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  • 'I Can Only Imagine' reveals truth of MercyMe ballad

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, March 01, 2018 (21 days ago)

    LOS ANGELES (BP) -- Everyone needs a Mrs. Fincher in their lives, says Priscilla Shirer of her character who stirs up the gift in MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard in the upcoming movie "I Can Only Imagine."

    "She's like a Moses who calls out Joshua and says 'This is what you are capable of doing. You don't know it, and you don't see it, but there's a gift there, and I'm going to make you use it whether you like it or not,'" Shirer told Baptist Press.

    Shirer portrays a light in Millard's childhood hardened by a mother's desertion and a father's abuse that inspired Christian band MercyMe's crossover megahit "I Can Only Imagine," the subject of the movie opening in theaters March 16.

    "Everybody needs someone who sees in them what they do not see in themselves," Shirer said, "and gives them an opportunity to operate in that gifting, even when they would prefer to sulk in their devastated dreams." Read More