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!...
|Title||:||One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are|
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|Number of Pages||:||240 pages|
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One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are Reviews
Sometimes when a book's reviews offer such polarizing takes on it, I am hesitant to pick it up. However, when a trust friend here on Goodreads read it and loved it, my curiosity peaked again. Then, it popped up as a Kindle deal, so I grabbed it. Now, I'm both glad that I did and thinking I'm crazy for waiting so long to read it.
I can see how some readers may not love the writing style. It's very lyrical and poetic in nature, which doesn't suit everyone. Even though I tend to love that type of wr ...more
There are many books and resources available that examine deep woundedness, but few do it with the solid Biblical foundation of Ann Voskamp. Her Mennonite heritage has served her well, even when walking very dark paths.
Sensitive readers will be both broken and inspired by Voskamp's memoir of her journey from grief-stricken witness of the death of her sister, self-mutilation, agoraphobia and deep emotional torment. Chapters are rich with pieces of her dark path and streams of light. Voskamp draws ...more
well. it is a beautiful book. and practical spirituality is always a good part of life of which to be reminded. and the daily-thanksgiving-for-all-things is both an awesome part of life and a difficult remembering in any given moment of an uber-busy life. but sometimes me-thinks she does protest too much. it's almost a form of the old-time calvinist thought: prove you are saved ... try harder. *sigh* makes me glad to be rcc where i learned all these thoughts/ideas gradually and as i grew up and ...more
Ann Voskamp is a professing Christian woman, Canadian pig farmer's wife and mother of 6 home-schooled kids. She has struggled for most of her life with insecurity, fears, panic attacks and deep questions about the goodness of God.
A friend challenged Ann to look for and write down 1000 (that's right, one thousand) gifts from God. Gifts seen in daily life; not just the undeniable good, big, bright and happy stuff, but also what is seen of God's handiwork in the midst of the mundane, the ugly, the ...more
I do not recommend this book. Beautiful writing but she is wrong and unbiblical in many of her musings. I agree with the overall theme that we should give thanks to God in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians and other verses make this clear. However, that thankfulness is not salvation, and the fall was so much more than a result of "ungratefulness" to God, as she she seems to claim. And so much more that she states just resonated as wrong to me. Even if we do not have bright spots of beauty in ou ...more
I'm pretty sure I saw the trailer first.
Then I read that this woman who says no to "inspirational" non-fiction said yes to One Thousand Gifts.
And then I found my way to A Holy Experience.
And lastly I ended up at She Speaks, where I heard her speak, and I took notes and I laughed and I cried and at the end, I finally bought the book.
I'm oh-so-glad that I did.
There is little I feel I can write that hasn't already been written so many times it sounds cliche and worn-out. But they are all true. One ...more
In the positive:
I do think Voskamp is a believer and has a genuine desire to seek after God. I do not judge her heart or motives. I think she has good intentions.
I also think gratitude is definitely something we all fail to adequately put into practice. And if there is a good take away from this book, it is that we should be more aware of the blessings God has given to us and thank Him for those blessings.
I don’t agree with some critics that declare her a (conscious) panentheist. I can defin ...more
A book I revisit each year.
I ran a women's summer book club in the summer of 2011 and for six weeks we studied this book.
If you're looking for a matter-of-fact book this book will drive you nuts - as it did several in our group. They just wanted a point and wanted it in a forthright manner.
If, however, you want a book that meanders, that stops mid-sentence with a point, only to have the author look at the light casting a iridescent flow in a soap bubble while the author does dishes - you will l ...more