When I requested Ann Voskamp's book, One Thousand Gifts, I wasn't sure exactly what I was going to be reading. I had read Ann's blog, A Holy Experience, and had often came away from her posts refreshed. Ann has a way with words. Some people have a gift with music, others have art, but Ann Voskamp, well...the Lord has given her a gift of writing.
And she pens them so well.
She writes like a dancer dances....she literally makes the words come to life as you read them and you can SEE what she is describing. Yes, at times her writing is '"cerebral" as one friend so aptly calls it. Yet is not this very characteristic what makes the writing so appealing to us? She causes us to slow down and think about what we just read... to ponder, to muse, to meditate....to even grasp what she is postulating...
And the message of One Thousand Gifts is really a simple one....
Discover the things that you are thankful for...SO THAT you can SEE God in all situations....THUS you can find PEACE in this life here on earth.
And isn't that what we truly are seeking after?
Ann doesn't stop with this simple message though. She shares personal experiences and her own journey of gratitude and one thousand gifts as she sought peace from the Lord.
If you struggle with the "what ifs" or fears of the unknowns, or if you want a change in your perspective, I would read One Thousand Gifts. If nothing else you will become more grateful for the small things in life.
I was provided a free copy of this book by Zondervan in exchange for my honest review. As always, my opinons are my own.