One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
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One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

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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 Tho...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published January 26th 2011 by Zondervan (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jo
I almost hate to review this because I know so very many people absolutely love it. And I guess it's become something of a Christian classic. But, this was a difficult book for me to read, and therefore difficult to get into enough to relate well to it. This was my second try. I was reading it (slowly - having the same problems getting into it) when my brother died and I just stopped reading it. After two years, and continued sightings of gushing reviews I figured it was only fair to give it ano...more
Casie
Jul 12, 2012 Casie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: faith
Last night I finished this book.

First I will tell you the good:
This is an inspiring idea. I believe greatly in giving thanks and noticing the good above the bad. I feel closer to God when I am thankful and aware of my blessings. And as I have said before, I am motivated by the books I read. They are like a trainer to keep me on track. This book is all about thankfulness and understanding and experiencing the fullness of God's love.

Now I will tell you the bad:
The way this lady writes, kind of ma...more
Steven
I was in my local bookstore and I saw this book recommended by the staff. I bought it on a whim. I got it home and was intrigued by Ann's style and how she she had tapped into something I had been feeling in the years following a bout with cancer...a spirit of thankfulness and knowing everything is by the grace of God. Reading through this book I realize I am not alone. Having spent a lot of time reading male writers and theology books in general, Ann is full of emotion and life. I find reading...more
Michelle
My favorite blogger has finally written a book! Her writing style is unusual but captivating, so full of description and passion. I devoured this book in about 12 hours the first time I read it, a child running along the beach picking up shell after shell, each one prettier than the last. Then I went back and savored it more slowly, turning over the beautiful truths one at a time to be carefully thought about and applied to my everyday living. Than also read and enjoyed it, to my suprise. Highly...more
Molly
What, at first, I enjoyed about this book is what eventually became tedious and labor-some. There is no question that Voskamp is adept at constructing flowery and poetic prose. Unfortunately, for my taste, her style became a bit too much to digest. While I am moved and inspired by her work's powerful message on the importance of gratitude and communion with a gracious and loving heavenly father, her delivery often kept me from truly enjoying the experience of reading what she was communicating....more
Debby
Oct 19, 2011 Debby rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Debby by: Shelley S. Reevees
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Denise
Hard book to rate, even harder to describe. I appreciate the author's honesty. I enjoyed the glimpses into her everyday life. I do think I need daily to be conscious of God's blessings, both big and small. I do need to have more of an attitude of thankfulness and trust. Good points. There were parts of this that truly were beautiful and moving. But also, there were parts that I felt went on too long and I had to force myself through (the moon thing). I disagree with some of her assumptions, and...more
Christine
(Warning - review sent to family, not edited to protect the feelings of my friends who have read this and may like it...)

I finally, just shy of 7 full months, finished One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp (actually one thousand gifts, looking more closely at the cover). And there is a peak at what I despised about the book. First, however, as Dad taught me, I will say something nice. She does have some good and interesting views on living the Christian life fully, with total gratitude for what God...more
Rebecca Young
Wow...probably the MOST beautiful book I've ever read. It is a mix between poetry and memoir. It is very emotional writing, and (as another reviewer pointed out) she breaks a lot of literary rules...so that might bother some people. The writing is at times achingly poetic...I had to read so many parts to my husband just for their sheer beauty. It is written by a Christian woman and I found it so enlightening to read about faith, trial, hope, and many other gospel topics from a fresh perspective...more
Danielle
Deeply troubling from a theological perspective. Quite often mystical, with a near wringing-out of a thesis (eucharisteo), repeated multiple times per page. Quotes pulled from all over, various denominations (and even other religions!), all mashed together in the to-her radical notion that life should be lived in thankfulness. Why is this notion so life-altering for Voskamp and the hoards of women nearly breathless in awe at this book? Is Scripture not full of God's people giving thanks in all t...more
Amanda Allen
Ok. I have a lot to say about this book.

I wanted to like it. I really, really did. In fact, for the first two chapters, I did. But then I started getting a headache.

First things first.

Things I liked about this book:

1. I like the premise - that gratitude is essential to a Christian life, and that when we become aware of how much we have to be thankful for, our perspective on day-to-day mundane and stressful activities shifts.

2. Voskamp is a poet. Some of the sentences are beautifully crafted.

Th...more
Maggie
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
M. Ables
Oh, how I wish we could give separate stars for concept and execution. Honestly, the concept is not all that new: look around and find joy in all of the little things God has given us. But Ann Voskamp expanded on that and dared us to get a journal and write it down, every little thing we see that gives us joy- great idea. Unfortunately the execution of this book would not be #4 on my list.....authenticity.

Am I a prude? Maybe. But I can tell you her opening paragraphs alone are vomit-inducing and...more
Jill
I read this book as part of my Lent project this year. It's about living your life by giving thanks to God, and recognizing his presence/gifts in everything around you. It's about being grateful, even amidst the stress of every day life, and how that can change your perspective and bring you closer to God. It has a great message - found myself jotting certain phrases down while I was listening. Her writing is not great though, which is why this book only gets 3 stars. There were times when I tho...more
Jen
I like the basic premise behind this book, but I admit I felt like the author was trying to be a little too poetic.
For example:

"His brother rages red and I'm sucker punched and it's toast, yes, but isn't it his heart and I shake the head stunned, losing words, and the child I ripened with, bore down and birthed from the heart, he turns on a Tuesday, tears out a few more of the pulsing chunks and where did I go so wrong?
Who cares about bring the beauty in when all the inner rooms reek? It's toas...more
Julie
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
Kris Irvin
1/3rd of the book: I LOVED her poetic prose. Gorgeous language, beautifully written, holy crap she is a writing genius, etc blah blah.

2/3rd: Huh, this is starting to bug me. Her prose is kind of getting irritating. And is it just me, or is she repeating herself an awful lot? Is anything ever really getting said? How many times can we repeat "eucharisteo"?

3/3rd: Why am I still reading this? Oh my gosh, this is driving me insane. It's the same "information" as the first chapter. Yeah, it IS just...more
Ebookwormy
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
Sonia
My dear Twitter/Bloggie/hopefully one day real life friend Michelle recommended this read for me.

What I read was the egalley/pre-published version of the book.

What follows is not so much a book review as it is my reaction to the words themselves.

From the very first words of the book I was drawn in. The beginning paragraph was captivating, engrossing, and so very poetic, I knew I wanted to read more.

By the end of the 1st chapter, I’m already in tears. But fully, completely involved in the story,...more
Samantha
*A dare to live fully right where you are*

This book was sent to me courtesy of DaySpring.
I had a feeling that it would impact my life but I wasn't ready for the soul-shaking, eye-opening change it would produce.
I read through slowly, bit by bit, savoring each morsel of truth.
I found my self identifying with Ann even though my life's tragedies weren't identical with hers.

As I read, I prayed and God spoke to my heart. I slowly learned to slow down, enjoy the moment,
thank Jesus for everything.
Even...more
Melinda
When Ann Voskamp was 5 years old, her younger sister Aimee was hit by a delivery truck in front of their farm house. Aimee was chasing a cat and ran out into the road. The driver said he never saw her in the road. Her mother witnessed the accident. Ann has vivid memories of her mother sitting on the front porch rocking her little sister while the blood seeped through the quilt she was wrapped in. The description of the accident that caused Aimee's death begins the book "One Thousand Gifts".

Ann b...more
Rachelle Rea
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
Julie
I can't do it. I just cannot finish this book. I know it's supposed to be deep and insightful and enlightening and life-changing, but Voskamp's writing style is so irritating that I simply don't have the energy to wade through it and try and pick up on the good, worthwhile things she has to say. It's boring and I have to force myself to read it.

Also, the guilt. I cannot handle the guilt ANY MORE. I feel guilty for not wanting to read it. I feel guilty for praying about anything other than prayer...more
Homeschoolmama
UPDATE: Well, my thoughts still stand. I will re-visit this book, I think... I'm glad I read it and bought it... The writing style does bug me, so I take it in little doses... So I give it 5 stars for thoughts and insights, 3 or 2.5 for irritating, inconsistent, idiosyncratic, annoying grammar!






I first heard of Voskamp several years ago when I was looking for a read aloud geography book for my daughter, for home school. Voskamp is a homeschooler herself. We loved that book and read it through.

I...more
Kate
"When we find ourselves groping along, famished for more, we can choose. When we are despairing, we can choose to live as Israelites gathering manna. For forty long years, God's people daily eat manna--a substance whose name literally means 'What is it?' Hungry, they choose to gather up that which is baffling. . . . MOre than 14,600 days they take their daily nourishment from that which they don't comprehend. They find soul-filling in the inexplicable. They eat the mystery. They eat the mystery....more
Carolyn
First of all: (spoiler alert!!) his name is Darryl. How many blog posts have I read and how many pictures have I seen? Finally, on the last page I stumbled across his name. Who is this Darryl? Ah, The Farmer has a name. Much closure . . .

Second: "Then sudden, thrum out of nothing, a ruby-jeweled hummingbird." Beautiful prose throughout this book. Voskamp is a gifted writer.

Third: My general impression of the book is positive. The power of gratitude in a life cannot be underestimated, it appears....more
Megan Larson
Aug 19, 2012 Megan Larson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Believing Sinners and Redeemed Ingrates
Recommended to Megan by: Karen
...books that become old friends...
...the soft sound of rain and low ceiling fan hum...
...soul words that open floodgates from eyes...


"Charis. Grace.
Eucharisteo. Thanksgiving.
Chara. Joy.
A triplet of stars, a constellation in the black.
A threefold cord that might hold a life? Offer a way up into the fullest life?
Grace, thanksgiving, joy. Eucharisteo.
A Greek word...that might make meaning of everything?"
"Thanksgiving always precedes the miracle."

And it does.
Ann Voskamp lived much of her life wit...more
Jessica
I know this book is enormously popular, and I actually question myself a bit in giving it three stars. But the reality is, it took me a painful amount of time to get through, though I found the subject matter interesting enough. The premise is that Ann Voskamp, the wife of a farmer and a Christian woman living with many painful realities, spends a year and a half of her life maintaining a journal of gratitude. She lists everything, from the seemingly mundane (the way the harvest moon shines) to...more
Pamelabyoung
Most touching and spiritually stimulating book I have read in a very long time. I love the style of Ann Voskamp. I read the first chapter aloud to my husband and realized what an amazing monologue this would be in a theatrical setting. I had to take the book very slowly because there were so many things to to think about on each page.

I think it is hilarious that my sister, the writer, felt bogged down in the verbiage while I, the performer, was elevated by the exact same words. Perhaps Ann Vosk...more
Gail
Feb 01, 2011 Gail rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: faith
I read this the other day, on my Kindle. I don't normally read Christian books, because after a while they are all the same, but this was recommended by a friend who is quite unique in her faith, and so I suspected it would be a bit different, and I was curious.

I'm not sure how to describe it. The actual premise of the book is nothing particularly new. The author had closed herself in, emotionally, because in her childhood she'd witnessed her 4-year-old sister's brutal death, which had traumatis...more
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