One Thousand Gifts

One Thousand Gifts

A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

Book - 2010
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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 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!

Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, c2010
ISBN: 9780310321910
0310321913
Branch Call Number: 248.4 VOS 2010 22
Characteristics: 237 p. ; 21 cm

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karenjm1962
Sep 13, 2017

I can't even rate it as I didn't make it past the first few pages. I understand this is considered a wonderful book; it was on a list of books that Christian women "need to read" in their lifetime. But I just couldn't do it. Her style of writing made it difficult for me to engage. I'm so glad others liked it, but I just didn't. It's going back today.

LibrarySquare Feb 04, 2016

How do you find joy in the everyday routine or in the midst of trauma or death? A friend asks Ann to name one thousand things that she loves and for which she is thankful. This Christian inspirational title relates one person’s journey, being aware of the presence of God all day. This touching book is written like a stream-of-consciousness piece and gratitude journal combined with Voskamp’s reflection on her daily experiences as a mother, farmer, wife, neighbor, a writer, and a friend. The major theme is finding the awe and wonder everywhere. Readers are challenged to see God’s blessings and dare to live joyously right now, where you are.

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ecifani
Jun 26, 2014

Really beautifully written up until a point where I think she runs out of things to talk about. Nonetheless, this book has encouraged me to write about the things I love about life.

scrapknapp Jan 15, 2012

I read this book in October 2011and it has improved my outlook on life. I've been keeping a journal of things I'm thankful for and am up to 800 and loving looking for things to be thankful for. It really does change your outlook on life... seeing GOD at work in the ordinary daily happenings of your life. I highly recommend this book and challenge you to start your own list!

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