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
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.
I haven't listened to a lot of audio books, mostly because I often find the narrators voice to be intolerable.
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.
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.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is struggling to find joy or peace.
Biblical, Beautiful, Brilliant
Learning the word, meaning, and practice of Eucharistao
I cry and laugh and smile and hope
I have already listened to the book twice and will come back to it again, I am sure.
When she ran after the moonlite sky, to awe of the beauty.
Chang your life, with one thankful moment after another.
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.
The poetic style of the writing and the authors lovely reading voice.
Bittersweet and Cold Tangerines, both by author Shauna Niequist.
Above the clouds light never stops shining.
Belief is a verb, something we do.
Joy is always worth waiting for.
Best audiobook I've come across. Hope the author will publish many more.
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!
Her soothing and beautiful voice. You feel her passion, her emotion.
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.
My eyes were opened to the gifts all around me.
I would highly recommend this book! It would also make a perfect gift.
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!
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.
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.
Probably not unless I heard that it was less wordy.
Insightful, encouraging, honest
She has a very honest way of telling her story to the point of helping the reader think,
Chasing the beauty...getting lost in the offerings God delights to show us Through creation AND the Paris experience.
It made me think of areas in my life where I need to be more thankful.
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