I know many of you are wondering what happened to the book cover. I’m sorry to have excited everyone’s anticipation, but you’ll have to wait just a bit longer. There has been a slight delay, but hopefully this week I can reveal the final cover.
In the meantime, I wanted to mention a fantastic movie my husband and I watched last night called Ragamuffin. This is a film based on the life of Christian singer-songwriter Rich Mullins. Some of you may know his songs “Awesome God” and “Hold Me Jesus”. Amy Grant performed several of his songs in the late 70s and 80s.
But the film was mainly about his troubled childhood, including a father who was a hard man and had great difficulty showing love and affection. On top of this Rich never felt like he belonged anywhere—he didn’t have the farming talents to take over his father’s land, and the only thing he really wanted to do was play worship music. Tormented by his past and a broken heart he incurs while at college, Rich finally accepts an offer to go to Nashville where Amy Grant wants to record some of his songs. But life as a musician is a hard one, and not really the sort of he wanted. Even as he plays music for churches, church camps, and Native American reservations, he struggles with alcohol abuse and understanding his own faith.
Ragamuffin is the most honest and well-made Christian movie I’ve ever seen. Its message is truly moving—that Jesus loves us right where we are—in our broken, addicted, hopeless states. We need not wait to come to him or worship him once we’ve “got it all together” as He will use us right where we are.