Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ragamuffin: A Movie Review


Rich Mullins is best known by younger people as the composer of “Awesome God.”  He was, however, much more than that.  In this film, we meet Rich as a child on an Indiana farm struggling to please a father who can’t relate to his genius son.  We follow him to college, where he meets his best friend and his family--and a girl.  We see him question legalism, think deeply about how Jesus really lived, and put those thought into lyrics that till stir our souls.

This is no sugar-coated Christian flick, however, as it is based on a real human life.  And real life has struggle and brokenness.  Heartbreak, alcoholism, and depression were a part of Mullins’ life.  So was an amazing minister who helped Rich through the pain by sharing his own struggle and showing him how to embrace the fact that Jesus really, truly loved him unconditionally.

Music, of course, is woven throughout the narrative.  This is a movie that is beautiful, tragic, and triumphant.  I recommend it for viewing by youth and adults--and younger children with their parents so that they can discuss smoking, alcohol, and depression at an age-appropriate level. Worship leaders will want to see this movie for sure!

To enter the DVD giveaway, just comment on this blog post on or before July 14.  I will request contact information from the winner on July 15.  If you can’t wait to see it, purchase it now.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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