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Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far [Kindle Edition]

Amy Grant
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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Book Description

One of America’s most popular music artists shares beautiful pieces of an unforgettable human mosaic, revealing pieces of a life in progress.


With her unmistakable voice and honest lyrics, Amy Grant has captured a unique place in American music. As the bestselling Christian music artist of all time, a crossover pop sensation, and the wife of country music star Vince Gill, Amy has lived much of her life in the spotlight, subject to adulation, speculation, and scrutiny. Now for the first time she bares her heart and soul to reveal thoughts on everything from motherhood and marriage to fame and forgiveness. Whether describing personal moments alone on a moonlit hillside or very public ones performing with the likes of Tony Bennett and James Taylor, Amy presents a captivating collection of beautiful reflections on life, love, and faith.

Includes Never Before Published Lyrics to New Songs

Rendered with the lyrical insight we see in her music, Amy reflects on the pieces of her life through the years, forming a vivid mosaic of memories rich in color, varied in texture, and united in their heartfelt design.

“Thanks to writing and remembering, I’m re-inspired to value both the mundane and magical moments. In trying to capture a few memories as best as I can, I give myself the gift of treasuring what has been so far a very full and meaningful life. I hope you will do the same with yours.” —Amy Grant

Amy Grant weaves original lyrics and poetry into a narrative patchwork of timeless candor in Mosaic. The pieces of her life so far provide stunning inspiration for her beloved fans. Mixing lighthearted reminiscences of her Tennessee childhood, poignant scenes from her life as a wife and mother, and down-to-earth insight from her celebrity stardom, Amy invites you into her world and gently leads you to fresh insights about your own.

Amy’s winsome personality and joyful authenticity radiate from each page, welcoming you into the satisfying company of a warm and compassionate artist—a woman who sees life through a unique and deeply personal lens.

Amy Grant got her start in the music business with a part-time job sweeping up a Nashville music studio, which provided the perfect opportunity to duplicate a tape of her original songs as a gift for her family. A studio executive overheard her recordings—and the rest is music history.

Since the surprising success of her debut album thirty years ago, Amy has grown into a music legend, with six Grammy Awards, twenty-six Dove Awards, and six pop chart-topping hits to her credit. An inductee into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame, she also was honored in 2006 with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


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“Amy Grant is a remarkable woman whose contributions to the worlds of faith, charity, and entertainment continue to put her in a class of her own. And in many ways, Amy’s wonderful new book, Mosaic, is a lot like Amy herself: it sparkles with energy, brims with love, and is blessed with the same deep and beautiful spirit that I’ve witnessed so many times when Amy has performed for the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. How like her to have written a book that truly celebrates the magic and poetry of life.”
—MARLO THOMAS, actress and author

“Amy is one of our favorite friends. Her life is as inspiring as her music.”
—BARBARA AND GEORGE BUSH

“Amy Grant is a bouquet of Tennessee spring flowers. Not the floral-shop type with ribbons and a greeting card, but rather the just-picked ones. Fragrant. Radiant. You spotted them in a meadow and couldn’t resist. Now they sit on the table giving fragrance and color. Amy does that as she paints and perfumes our world with her faith, her music, and her words.”
—MAX LUCADO, minister and best-selling author

“Amy Grant is simply one of the most gifted communicators I have ever known. I’ve been on stage with her in front of thousands of people—and I’ve been with her in quiet private moments when she’s offered hope and healing to someone in need. In either situation, and in everything in between, I’ve been moved by her subtle strength and her ability to say the right thing at the right time. In the lyric of a song and now in this book, Amy can turn a phrase like no other. I’m so blessed to know her and so glad that she’s sharing part of her life in these pages.”
—MICHAEL W. SMITH, singer/songwriter

“I know of no one in our field more generous of her time, talent, or resources than Amy. In my experience, one of the major pieces in the mosaic ...

About the Author

Amy Grant got her start in the music business with a part-time job sweeping up a Nashville music studio, which provided the perfect opportunity to duplicate a tape of her original songs as a gift for her family. A studio executive overheard her recordings–and the rest is music history.

Since the surprising success of her debut album thirty years ago, Amy has grown into a music legend, with six Grammy Awards, twenty-six Dove Awards, and six pop chart-topping hits to her credit. An inductee into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame, she also was honored in 2006 with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Amy lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, country music star Vince Gill. She has four children, Matt, Millie, Sarah, and Corrina, and one step-daughter, Jenny.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3236 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1st edition (October 16, 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000W94F96
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,125 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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172 of 207 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I was offered the opportunity to read and review Amy Grant's new biography, Mosaic. Had it been in the bookstore, I might have picked it up, glanced through it and come away with a very different impression than I've developed from reading it cover to cover.

I haven't been a rabid Amy fan. As a matter of fact, I've seen her in concert once and that was because I went to see Mercy Me and Amy opened for them. I purchased her Christmas CD at a garage sale. This information is not a slam in any way. I'm just sharing where I am coming from where Amy is concerned.

Driven to curiosity by the talk before, during and after her divorce from Gary Chapman I purchased Amy's Behind the Eyes CD. The lyrics from several songs haunted me. As a survivor of a rotten marriage gone good, I felt compelled to write to Amy. Crazy as that sounds...who does that? But I did. I don't remember what I wrote, other than to tell her it didn't have to end in divorce. I wondered like much of the rest of the world why she thought God wanted her to be happy at the expense of her children's pain.

I almost turned down Mosaic because of my thoughts and feelings. What if she showed no remorse, no awareness of the sanctity of marriage? What if she lightly dismissed the damage done to her children? How could I recommend this book? Then my daughter reminded me that I don't like to sit in judgment of others and I love people who screw up daily, and that I have to look into the mirror and see behind my own eyes. I needed to give Amy's book a fair reading.

I'm sorry, Amy.

Amy's divorce is as much a symptom of America's brand of diluted Christianity as it is a picture of our pathetic human weaknesses.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as she seems -- yet human, too November 21, 2007
Format:Hardcover
This wondrous book is a glimpse of a beautiful person.

Humility and authenticity are the hallmark of a truly spiritual person. Amy Grant is the Israelite in whom there is no guile. Her gentle spirit permeates this memoir. Her love for her parents, her sisters, her children, her friends, and her husband is visible, tangible and real. I read this book at one sitting, and by the time I finished, I felt she was a good friend.

The title and subtitle are apt. This is an unusual book, in that it does not attempt a narrative. Instead it is a collection of memories, interspersed with poems and lyrics. We learn a lot about Grant's interactions with her family and friends. We hear interesting moments she shared with people famous and not-so-famous. Occasionally, like a fawn peeking out amidst dark forest brambles, Grant exposes her deep pain over her first marriage, although she never addresses this directly.

If you believe in Jesus Christ, this book will provide you a vivid, welcome example of a person of faith. If you are uncertain about the reality of God, this book is well worth reading, because Grant is thoroughly human, approachable, non-dogmatic, and non-judgmental. She could provide non-believers a hint about how believers can believe, and why.
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44 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Mosaic by Amy Grant took me by surprise. The book itself is lovely with color photographs, but it was the text that moved me so many times. Amy takes the lyrics from several of her songs and offers the inspiration behind them as well as other short personal vignettes. The format flows beautifully and gives a deeper view of her life than even a memoir could have. She talks about growing up in her tight-knit family, the love she has for her children, the pain of her divorce, and the miraculous love she shares with husband Vince Gill. She offers herself completely exposed without polish or facade, and it's an amazing sight. Her writing is lyrical and poetic with scenic descriptions and occasionally knock-the-wind-out-of-you emotion. Reading how she struggles to keep her mind on God when praying, a spontaneous dance in the moonlight as prayer to the Lord, her wonder at finding herself in such a lofty place, all of it makes her very real and her faith profound. I found myself putting the book down to reflect on her words or to share sections with my husband. It's just too powerful to take in all in one sitting, and many times it brought me to tears. This would make a great present for a loved one or yourself!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pieces to inspire and connect with February 12, 2008
Format:Hardcover
Folks....if you are looking for the dirt on Amy Grant's life, you will not find it here. She has given you a mosaic, pieces of her life. And she addresses her idea why it is called mosaic. She shares the effect the memories have been - one is to value those people and experiences and two to reinspire mundane and magical moments. It is not a biography, but there is a chronology called "Times of My Life", plus a discography with award merits.

I have not been an Amy Grant fan, so I cannot identify with the lyrics and poetry, only that the words are profound, the message is clear. Since the eighties, I have respected her as a radiant and compassionate person, and, then, as the woman who stole his heart, one of my favorites, Vince Gill. Since he was compassionate, giving, sincere, fun and extremely handsome, it was only fitting that he found a wholesome person as Amy Grant.

Grant will share with you the stories about simplicity of life alongside places and people encountered because of fame and music. You will hear about a friend with cancer not knowing how much time she had to live, but that everyday became a gift. Grant shares a story of herself and Vince paying a home visit to an 89 year old fan of his. She reveals such pleasure in the experience of taking nieces to see the ocean for the first time. Simple things like her sister's story, wanting to miss a phone call from her son when he was off to college. She reveals how her song "Hats" came about due to the craziness in your life.

Fame and music led to many paths, opportunities, and sharing moments with the famous, Reverend Billy Graham, time at the elder President Bush compound, singing with Tony Bennett, time at Kevin Costner's ranch and her favorite movie, Dances with Wolves.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Mosaic by Amy Grant
A pleasant if reserved autobiograhy, with text intersperced with many of Ms. Grant's lyrics (most published elsewhere)--the overall impression is one a careful sincereity. Read more
Published 24 days ago by R. R, Castillo
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not bad.
Published 1 month ago by autumn
5.0 out of 5 stars The light shines through a beautiful soul once again a blessing!
Interesting and down to earth sharing that touches all of us in our individual lives and prayers and inspires us to continue in our unquenchable thirst for a God of infinite mercy... Read more
Published 5 months ago by KRISTEEN S & W
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 6 months ago by rgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is so beautiful about certain experiences through her life...
This book is so beautiful about certain experiences through her life and how informative those stories were to me, it really had me thinking about my life. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nadia Gunness
5.0 out of 5 stars Amy's Welcome Voice
I love that Amy herself is reading this. Her warm charm comes through in the stories taken from her life. She is honest, direct and sometimes funny.
Published 7 months ago by MJW
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Amy Grant story
I love this book by Amy Grant... She has such a Great story and knowledge to share.. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Amy Grant and wants to know more about her life... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Judy Basinger
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I personally couldn't stay interested in it, but you are a fan it could be a must read.
Published 8 months ago by mpc
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic and Genuine
Amy is very deep revealing herself and honestly addresses the realities of life with thoughtfulness, faith, and compassion. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gregory Keven Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
GREAT BOOK BY A WONDERFUL SPIRITUAL WOMAN. HAPPY FOR HER LIFE AND FAMILY. LEARNED A LOT AND HOPE TO SEE MORE OF AMY GRANT
Published 10 months ago by Sharilyn Green
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