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Summer is just around the corner, and that often means dusting off those towering TBR (to-be-read) piles. But what if you could cuddle up with a warm blanket and “watch” those books instead of reading them? Here at UP Faith & Family, we’ve got you covered with a fantastic selection of shows based on beloved books from a variety of genres, perfect for cozy summer nights curled up on the couch.

Dive into coming-of-age tales and heartwarming adventures:

Embark on a journey of imagination with Emily of New Moon

Based on the classic novels by Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables, this series follows Emily Starr, a spirited orphan who finds friendship, family, and her own voice in a charming Canadian village. Viewers of all ages will be captivated by Emily’s resilience and her quest to find her place in the world.

Experience the power of forgiveness in The Confession

A sequel to the popular novel The Shunning, this drama follows Katie Lapp (now Katherine Mayfield), who sets out to find the ailing birth mother she has never known after experiencing the painful and frightening ordeal of shunning from her close-knit Amish family in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania.


Explore fantastical worlds and discover the meaning of life:

Travel to a land where dinosaurs and humans coexist in Dinotopia

Based on the captivating illustrations and stories by James Gurney, Dinotopia is a visual feast for the imagination, filled with lush landscapes and awe-inspiring creatures. This timeless tale explores themes of environmental stewardship and the importance of living in harmony with nature.

Contemplate life’s big questions in Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven

This heartwarming adaptation follows amusement park ride mechanic Eddie (played by Jon Voight), who learns valuable lessons about his life and the impact he had on others after a sudden accident. Albom’s poignant story offers comfort and hope, reminding us that “Our job is to love people. Even the ones that are hard. Even the ones that are broken. Because that’s how the healing happens.”


Enjoy wholesome family entertainment:

Return to Heartland

We can’t forget about Heartland! This touching series brings to life the novel series by Lauren Brooke. Set against the stunning backdrop of the High River, Alberta, we follow the lives of the Fleming family who have endured generations of love and loss on the eponymous ranch. The heart of the story is Amy Fleming, a young woman with an extraordinary gift for understanding and healing troubled horses. Each episode is a journey into the complexities of family dynamics, the highs and lows of running a horse ranch, and the healing power of love and forgiveness. Heartland isn’t just a show about horses and their riders; it’s a deep dive into the human spirit, showcasing how resilience, courage, and hope can guide us through life’s challenges.

Step into the world of history and inspiring women:

Uncover the untold stories of Jackie, Kennedy, and Joan Kennedy: The Women of Camelot

In this captivating miniseries based on the insightful biography by J. Randy Taraborrelli, go beyond the glamorous facade of Camelot to reveal the strength and resilience of these three remarkable women. History buffs will enjoy this series for its startlingly honest look at the women who kept Washington’s most private secrets, coped with the world’s most public tragedies and discovered an unbreakable bond that would last a lifetime.

Return to cherished classics:

Revisit the heartwarming world of Little Men

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s charming sequel to Little Women, Little Men follows a group of boys at Plumfield Academy, a home for orphaned boys run by Jo March and her husband Bhaer. Little Men offers a timeless message about the importance of education, friendship, and finding your own place in the world.

Tumble down the rabbit hole with Alice in Wonderland

Everyone knows the fantastical tale by Lewis Carroll about a young girl’s whimsical adventures, but you probably haven’t have seen it like this! Prepare to be whisked away to a world unlike any other, filled with talking animals, nonsensical riddles, and unforgettable characters like the Mad Hatter (Martin Short), the Cheshire Cat (Whoopi Goldberg), and the Queen of Hearts (Miranda Richardson). This whimsical adaptation is a delight for all ages, capturing the wonder and absurdity of Lewis Carroll’s timeless story.

Whether you crave heartwarming adventures, fantastical worlds, or inspiring true stories, UP Faith & Family has something for everyone. So grab your favorite blanket, pop some popcorn, and get ready to be transported by these captivating shows based on cherished novels. Summer reading just got a whole lot more relaxing!

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