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"The gospel/pop artist paints a genuine self-portrait as mother, performer, and person of tested faith. Grant's voice is as soothing as your therapist's, but she never sounds preachy." —Entertainment Weekly

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767929675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767929677
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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172 of 207 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 54 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RIZZO _*.*_ VINE VOICE on 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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