What I Loved
I'm pretty sure I saw the trailer first.
Then I read that this woman who says no to "inspirational" non-fiction said yes to One Thousand Gifts.
And then I found my way to A Holy Experience.
And lastly I ended up at She Speaks, where I heard her speak, and I took notes and I laughed and I cried and at the end, I finally bought the book.
I'm oh-so-glad that I did.
There is little I feel I can write that hasn't already been written so many times it sounds cliche and worn-out. But they are all true. One Thousand Gifts is achingly real. One Thousand Gifts will change your life (if you let it). One Thousand Gifts is a classic that I will crumple and dog-ear and get water stains on.
Why I Recommend This Book
One Thousand Gifts will dare you to count. On fingers, in mental melodies, down winding roads, in blog posts, and on notepaper. Count His goodness, count His grace, count His gifts. And open your eyes to see His love.
If I could, I'd give a copy away every day.
About the Author
Ann Voskamp is a bit of a mess.
She won a full-tuition scholarship to university and never finished. She married a Farmer and came home to gravel road and cornfields and had babies. A lot of them. Half a dozen. Her laundry basket is never empty. She loses library books. She homeschools their six beautifully exuberant kids and most days feel just a tad bit overwhelmed and very crazy.
She's the author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. And everyday, she's just wild enough to take the dare.
Right in the midst of her own messy, gritty, grace-filled life.
When the kids and the washing machine sleep, she washes her real dirt down with words and The Word. Some of her words find themselves in an award-winning series for curious kids, A Child's Geography, of which all profits are donated to Compassion. Other words can be found at Laity Lodge's High Calling where she serves as a contributing editor, and other words advocate for the poor as she is a blogger traveling with Compassion.
The only words that really matter are the ones she lives. This convicts her. She clings to grace.