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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When I discovered that the Holy Spirit offers me Communion through thankfulness every moment of every day. He looks for every opportunity to find me in the pinnacle of joy and the deepest place of my sorrow. What Christ offers and what he died for was to give all of His children Eucharisteo.
When she discovered that whether she be full of joy or pain that through thankfulness, she could have oneness with God.
I had to take it in a few doses. It is heavy and requires some process time.
Thank you for your faithfulness to write this book. Well done.
PR + Editorial Consultant, KForte LLC. Writer, Metro Voice Newspaper.
Among the four books I've listened to so far, One Thousand Gifts ranks third. Voskamp is a writer's writer. Her verbiage, choice of words, and sentence structure is quite excellent for those listening that have a love of language. That said, as an editor, I thoroughly enjoyed the book, however I believe that it may be a bit difficult to follow for the average, everyday reader or listener.
Voskamp is vivid. She knows how to dip her pen into the wet bucket of colorful words and paint onto the page's canvas a picture of illustrious detail that overwhelms the heart and captivates the imagination.
The end of the book was particularly moving as it brought the entire story full circle. The depths of grief and attempting to discover eucharisteo in a bottomless pit of sorrow is an endeavor worth diving into. Anyone attempting to bear and accept a tragedy or loss should read or listen to One Thousand Gifts.
The story itself is already solemn and her voice reflects that. While I could hear the gravity of emotion in Voskamp's voice, I would have liked to hear her fluctuate her tone more. At times, it could be a bit monotone and I often had to rewind as I lost focus on listening to what was being said.
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.
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