Book: I Can Only Imagine
Author: Bart Millard
Recommended by: Kelly Fraser, Okotoks Public Library biography collection manager
Description: MercyMe’s hit song I Can Only Imagine touched millions of people around the world, but few know about the pain, redemption and healing that inspired it. Lead singer Bart Millard shares how his dad’s transformation from abusive father to man of God sparked a divine moment in music history. Millard tells the story of his broken family, falling in love with his childhood sweetheart, founding MercyMe, flailing in the midst of its success and grieving his father’s death. He places his trust in God’s plans: plans that continue to surprise and surpass what he could have ever imagined.
“When we read biographies, there is a sense of knowing others have complex lives and thoughts just like us, and we may even resonate with another’s circumstances that are very close to our own, such as depression, addiction, grief, a challenging marriage, a joyful triumph or loving a relative with Alzheimer's. We learn about other’s lives, their inner thoughts, solutions to problems, outlooks on life and we gain a sense of being in this human experience of struggles and joys together.” ~ Kelly Fraser