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Many years ago, my friend Vonna invited me to go along with her to a concert in Williamsport, PA. She needed help working in the Operation Christmas Child booth there, but we’d also get to see some of the concert. It was a tribute to Rich Mullins. I remember thinking that I didn’t really even know who that was, but I went along for the fun of it. After I heard his songs, I knew exactly who he was. Even if you’ve never heard Rich’s name, surely you’ve heard his songs in the Christian music arena over the years. When opportunity to review a movie based on Rich’s life came along, I was interested in learning more about him.
About the Film
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.
About Rich Mullins
Singer and songwriter Richard Wayne “Rich” Mullins was best known for his worship song “Awesome God” which has been embraced as a modern classic 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 1970’s, 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.
Heidi Says . . .
I liked this movie. I always like movies that are based on true events or biographical in nature. I found Rich’s life interesting. He really struggled with some life issues – both personal and regarding his Christian faith and walk. Yet, it was through these issues and struggles that we get some of the best worship songs.
I found this movie inspiring because it’s a reminder of how God uses broken people to do great things for His glory.
There was one thing about this movie that really bugged me though, and I feel the need to share it . . . with every scene change, “Rich” had a different hair style. He would go from looking like this:
To looking like this in the very next scene:
Or sometimes like this:
I found this both confusing and distracting. I couldn’t quite figure out if they were bouncing around in time, or what.
Other than that, though, I liked the movie. If you’d like to learn more about Rich Mullins, his music, and his life, I’d definitely recommend checking out this movie. You can buy it here. You can also find more information on Facebook and Twitter.
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