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The captivating story behind the best-selling 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.

©2018 Thomas Nelson (P)2018 Oasis Audio

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Could not put down this book--gripping

Bart's story of his early childhood abuse was unthinkable and heart-wrenching to say the least...I cannot imagine, absolutely no pun intended. :( Thank the Lord for praying mamaws and God-called youth leaders--as Bart's nightmare life came full circle, the evidence of God's redemptive power is undeniable. God's fingerprints are all over Bart's life and the blessings--it is absolutely no coincidence. He brings beauty from our ashes, glory to Him.

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I can only imagine

Bart did such a great job writing this book. I felt connected the entire time I listened to this audiobook. I highly recommend this book! looking forward to the movie!

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Great feel good informative book

I’ve listened to MercyMe for years, and saw the movie I Can Only Imagine prior to reading the book. I loved how the book included information that I didn’t already know and how it elaborated in things that I did know. It was a great feel good book that’s informative, interesting, and easy to follow.

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Wonderful and touching

love the song!!!
but the writer and narrator really touch my heart sharing this story. Thanks

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Tragic life set right by the living God

God was truly at work in this man. While the devil seeks whom he might destroy, we are made over comers through Christ Jesus, which strengthens us! No matter the trial, God will bring us through.

This is a must read for all!

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Thank you!

Thank you Bart, for having the courage to share your very personal story with the world. For those of us who suffered abuse as a child, you have showed that God enables victory through forgiveness, not to mention healing of ourselves and those around us. I shall be forever grateful. May God bless you!






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Want to read it again!

I didn’t want it to end. I enjoyed everything about it...the story, the fact he was so real about his life, and all I learned about Jesus through his life story. It makes me want to see the movie again!

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great story.

Very good companion to the film and is a fine stand alone book as well.

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Powerful book!

What a tremendous journey from abuse and despair to the practical and transformational power of love and forgiveness as found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The book is a witness of the result of living this temporal earthly life with the eternal heaven in view! Great book!

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So sad!

Cried my way through most of the book! well written book and never a dull moment.

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  • 11-18-20

Inspirational story

Inspirational story told from the heart
A testament to Gods abounding grace for us all

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  • TechPixies
  • 12-05-18

Mercy me! What a story!!!

Man oh man... I was not expecting that. What an incredible story. I would encourage everyone to read it or listen to it. What a miracle story, one in which only God could truly be the author.

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  • 08-18-18

Amazing

I'll admit I'm a bit biased as a huge Mercy Me fan. I knew nothing of Bart's life, though, or the band. This story is amazing. Truly powerful stuff, both awesome and humble, human and spiritual. I know I'm going to play it many times more. I really recommend it to Christians and non-Christians as an intensely personal, beautiful book.

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  • 01-30-21

AMAZING

A powerful, heartbreaking, funny and encouraging story. I can't wait to find the movie now.