Thursday, March 1, 2018

I Can Only Imagine {The Movie}: A Hello Spring Giveaway Hop #ICanOnlyImagine #FlyBy #HelloSpring

Welcome to the Hello Spring Hop hosted The Review Wire

From now through March 15th, hop along for your chance to win lots of great prizes from all participating blogs! Good luck!


Let's be honest... if you asked most people to name one current contemporary Christian song, chances are they wouldn't be able to name one. Ask someone who enjoys country to name a rap or hip hop song, they probably could. Same for a pop fan naming a country song. Even if they're not your preferred genre of music, chances are there are those one or two current hits that you at least know about.

But Christian music is a little different. There are very few songs that manage to cross over and gain popularity across the boards. Still, every once in awhile, a song strikes a chord with people and manages to do just that. One such song was the 1999 hit, 'I Can Only Imagine'.

I grew up in a church, but did not start listening to Christian music until later in my teen years, long after this song was released, but still... I like so many knew this song well. It actually played on non-Christian stations where I was from. For me growing up in a place where it was all either traditional hymns or bluegrass gospel, this is the first song that I can recall hearing and realizing that there was more varieties of Christian music out there. Clearly, I wasn't the only one who fell in love. And reading through the lyrics, it's not hard to see why:

Surrounded by Your glory
What will my heart feel
Will I dance for You, Jesus
Or in awe of you be still
Will I stand in your presence
Or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah
Will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine

There us such power within these words, that it's hard not to just be awed by them every single time. Even after nearly 20 years, I still love this song, and it still continues to play on Christian radio too. We hear these words and find hope. We are reminded that our time here on earth is temporary and that when it's over we will be dancing in the presence of Jesus. I mean, really... CAN you imagine!?

When I heard about the movie with the same title, telling the story of the song and MercyMe, I was ecstatic:

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 father and Shannon,
his childhood sweetheart, Bart hits the road on 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.
I CAN ONLY IMAGINE stars J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Trace Adkins, Priscilla C. Shirer, with Cloris Leachman and Dennis Quaid.

I'll be honest, there are very few movies that come out that I absolutely have to see. There are even fewer that have me wanting to go to the theater to see them and not wait for the DVD release. This movie is one of those few! I absolutely cannot wait to learn more about the song that I fell in love with so many years ago!

Want to learn more about the movie? Visit the Official website:

A full list of theaters, show times, and tickets can be found at

And one very lucky winner is going to win two ticket codes from Fandango to see the movie! Enter using the giveaway form below:

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  1. Movies are so expensive now. This will help.
    Thanks for the contest.
    slehan at juno dot com

  2. subscribe email: slehan at excite dot com

  3. I'd love to see this movie!


  4. I love the song, and I'm looking forward to seeing this movie!

  5. One of my favorite things to do is watch movies. Very much a couch potato during the winter months Rosanne

  6. I like Dennis Quaid so this interests me.

  7. My daughter is a movie fanatic. I know she would love to go see this with me.

  8. It sounds very inspiring.


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