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From the lead singer of the chart-topping Christian band MercyMe comes a compelling memoir of love, loss, and family! You'll be moved by the story behind the hit song as Millard reflects on the loss of his father to cancer and shares his own testimony of growing up in a once-abusive family transformed by Jesus. 208 pages, softcover from Nelson.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 0785216731
ISBN-13: 9780785216735

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"The Story That Inspired the Major Motion Picture."

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.  

Author Bio

Bart Millard is a founding member and lead singer of the multi-platinum selling contemporary Christian band MercyMe. He is married to his childhood sweetheart, Shannon. They reside in Franklin, TN along with their children Sam, Gracie, Charlie, Sophie and Miles. 

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  1. sisssy
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    awesmoe
    April 16, 2018
    sisssy
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    awesome book loved it loved the movie i ordered 2 books gave one to my friend i give it more then 5 stars love ya Mercyme God bless all
  2. CafinatedReads2009
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I Can Feel The Presence With This Memoir....
    April 14, 2018
    CafinatedReads2009
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Several years back, I was driving down the road. I was listening to a Christian radio station, loving the songs that were there. Then I hear the words, "I can only imagine...." and proceed to listen to the song. By the second verse, I had to pull over and listen closely. By the end of the second verse, I was bawling my eyes out, had my hands raised and was "praying" the song to the Lord. It was emotional and moving, and I knew that there had to be a story behind. This was the start of my love of MercyMe's work.

    Flash foward several years, now there's a movie called "I Can Only Imagine". I watch the trailer. I cry, yet again. from the feelings I get. Now, I have the chance to review the memoir about the story behind the song and movie. And, oh my. What. A. Story. It's raw. It's moving. It will leave you smiling, it will leave you crying, it may even leave you angry. But, it will bring you closer to God. It will make you fall to your knees once again, and really imagine what that moment would be like when you stand before your Creator.

    This is not a book I normally would pick up, as I'm not fond of memoirs, but this book, with it's pictures to coincide with Bart Millard's life, is beautifully, poignantly written and really brings forth the pain, the hurt, the anger and the redemption and forgiveness he went through. This is definitely one I recommend, with 5 stars and lots of praises! I can't wait to see the movie next!

    *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
  3. Kara Lynn
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    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Incredible.
    April 11, 2018
    Kara Lynn
    WV
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    wanted this book so bad and snapped it up as ASAP when I saw it for free on BookLook. Readers: This is one incredible story. Through raw emotion and honesty Mr. Millard shows us an in depth look at his life, struggles and the paths he took to becoming part of the hit band Mercy Me.

    But his story is so much more then him being a star. It's about forgiveness and the life-change that comes from having a relationship with Christ.

    Beautifully Broken.

    My mantra for life and the passion the Lord has given me.

    This story is incredible - as was the movie. Really both have given me a refreshing look at what can happen to even the worst of people, the monsters and too far-gone people when God takes a hold of their lives.

    Books rarely make me cry but in this one there were tears.

    It packs a punch not only because it's a true story but because of the realness and rawness of Bart's words. I like to read about a Christian who's not afraid to admit his deepest insecurities, the darkness in the world, but also the light.

    This is such a beautiful book with wonderful insight and thought-provoking chapters. I loved this autobiography, the writing is well-done, and I think even someone who isn't a Christian could benefit from this light-in-the-darkness book.

    Thank you Booklook for this free book in exchange for an honest review.
  4. KSChallenger
    5 Stars Out Of 5
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    March 30, 2018
    KSChallenger
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for I Can Only Imagine - eBook.
    I read the book before I got to see the movie. THe book helped fill in gaps in the movie. I probably wouldnt have known about the gaps except for the book. Bart did a nice job sharing his story.
  5. The Consulting Writer
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Encouraging and uplifting book
    March 20, 2018
    The Consulting Writer
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Bart Millard, the lead vocal of MercyMe, opens up in an intimate revealing of life in an abusive home. He's honest about his thoughts and feelings from then, how he would have been relieved if his father had passed away. How music and creative play were his escapes. Some might ask, "Did Got allow for Bart to be abused so he'd end up starting MercyMe?" I believe God can uses unfortunate circumstances for good.

    "He never drank or did drugs. He didn't need any help to fuel the rage."

    This surprised me. I'd always figured his rage and abuse was due to being an alcoholic. I guess even bitterness and regret can be just as much of a fuel as substances.

    "Thank the Lord for the prayers and provision of grandmas!"

    This is a phrase I've heard from my own mother. She's noted more than once that it was the influence and fervent prayers of her grandmother that saved her and drew her to a life in Christ. That doesn't mean she didn't have moments of straying far from Him, but ultimately, circumstances led her back and she's been serving him ever since. So when I saw that sentence from Bart that said, "Thank the Lord for the prayers and provision of grandmas" I immediately thought not only of my mom's testimony but also how she's helped guide and prayer for my kids as well. In fact, she's even praying fortheir kids in the future.

    "While I'm here on Earth, I amboth a work in progress and already made whole because of the cross."

    Over half of the book focuses on Bart's life growing up with an abusive father and the eventual change that took place which provided much-needed emotional healing. The last part of the book is about the start of MercyMe, the inspiration of the song, I Can Only Imagine, and Bart's relationship with Shannon, all of which he could now see how God used certaincircumstances in his life to lead him to where he was meant to be. Bart includes an appendix of 75 verses given to him by his youth pastor, Rusty Kennedy, one who was important in his walk with Christ. And now, he offers those same verses he carries close to his heart to the reader. This was an excellent read and intimate look into Bart's life, his struggles with growing up in an abusive home, the eventual healing that took place when his dad turned to Christ, and ultimately his trust in God through his life. Not just for MercyMe fans, this book is an important read for those that have struggled with bitterness and regret, anyone who's experienced verbal or physical abuse. It's a really encouraging and uplifting book with a little humor sprinkled here and here. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest opinion. And personally, I really enjoyed reading it!
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