Monday, October 15, 2007

Mosaic


I'm not a big TV watcher. I have certain shows I don't miss, and then otherwise I can do without it. Monday night is Heroes, Tuesday night is House, Wednesday night is Pushing Daisies. Sunday's, when we have time, is for family TV. I love that ABC has actually put on two hours of television that is safe for the entire family to watch together. Last night, Molly, Mia, and I curled up on the couch while Jesse was finishing up his finals for this round of class. After loud laughter followed by oooohs, I asked him if he knew what we were watching. Our reactions made it obvious: America's Funniest Home Videos. It's Mia's favorite TV show. It was a wonderful way to spend my Sunday evening. Us three girls watched AFV, then Mia was tucked into bed, and Molly and I watched (and teared up to) Extreme Home Makeover. There is so much on TV that I feel I have to shelter my children from; these shows are a nice change of pace.

Amy Grant is Christian music's top-selling performer of all time, and she has just released a book of reminisces along with song lyrics and color pictures. You can find my review below, but I've been given the chance to give away three copies of this beautiful hardcover book. All you have to do is leave a comment in the comment section sometime between now and Friday. That's it! On Saturday, I'll put names in a hat and the three I pull out will receive a copy of the book. This is a book you don't want to miss the chance to own!

Mosaic by Amy Grant took me by surprise. The book itself is lovely with color photographs, but it was the text that moved me so many times. Amy takes the lyrics from several of her songs and offers the inspiration behind them as well as other short personal vignettes. The format flows beautifully and gives a deeper view of her life than even a memoir could have. She talks about growing up in her tight-knit family, the love she has for her children, the pain of her divorce, and the miraculous love she shares with husband Vince Gill. She offers herself completely exposed without polish or facade, and it's an amazing sight. Her writing is lyrical and poetic with scenic descriptions and occasionally knock-the-wind-out-of-you emotion. Reading how she struggles to keep her mind on God when praying, a spontaneous dance in the moonlight as prayer to the Lord, her wonder at finding herself in such a lofty place, all of it makes her very real and her faith profound. I found myself putting the book down to reflect on her words or to share sections with my husband. It's just too powerful to take in all in one sitting, and many times it brought me to tears. This would make a great present for a loved one or yourself!

And don't forget to post a comment so you can have the chance to win a copy for yourself!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Christy,
Got your email, I enjoy reading your blog. And especially reading about all those books that I don't have time to read myself.

Thank you for the all you are doing, blogging about books.

Take care,
Christy

Anonymous said...

Hi, Love reading your blog.I also like reading your reviews. Always did like Amy Grant. Carol

Anonymous said...

Hi Christy
I've always loved Amy Grant's music and I can't wait to read her book. Thanks for the great reviews.
Jill

kathy brown said...

Hi,
I've enjoyed several reading choices from your blog. Thanks for saving me time by reviewing books that I would enjoy reading. It makes the trip to the library a lot faster! Take care!
Kathy

rebafallawake said...

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