- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan (1 Jan. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310321913
- ISBN-13: 978-0310321910
- Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.2 x 21.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are Hardcover – 1 Jan 2011
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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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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 a life of gratitude look like when your days are gritty, long, and sometimes dark? What is God providing here and now?' In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God's gifts. As Ann discovered, when we give thanks, we find ourselves wildly loved by God. In expressing 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. Let Ann's beautiful, heart-aching stories of the everyday give you a way of seeing that opens your eyes to thanksgiving, a way of being present to God that makes you deeply happy, and a way of living so you are not afraid to die. Come feast at the table of joy.See all Product description
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A beautiful exploration of what it means to be a Christian, to rightly worship God. Thorough scriptural references, and wonderfully apropos quotes turn one woman's journey into a roadmap to joy in God and life for all of us who are ready to risk authentic living and soul deep appreciation for all we are given.
A must, must, must read.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some interesting ideas but her rather bizarre cod-poetic language defeated my in the end. I've only made it halfway through and I doubt I'll finish it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by boudicca
This book has totally changed how I live. Since I started to count the blessings/gifts during my day, I am so much happier. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Curly E
This book was highly recommended but sadly her writing style is incomprehensible to me...jumbled up nonsensical sentences and twee references to her family and traumas... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
A book to open your eyes to God! So completely honest, open and simply poetic. I believe this is the most transformative Christian book I've ever read, Bible not counted of course! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carly Green
Beautifully written. A lot to stop and think about. Loved it.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have finished this book but I found Ann's writing style rather difficult for me to follow. The message comes out but one needs to really be fully alert to get to the gist. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mumjess
About recognising blessings and being thankful for them - must actually try it sometimePublished 11 months ago by Valray