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Book Review: One Thousand Gifts

August 7, 2018

 

 

 

 

---BOOK REVIEW---

Title: One Thousand Gifts

Author: Ann Voskamp

Genre: Inspirational/Spiritual

Age Range: Adult

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Drawing heartbreaking beauty out of the simplest of details, New York Times bestselling author Ann Voskamp invites you into her grace-bathed life of farming, parenting, and writing--and deeper still into your own life. Here you will discover a way of seeing that opens your eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of living that is fully alive, and a way of becoming present to God that brings you deep and lasting joy.

 

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!

 

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This book is life changing. But only if you're ready for it. 

 

If you're looking for a light read, this isn't it. But if you want something that will make you stretch your mind and re-think your life, then dive right in--don't forget a highlighter. 

 

Ann is a gifted writer, but at times her writing is also overwhelming. The best way to describe her writing style is artful. Her writing feels like a beautiful piece of art. Reading it requires the reader to appreciate and commit some time and space for it. 

 

Her story is one of tragedy weaved through figuring out how to live more fully but inviting God in. If you believe in God and want to more fully see His hands in the world around you, this book will help you that.

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