Friday, June 3, 2011
One Thousand Gifts- Ann Voskamp
Ann's story begin with the tragic death of her 18 month old sister Aimee; "that hideous November day that branded our lives". She lived a childhood of distrust in God and His goodness, though a Christian in word, she was not fully alive in Him.
Now as a homeschool mom of 6 and wife to a farmer,(sound vaguely familiar!) Ann desires to live fully and see more of God. Jesus laid the foundation for Thanksgiving "Eucharisteo" in His communion with the disciples. "Thanksgiving always preceds the miracle". Ingratitude was the fall of man in the garden of Eden.
It starts with a challenge from a friend to write a list of 1000 blessings or gifts that God gives. As she starts the list she begins to see growth in her life in thanksgiving and joy. She shares this growing experience with the readers as she quotes key scriptures, sermon notes, and personal reflections.
Ann's writing styloe is lyrical, poetic, and honest. Written in a way that you feel you are sitting with her in the living room with a cup of tea. It pierces through you and moves you emotionally.
Such a simple act "eucharisteo" but so many times choose to ignore it.
I loved how Ann shared with us some of her listed items as examples of what we could put into our own lists.
This was one of the best books I have read in a long time and it is already impacting my life with positive change as I strive to live more fully in Him.
5 plus stars!
I received a copy of this book from Zondervan for free, this has in no way influenced my review.