Monday, October 15, 2007
Mosaic by Amy Grant
I have been given the honor of reviewing Amy Grant's book, Mosaic.
So why should you want to read Mosaic?
For me, I found a connection with Amy on page 52. She speaks openly about doubting God would want to use her when her "life was derailing." Isn't that how we all feel? Don't we all believe the lie that if we aren't perfect then God has no use for us?
This blog, God uses broken vessels, is all about that concept. Life isn't perfect, but we are still loved and valuable to God. He wants to use us to reach out to others. He wants us to give Him our brokenness and let Him make something beautiful out of it.
“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
So thank you Amy. Thank you for being transparent. Thank you for sharing snippets of your life, lyrics from your songs, and your faith. Thank you for being one of those in the forefront. It takes obedience and courage to live in that glass house. Thank you for allowing God to use you in that place.
“This is trust: doing what you believe you are called to do and trusting that God will provide.” p. 12
Summary and Author Bio:
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.
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