Wow! As someone who needed to feel the deep raging fury called the love of God, this book has made me love God even more, realizing it is nothing I can do but what Christ has done for me. Rich's unashamed love for God has helped me through tough times in my faith, times when I need to trust the love of God to get me through. An Amazing story, an amazing life. Rich will forever be remembered.
James Bryan Smith's well-researched and thoughtfully-written biography of his late friend Rich Mullins is "a must read" for anyone interested in Mullins, or Jesus, or Christianity, or life in general. The book is best appreciated if one has a familiarity with Mullins' great contemporary Christian music. Ever since his seemingly-untimely death in an auto accident ten years ago, I've occasionally wondered to myself, "Why did God kill Rich Mullins?" Listening to the intense longing in Mullins' lyrics, especially on the posthumously-released Jesus Record, I came to realize that God didn't "kill" Rich Mullins. Rather, He gave him his heart's desire. Smith's book beautifully describes this simple saint's journey of faith.
For anyone who enjoys Rich Mullins' music and wants to learn more about the spiritual person and journey that could produce such beautiful work, this book is excellent. The "star" of the book is Jesus-- based on this intimate portrait of Rich taken from people who knew him best, I'm sure he would have it no other way.
This book will blow you away, and after you complete it, you'll want to read it again. I was so touched by the life (and death) of Rich Mullins, and this book has really made me reevaluate some of the things I hold on to a little too tightly in this world. Rich knew what mattered.You'll love this book, if you can get through the tears!