I Can Only Imagine Study Guide – Review and Recommendation

Guest review by Clay Herd.

I Can Only Imagine is a movie that carries with it a powerful message of redemption and salvation. Now the themes of this movie can be brought to your congregation, your household, or just yourself for a powerful dive into the gospels of Jesus Christ.

I want to begin with the journal. This is a beautiful leather bound piece that not only looks great but serves as a great friend as you dive into the four week guide. This journal is what first drew me to the study. When I saw it, I knew right away that I wanted it. Little did I know that when I would dive into this study I would find so many great things that would await me.

The journal guide is a four week study through the gospels. You will spend time reflecting on the scriptures, watching scenes from the movie on the accompanying DVD, and looking at reflection questions. This seems pretty strait forward, but having a ministry background, I am often weary of devotionals like this. Many that are out reflect on shallow themes and barely glance over scripture with a how does this make you feel approach. Not this book. As week one will take you into reflecting on your past, the rest of the guide will do just that, guide you through scriptures to the four main themes – imagining approval(a loving father), forgiveness, redemption, and eternal life (going home).

If you are looking for a great study that takes more than a glance at scripture and really allows you to take your experiences into account as you look at these four themes, then don’t look any further. I am often very hesitant to recommend a study for churches because everyone’s congregation is different, but these themes are timeless and applicable for any generation young or old.

Get the journal, devotional, and DVD for the complete experience as you look at Bart Millard’s experiences and discover Jesus has a great love for you as well. I would highly recommend this study to all – churches, youth groups, women’s ministries, or just someone who is looking for a devotional to deepen their walk.

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Disclaimer: I was given a free copy to give an honest review. Opinions expressed are our own.

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Jonathan Cahn and Sharon Wilharm at NRB Convention

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Sharon Wilharm interviews author Laura Harris Smith at NRB 2018

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