Review of I Can Only Imagine: A Memoir
As a member of the Harper Collins book review team, I’m reviewing I Can Only Imagine: A Memoir.
I was first introduced to MercyMe in 2007 when I was first starting this blog. A friend told me to check out a song of theirs called “God With Us,” and I’ve been hooked on their music ever since. When I first found out that Bart Millard, the lead singer of the group, was releasing a movie for their hit song “I Can Only Imagine,” I was immensely excited, and even more so when I saw this book was available for review.
Listed as one of the most popular Christian songs of all time, “I Can Only Imagine,” was written by Bart as a tribute to his father. This book sets the background for Bart’s life leading up to writing this powerful song. From dealing with the divorce of his parents, to the abuse he suffered at the hands of his father, and to dealing with his father’s battle with cancer and death, his memoir recounts all the in between details to explain just how personal the writing of this song was to him.
I couldn’t help but think of the phrase “beauty from ashes,” as I read this book. Bart Millard gives a touching personal story of the redemptive powers that Jesus Christ is able to perform in our lives. How that even though we have so many messy pieces, Jesus is still able to form beauty from each of them. This is not just a story about the hit song and band, but a story of love, forgiveness, and how a personal relationship with Christ transforms us into new creations. I can’t say enough about how touched I was to read this story and discover all the many things I didn’t know about Bart Millard and how MercyMe was formed. I highly recommend it to everyone.
Book: I Can Only Imagine: A Memoir
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 13, 2018)
Available from Amazon and other book retailers.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not asked to give a favorable review; all opinions are mine.