One Thousand Gifts – Ann Voskamp

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!

My review

Ann Voskamp’s personal story made me feel for her and I was in tears reading about her grief and loss. She is a beautiful lady who has suffered and turned to the Lord to guide her. Ann is a deeply faithful Christian woman who has a great understanding of the scriptures.

Throughout her book Voskamp aims to teach the reader how we can ‘live fully right where we are’. Voskamp aims to write down everything that she notices as gifts from God and aims to write down one thousand of those gifts as she experiences/feels them. Reading her poetic perspective on her gifts from God was inspiring and humbling. I loved reading them. This part of the book kept me intrigued as to what else Ann was grateful for. I am also hoping to start my own journal of what I am grateful for.

There were many references to the Bible and thoughtful comments on how we can feel closer to God. Ann finds a slower pace and peace through her journey. Throughiut this book Ann goes on a journey of doscovery – how to live in the moment, be connected to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. At times I felt thatI was moreso gaining an insight into her mind’s working, which was wonderful, yet also I felt quite beyond my knowledge of the scriptures. As a new Christian I found some of the book to be quite challenging, yet also appreciated the concepts discussed.

Reading Christian novels is inspiring and motivating. It is also much more than this. As I read through the readings from the Bible I am on a journey of self discovery and how to connect with the Lord.

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