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One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
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Mar 28, 11

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Read in February, 2011

*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 the tiny little details and the most mundane, ordinary thigns in day to day living.
I began to see the good in everything.
My eyes were opened to now see the blessings in front of me.
These gifts from God.

Ann's writing is beautifully poetic, gracious and incredibly honest.
She faced her fears, one by one.
She gave up control and gave it to God.
She inspired me to do the same.

Each chapter brought a fresh batch of tears as I read of her struggles, trials, sorrows and joys.

I could especially relate to Chapter 3, "First Flight".
She talks about how the Farmer (her husband) finds her with camera in hand, taking photos of
mozzarella,piled high in the sunlight.
She felt foolish and crazy. He loved her for it. She was happy and joyful over mounds of cheese.

I thought to myself, "That is me.". I've been there and done that.
As a photographer, I attempt to capture beauty and joy in every moment and often feel foolish and crazy and silly for doing so.

I have discovered Eucharisteo in everything.
And it is everywhere I look.

This book may very well change your life.
It did mine.
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