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 poetic style of the writing and the authors lovely reading voice.
Bittersweet and Cold Tangerines, both by author Shauna Niequist.
Above the clouds light never stops shining.
Belief is a verb, something we do.
Joy is always worth waiting for.
Best audiobook I've come across. Hope the author will publish many more.
I have seen this book dozen's of times and wanted to purchase, however, with other needs at hand, didn't....until the other day. A friend of mine strongly suggested the book, and after downloading the amazing app, I found I could no longer wait. I weighed the options of paperback vs. audio, and concluded the chances were much greater to listen on my drive in to work due to my very busy schedule. And what a gift! I found Ann's voice almost meditative. Her words penetrate my soul in a way I haven't felt in years. The beauty of her words for every single grateful moment had me in tears, laughing, and absolutely absorbing every word like a child soaks up Christmas morning! She brings me back to this soul creativity within me that is and has been aching to get out. I know this book will be listened to over and over and over! I am grateful for One Thousand times for One Thousand different reasons!
I will continue counting grateful moments via the awesome iphone app and inevitably am finding blessings, gratitude and God at ever increasing speeds, yet time is in fact slowing down as I enjoy each one!
Number 11, Ann Voskamp...A breath of fresh air, speaking life and words of God's impeccable truth from the depth of your soul with beautiful real experience infiltrated throughout! Thank you!
Her soothing and beautiful voice. You feel her passion, her emotion.
There is no greater gift to give to yourself, to others, or God than the gift of thanksgiving. This book is to be savored. Truly one of the best books I've read.
My eyes were opened to the gifts all around me.
I would highly recommend this book! It would also make a perfect gift.
I read and listened to this book as a Lenten Book study with a church group lead by our Pastor. I started my own list of 1000 Thank you's, as most in the group did. There were parts of this book that were wonderful - about her spiritual journey - but she seemed so distant from her children. At times I wondered - while you are writing about your spiritual journey, who is watching your 6 kids?? It was great listening to the author read her work as I read along & made notes in my book. In this unsettled Country, it was good to be reminded that we have so much to be thankful for. Very up-lifting!
Yes and no. I like the initial story, but the detail on every day things is just redundant. I would recommend it for someone who wanted to meditate on thankfulness,but the rest of it seems like a great short story or blog post. Great message. . . .but too much.
The best part of the story was her initial experience as a child and how she translated gratefulness out of that into every part of her life.
The least interesting was every last detail of mundane things in her life.
Probably not unless I heard that it was less wordy.
Insightful, encouraging, honest
She has a very honest way of telling her story to the point of helping the reader think,
Chasing the beauty...getting lost in the offerings God delights to show us Through creation AND the Paris experience.
It made me think of areas in my life where I need to be more thankful.
I have listened to it again and again. Ann has a God given gift with words.
It talked to my heart.
It was like listening to her in person.
It changed my everyday life. I am looking at the world with new eyes. I have never read a book that I have purchased so many of for gifts.
I hope and pray she keeps writing. I would buy and give any book she writes.
Read or listen. From the beginning the picture painted is vivid and took me to where Ann was, yet I could feel my world too, different, yet intertwined. May I continue to live in the place of grace, full grace, for myself and towards others.
Very easy to listen to, well read.
Yes! But time did not allow.