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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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    Caleb K. 03-20-15
    Caleb K. 03-20-15
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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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    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.

    5 of 8 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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    Missy_G 09-21-16
    Missy_G 09-21-16
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    "This book is deep, important to understand."

    I kept finding myself rewinding to make sure I got the point. It may be a book you have to read over and over and let it sink in.

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    B. ROBB 09-16-16
    B. ROBB 09-16-16
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    "A blessing and a challenge!"

    I recommend this book to any follower of Christ. I believe the content and the style would appeal more to female readers. I have read it numerous times and listening to it read by the author is like seeing with new eyes. I am challenged and blessed by her story and exhortation!

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    Eli Manoogian 08-25-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great idea but got lost in the translation"

    I really liked the premise, and I have actually taken the dare and started my journey. I do agree that a heart of joyful thanksgiving is an important key not sure it is THE key. Where I stumbled most was in the writing. Sometimes brilliant observations, great one liners but other times frustratingly difficult to follow thought patterns. Was this literature or prose or flowery ramblings? Not sure and I was fr

    Did really enjoy the reading, as the voice and the unexpected laughter were soothing. I was pleasantly surprised it was the author.

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    J. Joyner 07-27-16
    J. Joyner 07-27-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Life changing"

    I read the paperback years ago, but just revisited it here, read by Ann herself. What a gift.

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    Christine Pinones 07-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Life changing message"

    Absolutely love this book! This message of living a life of gratitude is truly life changing.

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    Sue 06-14-16
    Sue 06-14-16
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    "Best book I ever read!"

    Best book I ever read! Life transforming! A true blessing for all who read this book!

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    WMT 06-03-16
    WMT 06-03-16 Member Since 2004
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    "The bedrock of relationship."

    I haven't read this book - I have devoured it. Twice in hard copy - twice in audio. Powerful. Rich. Truth. Life altering.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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