Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea

The target audience of this film is definitely teenagers, but that did not stop me from enjoying this movie. I was pleased to see the casting of Sean Astin (Lord Of The Rings) and Erin Bethea (Fireproof) as main characters.

The story has Astin as a church youth group leader with Bethea as his wife. They take five youths from their church on a camping trip. During the camping trip, the opportunity arises one night for Astin to share the story of the Old Testament prophet Hosea and his example of true commitment and unconditional love.

The scenes of Hosea and the Old Testament characters were actually filmed in Israel. You get a real sense of what Hosea actually went through. I enjoyed seeing how devoted Hosea was to doing what God called him to do. I've always found the story of Hosea very powerful and this movie conveys that and left a lasting impression on me.

Whether you have read the Book of Hosea or not, this movie is worth watching. I highly recommend Amazing Love if you have teenagers. Sean Astin uses the book of Hosea to make teenagers (as well as ourselves) think about how they perceive others that are different than them.