Bart Millard, lead singer of the hit band MercyMe, opens up his heart to share a true story of faith, love, and family. For the first time, he reveals what it was like to have an abusive father, and how faith restored his family. Bart walks readers through the challenges he faced during his childhood when he grew up in a household that didn't feel safe. From the sports injury that crushed his dreams of becoming a professional athlete, to the tyranny of his own father, to his journey to music, Bart shows how he found a way, through Christ, to healing and grace. I Can Only Imagine presents a message of hope to those who are looking for reassurance in the face of immense trials.
During Bart's freshman year of high school his father was diagnosed with cancer, after having a radical transformation from an abusive father to a lover of Christ. In response to these circumstances Bart wrote the song that would go on to be heard by more fans of Christian music than any other song in history. I Can Only Imagine eventually brought Bart and MercyMe international recognition, but the song was a sleeper hit on an indie record for eight months before they ever played it live. The song has taken the band places they could only imagine and has given Bart many opportunities to share his story, packed with a message of hope and healing, to the world.