‘Ragamuffin: Based on the Life of Rich Mullins’
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‘Ragamuffin’ is the true story of Rich Mullins, a prodigy musician 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 weathered, 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 alcoholism, addiction, and women tear him away from a God he was determined to love. As he wrestled with success in Nashville, depression in Wichita, and oblivion in the Four Corners, Rich became one of the first of his time honestly amidst a culture of religion and conformity.
Towards the end of his life he encountered a love deeper than he had ever known dying tragically in a car accident at age 41.
He was a prophet and a poet and a beggar, more comfortable with the homeless than the wealthy, more in love with Jesus than religion, more interested in the music than the song. He felt too much, and held too much. He searched desperately his whole life for a way to belong down here, but he never did. He was just passing through.
For those of you who have been following my reviews for awhile know I’m not a big music fan, but Rich Mullins…his music was amazing. I still have 1 CD of his that I listen to and AWESOME GOD, one of my most all time favorite songs and for good reason.
His story, on the other hand, was definitely rough, about as raw as you can get. My heart ached for this guy while watching this film. I can only imagine really what he went through and how sad to have his life cut so short as such a young age.
Here are some things I want to highlight from this film:
- If you like his music, it’s interesting to see about his life and why he came to Christianity.
- How difficult it is for a lot of us to connect closely with God as our Father when our earthly dads are disconnected from us.
- Liked the part about God speaking to him through a Christian movie. (That is exactly why CFDb began and exists)
- The familiar quote, “God calls every man. Not every man responds.” and surprised to find out who the source was for the quote.
- Some good moments of humor intermixed.
- Holiness is about loving God in the moment. Need to think on that one a little while. I think that definition just touches on the surface.
- God loves us no matter what our choices are.
- We ALL struggle, just some hide it better than others. Pretending is quite exhausting too.
- He met hundreds of people and still felt completely alone.
- Powerful sermon about how a real believer BELIEVES God loves us.
- Also interesting about where Ragamuffin came from.
- His love for working with those on the Indian Reservation and how he was happiest there.
- We all get better than we deserve, so we should be thankful for what we have. (Really liked that saying)
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