Good story about struggles young people even adults have to deal with when it comes to forgiveness. Set outdoors on a church youth camping trip fishing is the main activity but nobody catches any fish as hard feelings take priority. One of the most difficult things to do is to forgive someone who may have offended us in some way especially when we think they don't deserve it. The story is shown in a back-n-forth fashion with the focus on Hosea's unfailing love for his cheating wife. Hosea somehow reaches beyond the hurt in order to be obedient to God. The marvelous thing here is Hosea's faithfulness in the person of God and because of that reason he is eventually rewarded with a love returned. Through the story line the camping trip is a success as the young people learn to be more understanding of each other.
The movie is advertised by saying it brings a youth group together. However, this movie is a lot deeper than just a weekend trip.
The movie is split into two parts: a modern-day small youth group going on a camping trip and the times of Hosea.
I purchased the book, because I am studying Hosea personally. I wanted to get a visual of the book. This movie did an excellent job of portraying Hosea's love for his wife, how it must have felt to have people knowing your wife is cheating on you, and how heartbroken he was. The acting was excellent.
The portion about Hosea helps you see how the people of Hosea's day did not believe anything bad was going to happen, because they were prosperous and things were going well. It had a lot of parallels to trying to reach people for Jesus.
The portion of the movie that was about the youth group was realistic in how there was teasing, and misunderstandings. The girl in the movie who was the outsider was portrayed well with someone who may not "get" religious people. The movie had the characters probably resolving their issues in a short period of time that went beyond reality, but it is a movie. And movies take things beyond life at times to teach a lesson.
I felt the movie was excellent and would be good for teaching about reaching out to people, for helping you to see just how much God loves you no matter what, and a glimpse into the lives of prophets and how it was difficult to do the things God wanted them to do, but they were faithful even when culture laughed at them, threatened them, and they had to go through heartbreaking things.
I've seen the movie twice and thoroughly enjoyed it. I invited several friends to view it and they also were blessed in how it was presented. They love the story of Hosea. I want to share this movie with my youth group. It shows God's love and faithfulness.