One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

Hardcover | January 26, 2011

byAnn Voskamp

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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!

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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 ev...

Ann Voskamp's the wife of one fine, down-to-earth farmer; a book-reading mama to a posse of seven; and the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Greatest Gift and Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, and the sixty-week New York Times bestseller One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, which has sold more than one m...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.31 × 5.81 × 0.88 inPublished:January 26, 2011Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310321913

ISBN - 13:9780310321910

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Surprisingly unenjoyable It was a big surprise to me that I didn't enjoy this book. It really rings true to a lot of my own beliefs and the ability to be appreciative of the small things in life. Unfortunately, I felt that this read in a style that was unappealing to me. Almost poetic for the length of the book? I'm sure that style really appealed to many but not me. Again, I really appreciate and love the message that this book is about so I'm glad it is out there, I just wish that I had enjoyed it more.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This book will seriously capture your attention. It had me in tears at times. I think everyone can relate to the story being told. And honestly I don't think I have ever read a more beautiful account of every day life.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read Very poetic. Beautifully written. Inspirational and challenging. Will make you want to count the blessings in your own life and get you to open your eyes to all the amazing and unexpected gifts that are all around you, all the time, every day. And will make you see God, the hard times, the challenges, and even the heart break, in a whole new light. Highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book - a must read! An amazing & insightful book. Started my own gift list & found my relationship with God grow in a whole new way. It opened my eyes, helped slow down time and appreciate my good as well as the not so good gifts.
Date published: 2014-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book - a must read! Wow, is really all I can say. I saw Ann on Full Circle promoting her book and I knew I just had to get it. I was at a point in my life that I was struggling with a lot of things. After seeing her and listening to her story, I just had to read her book. It is the best thing I have ever read. It is so touching and yet so very real to me. I have had tears throughout and many breakthroughs as I am searching for meaning to life and to find God's work. I especially like the references to the bible so I can compare and read more into it. Amazing read for anyone looking for the blessings in life in a world that seems almost negative and hurried.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life changing You will not be able to read this book and walk away unchanged!
Date published: 2013-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Thousand Gifts So simple a message yet so profound the joy to be found. So beautifully written, it had to be savoured word by word.
Date published: 2013-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must have for every women! I’ve heard so much about this book before I requested it. Many kept saying how life changing it would be to read it. I was picked by curiosity and decided to review it. From the first chapter, I sense that the author was unto something. After all she has many followers on her blog and many are walking into her footsteps of gratitude on their own blog as well. I was hooked. I also follow in her footsteps since I started reading her book. Weekly, I post my gifts from the previous weeks. Sometimes I even include some pictures. Ann has touched my heart and helped me to switch my thinking. It’s a 180 degree turn – let me tell you. In the midst of our daily life, when you think that maybe life would be different without certain things, you see what you have in a different way. I am homeschooling my four kids. There are days when it’s not easy while other days are just plain fun. I have doubts sometimes. But when I take Ann’s perspective and see the little things that blesses me on a daily basis, I am not feeling as discourage or stressed. It is a good therapy and way cheaper than going to see someone I find. Anne pours out her heart in this book and somehow I feel closer to her as I get to know her thoughts, her emotions, her dreams, her struggles and so on. She based her book on a simple word – Eucharisteo – which means to be grateful, feel thankful, give thanks. But how can you be grateful in the midst of business struggles, problems, a busy family, homeschool to be done,… You get the picture I think. Well it’s simply to sit down and see what is a blessing in the midst of all this. Simple things like a son old enough to babysit his own siblings who are napping so I can go get some brown sugar because he wants to make chocolate chip cookies (it just happened today!). I have come into realizing that being blessed can be done in a multitude of ways – neighbors bringing blueberries from Lac St-Jean, friends calling to let us know they have clothes for us, a couple giving us a foosball table for the kids to play with, four bookcases found at the curb since spring, the birds flying in the sky, the plants given to us so we can have a more beautiful entrance, a squirrel walking on the fence when we never seen one in the area before, frogs, loons on the lake, our RV, my husband, my kids, homeschooling them – yes even if there are days that are more difficult… There are also blessings in disguise which are blessings you wouldn’t expect when someone give you something. We had one experienced like this recently. Needless to say, my eyes are more opened now and I can see them more easily. So I thank Anne for writing the book One Thousand Gifts and I plan to continue the challenge to list my one thousand gifts from above. I would like to challenge every one of my readers (and my family and friends) to read Anne’s book. Your perspective will change – guaranteed!
Date published: 2011-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring and challenging I love this book and the way Ann teaches us all to see the gifts of beauty and goodness all around us - God present in our lives, blessing us in the most mundane and ordinary places. It is truly life changing to choose to see gifts in every moment and express gratitude for where we are right now and what we have (not where we're planning to go and what we're hoping to get). These lessons in gratitude bring huge blessings of peace, contentment and joy in the everyday. And what a great book to share with friends...I've been giving this book to girlfriends and spreading the joy of its wisdom.
Date published: 2011-06-24

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Editorial Reviews

Ann Voskamp invites us to slow down, to learn how to live the full life of eucharisteo (with grace, thanksgiving, joy) regardless of circumstances. With lovely word pictures inspired by everyday life in her family and on her farm, she writes about her struggle to live joyfully amid sin and sorrow and suffering.