When I read that this woman who usually says no to "inspirational" non-fiction said yes to One Thousand Gifts, I found my way to A Holy Experience.
Then 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.
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.
The only words that really matter are the ones she lives. This convicts her. She clings to grace.
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