Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ragamuffin DVD: Based on the Life of Rich Mullins {Giveaway and Review!}

Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful movie. Period.

I did not know much about Rich Mullins before Sean and I reviewed Ragamuffin. All I knew is my husband liked his music and recalled Mullins died tragically in a car accident when we were in high school. 

Rich Mullins, whom is mostly famous for the song, "Our God is an Awesome God" has an amazing testimony on how he came to understand the unfailing love of God. He loved God deeply and honestly. He failed many times over... stumbling through years of alcohol addictions, depression, and his need for true companionship. 

I found myself laughing (and crying) during the movie. While watching, it was obvious Rich Mullins  had a simplicity which Sean and I identified with and loved.  Especially our personal experience being "in ministry" for 10 years. 

Loved this quote from Wikipedia: "His faith can be understood by a quote he gave at a concert shortly before his death. He stated that:
Jesus said whatever you do to the least of these my brothers you’ve done it to me. And this is what I’ve come to think. That if I want to identify fully with Jesus Christ, who I claim to be my Savior and Lord, the best way that I can do that is to identify with the poor. This I know will go against the teachings of all the popular evangelical preachers. But they’re just wrong. They’re not bad, they’re just wrong. Christianity is not about building an absolutely secure little niche in the world where you can live with your perfect little wife and your perfect little children in a beautiful little house where you have no gays or minority groups anywhere near you. Christianity is about learning to love like Jesus loved and Jesus loved the poor and Jesus loved the broken-hearted.."
Michael Koch also did an amazing job as Rich Mullins in Ragamuffin. I am very impressed especially since I read he was new to the acting scene! I was curious how the music would be tied in the acting (dubbed over?), but NO he sung every Rich Mullins song himself. Rich was all about Jesus and Michael Koch allowed this to shine through. If Rich was alive today I have no doubt he would be pleased with this movie.

As far as this being a "family" movie, my opinion definitly for children 12 years and up (due to the struggles with drinking and emotional elements of depression.) Of course there is no nudity in the film, but the word damn is used quite often. 

Here is the sneak peak on the trailer! :D

Or do you know personally someone who could benefit? 
They would be blessed!

Also, I would love for you to WIN a free copy  you can by entering the give away below. :) Giveaway ends in 2 WEEKS!

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 “RichMullins 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 (GMA) on April 29, 2014.

Film Testimonials:
Rich was a gifted songwriter with an amazing heart for people. This film reminded me that what really made Rich special was how undistracted he was with the things of this world. His was a heart yearning for God.”

- Michael W. Smith
Singer, Songwriter

“This film captures the life of one of the most important people in the history of modern evangelicalism, a ragamuffin that our children and our grandchildren need to know about.” -Shane Claiborne
Author, Activist

Church Screening Tour:
Thanks to a nationwide church-screening tour from January through May 2014, RAGAMUFFIN traveled to 200 screens where it was seen by over 25,000 people at churches, college campuses and even jails.
**Soundtrack also available July 22nd featuring Jars Of Clay, Derek Webb, Sidewalk Prophets, Audrey Assad, Leigh Nash and more! Plus 2 NEW, original, never-before heard songs from Rich Mullins recorded in the early 70’s!**

Release Date: 7/8/14
Run-Time: 137 minutes
Writer/ Director: David Schultz
Dove Seal: Faith-Based with Caution
Suggested Retail Price: $19.99

Distributor: Capitol Christian Distribution

For fun, here is a great YouTube video of the man himself: ENJOY GOD. FOR HE IS GOOD! :)

In Him,

"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.Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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