PARADE, M.B. ROBERTS, FEBRUARY 9, 2018
MercyMe singer Bart Millard hit it big with I Can Only Imagine, a song that dominated Christian radio in 2001, then crossed over to become a major hit on Adult Contemporary and Top 40 charts.
In his new book, I Can Only Imagine, which will hit the big screen as a movie starring Broadway actor J. Michael Finley as Millard, and also features Dennis Quaid, Madeline Carroll, Cloris Leachman and Trace Adkins, in March 2018, Millard tells the story behind the song of his abusive father who found God and reconciled with his family before he died of cancer.
Read on for an excerpt from the book where Millard shares how music put the magic in his life.
Starting in my middle school years, next to Jesus and the church, I had five best friends: music, Mammaw Millard, Mammaw Lindsey, Kent, and Shannon. While all five had already been in my life for many years, there was something about the journey into my teen years, dealing with my dad, and my newfound faith that brought a deepening relationship with each of these blessings. These four people’s presence in my life, combined with my love of music, kept me grounded and growing even in the most difficult days.
The Magic of Music
For me, music has always been a pleasure, a protector, and my passion. The words my favorite artists sang gave me strength and courage and inspiration and motivation to keep going, to keep living, and to believe something better was around the corner. Music gave me hope when I felt hopeless. Love when I felt unloved. A reason to embrace life when I was dying inside. If a song moved me, then I felt I was alive for a reason. Later I came to the truth of knowing these blessings were all gifts from the Lord. Music was simply the conduit for them to reach my heart.