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One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
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Jul 23, 2012

really liked it
Read from July 23 to 24, 2012

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 her words refreshing and at the same time overwhelming. But I am inspired by what I have read thus far. Inspired by grace, inspired to be thankful. I will never fully grasp all Ann has to offer here, because I am a man and have never experienced motherhood. Having given birth to six children and is in the process of homeschooling them--Ann draws from these experience and finds God's grace in the chaos. In this process of writing and giving thanks she finds meaning and closure of her past tragic beginnings in childhood.

Butso far I am inspired by her transparency in sharing. With all of this said I'm not comfortable with everything presented in this book. In fact I find myself uncomfortable in parts because of the depth of intimacy expressed. But I can honestly say I see the same level expressed in Scripture itself (Song of Solomon) where I am also challenged. She at times approaches experiencing God with a child like faith and is at times like a young teenage girl discovering emotions for the first time...of which I can only stand back and watch with a smile.

I know there is theological issues with this book and it is widely popular. I don't think Ann is trying to change theology or introducing anything new to the arena of Christian thought. She is simply writing down her experiences and in her own way. I have read the blogs that have been critical of this book and I understand their concern. But I don't know a Christian alive who can't benefit from being more thankful, more aware of God's love and grace.
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message 1: by Pamela (new) - added it

Pamela Hamilton I thoroughly agree with your last sentence.

Missy S Thanks for a mans point of view. I love her transparency a well.

message 3: by Pam (new)

Pam Fullem Just started, but as a 2 yr. cancer survivor, it is striking a cord with me and has already had me crying a couple times. Thanks for your review!

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