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Amy Grant: How Mercy Looks from Here

Amy Grant: How Mercy Looks from Here

The Queen of Christian Pop opens up about divorce, prayer, inspiration, and the stories behind her first album in a decade
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"It is okay if I do the first three minutes of this interview on speakerphone? I'm trying to do my hair because I woke up with an incredibly weird case of bed head. I usually don't do anything to it, but I have a really strange haircut right now because I cut it myself. It's so chewed and hacked up looking …"

Bed head is one of many challenges Amy Grant has faced over the past decade—but she's never been one to lie down and give up. Between sips of in-room coffee, the best-selling Christian artist of all time admitted she's made mistakes in her 35 years on the road. Still, as a recording artist, wife, mom, and friend, she insisted there's value in persevering in faith and asking God to sit with us in our imperfection.

"We always have a tendency to wonder, should I have done it differently?" Grant said. "You never stop asking questions like, 'I wonder if my adult child would've had this struggle had they not been through a divorce when they were six?' Every situation is different, and there are no pat answers. I've heard a broken bone heals stronger than one never broken, and that gives me so much hope."

After experiencing divorce from husband, Gary Chapman, in 1999, re-marriage to country artist Vince Gill in 2000, the birth of their daughter, Corrina, in 2001, the Nashville flood in 2010 that destroyed Gill's 35-year-old guitar collection, and losing her mother in 2011, Grant has learned the importance of prayer and petition firsthand.

"There's no point in praying if it doesn't come from an honest place," Grant said. "I have learned that, as shameful as it can be, it's important to at least speak what it is I see to be the truth out to God and to myself. We're all human, and our battle's not against flesh and blood—there's always a spiritual battle going on. Sometimes you have to just say, I'm not sure how I got where I am right now, but God, please just be here right now, and help me."

How mercy looks from here

Grant's new album, How Mercy Looks From Here, released Tuesday, and is dedicated to her mother. As her first studio album in a decade, Grant has experienced events that give her "plenty to write about."

"I wanted these songs to be a celebration of the journey of life," Grant said. "Some of the last words my mother said to me were to 'sing something that matters.' These songs have been so instrumental in helping me frame some really hard, life-changing events in a way that I can see the beautiful purpose that's brought meaning to things I thought were going to take me under."

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Allison J. Althoff

Allison J. Althoff is Today's Christian Woman's online editor. Follow her on Twitter @ajalthoff.

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November 11, 2013  5:43pm

I love how real she is. And how realistic she is; recognizing that we're all mess and imperfect, and that's so wonderful about God's love. He loves us EVEN THOUGH. I like how she isn't preachy and doesn't try to act perfect. She's just so real and so refreshing. I listen to her music every day.

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June 24, 2013  9:02am

I feel sorry for those who continue to bash Amy about her divorce. It's been how many years? God doesn't hang on to our sins if we ask forgiveness of Him. Amy talks about how she has made mistakes, and she's talked about the pain of divorce. She does not speak lightly of it. Just because she doesn't share all her dirty laundry in public, in a church, so all of us can hear, does not mean she has not dealt with it with God. You can't listen to her new album and not hear that her heart is in a good relationship with the Lord. If we continue to judge her for her past mistakes, we are nothing but Pharisees.

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May 27, 2013  9:07pm

We're all hurting in one way or another, you know? Let's show each other grace. Christ shows it to us each day. Whether you're a well-known artist such as Amy Grant, or someone like me..we all abide in His grace. Where else do we have to go?

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