One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
Review by Alyssa Bartek
A few times in life, you are fortunate enough to pick up a book that completely changes your outlook for the better. Thatâ€™s what happened to me when I borrowed â€œOne Thousand Giftsâ€ by Ann Voskamp. Â While I knew the book was a popular bestseller, I had no idea the change it perspective it was going to bring to my life.
The tagline reads, â€œA dare to live fully right where you are.â€ As I began reading the beautiful and poetic writing that composed the pages of the book, I was immersed into learning about gratitude, thankfulness, and praise. Â This wasnâ€™t just any ordinary book about those topics though, as the writer intimately shares her thoughts, feelings, and lessons in a way that changes how you see your own life.
Through the book, Voskamp recounts tragedies that have plagued her life and her search for joy along the way. Â As a Christian, she dives into scripture to teach readers about giving thanks to God and changing the way we see everyday moments. Â When you start calling out the blessings of your life, a change in attitude canâ€™t help but follow.
I could have marked up the pages with highlighted and underlined quotes if it would have been my own book. Â I slowly read through the pages trying to soak in all of the epiphanies. Â This will definitely be a book I will purchase and treasure for a long time to come.
â€œThe whole of the life — even the hard — is made up of the minute parts, and if I miss the infinitesimals, I miss the whole. These are new language lessons, and I live them out. There is a way to live the big of giving thanks in all things. It is this: to give thanks in this one small thing. The moments will add up.â€ –Ann Voskamp
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