The author, Ann Voskamp (About Ann), is a farmer’s wife with six children. She sees beauty all around her and is a bit of a philosopher, using language and photography as mediums for her message about the power of gratitude and how to connect with God. Her life is messy and chaotic (she actually home schools all of those kids) but somehow, she finds the time to bless others with her writing. As Jesus did with the parables, she simply uses what is at hand in everyday sorts of things, to teach about faith and the practise of giving thanks. She believes an attitude of gratitude is the key to living more fully, having a stronger faith, dealing with suffering, and finding joy and grace. Holy. Ordinary. Amazing Grace.
‘One Thousand Gifts’ is not a daily devotional but can be used as one. I read it in bits and bites over time to let it all digest. Although her examples are down to earth, her lyrical prose is so reflective that at times it becomes difficult to follow, and then wham! she suddenly offers a simple sentence that is so profound it takes my breath away. So if you don’t get parts of it, just keep reading – there are treasures ahead! There’s a reason it was on the New York Times bestseller list for 60 weeks! If you like this book, you can sign up for her blog called ‘A Holy Experience’.