Inspirational Stories For Your Collection ~ Iesodo: Believe DVD Review

Iesodo BelieveDisclosure: I was compensated for this post, however, my opinions are based upon personal, positive experience. I only recommend products and companies that I believe will be of benefit to my readers.

Inspirational AND Fun

Meet Iesodo (Yay – Sa – Doe), an amazing dove who loves all the birds – even the common and the weak.  Iesodo is Japanese word which means “The Way of Jesus.”  In the DVD Iesodo: Believe, he has come to teach and lead the birds in a new, better way of life.  Natalie and Jared Hankins, the Executive Producers,  wanted to create entertaining stories that also had a Biblical message of faith and love.

The DVD came just in time for our family’s Friday Movie Night. My husband and I both were impressed with the message and the beautiful animation.  We also enjoyed the music (my preschooler jumped up and started dancing at one point).  I especially liked the theme song, and Maggie’s voice is beautiful!  In our opinion, the creators achieved their goal of combining faith and fun entertainment for children.

For those used to faster-paced movies, the Iesodo stories may seem a little slow at times.  However, the two 14-minute stories kept my preschooler’s attention; her eyes were glued to the screen, and she had a smile on her face for almost the entire length of the DVD.  At the end of the second episode, she asked to see another one.  That is my daughter’s stamp of approval!

Faith, Hope, and Love

The first episode on the Believe DVD is called “The Gathering,” and is inspired by Matthew 5:3–10 and Luke 6:20-22.  Iesodo gathers the flock – including a few close friends who depict the disciples – and gives a version of the Sermon on the Mount.  In the second episode, “Believing is Seeing” based on John 9, we find out that Iesodo can work miracles.

Watch the trailer to Iesodo: Believe below:

Iesodo: Believe is a wonderful resource for introducing the stories and message of Jesus to children. Full-color family discussion guides are available to link the Iesodo episodes with the real Jesus of the Bible. (Go to the Iesodo.com web site to download and print.)  I especially appreciate the message of hope, and the encouragement to help others in need.  The dove Iesodo is pictured in both episodes as a compassionate creature who values each bird individually.  Children are presented with a picture of a community of friends who treat each other with respect and kindness.  I believe that the stories on this DVD will help plant important truths in my child’s mind: Jesus loves her individually, His love is not dependent on what she does (or does not do), and that He can love others through her – even those who are different from herself.  Best of all, she can have fun while learning about Jesus!

Resources For Your Family

Iesodo LoveAlong with the family discussion guides for each DVD, the web site has several other great extras such as bird masks, coloring pages, Valentines’ cards, Christmas crafts to print from your computer!   We printed out the discussion guide for our DVD and hope to go through it soon with our daughter.  You may also view trailers and discover what happens behind the scenes.

You may purchase both Iesodo: Believe and the second DVD in the series Iesodo: Love now through Iesodo.com.  Iesodo: Faith is due out March 18, 2014, but you can pre-order now.  The retail price of each DVD (containing two episodes each, plus special features) is $14.99.  I love having this resource in our movie collection!


Copyright 2014 Kathryn Depew

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post, however, my opinions are based upon personal, positive experience. I only recommend products and companies that I believe will be of benefit to my readers.

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