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Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  815 ratings  ·  164 reviews
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,
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 16th 2007 by Flying Dolphin Press (first published 2007)
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Toby Brennen
First, let me state I am not sure why I decided to read this book. I have been into autobiographies recently and this seemed like a good choice. Amy Grant's "Mosaic Pieces of My Life So Far" is not what I was expecting; it is not like a 'typical' autobiography, the telling of one's life story from the beginning. It is more like reading her diary, a collection of her personal thoughts about her life experiences, often without chronology Each momento she shares, whether happy, funny, serious, or s ...more
If you know me very well in real-life, then you may have scratched the surface of my Amy Grant obsession. The only person who really understands it, though is my best friend from grade school. We sang "Baby Baby" until it made our elementary school classmates sick. When she held a big concert near us just days before we started middle school, you can guess that both us begged our moms to take us, and when they both finally caved, we were surprised to find out that our seats were only four rows a ...more
I love Amy, so I enjoyed this book. It's well written, and I hope she'll do another. I enjoy learning more about her life and her thoughts, and you get some of that here. On the downside, she spends a lot of time telling us stories about other people, shifting the focus off of herself. These stories are not without interest and overall the book is an easy, quick read. (You even have to admire the fact that she can write a whole book without revealing too much of herself in the process...the cons ...more
Susan Mohler
An avid Amy Grant fan from the early 80's, I became somewhat unenchanted with her after her divorce. Never quit loving her golden voice and beautiful way of handling lyrics, but my heart just couldn't bear the thought that it seemed she'd sacrificed her family for a new one, her seemingly hard-to-live with husband for a sweeter one. When this book came out, I couldn't deny the draw, the way it pulled to be read, no matter how much I told myself I didn't want to read it.
Having had a few rough ye
Mosaic, written by Amy Grant, is just that-vignettes from a life lived, for the most part, in the spotlight's glare. For anyone looking for a timeline or tell all biography this book will disappoint. This isn't a book that starts at the beginning and travels through time to the present, giving readers every detail. Instead, this memoir intertwines her songs and the stories behind them.

The book is split into four sections-Every Road, Heirlooms, Lead Me On, and Takes A Little Time. Each section i
I have had mixed feelings about Amy Grant since her divorce and then marriage to Vince Gill. This book tells about certain pieces of Amy' s life and I found myself not wanting to put it down. You learn much more about her family, stories behind some of her songs and sometimes you get to catch a glimpse of who Amy really is. It brought back memories of events in my own life when some of her songs came out and I wanted to go put on some of her old CDs. I took my two young nieces to her Heart in Mo ...more
So I must admit that I love Amy Grant. Her music has been a staple in my life since I was 17. Her music makes special bonds with my family and me. It has been only within the last five years that I've been able to see her in concert. For sure, she has been able to go the distance and music fans are loyal. They love her and they keep coming back for more. I'm so glad that she has only shared pieces of her life. There has been a bit of darkness in her life too. She alludes to it but does not elabo ...more
What I disliked about this book: I decided to read (listen) to this book because I wanted to hear Amy Grant's perspective on a few things. Unfortunately, she did not come close to touching the topics I was curious about. I also did not care for the organization of the book. I realize the theme was 'mosaic' and it was supposed to be rather random, but I didn't care for that. I wanted something more chronilogical or some semblance of order.

What I liked about this book: Some of the stories were rat
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this! I love Amy's music but didn't have great anticipation for the book. Again, just when I expected fluff, Amy delivers the real thing; I should stop being surprised. Across any musical genre, I haven't come across anyone more forthright and honest -- even when it's ugly -- than her. The chapter on her trip to the beach after her separation, the one on her encounter with the deer, and her account of her baptism -- all beautifully told. Oh! And as a mom, the r ...more
Nora St Laurent
This book is different I imagined it would be at first but by the end I realized it was a book only Amy could write - I Love her style and this book. She tells about little clips from her life; like meeting Princess Diana and singing for the Bush family on their yacht. She has talked about great blessings and amazing things that have happened to her and how the Lord has touched her life in many different ways. In parts of the book she shares how and why she wrote some of her songs. Throughout th ...more
Julie Hatch
I admit it - I've loved Amy Grant since I was in junior high playing her records in my room by myself, filled with typical teenage girl confusion & sadness magnified by my parents divorce. I've attended a few of her earliest concerts - her music has played in the background through much of my up & down faith journey, including recent releases of timeless hymns. Reading "Mosaic" felt like sitting down for a several hour chat with a friend whom you haven't seen in a decade. Lots of glimpse ...more
Jan 23, 2010 Abby marked it as to-read
Okay, I might be the biggest fan of Amy Grant music ever. I just realized that there are several CDs from the 80's that I have never owned, purchased, or memorized the lyrics too. AND she wrote a book! I am scouring Ebay for my missing CDs. How many CDs has she recorded? I love her music. I will forever be an Amy Grant nerd. Her music still holds me captive, even as a grown nerd.
**RE-READ 5/22/2015.**

I love this book. Amy Grant is a beautiful person inside and out. If you have a chance, listen to the audiobook. Amy has an incredibly soothing speaking voice. There are so many great stories contained within about family, music, faith, and life.
I love the way Amy's brain works, and the way she tells her stories. Some of them are stories of big events in her life, others are simple things that have struck her and stayed with her. My mind works similarly, and I loved seeing her pieces. However, I did become a little uncomfortable in some places, particularly the timeline she included in the book and some of the questions it left unanswered. I don't deserve the answers. I just wish the question hadn't been presented to me if she didn't pl ...more
Cheri Hudspith
I was pleasantly surprised. I'm glad I read it.
5/22/2015: RE-READ. Still absolutely love it. Amy Grant is a beautiful person.

I read "Mosaic" by Amy Grant pretty much on a whim, having no idea how much I would love it. Amy's music has been a part of my life since I was a very small girl. A friend of mine (around age 6) had a copy of her "House of Love" CD that we listened to together. I got a cassette version of it and listened to it in my little black plastic boom box. Her album "Home for Christmas" is a holiday staple in my family and her
I am not a huge fan of biographies or autobiographies, but I am a huge fan of Amy Grant and have been since her first album, Amy Grant was released all so many years ago. With that being said, I did not give this review 5 stars because I'm a fan, but because I loved this book.

First off, if you are looking for a book to give you the dirty details of what went wrong with her marriage to Gary Chapman and all the dirty details of her divorce...this is not the book for you. And I applaud her for not
Mark Uncommon Valor
Maybe I should pray. Maybe out loud.

But when I opened my mouth, the words seemed outside the moment. My voice too thin. The actual sounds inadequate and out of place.

If this had been male-female communication, words would have stopped and touch would begin. How natural. But how does the created connect with the Creator ?

I welcomed my graditude, pictured my loved ones, and then began moving my arms, my hands, my feet in communication. . . I saw my sister's faces. And then I bent down, reaching, a
listening to "the Righteous Fox" talk about menopause makes me feel so old. i'm going to a 30th h.s. reunion next week, guess maybe i am.
She and i are the same age, i bought the "Age To Age" 45 when it came out, one of the few CCM singles ever made, and wore it out. Lead Me On is the single best album i've ever heard. Saw Amy and Gary Chapman at the Concord Pavillion and bought the Rolling Stone issue where she Cursed. and, suprizing the world survived when she said a naughty word. i still hav
I had the privilege of taking this one in via audiobook, read by the author. It was relatively short, less than 5 hours on audio, and was interspersed throughout with tidbits of her music. I had a hard time getting into it initially because she jumped from one idea to another and I had a hard time putting it together, but once I got into her rhythm of thought, it really was like a mosaic or tapestry being slowly put together into a whole, unified piece.

There were parts I resonated with and parts
I read this book on a plane ride back from New York, just as things were really starting to tank in the stock market. It had already been a slide, but that day the news was so bad that people around me were swearing a loud as they watched financial news on the seatback TVs all JetBlue customers get. At times the panic was almost palpable and, though my own circumstances were less affected, it was easy to fear — on some level — that the world was ending. That was almost the underlying thought, yo ...more
I have been an Amy Grant fan since way back in 1985 and I was pleasantly surprised to find that this "autobiography" is unlike any other I've read in a long time. Instead of a chronology of Amy's life from birth to the present, she presents to us a series of memories, categorized into short stories. Interspersed are lyrics to some of her most popular songs as well as some new ones. What a wonderful way to spend a weekend, reading Amy's messages of faith, love and devotion!
Paul Warner
I've been a fan of Amy Grant's beautiful music since I was a teenager, enjoyed many of her concerts over the years, and my wife and I as members of her Friends of Amy group support her charity work and have had a couple chances to meet her and talk to her in person. My family also watched her Three Wishes show together and loved it. My wife read Amy's book and really enjoyed it, and I just finished the audiobook version. Amy has such a wonderfully soothing, sincere reading voice that it was an a ...more
Teena Myers
The title is an apt description of the book. If you are looking for a story with a beginning, middle and end this is NOT the one. Each chapter is a random story of something that happened in her life. She also jumps from different time periods, child, adult, married, divorced. The story that stands out in my mind is the wealthy family member who left them nothing to fight over because none of her family was in the will. Light easy reading for a day with nothing better to do.
I was disappointed with this book. I was hoping for a - this is what I have learned from pieces in my life so far- but it was more about all the opportunities that music has brought her. People and places she had been mostly. There were a few of those moments of lessons learned but just not meaty enough for me. It was a quick read and I did like learning the premise behind some of her songs since I grew up listening to her music. Not a snippet about 'El Shaddai' tho- just added to my disappointm ...more
Amy Grant is a brilliant songwriter and she definitely did a great job putting the pieces of her life together into this heart-warming book as well. It shows you how all her songs came out of real life experiences that have shaped her into who she is now. I particularly enjoy her stories about her family and how those relationships have made an impact in her life. It's also moving when she speaks about her weaknesses and the dark times in her life where she encountered God and found hope in Him. ...more
This is a wonderfully written book. I enjoyed it immensely. Amy Grant writes this book as a collection of memories interspersed with songs she has written that coincided with the memories she is recalling.

She is a breath of fresh air. Her writing comes through as a woman of faith; she's so touching and real. By real, I mean not an egotistic celebrity. Most of the book doesn't talk in depth about her celebrity, but rather her family and people that have touched her life...close friends and strang
Lovely book! It was wonderful reading through this story of Amy Grant's life. It was full of the warmth and grace that shines through Amy's singing. I enjoyed her faith story and the many facets of her life from her family to her music and writing. Even more, there were lyrics written all through the book. Loved it! Highly recommended.
I picked this book up at a garage sale this summer for about fifty cents. It wasn't what I thought it was going to be-- not an autobiography in the traditional sense of the word, more like a smattering of memories, and those: mostly of her career, her parents and sisters and then her marriage to Vince.
Mark Baker
More a collection of essays than a true biography, I still enjoyed this look into the life of one of Christian music's biggest stars.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
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Amy Lee Grant is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her Contemporary Christian music and pop music, and a New York Times Bestselling author, TV personality, and occasional actress.

Grant is considered by many to be one of the true pioneers of Gospel and Contemporary Christian music. She has had a strong influence on Gospel music and the Christian culture in the United States and beyond.
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“I was in Sarasota, Florida, on a spring-break trip with my friends Bruce and Karen Moore. Bruce and I were waiting on the beach for the rest of our crew when and a man and his grown kids came strolling up the sand. They looked at me for a minute, sort of hesitating, and then asked, "Would you mind taking a picture?" "Sure," I said, and quickly arranged all of us in a line, putting myself in the middle and motioning to Bruce to come snap the photo. Right about that time, the father said, "Actually, we were wondering if you could take a picture just of us." An understandable mistake on my part, but really embarrassing. Bruce has had a field day reminding me of that one ever since.

Lesson learned: Never assume anything about your own importance. It's a great big world, and all of us are busy living our lives. None of us knows all the time and effort that another person puts into his or her passion.”
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