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Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  936 Ratings  ·  189 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,
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by WaterBrook (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
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
Tami Kirkpatrick
I loved this book. Amy is very authentic and you will learn a few things about her. It is not in any chronological order or linear form but that doesn't bother me. I love her honesty and how she put song lyrics throughout the book. It made me love her and her family even more. The baptism chapter was my favorite. Just breathtakingly beautiful and a peek into her soul. I really wish she and Vince would write a book together-that would be amazing.
Sara
Jan 03, 2016 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a big Amy Grant fan in the 80's. I thought this book would be interesting to skim through. I liked the pictures and the stories. Enjoyed all the Colorado references. Brought back some memories.
Susan Mohler
Jan 07, 2012 Susan Mohler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Cheryl
Jun 01, 2008 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Linore
Aug 24, 2015 Linore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Julie Hatch
Dec 28, 2014 Julie Hatch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Janice
Sep 04, 2009 Janice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tim
Jul 31, 2011 Tim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, biography
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
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Crystal
Dec 28, 2011 Crystal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
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
Kathy
Nov 16, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Deborah Martinez
This past weekend I got to see Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith Christmas concert in Des Moines, IA. My friend, then gave me this book to read, I had no idea Amy Grant had a book out! (now ten years old).

I enjoyed the book a lot (so why three stars?) The writing was broken into short stories, and although I enjoyed each story, I had a hard time reading the songs (like poetry).

What I did love is that Amy Grant is so authentic. This is a trait I admire and appreciate in people, as it doesn’t happen
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Lisa-Michele
Amy Grant, the singer, brings a reflective poetic voice to writing essays on life, loss and music. I liked her self-effacing descriptions of being a mom with a career, never sure if you are hitting your balance. She clearly spends time in deep religious thought and that adds a richness to her insights. The book is a series of essays, not a biography. She is well-known for her Grammy-winning Christian music career. While I have never listened much to her songs, I was interested in her story. As a ...more
Kelly
Dec 19, 2016 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pieces indeed. I glanced at the title and thought this was an autobiography so picked it up. This book is one of those, "dang it..." moments when you start reading it and realize it's not what you thought it was. It's memories here and there, no timeline to anything. It's like you are sitting around with a relative and they tell you a story from their past that really has no merit about anything at all other than it's just a memory they are sharing. Some of her memories are cute but most of the ...more
Megan
Oct 28, 2016 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a typical autobiography, where the author tells their life story from beginning to publication time. I loved listening to Amy Grant growing up and thought this book would give me insight into her life and where she gets some of her song ideas, but that wasn't really the case. There is so much of her life that is skimmed over or never even touched upon. I know faith and God are a very big part of her life, but that seemed the focus of most of the book and not giving us her life story. ...more
Jennifer
Jan 14, 2017 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who loves Amy Grant will love this book. Lots of vignettes interspersed with lyrics to her songs. Loved it.
Kim
Nov 23, 2016 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read the book and I've listened to the audio book version. Audio book is outstanding! Nothing better than Amy Grant telling stories.
Bettie Gross
Nov 08, 2016 Bettie Gross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous book! Although I thought there would be more about her personal life it still was very good
Mike
Oct 12, 2016 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Picked this ebook up while others are on hold. I have enjoyed other memoirs, but this one was a sleeper. I couldn't name one song MS Grant has recorded, even after reading the book. I can say that in this book she is a witness to her Christian faith. I guess I better find an Amy Grant song I like.
Nora St Laurent
Jul 10, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Anna
Feb 19, 2010 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Melissa
Jan 27, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
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
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Alana
Nov 26, 2013 Alana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographical
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
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Mark Uncommon Valor
Sep 10, 2008 Mark Uncommon Valor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: journal
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
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Paul Warner
Aug 24, 2015 Paul Warner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Elle
Feb 06, 2012 Elle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, favorites
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
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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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