Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day Book Review & Giveaway - One Thousand Gifts


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 Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God's gifts. It's only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, we discover the life we've always wanted...a life we can take, give thanks for, and break for others. We come to feel and know the impossible right down in our bones: we are wildly loved--by God. Let Ann's beautiful, heart-aching stories of the everyday give you a way of seeing that opens your eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of being present to God that makes you deeply happy, and a way of living that is finally fully alive. Come live the best dare of all!


Ann Voskamp is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, One Thousand Gifs: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. She is also the wife of a farmer, the home-educating mother to a half-dozen kids and a storyteller who keeps a camera shutter close. Ann writes about gritty grace and a magnificent God at


This book touched my heart in so many ways. Ann lays her soul bare so that we know that we are not alone in our longing for more of God. I shed so many tears from sorrow but also from my heart being touched by what she shares about the Lord.

I love how Ann shares her journey from wounded child to wounded adult, longing for a deeper relationship with God. Needing and longing to see Him as the loving God that He is. As she is searching the Bible, she realizes that it's thankfulness - it's focusing on the blessings - that makes a difference.  She starts to live a life of eucharisteo, a Greek word for thanksgiving, and shows us how we can do the same.

I love her writing - it's poetic and touching. This is not a book you rush through. This is a book you savor and then apply to your own life and walk with the Lord. This book will make you look differently at your life. Your blessings, the goodness of God, and you'll be thankful.

I love this book. It's a book that you'll need to read - want to read - again and again. As a mother, this book blessed me more than I can express. She shares her thankfulness for her husband, children and her life, in ways that has made me do the same. I was already a thankful person, but this book make me look at my life and all the Lord has done for me in an even more thankful way. This book is a must have!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Shelton Interactive 


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  1. I have looked at this book several times in the store. Finding the girt in everyday is what I strive to do as well and I blog about it to share withthe world!

  2. Here I thought I would reply with what I just did, to enter, but I guess it didn't show up here..oh well..Ann is awesome isn't she she is Canadian..yahoooooooooooo and doesn't live that far from me..yahoooooooooooo.I so enjoy visiting her blog...and listening to her music and just reading her about a time of being brought into our Father's presence...

  3. This has been on my too read list for a long time. Thanks for chance.


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