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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (10,866 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Voskamp Narrator: Ann Voskamp Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9780310412366
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What it means to be … deeply human … deeply spiritual … deeply and authentically fulfilled Like most listeners, Ann Voskamp hungers to live her one life well. Forget the bucket lists about once-in-a-lifetime experiences. “How,” Voskamp wondered, “do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties? What does a life of gratitude look like when your days are gritty, long, and sometimes dark? What is God providing here and now?” A beautifully practical guide to living a life of joy, One Thousand Gifts invites you to wake up to God’s everyday blessings. As Voskamp discovered, in giving thanks for the life she already had, she found the life she’d always wanted. Following Voskamp’s grace-bathed reflections on her farming, parenting, and writing life, you will embark on a transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling gifts. Along the way, you will discover a way of seeing that opens your eyes to gratitude, a way of living so you are not afraid to die, and a way of becoming present to God’s presence that brings deep and lasting happiness. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 2/9/2014

    " Well written, beautiful prose, full of inspirations to awaken you to becoming better at living every day, every moment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meredith | 2/7/2014

    " I admit I haven't finished this book yet. I am having a tough time. The subject matter is good. Gratitude is something we all need to be reminded to practice; however, I find her style of writing and vocabulary a little too descriptive and unusual for me. It's a book that you have to concentrate on what she is saying due to the verbage she uses. This is written more like a poetry book perhaps, so you don't read large experts in one sitting, but sit and enjoy the "beauty" of what she is trying to create. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leah | 1/26/2014

    " Ok so I didn't actually finish this book. First time I can say that in years. I got about 2/3 of the way through and quit. I kinda hated it. But I hate poetry. I hate her writing style and I am already pretty thankful for my life and gifts and live it pretty fully. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audree | 1/25/2014

    " i liked the idea of the book, but i often got frustrated with the writing style...too poetic. i enjoyed when the author described incidents that occurred in her family. and how she saw God in those experiences. i loved the idea of Charis, Eucharisteo, Chara. i loved the beginning of her book a lot! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Buck | 1/23/2014

    " I'm on fire for this book! It is changing lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Terry | 1/14/2014

    " I liked this book but it was a slow read. Takes time to absorb. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Fromke | 12/3/2013

    " A must read for anyone. Simply stunning. Eat in small bites. Chew thoroughly. Very satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 12/3/2013

    " This book transformed my thinking. It's a book I underlined and plan to read over and over again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Libba Maddry | 11/8/2013

    " the first chapter is hard to get through, but hang in there, you have to red for the rest to make sense, and it is well worth it! Has some powerful truthsin it that can be life changing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha Curry | 10/29/2013

    " Ann writes in a beautiful, simple & delighted style that piqued my interest with her exploration of thanks. I found that as I was reading this book, thankfulness became a part of my life through greater attention to the world around me and the little things God places in our lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherri West | 10/17/2013

    " The poetic form of writing takes a little while to get used to but it just compliments the entire theme of the book. This book helps & challenges you to find gratitude for even the simplest of things and to find God's grace & beauty in every aspect of our earthly life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 9/23/2013

    " Flowery writing but the message packs a punch! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen Figaro | 9/23/2013

    " I'd give this book more than 5 stars if I could...superb, life-changing read for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kari | 6/18/2013

    " Good book. A bit too flowery/poetic for me. A reminder to always be thankful for each and every blessing. There are some great quotes! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcy | 6/1/2013

    " I know I'm late to the party but I am a few chapters in. Mourned through the first 2 chapters, then the tears turned to joy and haven't stopped. Taking it slow and letting the truths sink in. GREAT READ so far... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Usher | 5/30/2013

    " Hard book to read, but a book that meant so much in a time of my life when it was so hard to be thankful. I loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie Kreher | 10/15/2012

    " struggled with this a lot. too preachy/poetic for my tastes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 10/7/2012

    " So encouraging!! Written very descriptively and artisticly, Ann allows us an intimate view of her family and her relationship with God. She is able to set aside herself (though it is largely biographical) and keep the book's focus on God and his daily benefits through a heart of gratitude. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carole Landgrebe | 8/18/2012

    " Lifechanging. Started my own list of thanks! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 7/14/2012

    " I love love LOVE this book! I love Ann's quirky, artsy writing style. She makes me think. She speaks to the depths of my spirit! I am moved to become MORE after reading even a few pages. So much to love! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Slone | 3/2/2012

    " My counselor recommended this book. I was pretty skeptical at first but by the time I finished it I wanted to immediately read it again. I don't really enjoy her writing style, but her insights were refreshing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Con | 2/26/2012

    " Ann Voskamp is a poet. Well chosen words cause the heart to see what precious few have been so able to do: touch the deepest part of me that brings a new and more intimate connection with the life, with love, with God. A book I will read many times! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dot Pease | 2/20/2012

    " Fantastic book, so uplifting, a true treasure!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 9/23/2011

    " A good reminder to be thankful in everything and to look for joy in the small dailies of life. More poetry than I'm used to reading which made it a bit sluggish at times but overall a good read, probably on the "should be re-read" list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 9/18/2011

    " Great at the start. Inspirational. But as one friend put it, "very flowery writing" which seemed excessive and after a while- you were only inspired to sleep as you read her amazing use of multiple adjectives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Perry | 7/2/2011

    " Read it! I read it for the first time last week. I read it for the 2nd time this week. Honest and enchanting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 6/28/2011

    " I would recommend this to a friend. It is a gut wrenching look at how to change your life with gratitude. Nice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margcurran | 6/24/2011

    " Ready to be challenged? Ann, farmers wife, mother of 6, homeschooler was challenged to write down 1000 things she was thankful for... this was the beginning of her journey... A book to be read slowly and savored. I underlined many of her thoughts. Best read this year for me... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 6/20/2011

    " This book was amazing. It profoundly affected my thinking and inhabited my thoughts for days. Even now, 4 months later, I think though and remember gratitude throughout my day. She is a gifted writer. I love this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 6/17/2011

    " A bit overly flowery and poetic (sometimes less is more...) but a worthwhile read. She didn't shrug away pain, and never tried to paint an easy picture. A life of gratitude is HARD. This is no quick fix. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avaught | 6/13/2011

    " At times this was difficult to get through because my life is so very different from the author's life, but the overall message I took from it was hugely inspiring. I found myself looking up books and authors she cited to, going through scripture to get more information, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghann | 6/10/2011

    " Words cannot express how much I loved this book. I'd give it more than 5 stars if possible. Thought-provoking, convicting, emotional. Her style of writing is as if the thoughts are pouring straight from her head and heart down to the paper, no editing necessary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abigail | 6/6/2011

    " Absolutely life changing! I would recommend everyone read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 6/6/2011

    " I cannot say enough about this book. It is amazing. I love the way she writes, poetic, thoughtful, introspective. I highly recommend reading it! "

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About the Author
Author Ann Voskamp

Ann Voskamp is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Greatest Gift, Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, and One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, which has sold more than one million copies and has been translated into more than eighteen languages.