Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea (DVD)
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Starring Patty Duke (The Miracle Worker), Sean Astin (Rudy, Forever Strong), and Erin Bethea (Fireproof), Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea follows four teens who embark on a weekend camping trip with their youth group leader, Stuart (Astin), and his wife (Bethea). When an outsider, Ashley, unexpectedly joins Steve, Carrie, Cooper, and Gameboy, the materialistic and self-involved young woman's bad attitude leads to a confrontation with Carrie.
Hoping to heal the rift, Stuart shares the story of the Old Testament prophet Hosea. Now, it's up to the teens to decide if this powerful example of faith and commitment inspires them to open their hearts in this modern-day example of unconditional love.
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Writer: Greg Mitchell, Rich Christiano, Dave Christiano
Director: Kevin Downes
Producer: Daryl LeFever & Rich Christiano
Runtime: 80 min.
This is one of the best movies I have ever seen on unconditional love! The film uses a modern setting and features well-known actor Sean Astin as a youth leader named Stuart who shares the story of Hosea and his unconditional love for Gomer to illustrate God's love for mankind. This is a powerful story of redemption.
A troubled teen named Ashley joins the youth group on a camping trip and she is like a fish out of water. Although the youth group attempts to reach out to her she simply wants to be left alone. Yet one evening at the camp Stuart tells the story of Hosea and although some of the young adults can't believe the patience and love of Hosea, Stuart proclaims it to be an amazing love and, in the end, the group agrees. They even see a dramatic change in Ashley. The movie also features a cameo by Sean Astin's mother, Patty Duke, as well as a role played by Erin Bethea of "Fireproof". She plays Stuart's wife Beth.
This one should not be missed! It's a perfect film for a church night or youth group. In one scene Stuart asks each of the campers what their favorite book is in the Bible. He receives a different answer from each of them and declares that God made everyone different but loves each one. We are recommending the film for ages twelve plus due to a few sophisticated themes including Gomer being unfaithful to her husband but the point is made that Hosea displays unconditional love for his wife, redeeming her from the slave market; just as God displays the same love toward us. Don't miss this one!
Sex: A married man has a relationship with a married woman but this is used in the story of Hosea to proclaim God's amazing love for man; when Hosea talks of prostitution to the people one man declares, "Your own wife is a prostitute!"; a man mentions he is getting divorced from his wife; a girl says her mother is living with her new boyfriend.
Language: "Fool"-1; "Idiot"-1
Drugs: The drinking of wine and a toast is made.
Other: A girl mocks another girl, saying "I couldn't decide what to wear"; a girl says she hates church stuff but we learn she has had a difficult upbringing.