Many have read Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts, but if you haven’t, I hope you will. Since our theme for the month is gratitude, I thought this book was worth sharing. I, originally, wrote this review for a month long series on books at my other site, State of Hospitality.
Don’t you love the cover?! The old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” doesn’t apply here; judge away. The writing is as exquisite as the cover.
“A glowing sun-orb fills an August sky the day this story begins,
the day I am born, the day I begin to live.”
I’m not the type of reader who gives all books 5 stars or thinks the last book they read was the greatest one ever written, but, this one for me was definitely a 5 star.
One Thousand Gifts is a chronicle of the author’s journey of becoming more intentional about living her life filled with gratitude. Ann dared herself to write down one thousand things she loved.
“This act of naming grace moments, this list of God’s gifts, moves beyond the shopping list variety of prayer and into the other side….It really is a dare to name all the ways that God loves me. The true Love Dare. To move into His presence and listen to His love unending and know the grace uncontainable….The only thing that can change us, the world, is this—all His love.”
The chapter on taking the ugly things in our life and transforming them into a prayer of grace dug under my skin.
“I look for the ugly beautiful, count it as grace, transfigure the mess into joy
with thanks and eucharisteo leaves the paper, finds way to the eyes, the lips. “
This book has stayed with me long after I read the last word and closed the cover.
If you would love to read more about Ann Voskamp, you can read her blog here