LOVE COMES SOFTLY

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Starring: Katherine Heigl, Dale Midkiff,
Skye McCole Bartusiak, Corbin
Bernsen, Theresa Russell,
Oliver Macready, and David
Fine

Genre: Historical drama

Audience: All ages REVIEWER: Dr. Ted
Baehr LOVE COMES SOFTLY was
the "most watched" Hallmark
Channel television program
ever and one of the most
Christian and God-centered.
Set in the Old West and based
on a novel by Janette Oke, it
opens with a young couple
driving a covered wagon across
the endless plains. The wife,
Marty, thinks they're going in
the wrong direction. The
husband, Aaron, is upset
because Marty insisted upon
bringing all of her books with
her to the detriment of their
food supply. At a critical
moment in their argument, they
look down off a bluff and see
a beautiful pasture with a
river running through it.
Suddenly, their anxiety turns
to joy because they know that
this is the place. After the
first night, however, one of
their horses escapes. When
Aaron goes to look for it, he
gets bucked from his horse,
hits his head on a rock, and
dies. It takes some time
before word gets to Marty from
a distant neighbor. She is
devastated. At the funeral,
with all the settlers
gathered, another neighbor,
Clark Davis, asks her to marry
him before the preacher leaves
town the next day. He says his
wife died, and he needs
somebody to take care of his
little daughter, Missy. Marty
is shocked, but relents when
he promises to give her
passage home in the spring. At
first, Marty completely
rejects the family, and Missy
is completely alienated
because her mother has just
died. They are both grieving
terribly. Clark, however,
expresses Christian wisdom and
understanding. He says that
Marty is an answer to prayer.
When she says that she can't
handle Missy because she's
grieving, he says, "That's
exactly why you can handle
her." When love, prayer, and
compassion triumphs over
trials and tribulations, true
love does come softly to this
frontier family. In the
process, Marty even has a
conversion experience. This is
pretty bold stuff for
Hallmark. The passages on
understanding God and God's
love in this television movie
are superb. Michael Landon,
Jr. does a great job of
directing this movie. The
music, especially, is poignant
and stirring. Since this was
the most popular show on the
Hallmark Channel, perhaps it
will send a message that the
more faith and values you
insert into a production, the
better they do. Certainly,
Clark Davis is one of the
unique heroes, expressing the
wonderful compassionate
attributes of God's love and
the many aspects of His
relationship with His
family. Please address your
comments to: William Spencer
Reilly, Vice President Faith &
Values Media 74 Trinity Place,
Suite 1550 New York, NY
10006 212-406-4121
Phone 212-485-8500 Fax

Rating: Not Rated

Runtime: 91 minutes

Distributor: Hallmark/Faith & Values
Media CONTENT: (CCC, L, V, M)
Strong Christian worldview; no
foul language; action violence
with man falling and hitting
head on rock, woman caught in
snowstorm, man burns himself
on stove and hits head; kiss;
no nudity; no alcohol; no
smoking; and, rebellion,
willfulness, and stubbornness
overcome.

Director: Michael Landon Jr.

Executive Producer:

Producer: Kevin Bocarde and Kyle A.
Clark EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:
Robert Halmi Jr., Larry
Levinson and William Spencer
Reilly

Writer: Cindy Kelley and Michael
Landon Jr. BASED UPON THE
NOVEL BY: Janette Oke

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Content:

(CCC, L, V, M) Strong Christian worldview; no foul language; action violence with man falling and hitting head on rock, woman caught in snowstorm, man burns himself on stove and hits head; kiss; no nudity; no alcohol; no smoking; and, rebellion, willfulness, and stubbornness overcome.

GENRE: Historical drama

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Summary:

LOVE COMES SOFTLY was the "most watched" Hallmark Channel television program ever and one of the most Christian. Set in the Old West, it demonstrates how Christian wisdom, understanding, love, prayer, and compassion triumphs over trials and tribulations, to bring true love and conversion to this frontier family.

Review:

LOVE COMES SOFTLY was the "most watched" Hallmark Channel television program ever and one of the most Christian and God-centered. Set in the Old West and based on a novel by Janette Oke, it opens with a young couple driving a covered wagon across the endless plains. The wife, Marty, thinks they're going in the wrong direction. The husband, Aaron, is upset because Marty insisted upon bringing all of her books with her to the detriment of their food supply. At a critical moment in their argument, they look down off a bluff and see a beautiful pasture with a river running through it. Suddenly, their anxiety turns to joy because they know that this is the place.

After the first night, however, one of their horses escapes. When Aaron goes to look for it, he gets bucked from his horse, hits his head on a rock, and dies. It takes some time before word gets to Marty from a distant neighbor. She is devastated. At the funeral, with all the settlers gathered, another neighbor, Clark Davis, asks her to marry him before the preacher leaves town the next day. He says his wife died, and he needs somebody to take care of his little daughter, Missy. Marty is shocked, but relents when he promises to give her passage home in the spring.

At first, Marty completely rejects the family, and Missy is completely alienated because her mother has just died. They are both grieving terribly.

Clark, however, expresses Christian wisdom and understanding. He says that Marty is an answer to prayer. When she says that she can't handle Missy because she's grieving, he says, "That's exactly why you can handle her." When love, prayer, and compassion triumphs over trials and tribulations, true love does come softly to this frontier family. In the process, Marty even has a conversion experience.

This is pretty bold stuff for Hallmark. The passages on understanding God and God's love in this television movie are superb. Michael Landon, Jr. does a great job of directing this movie. The music, especially, is poignant and stirring. Since this was the most popular show on the Hallmark Channel, perhaps it will send a message that the more faith and values you insert into a production, the better they do. Certainly, Clark Davis is one of the unique heroes, expressing the wonderful compassionate attributes of God's love and the many aspects of His relationship with His family.

Please address your comments to:

William Spencer Reilly, Vice President

Faith & Values Media

74 Trinity Place, Suite 1550

New York, NY 10006

212-406-4121 Phone

212-485-8500 Fax

SUMMARY: LOVE COMES SOFTLY was the "most watched" Hallmark Channel television program ever and one of the most Christian. Set in the Old West, it demonstrates how Christian wisdom, understanding, love, prayer, and compassion triumphs over trials and tribulations, to bring true love and conversion to this frontier family.

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