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If you don't recognize the name Rich Mullins, you probably still know who he was. We often sing his song "Awesome God" in our church services. This song has been one of my favorites for a long time. The DVD Ragamuffin is based on the life of Rich Mullins, and I couldn't wait to watch it.
About the Movie:
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.
Release Date: 7/8/14
Run-Time: 137 minutes
Writer/ Director: David Schultz
Dove Seal: Faith-Based with Caution
Suggested Retail Price: $19.99
Distributor: Capitol Christian Distribution
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.
“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
I watched Ragamuffin with the small people. They were surprised when I started singing along with some of Rich Mullins' early music, like Elijah (one of my all-time favorites, by the way). The Boy said he really liked the music; he's not a fan of "happy happy" Christian music and would rather people are "real" about their faith, struggles, etc. I loved that this DVD was a great discussion starter with the girls about how we think about famous Christians, like the ones we hear on the radio every day, being perfect and never having problems or struggling with sins. In reality, these Christians are people just like us; each of us struggle with something because none of us are perfect.
You can learn more about the Ragamuffin DVD and Rich Mullins by visiting the website, liking Rich Mullins Film on Facebook, or following Ragamuffin on Twitter.
I highly recommend you add this DVD to your collection. You can purchase it at the Ragamuffin site. Actually I suggest you buy 2, one for you and one for the Ragamuffin in your life.
You can also enter below for your chance to win your own copy of the Ragamuffin DVD. (US and Canada only)