I Can Only Imagine: A Memoir

I Can Only Imagine: A Memoir

“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.  

Title:I Can Only Imagine: A Memoir
ISBN:9780785216735
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About Bart Millard

Bart Marshall Millard is an American singer and songwriter who is best known as the leader of the band MercyMe.


    I Can Only Imagine: A Memoir Reviews

  • Mischenko

    I first heard the song "I Can Only Imagine" by MercyMe sometime around 2006, just after my first daughter was born. I started getting into Christian music pretty heavily at that time. MercyMe became o...

  • Molly Cafinated Reads Jaber

    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 t...

  • Oceana

    There’s just something about Bart Millard’s story that touches my heart. His life is the embodiment of God’s love and grace and blessing. He tells of a redemption story that is so emotional beca...

  • Kayo

    Uplifting and real, this book does not disappointment. To know that after you've been horribly hurt as a child that you can forgive with God's help. Loved the back story of MercyMe. Great positive boo...

  • Tarissa

    Bart Millard shares his incredible story, telling about how he penned one of the most touching modern songs – and penned it in ten minutes, in fact. But, of course, as singer Amy Grant tells him, ...

  • Addy S.

    I read this book while I was away at camp, and it was so good! Bart Millard’s story is so inspiring and I love it. I would recommend it to ages 14+ for a lot of talk about abuse. Sensitive readers u...

  • Allyson

    When the film I Can Only Imagine came out a few months ago, my boyfriend and I immediately made plans to go see it. We both teared up multiple times while watching it, and since then I have seen the m...

  • Jeanie Eidem

    Wow what a story of God’s grace and love. I cried, I rejoiced, I felt God speaking. I loved the story of Bart’s life and how open he was. The abuse part just broke my heart. I have three children ...

  • Heather

    An affecting memoir by the lead singer of MercyMe, a band whose music has inspired and touched so many lives in such a powerful and wonderful way. Bart's story shines a light on the redemptive power a...

  • Lindsey Gandhi

    A breathtaking story behind the story of how the incredible song 'Imagine' came to life. I have loved this song for a long time, but never knew the inspiration behind the lyrics. Bart takes you on the...