{Review and Giveaway}: RAGAMUFFIN: Based On The Life of Rich Mullins DVD

I grew up listening to Rich Mullin’s songs.  Some of my favorites are “Awesome God,” “Step By Step,” and “Sing Your Praise to the Lord” (recorded by Amy Grant).  Even while writing this post, I am reminiscing about my former youth group days of singing & listening to his songs and doing hand motions to the choruses.

Thanks to Flyby Promotions, I was able to watch a film based on Rich Mullin’s life, called RAGAMUFFIN.  Watching this film gave me a better insight into Mullin’s life, during his childhood days growing up on a farm, his college years, and then life in Nashville as a rising Contemporary Christian songwriter and artist.  You get a really good glimpse into Mullins’ heart, the things that he struggled with and his desire to point people to Christ our Savior.

The film is rated PG-13.  There are scenes with smoking, drunkenness and a little bit of violence, so I wouldn’t recommend watching this with younger children.  I thought the actors did a great job and I really enjoyed hearing his songs in the movie.  Make sure to watch the credits after the movie ends.  =)

4857_RagamuffinCoverNew_lgAbout 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 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 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.

Here is a trailer for RAGAMUFFIN

“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.

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GIVEAWAY TIME!!! – One lucky reader will receive a copy of the DVD, RAGAMUFFIN: Based On The Life of Rich Mullins. Giveaway ends Saturday, July 19th at 11pm PST.

To enter, just leave a comment below.  Do you have any favorite songs written by Rich Mullins?  For extra entries, share this giveaway on facebook and/or twitter and leave a separate comment telling me that you’ve shared.

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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