“I Can Only Imagine,” the movie named after the Mercy Me song, opens in theaters everywhere next Friday, March 16.
As described at the movie site:
It’s the song that brings ultimate hope to so many … often in the midst of life’s most challenging moments. Amazingly, the song was written in mere minutes by MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard. In reality, those lyrics took a lifetime to craft.
Although he found faith at a young age, life wasn’t easy for Bart. He leaned into an active imagination and his love of music as escapes from a troubled home life. As he grew older, Bart turned to football in hopes of somehow connecting with his abusive father. But a career-ending injury—combined with the vision of a teacher who saw unlimited potential—set Bart on a musical pathway.
Chasing a dream while running from broken relationships with his father and Shannon, his childhood sweetheart, Bart hits the road in an old, decrepit tour bus with his new band MercyMe—named for his grandmother’s favorite expression. With the guidance of a grizzled music-industry insider, the band begins a journey none of them could ever have imagined.
Directed by the Erwin Brothers (October Baby, Moms’ Night Out, and Woodlawn), I CAN ONLY IMAGINE stars J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Trace Adkins, Priscilla Shirer, with Cloris Leachman and Dennis Quaid.
A gripping reminder of the power of forgiveness, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE beautifully illustrates that no one is ever too far from God’s love—or from an eternal home in Heaven.
I have loved the song since it’s debut, and fully expect to love the movie — the story is true and tremendous, and the Erwin Brothers direct terrific movies packed with heart and values woven through great performances and characters.
But here’s a little gem shared by Harvest Church Pastor Greg Laurie on Instagram: Dennis Quaid, long-time recognized and very talented actor, has his own faith story. And that story of Jesus and redemption just never gets old, though it is, as the hymn says, “the old, old story, of Jesus and His love.”
Dennis Quaid, who plays the role of Arthur Millard in the soon to be released “I can only Imagine” film does a stellar job. Dennis turns in an Oscar-worthy performance. In this exclusive interview, Dennis talks about his own faith journey. Clearly God is at work in his life! “I Can Only Imagine” releases nationwide March 16! Go see it!
Thank-you for sharing this snippet of faith, Pastor Greg!
God’s grace is still amazing and changing the most unlikely of hearts, from the little known to the widely known. Man is plagued with a sickness called sin. But Jesus is the cure and whoever seeks Him with their whole heart will find Him!
That includes folks that may happen to work in Tinseltown.
Grace that is greater than all my sin.
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