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Tuesday, October 16, 2007


blog tour: amy grant's mosaic


Almost immediately after agreeing to an invitation to review Amy Grant's new book, I thought, What have you done? Everyone in my life will tell you I am buried in writing projects--truly, no-visible-daylight buried. But I had promised.

When the book came, I devised a plan. I figured I'd trick myself into reading it by attacking it in barely noticeable increments. It's the same method I use for keeping the house clean: pick up something every time you enter a room, and before you know it, your house is clean. The problem was, my scheme crumbled within the very first chapter. I didn't want to stop reading. So I read another, and another. And twice in three chapters, I got goosebumps. Twice in those same three chapters, I cried.

Amy Grant is a long-time friend. Mind you, she has no idea who I am. But we go back a fair distance. The year I turned 19 (which was the year she turned 19), I went to visit an ex-boyfriend turned good friend (Jeff Ellis) at Pacific Lutheran University. He had arranged for me to stay in the dorm room of two girls he knew there. Before they headed out to morning classes, they set me up in their room and gestured toward their record player. "You should hear this album," one suggested as she left. It was Amy's first release. I listened the first go-round out of a mixture of politeness and boredom; the second time out of just-awakened hunger. I listened to that album all morning. And to this day, whenever I recall the words to "My Father's Eyes," I'm back in that dorm room, heart pounding madly, wanting to know Amy's Father, and wondering if He wanted to know me.

Since the year it was released, her first Christmas CD is the first to go into the player whenever I pull all our Christmas things from the back of the closet. It's the CD I put on just before we call the kids downstairs to tear through their gifts.

I've loved Amy as a far-off encourager, and loved her music. But could she write? I had my doubts. She had them too, for she addresses that unspoken, but clearly present question in her introduction. But it didn't take long for me to find the answer for myself. She can write. Her voice is easy; her timing unflawed. She knows when to pull in for poignancy. She understands rhythm. I enjoyed every page and wished the book was longer.

In Mosaic, Amy shares vignettes from her life. Most are ordinary moments that another soul might have drifted through unthinkingly. But Amy has an ability to catch the lessons others miss. She hears God's heartbeat in places you wouldn't think to listen. Interspersed between her stories, Amy has included the lyrics to many of her songs. You'll read about the moments that spurred her to write those lyrics and meet characters who begged to be captured in song. And along the way, you'll find yourself feeling thankful that this woman thought to share her life in just this way.

My sister, Megan, and I have an odd ability to laugh at a joke a good second or two before anyone else in the room catches on. We're always just a tiny bit ahead of everyone else hearing the same jumble of words. Meanings fly toward us. I felt that sensation as I read Mosaic. Amy would lead me to a point, but I'd find that truth rushing to meet my heart before I think I should have gotten there. At one such moment, when describing what it was like for her sister to send her first son to college, I knew what was coming before I really knew, and I couldn't stop the tears. I anticipated that extra long phone cord, because I'm that same mother these days, keeping the cell phone charging near my ear, just in case Zac should call.

This book is a gift. I hope you'll read it, and I hope you'll pass it on.

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* To purchase a copy of Mosaic, CLICK HERE.

Want to win a copy of Mosaic? I have three copies to give away. Everyone who comments on this post between now and October 21 will have a chance to win. Names of all posters will be put in a hat (more likely, some sort of bowl I will snag from the kitchen) and I will ask my husband, the pastor, to draw three names. Does that make you rest easy? Make sure you give me a way to contact you--email, blogger i.d., etc. Books will be sent out early next week.

Want to double your chances of winning? Run over to Christian Women Online and read their review. Darlene is also giving away three books this week.

Happy posting!

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20 Comment:

At 10/16/2007 10:24 AM, Blogger Darlene had this to say ...

I have to comment, but I don't need to win. I guess if you put my name in, I'll give it to my sister for Christmas. I LOVED your review. That was awesome, and I totally relate. I remember the songs from the very early years. I sang them non-stop. "Show your daddy where it hurts, and let your daddy lift it." Even remembering those lyrics brings me back in time and warms my heart again.

 
At 10/16/2007 11:11 AM, Blogger Tink had this to say ...

Hi, I'd love to read the book.

 
At 10/16/2007 11:52 AM, Anonymous jen had this to say ...

this book sounds SO SO interesting
please put me in the draw

I found your blog through Darlene :)

 
At 10/16/2007 1:55 PM, Blogger Kim had this to say ...

I can't wait to read Amy's book. That was an amazing review! :)

 
At 10/16/2007 1:55 PM, Blogger TaunaLen had this to say ...

I am so glad to read your review of this book. I loved Amy Grant in High School, and sang Father's Eyes for a friend's special event. It was, and still is, the most amazing song. I can't wait to read this book! Put my name in the bowl, please.

~TaunaLen

 
At 10/16/2007 2:10 PM, Blogger Kari had this to say ...

Shannon,
In high school, I had a friend who was a Christian and every time we were in her car she had Amy Grant playing. When I became a Christian many years later, Nancy was the first person I told of my conversion and my first purchase at the Christian Bookstore was Amy Grant's "the Collection". Sweet Memories!

I'd love to read her book.

 
At 10/16/2007 2:32 PM, Blogger MaryAnne Hommel had this to say ...

I was driving down a country road in Northern Ohio the first time I heard "Thy Word". Far from my California home and family, that song warmed me with the love of Jesus and I cried... "Baby,Baby" was one of two lullabies my daughter had sung to her every night, the other being Patsy Clines "Walking After Midnight." I'd love to read this book.

 
At 10/16/2007 2:40 PM, Blogger Cora had this to say ...

What a great review. I would love to read it, too.

 
At 10/16/2007 4:01 PM, Blogger Kelly had this to say ...

For you to call someone is a good writer is high praise indeed. I'd love to be in the drawing.

 
At 10/16/2007 6:06 PM, Blogger Beverly had this to say ...

This book sounds really good -- I appreciated your heartfelt review. I'd love to be in the book drawing. I can't remember how I first came to your blog, but it is a blessing!

 
At 10/17/2007 12:21 AM, Anonymous Pam had this to say ...

I love the picture you paint of this book, I can hardly wait to read it.

 
At 10/17/2007 9:33 AM, Blogger eclexia had this to say ...

Thanks for your review. It sounds like a great read.

 
At 10/17/2007 11:12 AM, Blogger Guinevere Meadow had this to say ...

Please enter me in this contest! I've also been an Amy Grant fan for many many years!

JenKSwan (at) gmail (dot) com

 
At 10/18/2007 2:11 PM, Blogger Deitra had this to say ...

Thanks for including me in the contest. The book sounds like a great read! I'm wondering who you were reviewing it for? I found your site through my friend Kelly's blog whom you have listed as one of your "friends" home is where the heart is. How did you find her?
Deitra shoemaker4him@juno.com

 
At 10/19/2007 4:47 AM, Blogger Lynetta had this to say ...

Shannon, I "grew up" with Amy Grant too. I'd listen to her music for hours on end as a teen ... what memories! I'd love to read her book.

 
At 10/19/2007 10:42 AM, Blogger Vicki had this to say ...

Would love to read Mosaic. Amy was the first Christian artist I discovered soon after getting saved. That voice ministered to me.

 
At 10/20/2007 10:30 AM, Blogger Jay KTX had this to say ...

Sounds like a great book. I'd love to win one of the books. Thanks for your touching review.

 
At 10/20/2007 7:55 PM, Blogger Ann V.@HolyExperience had this to say ...

Yes, if Shannon, who can WRITE, says someone can write, it is a worthy read.

Thank you for the opportunity to enter, Shannon...

All's grace,
Ann

 
At 10/20/2007 8:35 PM, Blogger rebafallawake had this to say ...

I also reviewed this book. Also I went to two book events and have photos on my website. www.inrebasworld.com

 
At 10/20/2007 8:50 PM, Blogger Heather's Haven had this to say ...

Sounds like a great read. I enjoy your blog very much and you're a great encourager. Thanks for the chance to win!

 

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