About the Book
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, long–and 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. 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!
This book is like castor oil for the soul.
When something’s good for you, there’s always a cost associated with it. This is one of those books.
It is such a necessary challenge to your heart and can only bring the reader greater joy and happiness, but it can be a hard pill to get down. We must defer our all, through the best of times and the worst, and decide to choose everything that God has for us. There can be no picking and choosing, no going half way. There is a trade off, where we can only come out winners for eternity.
On a side note, I feel this book would be of comfort for those who have suffered loss in their lives and wondered, ‘why.’ It is hard to never get the answers we need or want, but I feel like there is an empathy that this book can provide to mourners especially.
My only “critique” with this book is one of personal preference. A lot of Ann’s writing is quite descriptive and “flowery.” At times it is very beautiful and ornate, but it can be overwhelming also. I am more of a cut and dry type of reader/writer and a lot of the fluffiness is lost on me and unnecessary and in my opinion, overkill. Oh, well.
This book has the potential to be life changing and life extending. Making each moment count that may have gone by without notice, will give the readers more in the years they have, and those years will mean much more than they would’ve otherwise.
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