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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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    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 04-19-12
    Jenny 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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    Elise Stanfield Virginia 04-11-12
    Elise Stanfield Virginia 04-11-12 Member Since 2015

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    "LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!"
    What made the experience of listening to One Thousand Gifts the most enjoyable?

    I have seen this book dozen's of times and wanted to purchase, however, with other needs at hand, didn't....until the other day. A friend of mine strongly suggested the book, and after downloading the amazing app, I found I could no longer wait. I weighed the options of paperback vs. audio, and concluded the chances were much greater to listen on my drive in to work due to my very busy schedule. And what a gift! I found Ann's voice almost meditative. Her words penetrate my soul in a way I haven't felt in years. The beauty of her words for every single grateful moment had me in tears, laughing, and absolutely absorbing every word like a child soaks up Christmas morning! She brings me back to this soul creativity within me that is and has been aching to get out. I know this book will be listened to over and over and over! I am grateful for One Thousand times for One Thousand different reasons!

    I will continue counting grateful moments via the awesome iphone app and inevitably am finding blessings, gratitude and God at ever increasing speeds, yet time is in fact slowing down as I enjoy each one!

    Number 11, Ann Voskamp...A breath of fresh air, speaking life and words of God's impeccable truth from the depth of your soul with beautiful real experience infiltrated throughout! Thank you!


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

    Her soothing and beautiful voice. You feel her passion, her emotion.


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

    Absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    Grateful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Lakeland, FL, United States 04-03-12
    Barbara Lakeland, FL, United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A gift!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    There is no greater gift to give to yourself, to others, or God than the gift of thanksgiving. This book is to be savored. Truly one of the best books I've read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My eyes were opened to the gifts all around me.


    What does Ann Voskamp bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Herself!


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book! It would also make a perfect gift.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joan M. Fracalossi 03-26-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Lenten Book Study"

    I read and listened to this book as a Lenten Book study with a church group lead by our Pastor. I started my own list of 1000 Thank you's, as most in the group did. There were parts of this book that were wonderful - about her spiritual journey - but she seemed so distant from her children. At times I wondered - while you are writing about your spiritual journey, who is watching your 6 kids?? It was great listening to the author read her work as I read along & made notes in my book. In this unsettled Country, it was good to be reminded that we have so much to be thankful for. Very up-lifting!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Calgary, AB, Canada 03-19-12
    Marie Calgary, AB, Canada 03-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Nice story, but too wordy"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. I like the initial story, but the detail on every day things is just redundant. I would recommend it for someone who wanted to meditate on thankfulness,but the rest of it seems like a great short story or blog post. Great message. . . .but too much.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The best part of the story was her initial experience as a child and how she translated gratefulness out of that into every part of her life.
    The least interesting was every last detail of mundane things in her life.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ann Voskamp?

    Probably not unless I heard that it was less wordy.


    Could you see One Thousand Gifts being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Ottumwa, IA, United States 03-19-12
    Chris Ottumwa, IA, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Encouraging"
    If you could sum up One Thousand Gifts in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful, encouraging, honest


    What did you like best about this story?

    She has a very honest way of telling her story to the point of helping the reader think,


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Chasing the beauty...getting lost in the offerings God delights to show us Through creation AND the Paris experience.


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

    It made me think of areas in my life where I need to be more thankful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    katherine Indianapolis, IN, United States 02-13-12
    katherine Indianapolis, IN, United States 02-13-12
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    "Best book I have ever read."
    Would you listen to One Thousand Gifts again? Why?

    I have listened to it again and again. Ann has a God given gift with words.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It talked to my heart.


    What about Ann Voskamp’s performance did you like?

    It was like listening to her in person.


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

    It changed my everyday life. I am looking at the world with new eyes. I have never read a book that I have purchased so many of for gifts.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope and pray she keeps writing. I would buy and give any book she writes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    vicky Hamilton, New Zealand 02-04-12
    vicky Hamilton, New Zealand 02-04-12
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    "Gripping"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Read or listen. From the beginning the picture painted is vivid and took me to where Ann was, yet I could feel my world too, different, yet intertwined. May I continue to live in the place of grace, full grace, for myself and towards others.


    What about Ann Voskamp’s performance did you like?

    Very easy to listen to, well read.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! But time did not allow.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    21 Grands 01-17-12
    21 Grands 01-17-12
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    "Incredible writer"
    Where does One Thousand Gifts rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ann and family


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Soap bubbles


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Ann is one of the best writers I have ever read or listened to. To think she is a farmers wife with 6 kids and not have even finished college makes this book even more amazing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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