{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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Kirk Cameron’s Unstoppable

Full of powerful imagery and a heart-felt narrative, Kirk Cameron attempts to answer the question many people ask… “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?”
In the midst of tragedy many people walk away questioning God. Cameron attempts to tackle this difficult subeject in a 65 minute “visual journal” as he walks with a family through the loss of their son to cancer.
As he explains in the movie, attempting to answer these difficult questions boils down to understanding the sovereignty of God. “It’s like trying to pour the whole ocean into a coffee cup.” At times the imagery used is a bit jarring and slow-moving, but as the message comes together Kirk does a good job of showing us how God never truly leaves us.
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About the film:

Inspired by the death of Cameron’s close friend who succumbed to cancer at the age of 15, Kirk Cameron takes viewers on an inspiring and hope-filled visual journey to better understand the biggest doubt-raising question in faith: “Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?”

Going back to the beginning—literally—Kirk investigates the origins of good and evil and how they impact our lives … and our eternities. UNSTOPPABLE will prompt audiences to consider the role that pain and suffering has in our lives, as they affirm their personal views on faith, and encourage conversation starters about God, suffering, and hope. 

In theaters for only two weeknights (Sept 24th and Oct 3th, 2013), UNSTOPPABLE: A Live Event with Kirk Cameron sold a staggering 260,000 tickets and reached a theatrical gross of over $3.2 million dollars. In just two nights this independent project sent a loud message – audiences want thought-provoking and meaningful entertainment.   

Kirk Cameron is best known for his memorable role as “Mike Seaver,” a cultural icon of the 80’s, with his mullet hairstyle, cool glasses, and wisecracking comebacks. More recently he enjoyed much success with the No. 1 grossing inspirational film of 2008, Fireproof, and his recent documentary, Monumental. Kirk and his wife, Chelsea, were on-screen sweethearts during their Growing Pains years and are the founders of Camp Firefly, where terminally and seriously ill children and their families are provided an all-expense paid retreat (www.CampFirefly.com). Together, Kirk and Chelsea live in California with their six children.

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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):
Many thanks to Propellor Consulting, LLC for providing the sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. All opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by any monetary compensation.

Mosaics Reviews: Ancient History Go Fish Game

Every kid loves to play Go Fish… even high school kids. And if you are going to play Go Fish, imagine a fun way to sneak in a little extra learning at the same time.

{Disclaimer: I received this game for free in exchange for this review.}

Ancient History Go Fish Game

Four games in one:
A. Go Fish
B. Collect the Cards
C. Chronology
D. Continents

This one deck of 50 cards with the answer key teaches the following skills through four fun games: Basic historical facts, Chronology, Geography, Association, and Social Skills required to follow the rules and play games with others.

$11.95

This game is designed for kids ages 6 and up. Even for older kids, it’s a simple way to review history and have fun at the same time. The ability to play four different games with the same deck is a nice feature. The cards are great quality, with nice graphics and detailed information. Learn about the Roman Republic by matching a card about the Circus Maximus to a car about Denarius. Learn about Prehistory with Stonehenge, cave paintings, hunting mammoths and a celtic village.

We have always loved educational games in our house, and sometimes even the simplest games provide great learning opportunities. This is one of those games. The people behind The Classical Historian have created a wonderful learning tool with this game. My 17 year-old daughter and I had enjoyed it!

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