Sunday, October 21, 2007

Mosaic Amy Grant..Pieces of My Life So

Ok now remember everyone, I have never written a book review, and there is MUCH more about this book that I would love to talk about. So just go pick it up. It really is one of the books I have read this year. And not just because it was written by Amy Grant.

With a career of 30 years, the joys and trials of life, and just living in the spot light will give anyone millions of stories to learn and grow from. And maybe even some to try and forget. This book is a book of memories, some great some not so great, all learning experiences for anyone who reads it.
When I first heard of this book being written I thought, as Amy even mentions in her book, "Oh no, she is going to write a book, she is not a author...she is a song writer/singer. But of course I was going to pick it up and read it, I have been loving her music sense I was in the fifth grade, and now here it is about 14 years later and still really enjoy her music, old and new. Needless to say I was not at all disappointed in her book.

It is funny how we don't stop to think and realize that famous people are just normal everyday people like us. Only their lives are lived in the spot light. While I was reading this book, several times I had to stop and think, wow she really is human, she really does struggle and have hard times like the rest of us. The way she writes makes you feel like you have been family friends for years. Most of the stories if you have been a Amy fan long you will have heard before but it was different reading them. They way she wrote, was like she was talking to you and you only. Being open and honest about her past, present and future. If anyone ever borrows my book they are going to see notes, and a bunch of sentences underlined. I have already gone back and re-read several parts of it. It is just a feel good read. And it amazed me how much some parts of her life reminded me of mine. One of my favorite parts of the book, were when she said, "Sometimes I crave a kind of connection with nature, with myself, with God that I don't know how to achieve. The absence of it makes me feel caged up inside. I cant sit still. I cant listen well. " (pg 111) I feel like this almost everyday.
My wife made fun of me a few times when I was reading it because after almost every chapter, or even page I had to tell her about it. A few times I thought, I need to give Amy a call and see how she is doing. Then I remembered that I don't really personally know her, but her writing made it feel like we have had several conversations over a nice Starbucks. Her love for life, and her faith in her God, is what this book is all about. A great feel good read for anyone who picks it up. Even if you are not a huge Amy Grant fan, or a fan at all, it is a book that everyone can relate to. At least parts of it. And to me one of the coolest things about it was how real she was with her faith in Christ. She was open and very honest. And who knows, maybe someone who is not a Christian, but has heard her music, will find the book and read it. They will know all about God and how He has been a HUGE part in her life. It is not at all hidden in this book. Maybe someone will even say a prayer for the first time. Who knows.
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~Learning As I Go~

Thursday, October 18, 2007


So there will be a book review on Amy Grants book soon. I have to have it done by the 19th, but with work and all that I have not been able to write it. I can say this, it was one awesome read. I will get more soon. But they do however want me to have something for now, so here is one they wrote, but mine is on the way soon.
Grammy Award–winning artist Amy Grant has lived in the spotlight since bursting onto the Christian music scene as a teenager thirty years ago. In that time her work, marriage, and spiritual life have been subject to varying degrees of adulation and criticism.
Now, in her first autobiographical book, Grant bares her heart and soul, giving readers an intimate glimpse into her everyday life and the lessons she’s learning along the way. From lighthearted reminiscences of her Tennessee childhood to painfully honest reflections on the journey of faith, her vivid writing draws readers into her world while simultaneously creating space for them to rethink their own perspectives on life.
With honesty and depth, Grant offers poignant and often startling insights on motherhood, marriage, friendship, faith, loss, forgiveness, and redemption. Never-before-shared stories about her husband, country music star Vince Gill, provide a look into her life as a celebrity, while intimate portraits of her mother and musings on the past reveal the various pieces of a life blessed with jagged edges as well as vivid colors. Readers will find their preconceived notions of this music icon stripped away as they settle in for a warmly satisfying conversation with a gracious and wise friend.

Amy Grant is the best-selling Christian music artist of all time and the first to garner the number one spot on Billboard’s chart. Since beginning her career at age 17, she has earned six Grammy Awards and twenty-five Dove Awards, and last year she received her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Grant’s numerous television appearances include Oprah; Good Morning, America ; and Late Night with David Letterman. In 2007 she’ll tour nationwide, performing with local symphonies in Atlanta , Minneapolis , Kansas City, and elsewhere.
~Learning As I Go~