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October 16, 2007
posted by David Meigs at 10/16/2007 12:01:00 AM


I have FREE copies of Mosaic for the first 3 people to email me (USA only).


Let’s begin today’s book spotlight by saying what this book is not. It is not another glamorized collection of fluff hyped by a publicist somewhere. It’s more—much, much more.

What this is, is a rare glimpse into the life of Amy Grant, the real person. Between the covers of Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far (WaterBrook), the author opens a window into her own soul. Amy Grant shares her memories, both happy and sad, and the lyrics to the songs they inspired.

By the time I finished reading the book, I felt like Amy was an old family friend. You will too.

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Order from Amazon .......... Read an excerpt from the book



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.



FROM THE BACK COVER



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.



A FEW WORTHY QUOTES

“Kids know who they are the minute they are born. As parents, we have the fascinating job of slowly discovering them.” p. 73


“Vince said with a smile, ‘Amy I don’t take credit where it isn’t due. I love you, but I can’t say I always understand you. What I can say is that I welcome you. I welcome you, and whatever you bring to the table.’” p. 105


“The beauty of being in the middle of life is the vantage point it provides…Even from here I can see that growing old is not for the cowardly.” p. 117


“This is trust: doing what you believe you are called to do and trusting that God will provide.” p. 120


“Like everybody else, I wish I were in better shape or had planned an upcoming event little more thoroughly. I wish I were neater. I wish I weighed what I weighed when I was in the thirties. But all those things are for another day. This day—at a hundred and forty-five pounds, at forty-six years old, with a few gray hairs and not quite enough sleep—this is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” p. 144


“At one point when I was struggling with a particularly tall thistle with a stubborn root, Terry called out to me, ‘You know, Amy, sin is a lot like that thistle you are struggling with. It can look so beautiful to the eye, be so pleasant to the senses that you hardly notice the seeds are spreading until whole fields are taken over by them.” p. 64




THE BUZZ

“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

 

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3 Comments:


At Tuesday, October 16, 2007, Blogger The Curmudgeon's Rant

Congrats to Dennis Kelley for winning the first free copy of Mosaic!

Only 2 more are left... better act fast. :)

 

At Wednesday, October 17, 2007, Blogger The Curmudgeon's Rant

Congratulations to Dutch VanDuzee, our second winner of a free copy of Mosaic.

I still have one copy left. Who wants it? Email me... :)

David

 

At Tuesday, November 27, 2007, Blogger The Curmudgeon's Rant

Congrats to Janice Evans-Lauder who won the last copy of Mosaic!