Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Like most readers, Ann Voskamp hungers to live her one life well. Forget the bucket lists about once-in-a-lifetime experiences. "How," Voskamp wondered, "do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties? What does a life of gratitude look like when your days are gritty, long, and sometimes dark? What is God providing here and now?"
A beautifully practical guide to living a life of joy, One Thousand Gifts invites readers to wake up to God's everyday blessings. As Voskamp discovered, in giving thanks for the life she already had, she found the life she'd always wanted.
Following Voskamp's grace-bathed reflections on her farming, parenting, and writing life, readers will embark on a transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling gifts. Along the way, they will discover a way of seeing that opens their eyes to gratitude, a way of living so they are not afraid to die, and a way of becoming present to God's presence that brings deep and lasting happiness.
What a WONDERFUL book! Immediately after reading a few chapters I started making a list of the precious gifts from God.
How many of us feel it is our perogative to indulge in every pleasure we possibly can? How about those who feel pleasure is a right that has to be earned?
Once you read this book it isn't hard to see the gifts all around us. For instance, this morning after getting out of bed I saw a cardinal and his mate right outside my window. How beautiful they were and how much joy it gave me to watch them.
Go ahead and start your treasure hunt, look for the gifts already given to us.
This book gets 5 stars.
I received a free e-copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Title: One Thousand Gifts
SubTitle: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
Pub Date: 02/01/2011