ARC Review: I Can Only Imagine by Bart Millard

I Can Only Imagine by Bart Millard

Published February 13th, 2018 by Thomas Nelson

Genres Memoir, Nonfiction, Christian

Pages 224 pages

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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.

I have been a fan of MercyMe’s music for quite a while and by far my favorite song by them is “I Can Only Imagine” followed by the song “Greater”. Anyone who has heard the song “I Can Only Imagine” I assume would agree with me that it is not only a beautiful song, but a powerful song filled with honesty and wonder. I have been listening to their music ever since the first time I heard that song. Although I have yet to see the movie, “I Can Only Imagine” I have heard good things. I typically am not a big fan of memoirs however I was definitely interested in reading this one because of my love for MercyMe’s music.

I found this to be a very interesting book describing Bart Millard’s life and included a lot of personal information about his life, as well as some pictures. One of the most interesting things to me was the Millard, who wrote the song, “I Can Only Imagine”, wrote it in only 10 minutes. If you have heard the song once or a hundred times, it is hard to believe that it only took him that long to write such an emotional and powerful song. This is an emotional and uplifting book and I would certainly recommend it for anyone who is a fan of MercyMe’s music and wants to know more about Millard and his life.

Thank you to the publisher, Thomas Nelson, for sending me a review copy of this book.


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