I Can Only Imagine: A Memoir
The captivating story behind the bestselling single in the history of Christian music—and the man who wrote it
MercyMe’s crossover hit, “I Can Only Imagine,” has touched millions of people around the world. But few know about the pain, redemption, and healing that inspired it. Now Bart Millard, award-winning recording artist and lead singer of MercyMe, shares how his dad’s transformation from abusive father to man of God sparked a divine moment in music history.
Go behind the scenes of Bart’s life—and the movie based on it—to discover how God repaired a broken family, prepared Bart for ministry through music, and wrote the words on his heart that would change his life forever. I Can Only Imagine is a front-row seat to witnessing God’s presence throughout Bart’s life. Whether falling in love with his childhood sweetheart or mourning his father’s death, founding MercyMe or flailing in the midst of its success, Bart continues to place his trust in God’s plans—plans that continue to surprise and surpass what Bart could have ever imagined.
REVIEW:*I received a copy from the publisher for review. This does not affect my review.*
I won’t lie, this isn’t an easy read…Let me rephrase that, this story will break your heart, it’s raw and emotional, but most of all? It’s beautiful! It takes a family that has been chewed up, spit out, and left completely divided, left with no hope, no love, nowhere to go…Then comes Grace. This is a book that I was so excited to read, but for all the wrong reasons. I knew it would be hard, but I never realized how much of it would mirror my own life, and how beautiful God’s love is in our darkest hours. This is a book that not everyone will want to read, but the message is timeless and universal. God is love, and He desires to heal, comfort, and restore us if we just give Him a chance.