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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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    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.


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    21 Grands 01-17-12
    21 Grands 01-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    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!

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    Mary Eden Prairie, United States Minor Outlying Islands 11-22-11
    Mary Eden Prairie, United States Minor Outlying Islands 11-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "One of my favorite listens so far!"

    Ann is a women full of emotion and realness in her relationships....with her family and with God. It is a pleasure and a gift to hear her tell her story of heartaches and blessings and God's presence through it all. She has discovered how to find fullness in life....thanks for sharing Ann! Her book (for my reading friends) is going to be a new favorite gift for me to give......I'm thankful to hear HER tell her story.

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    Scott cashiers, NC, United States 10-18-11
    Scott cashiers, NC, United States 10-18-11
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    "a classic"

    This is a unique, pensive book....one belonging in every Christian's library. Once again, I usually prefer that someone else read the author's book because of the perspective another voice lends to the narrative. Authors' voices mirror their own attachment/detachment to situations....and in a way, that is good....but after a while, they seem to lose the dynamic of their own story and it becomes tedious. Out of necessity, we all emotionally detach from crisis, and you can hear the hypnotic detachment when authors read their own material..."outside" readers don't do that.

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    Denise Mansfield 09-26-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Fabulous!"
    What did you love best about One Thousand Gifts?

    I loved how this book carried you through a journey one morsel at a time.


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

    Although I wanted to continue listening, I found it best to listen to a few chapters at a time for it was very thought provoking and I needed time to process it.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book and have recommended it on my personal blog. Great job!

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    Terryfic Linden, CA United States 11-14-13
    Terryfic Linden, CA United States 11-14-13 Member Since 2006

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    What did you like best about One Thousand Gifts? What did you like least?

    good book. I think that not seeing the actual list is a prob. She refers to #29 on the list for exampe while she tells her story. Kinda confusing. Shoulda had a pdf for review.


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    Isabel Medellin, Colombia 05-26-13
    Isabel Medellin, Colombia 05-26-13
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Really her tone of voice that is the same author it is boring... the story it goes and goes and it does not get anywhere.


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    Frances 01-12-13
    Frances 01-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Could be depressing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Heavy at times, the author gets caught up in her history of depression. But yes it does make you thankful.


    Which character – as performed by Ann Voskamp – was your favorite?

    Only Ann could impress upon you her need for the thankfulness of the gifts God gives us each day.


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    Joanne United States 12-13-12
    Joanne United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Good message, hard to get through"
    Would you try another book from Ann Voskamp and/or Ann Voskamp?

    Probably not. I can see that some would like her still but I don't. I don't enjoy non fiction or poetry. There was was too much story here for me. I am a "get to the facts" person. She is a story writer. That said, God did speak to me with the book. I have started the 1000 blessing journey. It is a great message! After the first chapter I had to force myself to keep going but in chapter 2 or 3 I heard the message and kept going to see what more God had to say through her for me.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Just too flowery


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I could have never read this as a book. I woiuld have given up, the fact that I could listen while I ran got me through it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Palmer, AK, United States 10-09-12
    James Palmer, AK, United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I had expected to like this book"
    What disappointed you about One Thousand Gifts?

    The author's voice was like fingernails on chalkboard, and her alliteration in threes became predictable.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story was Chicken Soup for the Soul on steroids. I was told that the author was intelligent and that I'd understand her, and that this book would resonate with me because she, like me, is also very smart. I found her flirtatiously pretentious, as if she were writing for a college professor, not to actually be read, and that she was speaking for an acting class. She is Cliff Claven smart with Diane's personality thrown in. (I am making a reference to Cheers here, for those who don't know.)


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ann Voskamp’s performances?

    Never. I'd rather listen to scratchy present day pop to this. Wait! I actually DID listen to scratchy, present day pop when it was either this or my car radio on my commute!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    People who are into the Chicken Soup books will eat this up. (Don't pardon the pun!) I work in the human services field. I am dry, and my clients like my humor. I scoff at the Chicken Soup feel good books, but several cow-orkers told me I would like this and be able to relate it to my clients. I could not get past the forth chapter. Having had no bad reviews for work, I am sticking to my own brand of humor and motivation.


    Any additional comments?

    Voskamp has helped a great many people change their lives around. There are people who LOVE this book and who listen to this every day. It works for them. If you are into feel good books, read this. Buy the Audible version. Listen to it. People suggested this to me because I got annoyed with the Chicken Soup books. The truth is, I dislike this genre. Do not tell someone who mocks feel-good books to listen or to buy this book, as they will dislike the genre even more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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