Be the Gift, by New York Times–bestselling author Ann Voskamp, will challenge and encourage you to listen to God and look for opportunities to be His gift to others.
The idea that even in the depths of our own brokenness God can use each of us to be a gift to someone else is powerful—that He makes each of us enough to give to someone else. Just as powerful is the realization that in becoming God’s gifts to others, our lives become more abundant: “Maybe the only abundant way forward is always to give forward.” Ideas this powerful need to be put into action.
Live out the messages in Ann’s bestselling books, The Broken Way and One Thousand Gifts, with Be the Gift, a practical guide that takes you through each day of the year with ways to bless those around you.
Featuring selections from The Broken Way and Ann’s blog, beautifully designed quotations, inspirational verses, and Ann’s signature photography, this gorgeous book will be an incredible gift to any loved one. It also includes pages of perforated gift tags in the back to include with a meal dropped off for an ailing friend or a pie baked for a friendly neighbor or even passed to a friend with a much-loved book.
One Thousand Gifts encouraged readers to live a life of thanksgiving and to chronicle the gifts from God in their everyday lives. The Broken Way reminded that freedom is not found beyond fear and pain, but within it. Now Be the Gift will unpack and chronicle the next step to really live in communion—opening ourselves up to givenness in spite of our brokenness.
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About the Author
Ann Voskamp is the wife of one fine, down-to-earth farmer; a book-reading mama to a posse of seven; and the author of the New York Times bestsellers One Thousand Gifts, which has sold more than one million copies and has been translated into more than twenty-one languages, and The Broken Way.
Named by Christianity Today as one of fifty women most shaping culture and the church today, Ann knows unspoken brokenness and big country skies and an intimacy with God that touches wounded places. Millions do life with her at her daily photographic online journal, one of the top 10 most widely read Christian sites: www.annvoskamp.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The new book, Be the Gift by Ann Voskamp, is the perfect book for pastors and church leaders to distribute to parishners and church goers to encourage generosity and giving. This beautiful hardcover book is filled with serene picturesque photographs of nature and scenes of cozy upper middleclass life, and idealistic bountiful family gatherings, complete with unique ideas for gift giving and acts of generosity. For any pinterist fan and for those who have love to host get togethers and meals, this book will encourage people with means to think out of the box in order to encourage gift giving to those around them. The gift tags included in the book reinforce the book's purpose- to encourage gift giving and generosity of those with resources and time to spare. It is my opinion that the target audience of this book is for the upperclass socioeconomic class. Glimpses of traditional families, complete with their comfortable, quality clothing, and well decorated, quaint cottage homes, and complete meals that look like recipes from an upscale cookbook, will appeal most to those readers who are more affluent. Nevertheless, any reader will be able to glean some gift giving inspiration to show kindness to their neighbors and coworkers. As a blogger for booklook I received this book for the purpose of writing this review.
I finished reading Be The Gift by Ann Voskamp and loved it. The pages are filled with thought provoking messages to inspire you to do things to bless others. It's motivating, inspirational and compelling. I loved the message, the beautiful photography throughout and the list of acts of kindness in the back of the book are perfect. There are so many simple ways to show others you care. Voskamp does a great job of inspiring you to use your time, talents and passions to serve God. She talks about giving the gift of presence and gives tons of real life examples for how you can be there for others. I loved her outlook and think this book would be great as a daily devotional or a book to read in just a few sittings. There are so many elements that would be fun to discuss with a Bible Study or a book club. I read this book on my own, but found myself wanting to talk about it with others. I'm going to leave it out on my coffee table as a reminder of the message of blessing others. I'd highly recommend this book.
The tagline on this book is "let your brokenness be turned into abundance."The book is square, hardcover with thick pages inside. The readings aren't dated, so it's not a devotional. The structure is almost like a coffee table book - short stories/essays/thoughts contained to one or two pages paired with a photo. The back of the book has blank lines to journal "how did I live given today?" followed by a list of sixty gift ideas (and by gift, I mean ways to bless people that aren't all material) and the dust jacket on the back cover of the book has a set of gift tags included. The gift tags are simple with a "to" and "from" on the one side and a photo on the back. Having never read any of Voskamp's books before, all the material in this book was new to me. If you're read any of her book The Broken Way and her blog. I love how Ann writes and am thoroughly enjoying what I'm reading! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.