179 of 204 people found the following review helpful
Meh. An over-sweetened Latte.
, July 28, 2011
This review is from: One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are (Hardcover)
I have resisted reading this book for some time. Everyone I knew and their sister, and friend, and, and, and- was reading it. Finally I could not take it anymore. Maybe there was something about being thankful I have missed out on that Ann had discovered? I knew the premise of this book, sat in on some conversations on it, blah, blah, blah. I will make it quick.
1-First of all it is so easy to get lost in the words. I am a writer too, and I love poetry, my eyes are skilled to read, my brain to comprehend, and yet I found both to be quite difficult while reading this.
2-It is just too lengthy. I kept screaming inside- "OK! I GET it!"
3-I have a Bible Degree. Talk about stretching the scriptures to accommodate your ideas. I see what she was trying to do, but it is a little over the top. I don't think, in many areas, the scriptures mean what she is deriving from them. Now there is a certain amount of interpretation that I think is allowed, but this, in areas, was taken too far.
4-The last chapter is appalling. As some have already said. I cannot view God in the sensual (mildly put) manner she uses here. It freaked me out. Now I am not someone who is uncomfortable with the idea of sex, not in the least. But in this context. Yucko. Yucko. Not good.
5-I feel this book, though meaning to be encouraging is in fact depressing. I don't see how focusing so much on the negative is a way to the positive. Let's just be positive. I know life is hard, and hard things happen. I think this book would be better for those who have been through trauma. It's a little more melancholic than I think the average reader with average bad days can gain from.
I am shocked in a way at all the 5 stars. It creeps me out that Christianity seems to be taking this overly emotional, and dramatic turn. (as seen in the overabundant interest in this book) I prefer a more solid view of God, and Jesus. But then I prefer to sing hymns, over sappy worship songs.
If I had to liken it to something it would be this- An iced coffee with too much syrup, so much syrup, that you literally gag on the sweetness, and your tongue is desperately searching to taste the coffee, the actual coffee, but it is just lost in the sticky, gooey, sugary syrup.
I gave it 2 stars because it has created more thankful people.
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