One Thousand Gifts

I have had this book in my hand for nearly a year. Ann was so gracious to gift her words to those of us who attended the Relevant Conference in 2010. I began reading it immediately but stopped… How do you persevere in reading words that challenge your very concept of gratitude?

One Thousand Gifts courtesy Ann Voskamp

Her personal journey is stunning, heart-wrenching…and victorious. She speaks to the reader as that of a close friend, the kind who wastes not an hour on small talk before asking you about the deep stuff, the hard stuff. One Thousand Gifts is more than a book, it is an accountability partner in the area of gratitude.

Do you think you have suffered more loss or pain than a book about gratitude could impact? Do you think your daily life, the routine and mundane, warrants no great celebration? I challenge you to let Ann speak to either case…

“When we lay the soil of our hard lives open to the rain of grace and let joy penetrate our cracked and dry places, let joy soak into our broken skin and deep crevices, life grows.”

“enough time”

“I can slow the torrent by being all here”

“I love you, Mom…and all this.”

“I am a wandering Israelite who sees the flame in the sky above, the pillar, the smoke from the mountain, the earth open up and give way, and still I forget. I am beset by chronic soul amnesia.”

“God and I, we’ve long had trust issues.”

“That mental soundtrack of condemnation and criticism that I’ve let run on continuous replay…”

“I empty to become full. Full of grace…to fully live.”

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light…1 Peter 2:9

#69-#71 Of One Thousand Gifts

Ann Voskamp

Finishing what I started

Glimpsing the idea that gratitude is an expression in all things, the painful as well as the joyous