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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (1 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310321913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310321910
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ann Voskamp invites us to slow down, to learn how to live the full life of eucharisteo (with grace, thanksgiving, joy) regardless of circumstances. With lovely word pictures inspired by everyday life in her family and on her farm, she writes about her struggle to live joyfully amid sin and sorrow and suffering. -- WORLD Magazine

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Z. J. Harries on 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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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By R Martin on 30 Dec. 2011
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. E. Daniel on 10 Mar. 2012
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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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JoannaG on 23 Nov. 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jo P. on 25 Feb. 2014
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it is such an encouraging read,-prompting thankfulness when we don't quite feel like it at the time.The reward being a lightness of heart and spirit because our focus is on the Giver of every good gift -and not on ourself.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jan on 10 July 2012
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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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By stylo on 30 April 2014
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I was given this book by a dear friend and the message is strong - we should be grateful to God in all circumstances. I believe God is good and has the perfect plan for our lives, therefore, we should not question Him when things go awry. But Ann Voskamp has an unusual writing style. For example, 'I can still hear our daughter squealing ecstasy as the ball rolled toward her and the room rang, turned inside out with the bouncing glee. We laughed wonder. Daughter had stretched out her two little arms, clutched that giant globe in two chubby hands, and held it high over her head, her own face tilted back, the round wonders meeting. Again and again, my aunt hit replay: roll ball into purest delight, child squeals laughter, roll again. Our sides hurt happy from the laughter.' (page 166). I felt that Ann Voskamp's forced 'poetic' style (if that was her intention?) detracted from her message. As an avid reader, I found her writing style unique, but not enjoyable.
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By Dian Aldrich on 12 Jun. 2013
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THIS BOOK WAS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO ME AND I FOUND IT DIDN'T DISAPPOINT. CHANGES YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON DAILY LIFE/LIVING/AND GOD-STUFF . BOTH UPLIFTING AND IMMENSELY PRACTICAL. IT DOES NOT SIDESTEP THE FACT THAT LIFE CAN HURT REAL BAD. I FOUND IT HARD TO STOP READING ONCE I STARTED BUT THERE WERE DEPTHS AND PHRASES I HAD TO KEEP REREADING FOR THEIR BEAUTY OR POIGNANCY TO INTEGRATE THEM INTO MY OWN THINKING OR BECAUSE THEY WERE JUST STARTLING. I LOVE HER STYLE OF WRITING, FELT I HAD GOT TO KNOW HER WELL FROM HER HONESTY AND VULNERABILITY. JUST READ IT AND FIND OUT.
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