Book Review: One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp

By  Trillia Newbell

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Ann Voskamp takes us  on her poetic adventures of finding grace through thanksgiving in One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. Her book is filled with wonderful one-liners that are tucked between her journeys to get there. One Thousand Gifts often reads like a fictional book or poetry. For the person who is looking for a straight-forward, clear book on being thankful, this book may not be for them. But if you enjoy fiction or poetry, you will love the book.

Regardless of the preferred style, the message is clear: be thankful in all things and give thanks for everything. Deep trials make us come to an end of ourselves and that is what happened to Voskamp. Through various trials she discovered God’s grace and the many gifts He allows us to experience.  She begins writing them down and as she writes them she begins to see with new eyes.

There are 11 chapters each continually defining grace and sharing how she personally came to understand eucharisteo: thanksgiving.  In Chapter 11, Voskamp writes about intimacy with God.  This chapter has been controversial mostly because of the love language and one line, “I fly to Paris and discover how to make love to God,” (pg. 201). I do not agree with the language and would have chosen a different way to express the deep love and intimacy that God desires from us and gives to us. With that said, I have been to Paris and as she described her experience and related it to our relationship with God it made me long for Him (and if I’m honest, for Paris). But more importantly Voskamp reminds me of the love, deep-personal love, God has for me:

“I am in union with Christ, I too am lavished with the love the Father has for the Son. In union, that love is mine-ours! I can’t simply ignore His serenade because I’m unsure, uncomfortable, uninterested, thinking I’ve claimed Christ as my Savior already anyways. God is relationship and He woos us to relationship and there is nothing with God if there is no relationship,” (pg. 212).

Those sweet nuggets of wisdom are enough for me to recommend One Thousand Gifts.

 

*This book was given for review by Shelby Interactive. For more information about Ann Voskamp and her book, visit her site at http://onethousandgifts.com/.

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5 Comments to “Book Review: One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp”

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  2. Espana says:

    One Thousand Gifts is largely a book about thanksgiving, or as the author puts it, “eucharisto.” Choosing to look for the good gifts God gives every day, compiling them in a list of “One Thousand Gifts” and being thankful for them– recognizing the little things as gifts from God!

  3. I’m curious why Christians, whom the bible calls the “bride of Christ,” blush so deep at the mention of making love to God. Really? You disagree with the language Voskamp uses? Do you disagree with the biblical language as well? I’m just curious.

  4. admin says:

    Hi Keri. Thanks for commenting. No- the Bible calling us the bride is quite different than saying that you want to make love to God. That’s all. It’s just quite specific and I’m married and thus the language has quite a meaning to me. So- had she said “I want to marry God” perhaps I wouldn’t have been as uncomfortable. Great question.

  5. Kathy says:

    Thanks for the review. I’ve had this book recommended to me by friends, but had also heard concerns about some of her “intimacy language” so I was hesitant to read it. Your review was helpful!