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Ragamuffin DVD – Review & Giveaway!

I got saved in 1985 and was introduced to Christian music by a fiend of mine.  We would listen to Amy Grant in her car on the way to business college.  One of the songs that I loved to sing for it’s upbeat tempo and the way it made me feel was “Sing Your Praise to the Lord”, which is actually a song written by Rich Mullins.

I have been blessed with the opportunity to review a copy of Ragamuffin, which is based on the life of Rich Mullins.

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I didn’t know it at the time, but my Christian walk was deeply impacted by songs written and/or performed by Rich Mullins.  When I first started attending Church, Awesome God was sang almost weekly, and during a particularly hard time in my life Hold Me Jesus brought me much comfort.

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.

“This film reminded me that what really made Rich special was how undistracted he was with the things of this world.” —Michael W. Smith (singer/songwriter).

I was deeply touched by the account of Rich Mullin’s life.  Here was a man who could have had fame and fortune, and he gave it all up to follow Jesus, longing to live a simple life.  He never profited much from his earnings.  He took an allowance from all monies he received and instructed his accountant to give the rest away to the poor, never knowing what he really ever earned.

Rich struggled to find his identity and purpose in life.  He was different and I believe he knew he had a heavenly purpose.  Despite a broken relationship with his earthly Father, Rich finally comes to understand the deep and abiding love of his Heavenly Father. All he ever wanted was to be like Jesus.

Overall, this movie had a huge impact on my heart.  I found myself asking, “Would I be willing to give it all up to follow Jesus?”  Rich was a man seeking to know God and be known by him.  We could do well following his example.

Watch the movie trailer below.

I am excited to announce that I have one copy of Ragamuffin to give away to one of you.  To enter, simply follow the steps below.  Giveway will end at 9PM (Pacific) on Friday, July 18th.

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14 Comments

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    Kym
    July 10, 2014 at 5:18 am

    Very nice giveaway! I’m just starting to find out about this movie, and it looks so good!! The Rich Mullins song I know best is “Awesome God”
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    Sandy
    July 10, 2014 at 6:43 am

    One that comes to mind is Sing Your Praise To The Lord.

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    bluecottonmemory
    July 10, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Raising these boys who seem designed for real, authentic in everything from relationships to faith – I want to see this! Thanks for letting us know about it!
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    Amy M
    July 10, 2014 at 9:05 am

    I’m familiar with the song “Awesome God” and “Step by Step”.

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    June
    July 10, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Awesome God – I have a CD collection of his which includes the last, uncut jam session he performed in an old church just before that fateful jeep ride. Tragic. But clearly, God was ready for him to come home. Looking forward to seeing the movie. Thanks, Barbie!
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    Mary Geisen
    July 10, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Rich Mullins is amazing and he wrote more songs than most of us are even aware. I do love “Awesome God”. Music has always filled my soul and brought me closer to God. Thanks for the giveaway!
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    Wynter
    July 10, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    LOVE Rich Mullins! I grew up singing Awesome God in church but had no idea about the artist and writer until I spent a summer working at a camp in Colorado, where many folks were from Kansas. It was the summer after he had passed away. I was so moved by his life I bought up every one of CDS thereafter!
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    Mindy
    July 10, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    We have similar stories with early Amy Grant introduced by a friend. As a young married woman I would get out the radio and listen to her and Michael W. Smith sing and do interviews. Pioneers they were! Rich Mullins music had such a Heavenly bent that it is like he had to fit it all in because his life on Earth would be short. Hold me Jesus had a huge impact as well as many others. Thanks for the review. I tried to enter the giveaway but there are just 3 empty boxes that I don’t know what to put in. I will try back another time to see if it shows up.
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    Jennifer Camp
    July 10, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Wow, Barbie, I loved learning about this movie! “Sing your Praise to the Lord” was sung, at the top of our lungs, by my siblings and me over and over in the living room in my home when I was young, from my parents’ turn table–right along with Amy Grant. Thanks so much for this post. I have a lot to catch up on, reading your dear words. I’ve missed them.
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    Jolene Underwood (@Faith_Eyes)
    July 11, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Wow, I did not know he wrote those songs you listed. All of which I love. Just last week I put on my old Amy Grant music in the gym and ran hard on the elliptical to “Sing Your Praise to the Lord”. My hands were all over the place praising. Who knows what people thought! 🙂 Thank you so much for posting this.
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    LeeAnn G Taylor
    July 12, 2014 at 6:15 am

    I didn’t realize they were written by him until I read your post, but I grew up listening to Awesome God and remember singing Step by Step while hiking out west in college.
    LeeAnn G Taylor recently posted..Worship Wednesday – Fall Afresh

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    Naomi@WhatJoyIsMine
    July 12, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I am not really in the know of Rich’s music although I listened to and sang “Awesome God.”
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    Charis
    July 13, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    hard to get and creed are both the songs that are played often in our home.

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    Robyn L
    July 14, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    I would have to say that Awesome God would be my favorite song.

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