Guest Reviewer: Laurie Borden
Book Review: “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp
Publisher: Zondervan ISBN: 9780310321910
I was first introduced to this author through her blogsite, www.aholyexperience.com. I enjoyed her writings there and was interested to read this book. I would recommend this book for anyone struggling to find joy in the midst of the challenges of life. After being dared by a friend to count one thousand gifts in her life, Ann writes very candidly and poetically about God’s revelation to her that true joy is only found through gratitude. Using her life as a busy farm wife and mother of six, she describes various day-to-day, real-life issues where this revelation was put to the test and still found to be accurate. Scripturally, the book shed new light for me on the connection between thanksgiving and joy. Ann began by describing the original sin in the garden as a sin of ingratitude for what God had freely given and proceeded to explain how Jesus’ life exemplified gratitude in all his decisions, particularly in the celebration of eucharisteo, which we are commanded by Christ to celebrate.
Personally, a great guideline for whether or not I would recommend a book to others is my highlighting. I only highlight lines that strike me as well-said and useful for sharing with others. This book is full of highlights. One of the final lines I highlighted, “Every breath is a battle between grudgery and gratitude and we must keep thanks on the lips so we can sip from the holy grail of joy.”