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One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

OneThousandGifts I discovered Ann Voskamp's blog, A Holy Experience, a few months ago while she was part of a Compassion International team of bloggers. Her words and stories beautifully woven make you stop and breathe in her thoughts. When I discovered she had a book releasing soon there was no doubt I would be buying it immediately. Preordering it on Kindle I couldn't wait until January. The publisher surprised us though and it was released on Kindle a month early.

My recommendation? Go buy One Thousand Gifts. Everyone should read this book. I don't often say that about books. There are probably only two or three I would give that recommendation. 

I had no idea how God would use One Thousand Gifts to continue changing me. 

I have to take this book in shifts so deeply has it affected me. Heavy at moments, I have to put it away. To take a breath and process all it is teaching me. I know the word this book has introduced to me will define my year. This eucharisteo.

Within her pages Ann Voskamp shares what she believes is the secret to a full, joy filled life. Not just joy amidst the good times, but also joy during the painful times. 

"In the original language, "he gave thanks" reads "eucharisteo." …..The root word of Eucharisteo is charis, meaning "grace." Jesus took the bread and saw it as grace and gave thanks. He took the bread and knew it to be gift and gave thanks. But there is more, and I read it. Eucharisteo, thanksgiving, envelopes the Greek word for grace, charis. But it also holds its derivative, the Greek word chara, meaning "joy."……..Charis. Grace. Eucharisteo. Thanksgiving. Chara. Joy. A triplet of stars,a constellation in the black. A threefold cord that might hold a life? Offer a way up into the fullest life? Grace, thanksgiving, joy. Eucharisteo. A Greek word….that might make meaning of everything?"

What is God teaching me through Ann Voskamp's words? Could this be what God started teaching me as He began this awakening in me over the past year? I believe so. He's teaching me that I need to live life in thankfulness. Not only in big things, but in the small details as well. To practice eucharisteo daily. To slow down, soak it in, and give thanks. So that if and when, I can live eucharisteo in the difficult times as well. 

Oh there is so much more goodness I could share with you from this book. But I want you to discover it for yourself. So I am giving away one copy of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp. To be entered just leave a comment on this post before midnight (central time) Sunday, February 6. Winner will be announced Monday, February 7. 

No compensation or merchandise was received for this post.

  • Virginia - January 31, 2011 - 8:41 pm

    I love Ann’s blog, and would absolutely love a copy of this book! Enter me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • elora - January 31, 2011 - 9:35 pm

    um, yes. i feel the same. i read and then out of sheer desperation place the book aside just so i can process what she’s said. currently i’m stuck on flailing against His heart and crying that He did it because…He did. this paragraph struck a deep place inside…

  • Vanessa Bush - January 31, 2011 - 9:39 pm

    Ann is so honest and transparent. She can paint with words. I would love to win her book since I havenโ€™t been able to buy it yet.

  • pam - January 31, 2011 - 9:40 pm

    I would love to win!

  • Melissa - January 31, 2011 - 9:41 pm

    Love Ann’s blog and can’t wait to read this book!

  • Katie - January 31, 2011 - 9:42 pm

    I would also love to read this book, the reviews are fantastic and the expert I read was breathtaking.

  • Stephanie - January 31, 2011 - 9:50 pm

    Ann’s book is on my 2011 reading list. I’ve heard that it’s the kind of book you savor and want to read again after you close its pages for the 1st time.
    P.S. What are the other “two or three” books that you would say everyone should read?

  • lib - January 31, 2011 - 10:15 pm

    I love her book and blog too!! So amazing how god’s using he’d words to effect powerful change in my heart and life!
    Would live to win a copy!

  • Erin - January 31, 2011 - 10:24 pm

    I, too, get caught up in the beauty and grace of Ann’s words. I would so love to read her heart poured out in her book.

  • Demacb - February 1, 2011 - 4:29 am

    I would be so thankful to receive this book. I read the first chapter online. Tears rolling down my face, heart clenching…. Hugs to Ann. Everyone should be reading Ann’s “One Thousand Gifts”. God Bless.

  • Ally - February 1, 2011 - 9:59 am

    Oh yes please, Iโ€™ve been trying not to buy it and wait til my birthday to ask for it, but a free copy before July ๐Ÿ™‚ would be just wonderful!

  • Chantel - February 1, 2011 - 9:59 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this book!

  • Shannon - February 1, 2011 - 11:25 am

    Thank you for sharing not only about Compassion, but having a widget for World Vision, and hosting this giveway! I’d love to own a copy of Ann’s book.

  • Devotion Mama - February 1, 2011 - 12:54 pm

    I’ve heard great things and would love to read 1000 gifts

  • Whitney Hamm - February 1, 2011 - 12:57 pm

    You know me, I’m not usually into deep thinking books, but this one sounds interesting. I better be eligible to win even if I am your sister.

  • Katie Bloemsma - February 1, 2011 - 2:29 pm

    i recently discovered Ann’s website.. and it has inspired me. I would love a copy of the book!

  • Sharon O - February 1, 2011 - 4:18 pm

    I just started to read her book yesterday and Yes~it is in increments small bite sized paragraphs I read and take in and in silence read it again. If I won a book I would give it away to a friend who could not afford it on her own and who would benefit from its rich truths. I say ‘If you can only purchase one book this year make it hers’ and if you can only read ONE blog post make it hers. She is gifted by God. It is refreshing.

  • Becky Griffin - February 1, 2011 - 4:40 pm

    I also love Ann’s blog. Thanks for doing this giveaway. Sounds fun!!

  • Melissa - February 1, 2011 - 8:43 pm

    As usual, your post helped me take time to pause & reflect and I thank you for that more than you’ll ever know. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Gracie - February 2, 2011 - 3:49 pm

    Love Ann’s blog. Would love to win a copy!

  • Jessica H. - February 2, 2011 - 4:22 pm

    Have seen several reviews on this book, and would love to check it out!

  • Brooke - February 3, 2011 - 1:59 pm

    I have heard so many great things about this book!

  • Julie - February 4, 2011 - 5:26 pm

    I always read Ann’s blog and leave stunned by grace. She’s gifted to open my eyes to grace in all my days. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. Grace wins!

  • Christy, The Simple Homemaker - February 5, 2011 - 1:47 pm

    This is my first time here. I found you through Twitter, a RT of Ann’s, actually. I am excited about living a life of joy and gratitude. I struggle with it. It is difficult at times, and I need help. It seems God has given you such help through Ann’s book. What a blessing!

  • Gena Cronan - February 6, 2011 - 3:50 pm

    I have been enjoying your posts. This sounds like a wonderful book!

  • Julie - February 6, 2011 - 5:38 pm

    I have enjoyed listening to you talk about this book and would love to read it!

  • amykiane - February 7, 2011 - 1:17 pm

    Hi Shannon! You won the giveaway for the copy of One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp on my blog. If you will email me your full name and mailing info I will get it in the mail to you this week. Thanks so much!
    Amy Nabors