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One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are [Kindle Edition]

Ann Voskamp
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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, 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!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1770 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0310321913
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (4 Jan 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003U2TWQ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,020 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must, must, must read 30 May 2011
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There are few books that have such a life changing impact as this beautifully written and crafted piece. Working right back from the idea that part of the fall was to do with mankind being tempted to see all they haven't got and that this brings ingratitude into the world. If we want to reverse this and life a full life, full of gifts, full of intimacy, we need to learn to live with a thankful heart. So many small but golden jewels sparkling through the precious insight into Ann Voskamp's life.
A must, must, must read.
Highly recommendable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Thousand Gifts 10 Mar 2012
Excellent book. I have bought so many copies to share with family and friends. It had such an impact on me and my thinking about the hum drum everyday and the difficult seasons in life and helped me focus on giving thanks in everything and finding God in the moment. Don't by it if you don't like a challenge!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, insightful, grace-filled 30 Dec 2011
This is a must read for anyone seeking intimacy with God, renewal in prayer life or a more contented attitude.

Voskamp's premise is that thanksgiving, Eucharisteo, is at the heart of our daily walk with God. She explores and develops this idea in what is essentially a memoir, covering her, and her family's journey of gratitude. She is a homeschooling mother of 6 living on a pig-farm in Canada, and many of the images and experiences related are therefore very different from those of UK readers. This doesn't lessen their impact, or the book's relevance, as the focus is very much on being thankful in all situations.

This is no Pollyanna-ish gratitude though, she does not shy away from the 'hard Eucharisteo' of life's pain, grief and fears, the first chapters in particular deal with Voskamp's own tragic and difficult childhood. I did not agree with all of her conclusions, particularly in relation to God's will, but this did not detract in any way from the helpfulness of the book. I had already started a gratitude list before reading the book, but I found it deepened my understanding of gratitude, and inspired me to pursue God's beauty around me.

This book, and the discipline of keeping a gratitude list, have been transformative in my life, and I've continued to re-read it over the past year. One final warning: while the writing is lyrical, and this almost always makes the book a pleasure to read, at times I felt her point was a little obscured by the poetry. I also found her distinctive syntax a bit jarring at times.
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This amazing book is beautifully written and will live in your heart for a very long time. There is so much here that one read is not enough - I am currently reading it for a second time and enjoying it just as much. It may well change your life and your heart. Don't worry, it's not a saccharine sweet book about being happy all the time. Ann Voskamp has known pain and heartache in her life, but this book shows how God has led her step by step into a deeper relationship with Him. It's absolutely beautiful and I can't think of many books that I would recommend this highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 18 April 2012
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This is a beautiful book - though not necessarily an easy read - some of it is challenging but good for Christian spiritual growth. I bought a copy for a friend who loves it too! Would recommend this book to anyone who is exploring where God is in their life and how He hen we follow him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful book 10 July 2012
By jan
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One Thousand Gifts is subtitled 'a dare to live fully right where you are'. It is a beautifully written book which calls us to put aside our anxiety and cynicism and to recognise the gifts and grace of God all around us, to name and list them and to develop a heart of gratitude. I'm quite firmly attached to my anxiety and cynicism but the account of the author's journey have challenged me to try to make a difference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and deeply touching. 29 Jun 2014
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This book so touched me that I've bought it for 5 of my friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful 24 Jun 2014
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This book is so beautiful im enjoying every moment of reading it! I'll treasure it as a book I can also dip in and out of in the future.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good point, but painfully written!
I was given this book by a dear friend and the message is strong - we should be grateful to God in all circumstances. Read more
Published 2 months ago by stylo
5.0 out of 5 stars Book was given as a gift
A very interesting book to read. I sent to my daughter-in-law and she said she was looking forward to readin it and in fact had heard about it from a friend.
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I read this book last year and it had a very positive impact on me - I have since gone on to buy it for two other people. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book to Awaken a Sleeping Heart
I loved this book, and am about to go right back to the beginning and start again. Lyrical prose that thundered a lifebeat into a soul tired and afraid, and birthed me a new heart... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thankfulness
it is such an encouraging read,-prompting thankfulness when we don't quite feel like it at the time. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Reading
...which obviously requires beautiful writing. Ann Voskamp does write beautifully, thoughtfully and poetically about living in thankfulness, finding God in our lives, in the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. Muneyi-Cargill
5.0 out of 5 stars life saving
Wow ... A beautiful reminder of how to drink deeply in a world that often looks and feels like a barren wasteland.
Published 10 months ago by Viv
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
It took awhile to get into this book because of the poetic writing, but I'm glad I kept on. It's a very good read, challenging yet encouraging, and surprisingly the writing style... Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars giving thanks for this lovely book
an intimate journey with Ann as she is filled with Grace and finds the key to joy, beautifully written, open and honest
Published 11 months ago by sharynh
5.0 out of 5 stars encouraging and uplifting
very encouraging through mega hard times.God shines through us and his world. please read!! may the Lord bless yuo as you read this
Published 13 months ago by Mary Smart
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