Title: One Thousand Gifts
By: Ann Voskamp
Published by: Zondervan
January 24 2011
Drawing heartbreaking beauty out of the simplest of details, Ann Voskamp
invites you into her grace-bathed life of farming, parenting, and
writing–and deeper still into your own life. Here you will discover a
way of seeing that opens your eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of
living that is fully alive, and a way of becoming present to God that
brings you deep and lasting joy.
One Thousand Gifts is more than a book to me and I have written about it since I first picked it up. It is probably the book that has impacted my life the most as a mother, daughter, sister, friend and Christian. The book is well-written in a prose like no other that challenges you to acknowledge that even the not-so-good things in life are blessings if we just give thanks and if we look deep enough and I found myself saying “yes, YES” so many times as I read it and I recommend it to everyone, anyone big or small if you are able to read and comprehend than this book should be sitting with your Bible because it’s impact on my life has been extraordinary and has broken down so many of the big things into small tangible things that I can not only understand but I can love and accept and that includes things within myself.
I have begun following Ann Voskamp’s website as well and have taken the same dare she writes about in this book, the dare to find joy everyday and to write down 1000 gifts that I am grateful for and I thought she was crazy, I thought I was crazy to accept this “joydare” and instead I am more than halfway through my thousand gifts and going strong, sometimes with prompts from her website, mostly just prompts from my life. I am now writing them out onto a page on my own website because they are so mundane, so typical for someone to experience everyday but until you have taken the dare to take notice you are oblivious. I feel like my eyes are finally opened, not only to the things around me, but to God and all that He has given me, all the good that surrounds me, mundane or not, is a gift from Him and I can’t describe this book in any other way than that Ann Voskamp led a hard life and it hasn’t stopped her faith and because of her troubles I related to her and God used her pains to work in me and millions of other people and I feel like anyone strong or weak in faith should read this book, take the dare and see that they aren’t alone. Join the #1000gifts community on Facebook and know that you are loved.
Rating: 5 Stars – I loved it!