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Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea (2012)

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  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00968THNS
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Starring Patty Duke (The Miracle Worker), Sean Astin (Rudy, Forever Strong), and Erin Bethea (Fireproof), Amazing Love 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.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Amazing Love, Directed by Kevin Downes, is a great movie for families and youth groups. It is a sharp reminder of the danger of cliques. The scenery is incredible and the scenes (flashbacks) to Israel and Hosea are spot on. I plan to show this to our church youth group.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie November 16, 2012
By Mark B
Too many Christian movies tend to be cheesy, or have not quite up to par acting, but this one should stand out as surpassing expectations. Great acting, and a great plot. It bounces back and forth between modern and Biblical times and shows a great picture of God's love for us. A top-notch movie the whole family can watch
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice movie November 19, 2012
Amazing Love is a nice Christian film that is partly about a youth group and partly about the biblical story of Hosea. It is a clean film and worth watching.

I have seen two other films by the director and I am a big fan; they are "Time Changer" and "The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry." However, I was a little disappointed with part of their new movie and was not able to enjoy it as much as the previous two films. It took awhile to get going. The film did not get to the Hosea story for thirty minutes. The thirty minutes spent focusing on the youth group could have either been shortened, or made to be more entertaining. For example, more conflicts with the troubled girl other than just the spilled coffee could have happened. Camping features more than just fishing, and the opening thirty minutes could have also had the characters doing other camping activities such as canoeing, swimming, or hiking. All of these could have been pulled off in the same amount of time, and would have made a more entertaining and emotional start to the film. I think of how exciting and fast paced the old Disney movie "The Parent Trap" was during the camp scene at the beginning, and the camping scene at the end.

My one complaint aside, this film was otherwise and overall commendable. The Hosea part of it was a five star movie. The acting was excellent, the mise en scene was excellent, and the music was excellent. I also enjoyed the closing portion of the youth group. The characters were believable and had some depth to them. I particularly got a kick out of "Game Boy." I am greatful for Christian filmmakers like this group and I hope they will continue to make more movies.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Film Great Message January 12, 2013
Ashley, Carrie, Cooper, Steve and Gameboy are all going on a youth group camping trip with their youth pastor, Stuart and his wife Beth. The kids are all pretty tight as many youth group kids are with the exception of Ashley. Ashley is a beautiful girl who has a bit of a self-centered attitude. She is going on the trip because her grandma is pushing her to go. Her attitude is to just get through it. This annoys Carrie to bits. She doesn't appreciate Ashley's snobbishness and has her own preconceived notions about the new addition. Steve however thinks that Ashley is just misunderstood and needs a chance. Of course with a big chip on her shoulder, Ashley doesn't make it easy for anyone to give her that chance. She feels no one understands her or what she has gone through.

Things don't go terribly well with the kids and Stuart decides to share the story of Hosea and Gomer with the kids. The story of Hosea is a story of God's love for His stiff necked, rebellious and disloyal people.

Amazing Love is two stories in one. The main one really is the telling of Hosea and Gomer. The secondary, story involving the kids really unfolds first. That part is good, but the real heart and soul that is going to get you is Hosea. What is cool though is how in the end, it all really intertwines so well together. Hosea learned how God felt when Israel turned their backs on Him and worshiped false idols. He felt it on the level of being a man married to and in love with a woman who was completely unfaithful to him. There was a line in the story that really hit home for me where Hosea is talking with God in anguished prayer not understanding how God would love this unlovable people who did not act loving toward Him. He said "You love us because your love is not dependent on us.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! November 17, 2012
By Shofar
I really enjoyed this movie. A story of mercy, Love and drawing closer to the Lord. I highly recommend it. Great movie to show youth groups and adults as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love through the ages worth remembering January 24, 2013
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Do you know who Greg Mitchell is? He is the author of The Coming Evil Trilogy, a Christian horror series that's very Biblically correct and accurate. Also the author of Rift Jump, a YA sci-fi book dealing with doubt and faith.
Believe it or not, he also co-wrote the screenplay for this movie, and it was through him I found out about this film. And when I saw the movie, his brand of humor hat I could recognize from The Strange Man and Enemies of the Cross (from TCE) was definitely there, so I couldn't help but love it. But more than that, there was the story of a Book from the Bible that's not really discussed in the church for some strange reason. Hosea.
When a youth pastor (Seasn Astin from The Goonies, Lord of the Rings, and numerous other films) and his wife (Erin Bethea, Kirk Cameron's wife) are ready to go on a camping trip, they find the number of kids coming with them rather short-handed. And one of them, a young, materialistic girl with a hard past who could care less about anything they do, is coming with them. While camping out, the kids (Carrie, Steve, Cooper, Gameboy, and Ashley) seem to be having a good time (except Ashley who immediately wants to go home) when an accident happens that further reveals how self-centric she is and hints at her hard past. When the youth pastor's wife suggests they show her unconditional love, it gives him an idea.
An idea in the form of presenting a fully fleshed-out story of the Book of Hosea.
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