Bart Millard, front man for popular Christian band MercyMe, has delivered an incredibly open and poignant memoir in I Can Only Imagine. Named for the band’s well-known song, this book is aptly titled with its journey through Bart’s life and career. From his rough start in a broken family to his on-again/off-again romance with eventual wife Shannon to the roller coaster ride of his music career, Bart lays it all out there.
I found this memoir brutally honest and heart-wrenching. It was joyful yet painful. Tender and thoughtful. I loved the glimpse behind the stage curtain Bart offers. He holds nothing back – not his abusive childhood, not his family, not his career missteps. I Can Only Imagine: A Memoir is as impactful as the original song. It’s a forthright yet gentle reminder of a Love that we can only imagine the extent of. Well done, Bart!
My rating: 4/5 stars
Recommended for: fans of MercyMe and the Christian music world; anyone interested in a musician’s story or reading personal journeys; readers in need of honesty and encouragement
Note: I received a copy of this memoir via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.