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

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  40,571 ratings  ·  3,239 reviews
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?

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Hardcover, 232 pages
Published January 26th 2011 by Zondervan (first published 2011)
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Jo
Jul 31, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Amanda Allen
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.

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Christine
Jun 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
(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
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Molly
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Danielle
Apr 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: at-library, christian
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
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
Steven
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Julie
Jan 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
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Debby
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Rebecca Young
Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Kris Irvin
Feb 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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Denise Ballentine
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
ChristaAnne
Jun 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
In the positive: 
I do think Voskamp is a believer and has a genuine desire to seek after God. I do not judge her heart or motives. I think she has good intentions.  
I also think gratitude is definitely something we all fail to adequately put into practice. And if there is a good take away from this book, it is that we should be more aware of the blessings God has given to us and thank Him for those blessings.
I don’t agree with some critics that declare her a (conscious) panentheist. I can defin
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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
Lisa
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great content. Frequent disregard for parts of speech distracting.
Julie
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 an iridescent glow in a soap bubble while the author does dishes - you will
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Ebookwormy1
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
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Sonia
Dec 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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,
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Rachelle Cobb
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Janet
Mar 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
Can I give less than 1 star? This was a very forced attempt at turning mundane things into poetry for pages and pages and pages. Utter garbage. It reads like she's copying lists of words from a thesaurus-- get over yourself and wash the darn dishes instead of gazing at the bubble shape with drug-like fascination for forty pages. Then the last chapter when she's having mental/verbal sex with Jesus... Ummm, speechless. This lady has severe issues. How did anyone ever see this book as anything but ...more
Beth
Sometimes when a book's reviews offer such polarizing takes on it, I am hesitant to pick it up. However, when a trust friend here on Goodreads read it and loved it, my curiosity peaked again. Then, it popped up as a Kindle deal, so I grabbed it. Now, I'm both glad that I did and thinking I'm crazy for waiting so long to read it.

I can see how some readers may not love the writing style. It's very lyrical and poetic in nature, which doesn't suit everyone. Even though I tend to love that type of wr
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Jill
Mar 22, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Melinda
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian
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
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Homeschoolmama
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-to-re-read
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
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Samantha
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
*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
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Shantelle
Truly a worthwhile read! This book surprised me and moved me. I am in love with Ann Voskamp's writing style ... it is poetic, deep, and rich. It reaches in and takes a hold of me at a soul-deep level. Oh, it was beautiful - pulling at deep, deep parts of me. Making me strive to understand, and also feel like maybe I could just let go and rest in God's goodness and love.

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are is bittersweet, and triumphant, and marvelously revealing. My heart
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Jen
Apr 30, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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Danielle
Aug 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: christianity
I do not recommend this book. Beautiful writing but she is wrong and unbiblical in many of her musings. I agree with the overall theme that we should give thanks to God in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians and other verses make this clear. However, that thankfulness is not salvation, and the fall was so much more than a result of "ungratefulness" to God, as she she seems to claim. And so much more that she states just resonated as wrong to me. Even if we do not have bright spots of beauty in ou ...more
Dani Pettrey
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing!
Rosemary
Convoluted grammar is neither poetry nor poetic prose. I wonder if Ann Voskamp would write that sentence this way: "Grammar convoluted is not poetry or prose poetic." In spite of unending grammatical error, I kept reading. Why?

I liked her premise: Being thankful is healthy and scriptural. Finding beauty and meaning in the little things is something that I can get into and celebrate.

I wanted to like the book; there were many parts of the book which I did like.

The problem for me is that, in my
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Ann Voskamp is a farmer's wife, the home-educating mama to a half-dozen exuberant kids, and author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, a New York Times sixty-week bestseller..
Named by Christianity Today as one of fifty women most shaping culture and the church today, she's a global advocate for needy children with Compassion International, a loser of library books, a s
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