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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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Having said all of that, her book is very good and I’m learning a lot from her.
Ann suffered many adverse experiences in life including witnessing her little sister being knocked down and killed by a truck. She has struggled emotionally, but she eventually learned the importance of giving thanks to God for the many good things that we have in our lives.
This book really is about so much more than this, it’s also about finding God in the everyday moments of our daily lives. I have found this a very helpful way to look at things. I recommend visiting Ann Voskamp's website also as she has many other inspiring products. I write a more detailed review on my blog: https://victoriawhyte.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/one-thousand-gifts/
Her ideas are good but oh my gosh, what a confusing writing style. It's taking me ages to get through this book ..... and I'm only still reading it due to the basic concept in the book which I am passionate about.
Her writing style is certainly not for me!!!
I would never recommend this book!!!
The writing doesn't read easily but is poetic, at times feeling a bit contrived, which also means that it doesn't have a clear progression, but feels more like vignettes of everyday life collected in a book. It feels as if there is distance between the words and the realness of the author's life, which often is the case when authors focus more on the poetry than lived life.
It is however a pleasure to read the author's search for eucharisteo (thanks-givings) and seeing her find it, in what in buddhist tradition you find by being present here-now in whatever you do.