Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea [Blu-ray]
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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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During most of this movie, the scenes would switch back and forth from Israel to the campsite, which was really good. But the camera work could have been so much better at the campsite. Instead of the camera capturing a cozy view of the campers sitting around a campfire with a nice wilderness background, the camera only zoomed in on each individuals face.
You could barely tell they were at a campsite. Then it would switch back to Israel and the story of Hosea, which again was wonderful. But every time they switched back to the campsite, the camera did super close ups on everyone's faces, completely leaving out the rest of the group and the beautiful surroundings.
Had the video camera not zoomed in so very close and taken a wider angle of the campsite to include the surroundings, for me it then would have been a really enjoyable movie. I just was not on the same page with the director or who ever was in charge of the actual video shooting of the film.
Erin Bethea turned in her usual fantastic performance and the rest of the actors also performed well. So a more detailed breakdown, I give 4 stars for the story, 4 stars for the acting, to be kind I will not even rate the camera work. On a positive note, they did include some beautiful footage of the countryside of Nazareth, but it would have been nice to have seen much more of the gorgeous scenery across the Holy Land. Would have also been nice to include more of the wilderness around the campsite.
Amazing Love could still work as a witnessing tool for troubled teens. God can certainly take our mediocracy, and have it yield blessings a hundred fold as Jesus did with a few loaves of bread and couple of fish.
I would like to share thoughts on some Christian movies you may enjoy: October Baby, Camp Harlow, Miracles from Heaven, Letters to God, A Box of Faith, and of course, Fire Proof and Facing the Giants.
Another really good dvd was WWJD what would Jesus do? This stars John Schneider. Great for witnessing. This movie was followed up by WWJD the woodcarver, which basically showed 2 people sitting down talking about the Bible. They certainly meant well, but I was looking for more. The third movie in this saga is called what would Jesus do? The Journey Continues. This is a continuation of the original again with John Schneider. Not as good as the first, but a good dvd with some help from the fast forward button at times.
77 Chances is a very different type of movie. Rachel Hendrix and Erin Bethea are such blessings in this film, I would definitely recommend the movie, if you don't mind fast forwarding on occasion. A bit like 50 first dates except the message is to learn to listen to what God is telling us through our difficult circumstances.
I recently ordered and expecting to arrive soon This is our Time and The Redemption of Henry Myers which I am really looking forward to. Almost forgot, last month I watched a dvd called Saving Winston which was also pretty good, especially as a witness for struggling teens.
Finally I would like to share something I always do before watching a movie that you might want to consider. I put the dvd on and leave the screen on the main menu and then I pray for everyone in the movie.
I pray for the writers, producers, directors, actors, and actresses. I pray for anyone who has ever watched the movie and anyone who ever will. I pray for their salvation, witness, health, happiness, safety and loved ones, and for them to praise Jesus with their lives.
As I watch the dvd, I receive a lot of joy knowing I have prayed for everyone in the movie. It gives me more of a connection with them, especially knowing the hope of actually meeting them one day and becoming great friends for all of eternity in Heaven.
God's richest blessings to all..
This movie is well-made: it's mostly centered on the Hosea story, with a background story about a broken-hearted girl, which is told in a campfire & storytelling setting, and we learn how it applies to us and how we should have God's eyes to love as He does (and showed with Hosea) it also ties the significance of Hosea's story with the Cross of Jesus Christ and how Christ is Hosea for each and every one of us who have forgotten Him and looked for "other" to confide and delight in. This is a heart-felt movie RECOMMENDED
Jesus love is my most treasured gift. My Husband and I have a relationship with each other and with our LORD and Saver Jesus Christ. We are so Blessed to know how much Jesus Loves us.