When Calls the Heart, Season 3 | DVD Set Special Offer

When Calls The Heart Season 3 Video Offer

I've been a When Calls the Heart fan from the beginning. (Go #Hearties!) My obsession began way back in 1983 when Janette Oke first began the Canadian West series. I devoured each of the books as they came out and eagerly looked forward to the next installment.

When the TV movie of When Calls the Heart came out in 2013. I was thrilled. We popped up a batch of popcorn and had a great night of entertainment. Then in January 2014 Hallmark really made my day when they turned When Calls the Heart into a TV series

It's hard to imagine that we've just finished up season 3 and are antsy to watch the upcoming season 4. The wait is just killing me!

Fortunately for us the When Calls the Heart Complete Season 3 DVD Collection was just released. 

About the Season 3 Boxed Set

As with the When Calls the Heart Season 1 and Season 2 Collector's editions, this 10 DVD set contains both the film versions and the TV episode versions of When Calls the Heart Season 3. You can watch the series as 10 hour-long episodes or 5 feature films. As in previous years, fans will enjoy finding small differences between the film versions and the individual episodes.

The really exciting elements of the Season 3 Collectors' Edition are the three bonus discs. Disc 8 features the typical bonus material one would expect from a project like this -- behind the scenes footage, interviews, etc. Disc 9 is a special product devoted to the fans that have made When Calls the Heart such a grassroots success--featuring footage from the #Hearties gathering in Vancouver in January 2016. The 10th disc is a When Calls the Heart trivia game that devoted fans are sure to love.

Free DVD Set For All Pre-Orders

I know you're going to want the Season 3 collection so I couldn't resist telling you about this special offer from Fish Flix. We love Fish Flix for inspiring films at a great price. (Usually cheaper than we can find anywhere else!)

For everyone who pre-orders the Season 3 Collector's Edition from FishFlix.com they'll send the Season 1 "Episodes" set as a free gift. If you're going to be ordering it anyway you might as well get a free gift . . . right?!! Besides the Season 1 Episodes set would make a great item to give away to friends who aren't familiar with the When Calls the Heart series. 

With the release timed for October 11, 2016 this bonus item is a great Christmas gift (maybe stocking-stuffer?) for all those lovers of family-friendly romantic movies on your list! 

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Little One, God Made You Special by Amy Warren Hilliker | Children's Book Review

Little One, God Made You Special by Amy Warren Hilliker

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Amy Warren Hilliker
Illustrated by Polona Lovsin
Children's Board Book (ages 4 and under)

"No one has your great big heart.
God made you special from the start."

This cute and cuddly board book, inspired by The Purpose Driven Life, lets children know God made each one of us very special.

Little One, God Made You Special, written by Amy Warren Hilliker and inspired by the New York Times #1 bestseller The Purpose-Driven Life, is a cute and cuddly board book that let’s children know God made each one of us very special.

My Thoughts

There is a precious little boy that I know who through no fault of his own has been abandoned by his parents. That fact has left a visible scar on him that just begs to be healed. That sweet boy desperately needs to know that he is special.

That little boy isn't alone. Every child needs to know that they are special. They are special to the One that made them regardless of their circumstances. They are special because God Himself made them that way.

Little One, God Made You Special is a cute little board book that affirms that fact. The darling little animal mommas and babies take the reader through an account of just why they are special. Everyone is special because they were made unique by God. From their tiny nose clear down to their wiggly, squiggly toes each person is perfectly made. 

I am loving these adorable books based on The Purpose Driven Life. That book made a large impact on my life and I think these books will set a foundation for your little one to build upon. If you've not yet read the first book, Little One, God Loves You, you should. It's never too early to begin teaching your children how special and how loved they are by God.

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A Lesson in Hope (Hope Series #2) by Philip Gulley | Contemporary Fiction Review

A Lesson in Hope (Hope series #2) by Philip Gulley

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Hope Series #2
Contemporary Fiction

Sam Gardner has been pastor of Hope Friends Meeting for just four months when ninety-eight-year-old member Olive Charles passes away. What's more shocking news is that Olive has left her entire estate--worth nearly one million dollars--to the meeting. At first the gift sounds to Sam like a like a godsend. Yet as word of the unexpected windfall spreads, it stirs up a storm of conflicting opinions amongst the church members as to how the money would best be used. And before the estate is even released to the meeting, Olive's estranged niece, Regina Charles, turns up tipsy and furious in Hope and threatens a lawsuit over what she believes is rightfully hers. Although it may be an opportune time to ask for a raise, Sam finds himself questioning his future in Hope while trying to guide his lively congregation and find a peaceful way to deal with Regina.

My Thoughts

If you read my review of A Place Called Hope, the first book in this new series, you know that I was was less than thrilled by it. I'm glad to be able to say that A Lesson in Hope was a much better read. The story doesn't have a glaringly controversial topic and you get a glimpse of the original writing style of Gulley.
Sam and Barbara Gardner have been at the Hope Friends Meeting for four months and are beginning to settle into the community nicely. Just when things seem to be going smoothly Olive Charles dies and leaves the church a small fortune.  
As the human condition seems to dictate, the squabbles over what to do with the money that they do not yet have begins. Through the chaos there are a few characters that I really have come to appreciate. Ruby Hopper being at the top of the list. Not only can she make a delicious pie, she is also the calm and steady leadership that this group needs.
As I said you do get a glimpse of the humorous writing style that I loved about some of the first Harmony novels. The interactions between Sam and his family, particularly his parents, will make you chuckle and shake your head. The only story line that I really didn't like was that of Sam's obsession with Gretchen Weber. I know that it was supposed to be a semi-humorous life lesson but it just didn't come across that way. I did like the way that Barbara handled it. The woman is brilliant.
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The Atonement by Beverly Lewis | Contemporary Amish Fiction Review

Contemporary Fiction/Amish

Jah, Lucy thought. Tobe would have known what to say.
"But what would he say to me if he knew the truth?" she murmured
into her hands, leaning on the desk.
Alas, that was something she could not afford to find out.

The Atonement

The mistakes of the past haunt Lucy Flaud, now twenty-five and beyond Amish courting age. Instead, Lucy focuses on volunteering in both the Plain and fancy communities of Lancaster County. Yet no matter how hard she strives, she never feels she's doing enough. Then her father strikes up an unexpected friendship with an Englischer in search of a simpler way of life. Lucy forms a connection of her own with the thoughtful young man even as she rejects courtship with her longtime Amish friend. Is it too late to embrace redemption . . . and the power of love?


My Thoughts

I have been reading and enjoying novels by Beverly Lewis for years now. In all this time she has stuck to the Amish and Mennonite fiction genre. You would think that after writing about the same group of people for so long that her stories would have become stale or repetitive. With Beverly Lewis that is just not the case.

Beverly continues to delight me with her new story lines. She digs deep and shows the frailty of the human condition from the perspective of a simple life.  In The Atonement she looks at the effect of one person's wrong doings and how it tends to be a ripple effect striking and drawing in others with unintended results.

Lucy Flaud made a grievous mistake many years ago. Only a few people know about it but the weight is heavy on those people. Lucy has spent almost every waking moment trying in some way to atone for this past indiscretion but the guilt just won't go away. 

I would love to discuss on here the ending because it is a beautiful redemption story. But I'd rather you read and experience it for yourself. If you are looking for a story that reminds you that there is hope even in the midst of overwhelming circumstances then this is the book for you.

By the way . . . if you are part of a book club there are Discussion Questions available to download for your group.

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Swimming With Faith: The Missy Franklin Story by Natalie Davis Miller | Biography Review


"God is always there for me."
-Missy Franklin

ONE OF THE MOST TALENTED SWIMMERS in the world today, Missy Franklin has been swimming since she was five years old and hasn't stopped. From local summer swim leagues all the way to the Olympics, Missy has proven over and over that hard work and dedication can make dreams become reality. But through all of the adventures and challenges that are a part of this determined athlete's life, Missy has remained true to her heart and faith--making sure that God, family, and friends stay top priorities even in the face of the fame and glory that come with achieving goals like Olympic gold and world records in her beloved swimming.

My Thoughts

With the opening of the 2016 Summer Olympics just a few weeks away, Swimming With Faith was a fun addition to our summer reading list. Since Missy Franklin burst onto the world stage at the last summer Olympic games we have been fans. She presents such an engaging presence that represents her faith, family, and country so well.

Swimming With Faith is sure to appeal to the young aspiring swimmer in your midst. The story begins with Missy's early years and takes the reader through the whole journey of her fascinating life and career. I appreciated how relatable this biography was. It describes how Missy started swimming at age 5 like so many other American girls. She also tells of her time on different swim teams like many girls compete on.

We all know that every little girl isn't going to achieve the same success in swimming that Missy has, but the book encourages girls to find what God especially designed them for. Missy believes that she was designed to be a swimmer. She describes the different aspects of her make up and how they lend to swimming. While sharing that she also encourages other girls to seek God's design for themselves.

If you've got a girl that is interested in swimming specifically or in just seeking what she should become this is a great book for exploring that. It is also a great book to read before the summer Olympics in Rio starts. Now that we've read it we are looking forward to cheering Missy on as we watch her races.

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