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Publication Date: 2011
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Just like you, Ann Voskamp hungers to live her one life well. Forget the bucket lists that have us escaping our everyday lives for exotic experiences. How, Ann wondered, do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties? What does the Christ-life really look like when your days are gritty, longand sometimes even dark? How is God even here? In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God's gifts. Its only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, we discover the life we've always wanted a life we can take, give thanks for, and break for others. We come to feel and know the impossible right down in our bones: we are wildly loved by God. Let Ann's beautiful, heart-aching stories of the everyday give you a way of seeing that opens your eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of being present to God that makes you deeply happy, and a way of living that is finally fully alive. Come live the best dare of all!
Ann Voskamp is wife of one good farmer, the home-educating mama to a half-dozen exuberant kids, and author of the New York Times Bestseller, The Greatest Gift, and One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, a New York Times 60 week bestseller that has sold more than one million copies, the royalties of which the Voskamp family has given all away, the joy always in giving the gift back.
Named by Christianity Today as one of 50 women most shaping culture and the church today, and a partner with Compassion International as a global advocate for needy children, Ann's a regular loser of library books, usually has a sink full of soaking pots, sees empty laundry baskets rarer than a blue moon, and believes that the sky and fresh mercy over the farm is large and all is grace. Her blog, one of the Top 10 Christian blogs on the web, has become a daily well for the weary and soul-thirsty: www.aholyexperience.com.
In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God's gifts. It's only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, we discover the life we've always wanted...a life we can take, give thanks for, and break for others. We come to feel and know the impossible right down in our bones: we are wildly loved - by God.
Let Ann's beautiful, heart-aching stories of the everyday give you a way of seeing that opens your eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of being present to God that makes you deeply happy, and a way of living that is finally fully alive.
Come live the best dare of all!
The book begins with Voskamp's birth. She describes it abstractly with a poetic flourish, which to an inattentive reader works more as a maze than a picture. As the book continues, Voskamp writes of her discovery of eucharisteo meaning gratefulness and of her journey through chronicling a thousand gifts from God.
The journey is where the book speeds up. As Voskamp shares some of the gifts and the events surrounding how she attained them, the reader indwells the pages, sees the scenes described, and understands the lessons shared. As Voskamp compares God allowing pain in life to a surgeon cutting her son open in order to heal him, a now attentive reader sees as Voskamp sees, that "all is grace."
One Thousand Gifts is contemplative nonfiction with storytelling appeal. Voskamp's writing is flowery and poetic, so, if read quickly, its hard to understand. Sentence structure is shaky, with an overabundance of fragments and run-ons. The message is meaningful and worthwhile for believers having difficulty being joyful, but if readers will not slow down and pay close attention, the message will remain over their heads.
One Thousand Gifts is a worthwhile book to readers wishing to delve deeper into the practice of giving thanks to the Lord. For those who focus carefully on each word printed, its lessons will prove beneficial and, likely, by the time the last page is turned, the readers will be chronicling their own thousand gifts. I know I was. Meredith Sell, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Suzie5 Stars Out Of 5One Thousand GiftsAugust 27, 2014SuzieAn excellent book based on Biblical Principles and helping to overcome negative thinking. Based on Giving Thanks in All things!
Jean5 Stars Out Of 5One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You AreaAugust 26, 2014JeanQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Very good book! I enjoyed how she took verses/stories in the Bible and taught how they helped her be grateful.
Melissa Lee5 Stars Out Of 5Great book!!August 26, 2014Melissa LeeAm enjoying this book very much! Gives you lots of food for thought and wonderful insights. A great book to throw in your book bag and just keep around where ever you go. Excellent read.
Deb5 Stars Out Of 5One Thousand GiftsAugust 22, 2014DebQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What a most excellent book. Poetic, thought-provoking and Biblically based. I liked it so much, I bought over 20 of them to give away to all my friends. And for the price, it is a great value as well.
Gee-Maw5 Stars Out Of 5One thousand GiftsAugust 22, 2014Gee-MawQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a very refreshing book --beautifully written --creates deep personal thoughts of just what a wonderful Lord and Savior we have . A wonderful friend that we can always count on and how important it is for us to be forever and eternally grateful to God for everything that we have, the good things are easy, but when trouble happen God still need our praise. Highly recommend all her books.
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