I had the privilege of getting chosen to review a new movie. The movie is called Ragamuffin: Based On The Life Of Rich Mullins. I really didn't know much about Rich Mullins and didn't know if I would enjoy the movie or not. My Hubby was so nice to screen the film with me and give me his opinion (I will share that later). We both enjoyed the film but there were a few things you need to know up front before viewing this as a family.
First, the "D" word is used a few times (in context). It didn't bother me too much but I was viewing it with my husband and no children were present. Also, there is alcohol abuse and smoking. Rich Mullins had a rough start in life so this film definitely reflects his story so that the viewer can relate. His father in the film seems abusive. There is no violence shown but there are hints of verbal and emotional abuse. Other than that I would HIGHLY recommend this film to any of my friends and family.
Now, on to the good stuff. I titled this blog post The "Awesome God" Guy because Rich Mullins is the writer of that song. All this time I thought Michael W. Smith wrote it. LOL! He also wrote "Hold Me Jesus" (one of my favorites!). I really felt like I was in the movie and going through the emotions that he went through in his life. I could relate to many aspects of his story. Here is a summary of the film:
"RAGAMUFFIN is based on the life of Rich Mullins, a musical prodigy who rose to Christian music fame and fortune only to walk away and live on a Navajo reservation. An artistic genius, raised on a tree farm in Indiana by a callous father, Rich wrestled all of his life with the brokenness and crippling insecurity born of his childhood. A lover of Jesus and a rebel in the church, Rich refused to let his struggles with his own darkness tear him away from a God he was determined to love. As he struggled with success in Nashville and depression in Wichita, Rich desired most of all to live a life of honest and reckless faith amidst a culture of religion and conformity."
Here is a little about Rich Mullins:
"Singer and songwriter Richard Wayne “Rich” Mullins was best known for his worship song “Awesome God” which has been embraced as modern classics by many Christians. His music has been covered by many artists, including Caedmon’s Call, Amy Grant, Jars of Clay, Michael W. Smith, Third Day, John Tesh, and Hillsong United. Mullins’ musical career formally began with Zion Ministries in the late 1970s, where he wrote music and performed with a band called Zion. Mullins first solo hit, “Awesome God,” appeared on his third album and brought his music to a wider audience. Rich Mullins was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Gospel Music Association (GMA) on April 29, 2014."
I really enjoyed this movie very much. My Hubby says "It had me interested from beginning to end. I was rooting for the main character to succeed. I recommend it." He is a big movie buff so if he liked it, it must be good!
“Rich was a gifted songwriter with an amazing heart for people. This film reminded me that what really made Rich special was how undistracted he was with the things of this world. His was a heart yearning for God.” - Michael W. Smith Singer, Songwriter
“This film captures the life of one of the most important people in the history of modern evangelicalism, a ragamuffin that our children and our grandchildren need to know about.” - Shane Claiborne Author, Activist
*Soundtrack also available July 22nd featuring Jars Of Clay, Derek Webb, Sidewalk Prophets, Audrey Assad, Leigh Nash and more! Plus 2 NEW, original, never-before heard songs from Rich Mullins recorded in the early 70’s!*
The movie is scheduled to be released on DVD on Tuesday, July 8th. You can purchase it here: http://ragamuffinthemovie.com/
You could buy one for yourself and get an extra copy to give away to a Ragamuffin in your life. You could also enter to win the Ragamuffin DVD here on my blog. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what you did for Independence Day (please make sure you leave an email address so I can contact you). Must be 18 or older to enter and live in the U.S. I will announce the winner on Monday, July 14th. Check back then to see if you are the winner!
So what are you waiting for? Leave a comment and enter for a chance to win the DVD! It was a great testament of faith by Rich Mullins and why he wrote some of the songs he did.