One Thousand Gifts Book Review

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp has reached the bookshelf of my heart! It’s a life-changing book I intend to gift to family and friends, an heirloom for the path of life. The book is perfect reading for Easter, Mother’s Day, Graduations and special occasions. It’s also applicable to someone living in the darkness of depression and defeat. Without doubt, this is now one my favorite books ever written.You’ve probably seen me using the hashtag #1000gifts on Twitter as I share some of my gratitude gifts with my friends or my blog list of Counting My One Thousand Gifts.

The central focus of the book is gratitude, and seeing life though the lens of Ann Voskamp. As she writes this poetic book, she sees what gifts we ordinarily do not see in life. Simple gifts, such as

  • #0001…Morning shadows across the old floors
  • #0022…Mail in the mailbox
  • #0971…Kettle whistling for tea on a cold afternoon

We often miss the small gifts of life, because we are too focused on our problems. The shadow across an old floor is a reminder that we have a home filled with memories, the mail in the mailbox is a reminder of the elderly who are lonely without, and the kettle on the cold afternoon reminds me of tea with my grandmother. Gifts. Small. Simple. One thousand of them.

Reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp inspired me to create my own gift list, and encourages you to craft one as well. One warning- don’t just read the book review and assume you can begin your gift list! You need to read the book to understand eucharisteo, grace and gratitude. You need to read about Ann’s triumph over depression, and how her 1000 gifts changed her attitude towards life, family and home. Many times I’ve tried to create a “gratitude list”  and I assure you this book is not like an Oprah challenge! The book is penned with beauty, colorful imagery, and words of inspiration. Read it cover-to-cover, and your life will change dramatically. “In naming that which is right before me, that which I’d otherwise miss, the invisible becomes visible,” write Ann. We need to see what we cannot see, ad we do this through the eyes of scripture and Jesus. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp is a must-read during Lent and to prepare for Resurrection Day on Easter Sunday. I’ll enjoy reading this book year-after-year and will never tire of it.

This book is available in print and Kindle version…the hardcover book makes a great gift!

I received an advance copy of this book from Zondervan in exchange for my unbiased review.

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Comments

  1. Glenda Kuelper says

    1000 gifts there is a study quite with a DVD available through amazon we are going to start the DVD and quite for our bible study the book is great and her new book about grace is a greay devotional.

  2. Carin says

    I just finished this book! WOW! I am going to re-read it highlighting things that I wanted to repeat to my husband/and or others. A great book to read and re-read! Puts in perspective to be thankful for everything…..

  3. Maria Searles says

    Hi Christine,
    Our bible study is currently wrapping up the Beth Moore study on the fruit of the spirit and we have about 5 to 6 weeks before our summer break. We decided we wanted to do a book that would lead to more time for discussion. This book has come up – do you feel it would make a good short study?
    Thank you,
    Maria

    • says

      You asked if One Thousand Gifts would be a good short study. The book does not have a study guide at the end, so you would need to have your own discussion questions and use the book as a “book club” rather than a structured bible study. It would be a good discussion for your group, and you can share gifts each week. Great idea! To shorten the study, read a few chapters per week.

      Another good suggestion would be Soulprint, and it does have a study guide in the back. This book directs the reader to look back at her life experiences and see them as fingerprints to her soul, then look forward and see how they can be used for God’s Kingdom.

      Anything by Chip Ingram is also a good choice, combine the lessons to shorten the study.

      Blessings to you and your group!

  4. says

    Christine, I have read Ann’s book and what can you say? It’s so indescribable! I don’t have 1000 gifts recorded yet, but I’m working on it. And I’m re-reading the book. It’s just too good not to. I’m afraid of what I missed the first time around. To anyone: if you haven’t read this book yet, you must!

  5. says

    I have had many friends locally mention this book. It is on my “to-read” list… and moving further up the list all the time! Sounds wonderful and peaceful! I believe gratitude is central to living a life of worship. Can’t wait to get this one.

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