Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Review & Giveaway: Mosaic by Amy Grant
I'll admit I've been a fan of Amy Grant's since Age to Age was released way back in 1982. I was all of 8 I think. I also still vividly remember the two concerts I went to as a kid, both at the Nebraska State Fair. Awesome! And then while we lived in DC, Eric and I went to one of the Christmas concerts. Such fun.
But even though I've been a fan since childhood, I wasn't sure what I would think of Mosaic. It could be really good or really bad. Fortunately, it falls on the side of a really easy read.
The book has a reader friendly format. In the introduction Amy admits that she used to roll her eyes when she hear about someone writing a book just because a deal was offered to them. While she has spent a career crafting song lyrics, writing a memoir is a completely different task. I know I couldn't write lyrics, but Amy can write. Some chapters are barely over a page. Others may continue for ten pages.
The chapters are interspersed with song lyrics and poetry. The book truly is a mosaic of the stories behind the song, her heritage, and her life. It is a peek into the heart of a woman who has lived and experienced much. And a certain humblesness comes through in the ways she poles fun at herself. A couple quotes to give you a feel for the book and her style:
"Kids know who they are from the minute they are born. As parents, we have the fascinating job of slowly discovering them."
"The beauty of being in the middle of life is the vantage point it provides...Even from here I can see that growing old is not for the cowardly."
"This is trust: doing what you believe you are called to do and trusting that God will provide."
If you would like to be entered for one of three copies of the book I'm giving away, leave a comment with a way to reach you by Wednesday, October 24.