Monday, October 15, 2007

Amy Grant Book Review Continues




Today has been fun. I have enjoyed your comments and emails and welcome more. If you want to send me an email, my address is rkvaughn.harvestfields.net
Please continue to send your memories that are either an experience with Amy herself or with her songs. Don't forget to tell me your favorite song!!! Later in the week I will be sharing some of your favorite memories and more of mine.........and announcing the three winners of Amy’s new book!
This week I have been listening to a lot of my favorite Amy Grant CDs. It is hard to pick a favorite because I have such sweet memories that go along with each one. However, one of my favorites is the Behind the Eyes CD. Yesterday I was enjoying it so much when my daughter got in the car and just flippantly decided it was time to listen to a little more of High School Musical. ): My CD was placed in the console of our car. Later when we arrived at our house, I lifted the lid on the console so that I could grab it and take it with me. As I lifted the console I heard an awful noise. My CD snapped into 2 pieces. ): I couldn’t believe it! I am sorry to say that I was more than a little upset. These CDs have been with me for a long time and all the way to Benin and back….okay so I think I have said enough here that at least someone will have an idea of something that I might like for Christmas!!

Today I thought you might enjoy reading a few pieces from Mosaic,

“In our lives the darkest times, the days that are bleak and black, add depth to every other experience.”

“Salt water is the greatest component of our world, yet some people have never seen an ocean. That doesn’t change the ocean. It is constant and powerful and like the love of God, whether we’re immersed in it, standing on the shore, or a thousand miles away, it remains.”

“All of us want our lives to be meaningful. The answer to that longing will never be found in a bigger flat screen television, a new wardrobe, the perfect figure or a bigger house. The secret to a life well lived is in giving. When we give our lives are touched and changed.”

“I remember making a plan on a Sunday morning a few years ago for our family to visit a new church. My children were young – Sarah still in diapers. Being on time is a challenge for some of us, and even more so when small children are a part of the picture. This particular morning I had left us a good safety margin of time, but one thing led to another and everything started backfiring. Sarah was fed, dressed and ready. While I was checking on Matt and Millie, Sarah got a hold of a slice of toast with grape jelly. By the time that I found her, the dress had to go. A wet towel took care of the sticky hands. The problem with outfit number two was sudden diarrhea. A wet towel was not going to fix this one. After a bath and outfit number three, I finally got us to the car. As I was struggling with the straps of the car seat (a struggle made more difficult by her stiff body- I’d be mad too if I had been dressed and redressed three times in a hurry), I imagined that this might resemble God’s experience with me. He knows where he wants to take me, and he’ll get me there in spite of myself.”

“We never really know what is going on inside of another person. It’s a good reason to be gentle.”

Prayer for her children, “God, find them the way you found me.”

“Like everybody else, I wish I were in better shape or had planned an upcoming event a little more thoroughly. I wish I were neater. I wish I weighed what I weighed in my 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 that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.”




If you live in the Fort Worth area, come join me at the Bass Hall on October 30 and hear Amy Grant discuss the book and sing some of our favorite songs. For more information click HERE

To purchase Mosaic click HERE

3 comments:

Brooks Inc. said...

I love all of these quotes...especially the one about gettign the kids into the car for church...and remembering regardless of situation or body size this is the day the Lord has made...Great thoughts and words.

I have thought all day about what my favorite Amy Grant song is...There are way too many that have made an impact on me for me to choose just one...I love Everywhere I Go...Perhaps because my favorite name for the Lord is Emmanuel, God with us. The thought of seeing His face in the crowd, hearing His voice...Love it...and I know I had that thought at an earlier age because of that particular song.

Love you and love reading your thoughts on all things AG!

BJB

Cheryl said...

Oh...I love this! I'm going to listen to Amy all day...and I'll email you my memories and song vote. Though, I can already say...my song vote will be from her Christmas music. Just not sure which one yet...
Good times!!!

J.R. said...

Thank you, holy brother, for such a wonderful blog. And thanks for sharing excerpts from Amy Grant's book Mosaic. I just had a copy reserved last night at a Powerbooks outlet. And after having read your positive review, I am surely going to get it.

Godspeed!

(P.S. One of my favorite Amy Grant songs has got to be "Love Will Find a Way")