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One Thousand Gifts Book Review

I eagerly agreed to do a book review for One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. I heard the concept was listing 1000 gifts or blessing – that’s right up my alley! One Thousand Gifts book review

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! {Amazon}

I expected it to be more about the gifts than her journey, but her journey was very thought provoking. Her journey was one of learning the language of gratitude. It reminded me of Sarah Ban Breathnach’s Simple Abundance with its gratitude journal.

My favorite quote was “Joy. Ah…yes. I might be needing me some of that.” What she calls joy, I think of as peace – who doesn’t long for more?

I also loved how supportive her husband was during her journey; not a I’ll give you the space to do this kind of support. He did more than that by showing her a magnificent moon and encouraged her to visit a friend in Paris. We all need someone in our lives giving us that kind of support!

There were many things to like about One Thousand Gifts, but I had a hard time with Mrs. Voskamp’s writing style. It was too poetic for my taste. I’d give it three slices.

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