Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea (DVD)

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Dove Approved: 12 and over

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UPC: 824483003491

ISBN: 9780740328060

Categories: Inspirational, Teen

Actors: Elijah Alexander, Erin Bethea, Kenton Duty, Patty Duke, Sammi Hanratty, Savannah Jayde, Sean Astin, Tehmina Sunny

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Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea

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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Dove Approved: 12 and over
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Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Writer: Greg Mitchell, Rich Christiano, Dave Christiano
Director: Kevin Downes
Producer: Daryl LeFever & Rich Christiano
Runtime: 80 min.
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Dove Worldview:

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!

Content Description:

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
Violence: None
Drugs: The drinking of wine and a toast is made.
Nudity: None
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.

Customer Reviews

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I want to thank you for your stalwart stand for Christian values in film-making. After viewing the Christiano Brothers (Five and Two Pictures) "Amazing Love," I was so thoroughly impressed by the quality and care that they took relating God to man through Hosea that I want to thank them for their efforts. I Googled them to find what other films they had made and was surprised by the subject matter and how they keyed it into Jesus Christ and how ALL of the issues that man runs into have a resolution in Jesus Christ.

I have viewed 4 of the Five and Two pictures films and was so impressed by the quality and care given from the everyday working man's perspective. I just came from a meeting with my pastor and presented the idea of a movie night showing these films to the youth and adults because of the quality content. He's considering it. As the Age of Grace comes to a close, these types of witness are so valuable to reaching out into each community and also strengthening the body of believers. I am looking forward to more of their productions and recommend to those around me, whether Christian or not, that these films are singularly worth viewing. Thank you again and may the Lord of us all continue to bless this ministry.
Dan
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Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea

Great movie! Also, a good way to introduce teens to the Old Testament prophet.
Monte M., Minnesota

Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea

Great witnessing tool for self-examination.
Anthony H., Texas

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