This exceeded my expectations! Heart wrenching & heartwarming! Loved every minute. I just finished it & I'm ready to start it again.
My review might be tainted with the disappointment I feel after ALL my friends recommended this book, and hundreds of others have given it rave reviews, but I just don't think there's much of a story here. So, she's had a few bad things happen to her, and she's learned to see beauty in the little things. That's great, but it's not enough for a memoir, or whatever it's supposed to be. I enjoyed her research into the concept of "eucharisteo," and I am sorry for her loss and grief, but all that could have been said in one chapter. I suspect that Zondervan forced her to add "filler," because published books have to conform to a prescribed number of pages, and it becomes quite repetitious. Counting your blessings to find the joy in your life is an old concept, and a good one, but I was looking forward to the end of the book by chapter 3.
There are plenty of little things that irk me about her "poetic style" that everyone is gushing over. First of all, nearly the entire book is sentence fragments--even fragments of fragments, which often makes her writing difficult to follow. This works in a condensed genre like poetry, but 227 pages of sentence fragments? Ugh. She omits articles like "a" and "the" for no apparent reason other than apparently, it's her...style? Voskamp doesn't appear to understand the concept of an adverb (the snow falls soft....sun shines bright), and most irritatingly, she insists on referring to her husband as "Farmer." Why doesn't she use his name? What if he were a garbage man or a funeral home director? Would she still pull this trick? It doesn't appear to be for privacy, because sometimes she calls her kids by their names--Levi--and sometimes she refers to them as "Son." It's weird.
Usually, I like it when authors read their own works, but not this time. Sometimes Voskamp reads too fast, sometimes too slowly.She chuckles inexplicably in places, when there is not one funny line in the entire book. She has some some strange pronunciations of words, like "futon," "triad," "vestige," "medieval," and "bosom," and most annoying of all (to this American) is the way she draws out, "Gohhwwdd" (God).
I feel badly criticizing a fellow Christian, and a fellow mom who has done something I would never be able to do--get a book published--but I feel like there needs to be a few more reviews that balance out the excessive praise for this book.
Over-dramatic and complete opposite of finding happiness in SIMPLE living.
No good.... her voice alone is pretty irritating honestly, with a side dish of bad actress.
I picked up a good or mildly enlightening point every 45 minutes (if that often). "Gift List" is a great idea and I will likely do it, however the story is unnerving when she spends an insane amount of words to, for example, add soap bubbles to the "gift" list. She dramatically describes the miracle bubbles for 30+ minutes, while barely mentioning her children playing in the yard.... I think she missed the boat.
NOT a live-changing book. The publisher's summary blows Voskamp's writing away and sets the potential reader up for great disappointment.
The author not reading the book. Listening to her was like nails on a chalkboard.
Never, ever, ever. I couldn't even get through the book because of her.
Please see previous answer.
Nothing. I couldn't get through it.
I am truly disappointed that I wasted money/credit on this book. Maybe if I tried to read it instead I might be able to get through it...maybe. I started it 3 times, but just couldn't get past the woman's voice. Plus, she was so melodramatic, at least the beginning parts that I listened to. It was just grating on my last nerve every time.
I absolutely loved the truths shared in this book. I have listened to several chapters more than once and plan to buy the paperback to read again- highlight- review- and keep!! HOWEVER, I found the narration too slow and monotone for me. I listened on 1.25 to make it a bit easier.
I loooved the book. Completely fantastic! I would recommend it to anyone... THE BOOK, that is, not the audio book. It was very hard for me to listen to... she whistles when she talks, and just doesn't have the most pleasant speaking voice for hours and hours of listening. I'm sorry if that I'd too honest, it is just my opinion!
Jay: father, teacher, reader
The title sounded cheesy when my wife received the physical book. but, as an avid reader, I browsed it. it was so good that I read it. Then I bought the audio book and have listened to it 3 times. I anticipate listening several more times.
life tough? You need grace! Read this, practice it; receive grace! Live fully!
This book is a game changer. Nudging you along and then all of a sudden your perspective is moved, shifted and changed. An amazing book for those that have struggles with the question of why bad things happen to good people. This book has so many quality messages it is hard to pick just one.