakes us.
8th episode – Well, a great romantic film and story, but no Christianity in this one at all. Disappointed.
9th episode – Glad to see God thanked in this episode. Another enjoyable episode. The series reminds me a little of the Christy Series. Although there are parts of this series that speaks life to me and gives me an example to follow, for the most part, it is just a regular romance series. I know that Janette Oke’s books normally have quite a bit of Christianity in them, but this series is taking most of it out. I haven’t read this particular series so I can’t say for sure, let me know what you think.
10th episode – Elizabeth wonders whether she understood her calling correctly. This really spoke to me because even if your calling seems to come directly from God’s voice, there seems to be a period of doubt, similar to Elijah’s experience. We experience the mountaintop and we’re sure, and then we experience the valley of doubt. The beautiful thing is that God is on the mountaintop with us, as well as in the valleys of doubt. We must press through those times of doubt. The best way to do this…stay in God’s Word all the time – through the mountaintop and the valley, eventually you find that mountaintop experience again and eventually get to that neutral ground where you can praise Him no matter what we’re feeling. Looking forward to seeing how they end this series next week and whether it will continue again in the future.
11th episode – Season Finale – A nice ending – A little Christianity in this one only not Biblical. I know this is a common thought for a lot of people that when our loved ones die, they are watching over us, guiding us and directing us but that isn’t Biblical. It is God and He sends His angels too to watch over us and the Holy Spirit guides us. The Bible is clear that we aren’t to look to the dead for advice or help, that is forbidden and more spiritualism than Christianity.
It sounds nice though, I admit that. The other thought is that all these miners went to Heaven even though no one really ever talks about repenting or being Christians. Now I have to stop and wonder what would I have said to those children who had lost their parents. I remember watching a Christy episode that handled the topic of will dogs go to Heaven. The response we great – the Bible says in I Corinthians 2:9 – But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
Looking forward to another season.
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