Review of the book “I can only imagine”
I find it hard to watch the violence depicted on screen. I have to close my eyes. I can read a book better. It gives a clearer picture of what else is going on in the story.
Bart shared that the violence his father was consumed with in his adult life didn’t come from drugs or alcohol, but rather from head trauma after he was hit by a truck and thrown. He was in a coma for about two months and went home another man.
The abuse caused a divorce, and Bart and his brother ended up being raised by their father. Bart became the target of abuse. He was too scared to tell anyone and had to delete all his experiences.
Bart was exposed to the church during his lifetime. He had two Christian grandmothers who may not have known what was going on behind closed doors. He had two childhood friends, a boy and a girl who became his wife when they grew up.
Once Bart’s father was diagnosed with cancer, he began to turn his life around. There were still times when he reverted to his old behavior, but he was starting to improve. Upon his death, Bart’s father left his pension for his two sons in the amount of $600.00 per month for ten years. The day he received the last payment was the day his song became a number one hit.
Although his dream came true, realities of life came with him and a time to come to terms with the past so he could heal. His wife’s 19-year-old brother committed suicide. His father is dead. Their two-year-old son developed diabetes and the neighboring bay was born prematurely.
At 370 pounds, her doctor advised her to undergo weight loss surgery which required counseling. In counseling, Bart began to address the issues necessary to begin a healthier life both physically and emotionally.
I always dreamed of being a recording artist, but God never allowed that to be a plan for me. I don’t want to go through horrible experiences to have songs to write. We must remember not to assume that those in the spotlight have it easy. They’re human too, and we never know what anyone else is going through.
At least we have the hope of heaven and the imagination of what it could be there. It will be better than we can ever hope for. I look forward to that day.