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One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

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19 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

This book actually somehow gets through!

This beautiful book is a touching, inspiring testimony to how to live each day fully, and embracing God's grace in our lives. This gets right down to the core of you. The author says "It is impossible to give thanks, and simultaneously feel fear." This is the most profo...
This beautiful book is a touching, inspiring testimony to how to live each day fully, and embracing God's grace in our lives. This gets right down to the core of you. The author says "It is impossible to give thanks, and simultaneously feel fear." This is the most profound statement, as, don't most of us live in fear? We need to STOP! We need to embrace God's grace in our every day lives. So her answer, her gift that she has written out with so much wisdom in this book, is a profound declaration of thankfulness, gratitude for all of the good things in our lives. Out of some of life's hardest circumstances, the author is delivering one of God's most powerful instructions, one that we overlook every day: Do not fear. This is amazing and inspiring and as many times as we've heard these words, this book somehow actually gets through!

posted by BLUEEYEBE on January 28, 2011

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56 out of 68 people found this review helpful.

Message Gets Lost in the Words

Voskamp shares from her heart with stories about her family and her own spiritual journey, and I think anyone reading this book would come away with a heightened sense of looking for God's grace in daily life whether it be having one's child come through surgery or the ...
Voskamp shares from her heart with stories about her family and her own spiritual journey, and I think anyone reading this book would come away with a heightened sense of looking for God's grace in daily life whether it be having one's child come through surgery or the admiring the beauty of a full moon. But, this was a difficult book for me to read. Voscamp is obviously a poet at heart but the entire book is sing-songy with long descriptions and awkward word phrases that I found distracting. It doesn't read as someone would actually talk in real life conversation. Those who like that kind of wordy, poetic narrative with mystical undertones will enjoy this book. Those who don't will likely struggle to find the message in the sea of words. For me, it was just too much page after page, and it took me a while to finish the book because I had to take it in small doses. I tried to stay focused on what I felt the message of the book was: live fully and abundantly in daily life by being thankful for the gifts that come from God's grace, no matter how small. I am inspired to live more fully in this kind of gratitude.

I received a copy of this book for review by the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited nor required.

posted by Books_And_Chocolate on February 27, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Uplifting

    I haven't quite finished the book, but I can review it. It is uplifting, as I said, in that it helps remind you to focus on all the good in your life and the world. It's a little hard to read sometimes. Her writing seems to work like my brain does - rambling, disjointed, and yet coming together in the end. Some passages I had to read more than once to be sure I understood what she meant. Not too difficult to do, just different from my usual fare. Overall, spiritually inspiring and charming.

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