Homeschoolmama's Reviews > One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
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Feb 16, 13

really liked it
bookshelves: books-to-re-read
Read from January 06 to February 12, 2013

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 have been reading One Thousand Gifts s-l-o-w-l-y. It is that kind of book. I love the ideas Voskamp writes about. To find joy in little things, even hard things... trials, inconveniences.. yes, there are blessings in everything. I took the book out of the library at first, but then realized I wanted to underline and highlight a lot, so I bought the book and am now still highlighting and underlining thoughts.. A lot of goodreads reviewers criticized Voskamp's writing style. And when I saw these criticisms it hindered me a bit, made me wonder if I want to bother w/reading it. I'm glad I did, but I do agree w/the criticisms. Voskamp's writing style, at least in this book, is over the top poetic, and frankly it gets irritating. And what's worse, from this grammar nerd's perspective, her inconsistencies bug the heck out of me.. for ex... her misuse of adjectives for adverbs... "I touched his cheek soft." She leaves out articles. Here and there, not always.. just often enough to bother me. "Son goes to window." Now I wouldn't mind it much but she doesn't do this consistently throughout the book. And so if I were the editor I'd say, 'make up your mind which way ya want to go lady." Either keep the idiosyncratic style throughout the book or hang it up... despite the technique issues, I do find her thoughts inspiring and I will finish this one....
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message 1: by booklady (new)

booklady Lol! Love your review and from the sounds of it, you should have been her editor. ;)

Homeschoolmama Thanks! I think you might like this one too, Booklady. It reads kind of like a devotional.... but .. just be prepared for her attempts at lofty poetic style and stranger than fiction grammar :/

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