I Can Only Imagine

June 12, 2018 Baltimore, MD, USA


I Can Only Imagine movie review

The days of my youth were spent at church and at church-related activities: Sunday school, morning service, evening service, weeknight AWANA clubs or youth groups. In addition to these were the occasional retreats, summer camp, snow camp, or conference.

Yes, conference. As a teenager, our youth group went more than once to the Dawson McAllister conference when it visited our local chapel/events center. It was a pretty big deal. These days, he has a "hope line" on some radio stations, but back in the day, he traveled the U.S. delivering motivational gospel to us youngsters.

You can still find me in church on Sundays, but my religious social calendar isn't as rigorous as it was as a teen. However, when I flip on a Christian radio station and MercyMe happens to be playing, it takes me right back to those days. They were the artists performing at the first conference I ever attended. It was the first time I heard the song I Can Only Imagine, one I find beautiful to this day. While some praise and worship music has a way of sounding dated, this one stands the test of time - I still hear it sung in worship services and played on Christian radio.

I was intrigued when I heard a movie of the same name was being produced and thrilled when Flyby Promotions gave me the opportunity to view and share it with you all. Sean and I sat down to watch it together over the weekend and then continued on to the special features for more information!

What I noticed right away when watching this film was the quality.  It didn't have the low-budget, cheesy look or feel that plague many faith based movies. The visuals were gorgeous and the talent was spot on (the cast included a mix of household names like Dennis Quaid and Trace Adkins as well as newcomers like J Michael Finley who I actually saw on Broadway in Les Mis a few years ago!)

I Can Only Imagine was produced by the Erwin Brothers who seek out true stories of an uplifting nature to share with audiences in a high quality format rather than writing the preachy, cheesier stories the genre was known for in the past. In this case, Imagine is the true story behind the song, most specifically lead singer Bart Millard's life and circumstances that ultimately became inspiration.

What I especially liked about Imagine was it's broader accessibility to audiences. The film is someone's story being told and it just so happens that the person in question is a Christian. It doesn't feel preachy or isolating because it isn't trying to preach. Elements in the story are ones that people from many walks of life can relate to, such as the father-son relationships or the chasing of a dream.

I did enjoy the film, but don't just take my word for it. While my review was solicited, it certainly wasn't needed. Just as I Can Only Imagine is the most successful Christian song of all time, the $7 million film is a proven success, grossing $17 million in its opening weekend. My search for numbers since then found it had hit $71 million by April 11. A quick google news search showed me the wide range of outlets who have discussed the film from the more predictable Fox News to the more surprising Hollywood Reporter.

I Can Only Imagine is available on DVD/streaming now! Not only did Flyby send us a copy on DVD to watch, they sent a second to share with one winner! Enter for your chance at a free copy below.

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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.


  1. I actually knew about the song and the movie. I love the song. Have not watched the movie! Thank you for the giveaway!

  2. Yes I have been listening to this song for years. I did see the previews for the movie.

  3. I've never heard of the song.

  4. I can only imagine is one of my all time favorite songs! I cant wait to see the movie!

  5. I've never heard the song, or heard about the movie. It looks like one I would enjoy.
    Thank you!

  6. I had never heard this song. I'm excited to see the movie!

  7. yes i have heard the song and LOVE it! I did know about the movie and I am anxious to see it and see the story behind the song

  8. I didn't hear of the song I Can Only Imagine before or saw the movie.

  9. Yes I've heard of the song.Mercy Me is one of my fave Christian bands.I really want to see this movie.Thank you for the chance ☺

  10. Yes I remember the first time hearing this song. They played it at my nurses funeral and it's had a spot in my heart since.

  11. I have been listening to this song for a while now. I just heard about the movie.

  12. Just curious what year did you hear them at Dawson Mcallister? I could swear the last time I went to a Dawson Mcallister conference was 1995 in Dallas but they say the song came out later than that so obviously my memory is flawed somehow but I know I heard it first at that conference in Dallas


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