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One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are | [Ann Voskamp]

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

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.
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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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    Sarah R. Boulden Memphis, TN USA 05-09-14
    Sarah R. Boulden Memphis, TN USA 05-09-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Life Changer"

    This book changed the way I thought about gratitude and happiness. Anne's transparency is comforting as you follow along her journey to contentment.

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    julia circle SOUTH BEND, IN, US 01-15-14
    julia circle SOUTH BEND, IN, US 01-15-14
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    "A once- in -a -lifetime book."
    Where does One Thousand Gifts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the very best "audible" experience I have ever had!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Thousand Gifts?

    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.


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

    She has the most beautiful, soothing, everyday voice. I would recommend 10 times more that one "listen" to this book, rather than read.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried, I laughed, I was touched to my soul, and not once but many times.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    AJ DALTON GARDENS, ID, United States 01-23-13
    AJ DALTON GARDENS, ID, United States 01-23-13
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    "God's Grace is Our Greatest Hope"
    What did you love best about One Thousand Gifts?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 01-01-13
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 01-01-13 Member Since 2007

    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!

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    "Inspiring"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alison Loveland, CO, United States 12-28-12
    Alison Loveland, CO, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Must read/listen"
    Where does One Thousand Gifts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I haven't listened to a lot of audio books, mostly because I often find the narrators voice to be intolerable.


    What about Ann Voskamp’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book for anyone who is struggling to find joy or peace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey Ringgold, GA, United States 07-31-12
    Stacey Ringgold, GA, United States 07-31-12
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    "Absolutely wonderful book. Covering God's truths"
    If you could sum up One Thousand Gifts in three words, what would they be?

    Biblical, Beautiful, Brilliant


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Thousand Gifts?

    Learning the word, meaning, and practice of Eucharistao


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cry and laugh and smile and hope


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 05-07-12
    Lisa 05-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Most moving book I have listen to in years"
    Would you listen to One Thousand Gifts again? Why?

    I have already listened to the book twice and will come back to it again, I am sure.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she ran after the moonlite sky, to awe of the beauty.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Chang your life, with one thankful moment after another.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Lisa Holland, MI, United States 05-03-12
    Lisa Holland, MI, United States 05-03-12 Member Since 2011
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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.

    3 of 6 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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Cashmere, WA, United States 04-19-12
    Jenny Cashmere, WA, United States 04-19-12
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    "LOVE this book!!!!! Best audio book ever."
    What did you love best about One Thousand Gifts?

    The poetic style of the writing and the authors lovely reading voice.


    What other book might you compare One Thousand Gifts to and why?

    Bittersweet and Cold Tangerines, both by author Shauna Niequist.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Above the clouds light never stops shining.
    Belief is a verb, something we do.
    Joy is always worth waiting for.


    Any additional comments?

    Best audiobook I've come across. Hope the author will publish many more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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