Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far
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Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  691 ratings  ·  151 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,...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by Three Rivers 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
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...more
Cheryl
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...more
Sarah
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
Janice
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
Crystal
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
Tim
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...more
Kathy
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
Abby
Jan 23, 2010 Abby marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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.
Cheri Hudspith
I was pleasantly surprised. I'm glad I read it.
Melissa
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...more
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...more
Jim
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...more
Alana
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...more
Anna
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
Andrea Marshall
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!
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.
Heather
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
Veronica
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
Elle
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...more
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.
Dan
I got this for my last birthday, and I read about half of it before I got distracted and put it down, and I finally finished it this weekend. It’s a collection of journal entries, poems, song lyrics, and little stories (often a page or two, sometimes as much as 4 or 5) that Amy wrote. It’s a very personal look at her life and the events and people that have shaped it. A lot of it is supposed to come across as inspirational, and while it does that it also gets a little depressing at the same time...more
Lisa Russell
This book was pretty good. I didn't think it was much of a memoir, but more like a diary of events that took place in her life. Amy and I go WAY back, so I was curious to read about what she has been up to in recent years. I saw her on a talk show promoting her book in 2007 and decided to pick it up. It should have come out as a trade paperback I think, just to keep the cost down. There are some pictures and lots of her songs and poems taking up full pages of text, keeping down really the number...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Mosaic is simply a book of vignettes from Amy Grant's life. Each chapter is an experience or a lesson learned. She uses her song lyrics, some already published and some not-previously published, to introduce each vignette. It's an innovative technique and somewhat appropriate for a musician.

I liked Amy's honesty, I liked how she shared her faith without being too preachy. But, somehow this book fell a little flat and disappointing to me. I can't quite put my finger on it. It's certainly thoughtf...more
Angela Reed
I took this to the beach, and it was a good book to read in small bits. Amy speaks to me, because she's at the same stage of life. She has deepened with the years; I have too. We're on the same wave length.

If anyone bought the book hoping for salacious details about her affair & subsequent marriage to Vince Gill, they will be disappointed. While transparent in many ways, she glosses over the gory details here. Gotta protect the remaining fan base, I suppose.

While her life is far more charme...more
Leah
I really admire Amy Grant and I have for years. Living in Nashville, she has the reputation for being a kind, generous, and loving woman, and the few times I've met her, these qualities have been exemplified. I really am ashamed it's taken me so long to read this book, but I loved it. Her insights on God, family, motherhood, and life are framed by song lyrics and poems she's written throughout the years. It was great to read the inspiration behind some of my favorite songs of hers, and to be rem...more
Ktmattison
As a songwriter Amy Grant knows how to express her thoughts and feelings very well. Mosaic is a collection of times and experiences in her life, and what she learned from them, as well as several previously un-published songs and poems.

I love the simplicity of how this book covers some very hard subjects, and the very different way that Amy set about making this book. She doesn't see herself as an "author", so she wrote it out the way she would tell her stories to her friends.

I highly recomend...more
Sarah
I used to really like Amy Grant until she divorced her first husband to marry Vince Gill (incidentally I also liked Gill until he divorced his wife to marry Amy). So I picked up the book at the library because like Sandy Patti's bio I was expecting some explanation and apology for the divorce. I now see divorce in a whole new light and feel that Patti went about Biblical reconciliation but in Grant's book she only makes mention of how much she loved Vince, more or less justifying it instead of d...more
Josh Ang
I'm a huge fan, so I'm naturally biased, but there's so much honesty in these vignettes...



The greatest thing I got out of this book is not to take yourself too seriously. Amy sealed this with an embarrassing account of how she was approached to take a photo with a family and she happily arranged everyone in a row with herself in the middle, only to have the father tell her he meant 'a picture of them'.



The lyrics of her songs interspersed throughout the book also gave these songs a new perspecti...more
Eva
I didn't have any expectations of this book but I was a bit excited to read her story. Unfortunately I couldn't really find a connection to her journey. The title does say 'pieces of my life so far' but they were disjointed stories that I couldn't place in order of her journey. Lay out of the book is very creative and lyrics to her songs are nicely positioned within each chapter.
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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....more
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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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