- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan; 1st edition (January 26, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310321913
- ISBN-13: 978-0310321910
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2,682 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are Hardcover – January 26, 2011
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Ann Voskamp invites us to slow down, to learn how to live the full life of eucharisteo (with grace, thanksgiving, joy) regardless of circumstances. With lovely word pictures inspired by everyday life in her family and on her farm, she writes about her struggle to live joyfully amid sin and sorrow and suffering. (WORLD Magazine)
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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 a life of gratitude look like when your days are gritty, long, and sometimes dark? What is God providing here and now?'In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God's gifts. As Ann discovered, when we give thanks, we find ourselves wildly loved by God. In expressing 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. Let Ann's beautiful, heart-aching stories of the everyday give you a way of seeing that opens your eyes to thanksgiving, a way of being present to God that makes you deeply happy, and a way of living so you are not afraid to die. Come feast at the table of joy.
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Her view, her way of telling what she sees, and her bedrock foundation in Scripture make this a book worth having, even if you don't like her writing style.
I know there are folks who have problems with it. For example, her use of the Scriptural analogy of bride and groom to explain the relationship between Christ and His church, for example, apparently gives some people the heebie-jeebies. (I would encourage them to remember just exactly WHERE she found that picture, to begin with.) Apparently, her finding God's fingerprints in her life on every single surface also undoes some people. I don't know what to say to them, except perhaps they might benefit from reading Brother Laurence's "Practicing the Presence." Perhaps the writing style in that book is more suited to their tastes, and the message is about the same: you find what you look for. Worship isn't singing, it's praising and serving and listening to God--things better done in the minutes of mundane life than in the hour or so most folks spend in church each week.
I have bought several copies to give to friends, and i have also downloaded on my Iphone! Linda Reinhardt
I read the second chapter and had questions but decided I needed to take my time and absorb what she was writing. The subsequent chapters didn't do anything for me. I found myself wondering what on earth she was talking about. Especially after she quit making her list. I'd heard so many people raving about this book that I wondered what my problem was. I don't get her floaty, lyrical style of writing. Some of the things she said made it feel like she were living and writing in a different century.
I finished the book hoping that there would be a conclusion to her story and that it would all be wrapped up. Instead the last chapter was strange.
I've popped in to read her blog and get the impression that what she has to say could be said in a more concise manner.
I think there is a lot of value in making a list of gifts and I will do that. Apart from that, I do not get the hype.