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I'm a child of the 80s. I know I've just revealed at least my approximate age. And as a fan of contemporary Christian music, I remember well when Rich Mullins' song Awesome God first came out. I remember the wild popularity. I loved the song just as everyone else did. And I loved Rich Mullins' other music. There was something real and authentic, something that made you feel as if he could really relate what you were thinking. His music made me think about Who God was to me.
I didn't know much about Rich Mullins himself. I do remember hearing that he lived his life very simply, not in the extravagant way he could have given his popularity. And I remember feeling sadness when I heard about the end of his life in a car crash.
About Rich Mullins:
Singer and songwriter Richard Wayne “Rich” Mullins was best known for his worship song “Awesome God” which has been embraced as modern classics 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 1970s, 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
I was grateful to have the opportunity to review the new DVD Ragamuffin: Based on the Life of Rich Mullins. The DVD is a cross between an interview and a drama. Throughout the DVD, "Rich" is talking about various times in his life. As he talks the DVD also portrays the story of his life. Beginning in Rich's childhood and continuing on until the very end of his life, the DVD gives a first hand look at the life of this man who wanted to serve God with all his heart but who was the first to admit that he wasn't perfect, wasn't holy.
About the DVD:
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.
There were many things I didn't know about Rich's life. The DVD definitely has a sad tone throughout, I thought. Rich Mullins led an often difficult life. Despite his popularity, he was often haunted by the difficult things from his past. The tone made this difficult to watch at times. At the same time, I was very touched by Rich's life and testimony.
I think that watching the story of his life gave me the same feeling that listening to his music always has- the feeling that I'm not perfect but that God loves me and that I'm on a journey to serve God in the best way that I know how. It was edifying to watch even if it wasn't always easy.
It's a pretty long DVD- almost 2 1/2 hours. I don't think my kids would really "get" it because they haven't had the history of Rich Mullins' music. But all of us who are old enough to remember his touching and inspiring music can appreciate this picture of his life.
You can learn more about the film here. And you can purchase it beginning on July 8 here for $19.99. You can enter to win your own copy in the Rafflecopter below.
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