April 28, 2011

{Sweet Inspiration} One Thousand Gifts

Not too long ago I posted a short video clip about Ann Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts.  After watching the clip, it was apparent that I NEEDED to read this book.  I ordered it via Amazon right away and had been waiting for my Spring Break to dive into it.  I am mid-way through, and loving it!

Here's a little bit about the book...

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!

I highly recommend reading this book!  If not, at least follow Ann's blog, A Holy Experience.  She is such a talented writer!

For those of you who like to "test drive" a book before purchasing, you can read the first chapter here!

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