Review – Ragamuffin


When I arrived home from Indianapolis last night, there was a package from one of the providers of media I often review for. I always get excited to open these packages like a kid on Christmas morning. When I opened the package, I found the DVD release of the life story of Rich Mullins called “Ragamuffin.” I have been anticipating seeing this film since I first saw the trailer. Rich Mullins was a treasure to the music industry and particularly the Christian Music industry. His songs were honest, real and raw.

So was his life.

Although the hour was late, I couldn’t wait to watch this movie so I put it in. When the final credits rolled, I sat there somewhat numb. If you know anything about Rich Mullins, you know that the ending isn’t happy. He was tragically taken long before his time. The movie is over 2 hours of wrestling with the tension in our faith of holiness, honesty, transparency, grace, forgiveness and walking it out daily. I wonder if Rich Mullin’s story isn’t all of our story (just without all the record contracts, concerts and stuff). They did an incredible job of capturing his story, ALL of his story.

One of my biggest complaints about these films is the acting is usually not that great. There are times when it’s so bad it takes away from the story that is taking place. Not true with “Ragamuffin.” The acting was on point and believable. I got so pulled into the story that I never once thought about watching a film. The man that portrayed Rich Mullins did an exceptional job.

There were so many great quotes and lessons throughout “Ragamuffin.” I’m going to watch it again just to write down many of the things that were said. I’ll watch it again as a reminder that I’m not alone in the constant tension of living out a life of faith. One of the most powerful lessons in this film is the struggle of understanding how “God loves you” when you know you and sometimes that “Sunday School answer” doesn’t seem possible. Incredible fim. Incredible life that ended all too soon.

I give “Ragamuffin” a 5 out of 5. 

Where to Buy
Consider buying one DVD for yourself and give one away to a Ragamuffin in their lives.
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 “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 (GMA) on April 29, 2014.

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