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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Flying Dolphin Press; 1st edition (October 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385522894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385522892
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #959,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 of Amy’s life so far has to be caring about others.”
—BILL GAITHER, artist, writer, and producer

“Amy Grant draws from a well of experience as a daughter, wife, mother, writer, and entertainer. Like all of us, she has had her own personal storms in life; however, her faith has never wavered. Through it all, she has given of herself and her resources to help others, and remains an inspiration to millions.”
—FRANKLIN GRAHAM, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse

About the Author

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


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The sound of her voice just adds so much more to the enjoyment of reading the book.
Bluebird
Love hearing the stories and the poetic way Amy shares her life, it is truly a tapestry, a mosaic of her life, she has woven a beautiful quilt with this book.
John M McKee
The book is just over 200 pages, including a timeline and discography, so this is a very fast read.
Mark Baker

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

169 of 204 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Klepfer VINE VOICE on October 16, 2007
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 By ROBERT OHEARNE on 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 53 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lockstein on October 16, 2007
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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53 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Mir TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Mosaic is not necessarily the best title. A mosaic is made up of little pieces, but the picture (unless it's a ruined mosaic) is one that's complete. This book feels as if a gaping whole mars its integrity as a record of someone's life. Yes, it's meant to be episodic, but episodic can feel complete. This does not.

That's not to say you can't enjoy it. I did. But then, I've been an Amy fan since the early 80's. We're close in age, and her music meant a lot to me over the years. I was young when she was young and when her music was young, so part of the soundtrack of my life as a Christian American gal is Amy Grant's voice and her songs. I love Amy. You can't help loving someone who is, and rightly so, characterized as winsome and appealing. She is. She's lovely and talented and extremely likable.

You see her talent in her lyrics. You see her heart's warmth and her appeal in how she talks about family and friends. The most beautiful parts of her come through when she talks about her children.

Some have complained about the price. Yeah, I thought it was steep. But I'm an Amy fan, so I paid it. I hope some goes to charity, otherwise it is a bit of excessive pricing. However, the complaints about the lyrics are off-base. Amy is a songwriter/singer. That her songs reflect her experiences makes sense, so when she writes about parts of her life, the inclusion of her lyrics makes sense. The format is easy on the eyes--lots of white space, nice font.

I wish there had been more pictures. A lot more. For the price, I figure, more pics. :) Then one couldn't complain.

As far as the gaping hole: Gary Chapman glossed over.

Look, as an Amy fan, I actually CRIED when that whole divorce thing and Vince Gill tabloid stuff was going on.
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