Wednesday, April 20, 2011

One Thousand Gifts: Book Review and Giveaway

Throughout the first four months of 2011 I have read a ton of books, some for personal reading and many for book reviews on A Mom After God's Own Heart. I have read fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, self-help and even a new to me version of the Bible. I have even entered the world of e-readers when I received a Kobo for Christmas. 


When I look back on the last four months I can say that I have a few favorites of all the books I have read, but one stands out more than any other. It has changed my life, and the lives of many others who have read it. I have already picked up a few copies to giveaway for gifts and I know I will be picking up more for upcoming birthdays and Christmas. If you have ever wanted to read a life-changing, challenging, Biblically sound book, One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp is one you need to read.




About The Book:


Drawing heartbreaking beauty out of the simplest of details, 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 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!



Check out the FREE reader's guide for One Thousand Gifts here (in PDF format)




About The Author:


Ann Voskamp is a writer with DaySpring (a division of Hallmark), a contributing editor to Laity Lodge’s The High Calling, and a global advocate for the poor traveling for Compassion International. With an educational background in psychology and education from York University and the University of Waterloo, Ann and her husband are farmers in the Mennonite countryside of southwestern Ontario, raising a half dozen kids, crops of corn, and the roof in praise.   

Author Website:
http://www.aholyexperience.com
http://www.annvoskamp.com






My Review:


As mentioned above, there are not many books I have read in recent years that has impacted me like One Thousand Gifts has. 


Ann Voskamp will take you through her journey to Grace and allows us into her world through a poetic writing style that is inviting, honest and vulnerable and reaches right to the depths of your heart. 


As you read the book you will learn what it is to live out "Eucharisteo" (thanksgiving), through good or bad, whatever life bring in our everyday. Since reading One Thousand Gifts I have started my own thousand gifts journey (as readers of this blog have seen) and I am almost at 300. As I read the book, I could picture each word, situation and scenario in my head, and for me that is amazing. I felt like Ann and I were in the same room conversing with one another. Amazing depth and soul for sure.


Although a small book (227 pages over 11 chapters) it is a very deep book that you will want to take your time reading. I have read through it over a couple weeks for the sake of this review, and will definitely be going through it again. I actually have an e-book version of it on my Kobo reader but am so glad to have a hard copy too. My copy is highlighted and underlined throughout. It has been a long time since I have done that to a book (in fact, the last time in recent memory was likely Bible College days).


Here are just a few of the thoughts from the book that have impacted me:


"Eucharisteo - thanksgiving - always precedes the miracle" (p.35)


Life is not an emergency. Life is eucharisteo.


It is impossible to give thanks and simultaneously feel fear.


"To read His message in moments, I'll need to read His passion on the page; wear the lends of the Word, to read His writing on the world. Only the Word is the answer to rightly reading the world, because The Word has nail-scarred hands that cup our face close, wipe away the tears running down, has eyes to look deep into our brimming ache, and whisper, "I know, I know". The passion on the page is a Person, and the lens I wear of the Word is not abstract idea but the eyes of the God-Man who cam and knows the pain" (p.87)


Praying with eyes wide open is the only way to pray without ceasing (p. 121)


If you don't like to challenge yourself, or ask hard questions of yourself then don't even think of reading One Thousand Gifts. However, if you are willing to allow God to work through Ann's words and change your life forever, then you MUST read this book. 


I highly recommend this book and give it a HUGE thumbs up!


BUY IT: You can purchase One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp online through Zondervan - in hardcover and e-book formats. It is also available at your favorite local Christian bookseller.


WIN IT:
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GIVEAWAY ENDS May 4, 2011


GOOD LUCK TO ALL!


***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Zondervan and Shelton Interactive, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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