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.
MY THOUGHTS-First off let me say I don't listen to music by Rich Mullins. I like learning about artists and the story behind them so I was interested in reviewing this dvd to see the man behind the music. And believe me, it was an interesting story to say the least.
Rich Mullins is well known for the music he has written. I mean, Amy Grant has recorded his songs and many of them I have heard of. So I am not totally unaware of him and his songs. But I had never heard about his story and what made him into the person who wrote the songs he did. The film starts off with a man going into an old church building and sitting down at the piano. We see the building looks like it hasn't been used in a while and the man looks worn down and tired. It then flashes to a radio interview talking to Rich Mullins and how he got saved. Thus starts the life story as Rich Mullins tells his tale. We see his relationship with his father and how it really fostered the way he thought about his Heavenly Father. If his father said he loved him and yet never spent time with him and was always insulting him, why should God be any different? As he grows we see his love for music even though his father thinks it is not manly to be playing the piano and singing. Then comes college as he takes off for Bible college. I don't want to tel the whole story but you get the idea. He had a rough time realizing how much God really loved him all through his growing up years and this shaped him in his later years.
I like the whole redemption story and how God pursued him even when he didn't realize it. My main problem with this film is the language. The case shows no rating on it and I am just glad we didn't sit down as a family to watch it. In the first 10 minutes there are at least 4 swear words. This is the father swearing at his son. And throughout the movie there are several more words. As a family reviewer, I would not give this film my recommendation. I saw a lot of objectionable material for children and even for families that are conservative. This deals with hard subjects and a raw look at a persons life so we also see smoking, drinking, etc. Is it something acceptable for adults? I think you need to make your own decision on it but I wanted to give a heads up as my blog is for family friendly products. If you are planning on showing it to young people, I would urge you to preview it first.
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