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.
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.
The story behind the song!
I felt it a honor to be able to read this great book by Bart Millard. This was so amazing! A lifetime of living to get this song. I know he said 10 minutes but it was his life. Life of abuse and a story of forgiveness. By the grace of God, Bart is who is today. A life changed through God and music. Please read the book it is so much detailed of his life . The movie will be coming out in March but to me only so much can go into the time frame of a movie. I plan on doing both. Is there room for second chances in life? Yes I believe there are. Well written!!