{Review} Ragamuffin movie & a DVD giveaway!

I remember the first time I heard a Rich Mullins song.Ragamuffin Or at least the first time I really HEARD a Rich Mullins song. I was driving home from work listening to our local Christian radio station and I heard Creed, based on the Apostles Creed.

I believe in God the Father almighty
Maker of Heaven and Maker of Earth
And in Jesus Christ
His only begotten Son, our Lord
He was conceived by the Holy Spirit
Born of the virgin Mary
Suffered under Pontius Pilate
He was crucified and dead and buried

And I believe what I believe
Is what makes me what I am
I did not make it, no it is making me
It is the very truth of God and not
The invention of any man

The lyrics struck such a cord with me that I rushed out to buy the cassette tape. It didn’t take long before I wore out the tape and had to buy the CD. Rich’s music had a significant impact on my, and I am so grateful that I was able to see him in concert before his death.

When I saw that there would be a movie based on his life and his ministry I couldn’t wait to see it. I was eager to learn more about the man behind the music. This past year as I’ve talked with friends that were able to attend some of the preview screenings of the movie, so many of them talked about the movie being “dark”. Living just outside of Cincinnati, I have friends that attended the same Bible college as Rich and it was clear that the darker side of Rich’s story wasn’t news to them. His struggles weren’t exactly a secret.

But for me, his struggles just made him REAL… not dark. Yes, the movie shows us that he struggled with darkness and depression. But through it all, he sought after the heart of God. He messed up. He made some bad choices.  But he kept seeking God.

I found the movie to be well done and well written. Michael Koch was wonderful as Rich. It’s a challenge to adjust to seeing someone else as Rich Mullins, but when he sings and plays you have a hard time believing that it isn’t Rich at the keyboards. I’m not sure why they choose to portray Rich as an unkempt man 100% of the time. Yes, he was a t-shirt and jeans kind of guy that lived life barefoot when ever possible, but the movie makes it look like he didn’t own a hairbrush. Curious. (To me at least.) But irrelevant to the fact that movie is beautiful story of a man that lived his life fully in search of God, and how the emotional scars he earned along the way made him into the man that created the inspirational music that we all know and love.

Be sure to pick up a copy for yourself and a friend!

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Giveaway ends Friday, July 18th at midnight.

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An eye-opening journey, this film allows viewers to follow along with first-time filmmakers as they document the lives of orphans living on the streets in southern India.

“With over 31 million orphans in India, David Trotter and Shawn Scheinoha showed up hoping to find kids who would be willing to trust them enough to show them life through their eyes. What they didn’t expect was to be warmly welcomed by a family of 25 children living along the railway.”

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