{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!


And enter to win a free DVD copy of the movie for yourself!

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Giveaway ends Friday, July 18th at midnight.


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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9 thoughts on “{Review} Ragamuffin movie & a DVD giveaway!

  1. I had the opportunity to meet Rich shortly before he died. He was very unkept and I had the impression it was his norm. Was it not? Looking forward to seeing this movie!

    • I believe that he was usually disheveled and very casual. But I think it was a bit exaggerated in the movie. Just in my personal opinion. You’ll have to let me know what you think when you see the movie!

  2. I would like to win. 🙂 I shared on FB too. I didn’t “discover” Rich until after he was gone from us.

  3. I remember listening to those tapes in the car with you 🙂 Weird how he was never talked about much when I was at CCU though. I can’t wait to see this movie!!

  4. I met Rich Mullins in 1987 when I coordinated a concert with he and his band at my college. I followed his career pretty much ever after that and saw him several more times in concert. I really thought the movie was well-done overall and very importantly showed Rich’s struggles, temptations, and humanity as well as his desire to get people to think outside the Christian culture box. However, I think what it failed to show, which was a bit disappointing (and maybe contributed to the feeling that the movie was a bit dark), was the fun-loving, life-embracing, creation(nature)-loving side of Rich. He also was often hilariously funny, and I don’t think the movie portrayed that super-well either. However, I would still very much recommend the movie for the reasons I mentioned above that made it good, and I would love to win a copy to watch again and share with friends!!

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