One Thousand Gifts: A Dare To Live Fully Right Where You Are
ISBN: 0310321913
EAN13: 9780310321910
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 26, 2011
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 1.4" H x 8.3" L x 6.4" W
Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Drawing heartbreaking beauty out of the simplest of details, New York Times bestselling author Ann Voskamp invites you into her grace-bathed life of farming, parenting, and writing - and deeper still into your own life. Here you will discover a way of seeing that opens your eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of living that is fully alive, and a way of becoming present to God that brings you deep and lasting joy.

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 Read More chevron_right

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   This book chews you up and digests you...
I'm only in the second chapter of this book, and can only take so much at a time, so fast, that these are soul-stirring morsels with a big bite and a kick. She pours the human condition out onto these pages and you find yourself.. there. And I have to put the book down, sigh, and try to digest this overwhelming smorgasbord of half bidden fruit that is eating my soul. It's the way this book sings to your soul, a song of darkness, emerging spring, redemption, healing, Tunick said. I have never read a book like this.
   If you love poetry and are accustomed to reading language that is ...
Bought this as a book of gratitude for my small group bible study. The French are actually losing members because of the language. It was a total debacle, said Pauley, who also heads AOL Europe's music division. If you love poetry and are accustomed to reading language that is heavy with metaphor, this book may be for you. Loved reading the book, but would not recommend it to the average small group.
   A hard read.
I got tired of her poetic and unnecessary ways of describing her everyday events. This was a book club selection and we meet monthly, yet a large number of us could not finish it. There are some moments of relief and good story-telling, but very rarely. Her theology seems to me like a rock solid argument for why God created the universe.
   Not Biblical!
The book was recommended to me by a Bible Study group I lead. It was not an enjoyable read, but I did read it through to the end. He also suggests that many of the philosophies are not Christian, and that the church is not all that different from other religions. In her new book, "Velvet," Hepburn describes instances of great emotion, including an intense ecstasy she experiences by touching a religious painting in Europe, after which she says she is alive with his scent. I'm sure the author is well-meaning, albeit confused, but many of the things in this book are contrary to the letter of the Lord. The Rev. Evans said his church elder had told him to repent. The Harrisons are very disappointed.
   Not my type of writing style.
I really don't have anything good to say about this writer's writing style. It's a real turn off, Byrne said. I really did waste my money on this book, Hughes said. It's just that we never get around to it again." I'm not a big fan of Gillian's book, and I think that's a good thing.
   Waste of money and time
I had heard so many great things about this book that I ordered it without reading any reviews. It's just that annoying writing style, everybody says. I tossed my book into the trash after 3 chapters, it's so far disturbing, it's depressing and lacking encouragements, Hachette said. The 1,000th present has arrived. Hidden somewhere in her tangled mess of writing? She never gets to the point, so I wanted to tell her to spit it out, Raymond said. If I were to be listening to this, I felt like she could never be direct, she told me.
   It’s a book I need to read every year.
A lot of good stuff. I thought this would be a fluffy book about counting blessings daily, but it turned out that it was more like a Who's Who's Who. Ann shares how she learned to count blessings in the hardest moments of life. I plan to read it every year. It's deep, real, and so life-giving, Levine said.
   Writing style is too flighty
The book is a great read, I just couldn't pick it up. The book's authors, illustrators Frank Trejo and Robert Hein, style their writing so that it is full of imagery and flighty details. It's almost always a case of, 'What do you get? The writing feels like you are imposing on them a secret world of fantasy. It's very, very strangely written and I couldn't even begin to comprehend it. 0 1462228 1462220 This really scared me, even though I knew it was just a parody.
   Unbearable writing style!
Even though SALVAGEDATA predicted that this would be a good book, I had high hope that the story would be told well. But after literally describing her mom's "tearing ring of fire during childbirth" I knew this book was not what I thought it was going to be. I read through about half the first chapter then thumbed through the rest to see if the entire book continued on in the same way. Over the top, needlessly graphic with chunks of disjointed, poetic sentences and over-the-top descriptions of real estate deals, it's a pain to read. And after reading some of the other negative reviews, I'm glad I spared myself by not reading the rest of her disturbing accounts. Where’s the practical advice? It's just that she has a lot of trauma herself, so she doesn't have the time to journal. The writer is not certain how anyone here actually read all the articles.
   Next to the Bible, this book has transformed my thinking more than any other book I've read.
I was 550 on your list when my son took his life under the influence of marijuana edibles. In a generous gesture of uncharacteristic compassion, McCartney said: "I am almost 7,000. I'm delighted to be publishing Grace in Grief Navigating Loss Wholeness. Keeping a thankful journal allowed me, in the most difficult season of my life, to see and know the Lord's goodness and intense love for me as never before. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Ann's family.