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.
I really liked the premise, and I have actually taken the dare and started my journey. I do agree that a heart of joyful thanksgiving is an important key not sure it is THE key. Where I stumbled most was in the writing. Sometimes brilliant observations, great one liners but other times frustratingly difficult to follow thought patterns. Was this literature or prose or flowery ramblings? Not sure and I was fr
Did really enjoy the reading, as the voice and the unexpected laughter were soothing. I was pleasantly surprised it was the author.
I bought this book because one, it came recommended, and two, I wanted to hear about giving thanks and living in the moment. However, these premises aren't new and have been written and talked about for years. There seemed to be something very off for me about this book, and I did not finish it. I agree we should be grateful and live in the moment, but I found her style of writing off-putting and difficult to listen to. I would not recommend this book.