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Answers lots of questions about Annie!! Recommend!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-19

I enjoyed reading (i.e., hearing John Denver read) this book because of John’s willingness to bear it all . . . the love, the scars, the bitterness, the loneliness and the life lessons he learned too late. I read of Annie all the way through the book. She occupied most chapters in some way or another. In the final chapter, near the very end of the book, John made the following statement: “Where do I go from here, I think I go in the direction of art, not art songs, but songs that have artistic intention. Art serves as a catalyst to see ourselves. It might be the art of Michelangelo’s David, which puts you in touch with your own spirituality. Or, it might be hearing a song like “Season’s of the Heart”, and recognizing that you never really let go of the woman you divorced some years ago.” . . .

If you want to understand John’s love for Annie, read this book!

In my opinion, based on reading this book, Annie was John’s first love, his last love . . . his only true love. I have to admit, that was the very reason I purchased this book. I wanted to see where she ended up in his life story. If you are interested in this relationship, the book will not disappoint you. There is so much detail that it truly explains why they gave up on each other for a time. To be fair, the book also contains so much more about him, his interests, and his life. His Father was also a very big part of his life struggles, but in the end, he found peace in this area of his life.

My final evaluation of his relationship with Annie, based on the reading of this book, follows: When John first laid eyes on Annie, it was love and longing at first sight. As I listen to many of his songs (even those written after their divorce), you can see how she affected him. He loved her, but seemed unwilling or unable to be faithful to her. Life on the road without her appeared to be beyond his ability to stay faithful to. But, in his mind, none of “them” mattered. They were a diversion to aid his inability to cope on the road away from her. Annie must not have been willing to accept that as truth. She could not get past the hurt caused by his unfaithfulness (and what woman in love could!) and her inability to communicate effectively with him. In the end, I think it was his unfaithfulness that caused her to pull away from him, to scorn him (but only for a season). Under this dichotomy, they were unable to meet in the middle. In the end, Annie asked for a divorce and although John may have found relief for a short time from the pain he struggled with because of their complicated relationship, I think she always was and forever would be his first love, his last love and his only true love.

If you love John Denver and want to understand this gifted and complicated man, read the book. If you don't want to know about the struggles that caused him to lose Annie's love, then don't read the book. In the end, I'm glad I read it and I'm still a huge fan!

I Can Only Imagine audiobook cover art

Wonderful audio book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-18

Bart reads his story to us and it is wonderful!! I listened on my morning walks with earbuds. I am sure a few passerby’s wondered why the misty eyes greeted them! I bought the kindle, saw the movie, purchased the blu-ray dvd and audible book! If you want to hear more of Bart’s story listen to this book! Lots of additional detail along with his wife’s perspective. What a blessing to see, read and hear!