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One Thousand Gifts Audiobook

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Lisa 05-03-12
    Lisa 05-03-12
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    "It's Called An Adverb--Look Into It."

    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.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Caleb K. 03-20-15
    Caleb K. 03-20-15 Member Since 2017
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    "So worth listening to Ann read the book herself!"

    This exceeded my expectations! Heart wrenching & heartwarming! Loved every minute. I just finished it & I'm ready to start it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BRANDI SHIRLEY, IN, United States 04-20-12
    BRANDI SHIRLEY, IN, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Highly Over-Rated!!!!"
    What was most disappointing about Ann Voskamp’s story?

    Over-dramatic and complete opposite of finding happiness in SIMPLE living.


    What didn’t you like about Ann Voskamp’s performance?

    No good.... her voice alone is pretty irritating honestly, with a side dish of bad actress.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    NOT a live-changing book. The publisher's summary blows Voskamp's writing away and sets the potential reader up for great disappointment.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea S. 04-04-17
    Andrea S. 04-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Life changing book for moms"

    This is life changing for anyone, but especially for moms caught up in the routine of life. The first chapter is hard to listen to, but you'll be so thankful if you keep reading! Literally!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Fayetteville, New Caledonia 03-10-17
    Michael Fayetteville, New Caledonia 03-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Healing words. A gift from God"

    Wow. Very powerful and possibly life changing if you practice what you learn in this book. The author is an artist with words and a gift from God.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chemo Angel 02-20-17
    Chemo Angel 02-20-17 Member Since 2012
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    "I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS BOOK!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to One Thousand Gifts the most enjoyable?

    This book changed my life, and continues to. I am an avid audiobook listener - I go through them pretty quickly - but I am now stuck on this book and it's daily devotional counterpart. I listen over and over again, soaking in more each time. I don't understand the bad reviews unless they were by people who were not able to receive the author's message yet. Her message - Eucharist Deo - is so simple. It's so right. So exactly right. I've bought quite a few hard copies of this book and given them to friends. A first for me. I LOVE this book.


    What about Ann Voskamp’s performance did you like?

    She has such a distinctive reading style! It was a bit hard to get used to, but I've come to appreciate it. She reads her story with such emotion at times - but after all, she lived it. It's her story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Too many to list.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. C. Hembree McDonough, GA United States 02-17-17
    J. C. Hembree McDonough, GA United States 02-17-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Amazingly Encouraging Book"

    Although there are some definite tear jerker moments in this book, I couldn't quit listening to it! Finishing chapters 3 through end in one day! Already reccomended to many friends! Finding things to be thankful for in ALL circumstances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    renin77 01-01-17
    renin77 01-01-17
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    "I just couldn't"
    What would have made One Thousand Gifts better?

    The author not reading the book. Listening to her was like nails on a chalkboard.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ann Voskamp again?

    Never, ever, ever. I couldn't even get through the book because of her.


    What does Ann Voskamp bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Please see previous answer.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Nothing. I couldn't get through it.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Misty 12-12-16
    Misty 12-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very slow narration."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 11-28-16
    Scott 11-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "amazingly beautiful"

    I just need to listen. over and over again. so real, raw and full of God's wonder, glory and forever goodness. I highly recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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