Book Review: One Thousand Gifts, by Ann VoskampBy Trillia Newbell | February 23rd, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized | 5 comments
By Trillia Newbell
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/.