Set in a frontier world of bonnets and one-room schoolhouses, Love's Enduring Promise follows a headstrong young teacher

named Missie (January Jones, Bandits), the daughter of Clark and Marty Davis (Dale Midkiff and Katherine Heigl) from previous prairie romance Love Comes Softly. After Clark injures himself in a woodcutting accident, the family farm is in danger of failing--until a handsome young stranger (Logan Bartholomew) helps out. Missie finds herself drawn to this man, but the intelligence and graciousness of young railroad magnate (Mackenzie Austin, How to Deal) appeals to a side of her that yearns to go beyond the hills and valleys of her childhood. What could be romantic froth becomes a quiet, well-paced, and thoughtful love story, thanks to a solid script, capable performances, and clean direction. Jones is particularly engaging; Missie could have been blandly virtuous, but Jones draws a rich and subtle range of emotions out of her scenes. Religious viewers will appreciate the movie's commitment to wholesome storytelling and clear moral perspective. Love's Enduring Promise, like Love Comes Softly, is based on a novel by Christian writer Janet Oke, though Love's Enduring Promise departs more from its source.

Frequent reference to the United States as a young nation tends to obscure the fact that it is also the oldest continuing democracy in the world. More than that, it also tends to obscure what the founders themselves understood to be the ancient principles on which they defended the Revolution. John Adams put the matter trenchantly when he noted that the Revolution was complete before a shot was fired. However, staging a revolution against a nation regarded as being one’s own in the deepest sense of shared traditions and common ancestry was a grave and entirely unsettling matter. Just a few years before 1776, some who would take a leading part in the final dissolution of bonds spoke and wrote passionately for reconciliation.

When a life-threatening allergic illness demanded that she eat only organically grown food, writer and professor Mary Swander built a new life in a former one-room Iowa schoolhouse in the middle of the largest Amish community west of the Mississippi. In this rich and engaging memoir, which follows the course of a farmer’s year, she writes from the well-named Fairview School to share the radical

Swander discovers new strength and self-reliance along with a community of hardworking and hospitable neighbors. she explores what it means to be a lone physical and spiritual homesteader at the end of the twentieth century. creating a living crèche at Christmastime. From her perch in rural Kalona. . protecting her garden from a plague of grasshoppers.transformation of her life. Iowa. participating in barn raisings and auctions. Raising goats and poultry. all the while laughing at her attempts to wrestle with the pioneer challenges of midwestern winters and summers.