March 11, 2012

Mosaic: Pieces of My Life so Far

Amy Grant has always had a special place in my heart. Her records were the first ones I bought as a teen. While most teenagers were listening to the top 40 on the radio, I was listening to Amy's songs on my record player. Listening to them over and over and over. Songs like 'Old Man Rubble,' 'What a difference you made in my life,' 'My Father's eyes,' 'In a Little While' and 'El Shaddai.' I still know every song by heart. :)

This autobiography is filled with short stories from her life, poems she has written and lyrics of her songs. Some chapters explain how a song came to be, others about her experiences with her children, friends, family and also her journey with the Lord.

I love that Amy writes her own songs. In one chapter she writes about the sweet innocence of her little ones and the precise things they have said. (That's the one thing I miss the most about my kids now that they are grown...those precious and silly things they would say that seemed to come out of nowhere.)

Her children inspired her to write this song. It's one of my favorites.

Baby Baby

Baby baby
I'm taken with the notion

To love you with the sweetest of devotion

Baby baby
My tender love will flow from
The bluest sky to the deepest ocean

Stop for a minute
Baby, I'm so glad you're mine,
You're mine

Baby baby
The stars are shining for you
And just like me I'm sure that they adore you

Baby baby
Go walking through the forest
The birds above a' singing you a chorus

Stop for a minute
Baby, they're so glad you're mine
And ever since the day you put my heart in motion
Baby I realized that there's just no getting over you

Baby baby
In any kind of weather
I'm here for you always and forever

Baby baby
No muscle man could sever
My love for you is true and it will never

Stop for a minute
Baby, I'm so glad you're mine
And ever since the day you but my heart in motion
Baby, I realize that there's just no getting over you

In another chapter she talks about restlessness and how we sometimes just need to be alone with God. She says here:

"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 can't sit still. I can't listen well."

She goes on to talk about an evening she went up to their cabin with her daughters to get away and try to find some peace, but she continued to feel antsy. She decided to go for a walk, then looked up and there she saw the beauty of God's creation lighting up the sky. She began to feel it's calming effect. Gratitude filled her and she started to dance in her bare feet, silently thanking God for everything in her life.

                            "Let them praise his name 
                             with dancing 
                             and make music to him 
                             with tambourine and 
                             For the Lord takes delight
                             in his people
                             He crowns the humble with
                             salvation"  Psalm 149:3-4

I thought this was beautiful. Sometimes we just need to be somewhere quiet and give ourselves completely to the Lord in thankfulness and praise. And there's no better place then outside surrounded by His creation. She ends the chapter with this:

"Later, walking back to the cabin, it occurred to me that I should do a little more stretching to stay limber so I can pray wordlessly in the moonlight when I'm ninety." :)

I really enjoyed getting to know Amy Grant a little bit through her book. If you are a fan of her music I think you may enjoy it too.


  1. I loved Amy Grant too -- still do:) I didn't realize she'd written an autobiography. Think I'll check it out at the library!

  2. I enjoyed this post, Cathy. Glad you enjoyed the book! I like Amy Grant's music, too, and I especially like the one that you posted. I'll be singing, "Baby, Baby" the rest of the day. : )

    1. I think it's definitely one of those songs that sticks in your head and brightens your day. :)

  3. Thanks for this review. Amy Grant is an interesing person and you make her book sound like something I'd like to read.

  4. I love that song too! I'll have to check out this book, it sounds interesting. Thanks for the review! :)


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