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!
©2011 Ann Voskamp (P)2011 Zondervan
This book changed the way I thought about gratitude and happiness. Anne's transparency is comforting as you follow along her journey to contentment.
This is the very best "audible" experience I have ever had!
When I heard Ann's story of loss, I almost quit listening. My own loss is so painful, and it brought it all to the fore…once again.But this author takes the listener through the pain and beyond…to the joy that awaits, if we will only stretch for it.
She has the most beautiful, soothing, everyday voice. I would recommend 10 times more that one "listen" to this book, rather than read.
I cried, I laughed, I was touched to my soul, and not once but many times.
Ann allows God's spirit to flow through her soul, down her arm and out her fingers in her composition. I would recommend this as a gift to anyone who has experienced loss, as a healing agent, and anyone who knows anyone who is dealing with loss to help them understand. But beyond the loss theme, Ann has absorbed the Bible's lesson about giving thanks, and it's ability to bring joy, REAL joy to our lives. It's very, very surprising!
I had been a believer for many years, but I didn't fully grasp the depth of God's love for me or His creation until I understood Grace. Ann Voskamp's narrative carries forward from the initial receiving of God's Grace, giving readers a firsthand opportunity to learn how God's Grace continues to embrace, mature, and carry us on to new heights in accomplishing His purposes for our lives.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
The narration by the author enhanced the story as you heard the emotion in her voice. Voskamp informs and inspires you to consider the gifts in your life, keeping track of them, and how acknowledging gifts--big and small--improves your relationship with God.
I haven't listened to a lot of audio books, mostly because I often find the narrators voice to be intolerable.
Ann's voice is calming and clear. Her emotion is clear in her reading, leading the listener to smile, laugh and cry. I have had a difficult time sleeping but while I listened to this book, I found Ann's calming voice playing through my mind, which actually helped me sleep for the first time in months.
There were times I laughed and times I cried throughout this book. The opening of the story left me devastated and helped me understand this is exactly the book I need to read.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is struggling to find joy or peace.
Biblical, Beautiful, Brilliant
Learning the word, meaning, and practice of Eucharistao
I cry and laugh and smile and hope
I have already listened to the book twice and will come back to it again, I am sure.
When she ran after the moonlite sky, to awe of the beauty.
Chang your life, with one thankful moment after another.
Ann is amazing writer, who artfully paints pictures with words, like few others. Though her words were inspirintional and moving, she wrote a great editoral of the displaying the human jounery to know God's heart, to see the world as He, does. I have told so many people to read this book. It truly will change your life.
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.
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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.
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