Tuesday, January 18, 2011

One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp

Does blog fright exist? You know, like stage fright? If so, I have it. The more I read, the more I realize that I can't write. And this realization has produced umpteen blog drafts that remain in the draft category instead of the published category of my blog. Maybe I could write if I had been educated to do so, but I was educated to design the proper size storm drain so that a parking lot doesn't have standing water after a heavy rain. Hey, someone's got to do it.

My problem is that I am deluged by friends who need book recommendations. There simply isn't time amongst the crust cut-offing and storm drain designing that I do to tell my friends about each book I think they should read. Blogging is a necessity of efficiency.

I have another problem. One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp, was released today and it is possibly the best women's book about Christianity every written. I've now read it three times on my phone. There is much hype about it. As I've read the hype, the blogs and the reviews, it all seems trite. None of the hype does this book justice. I'm not going to do it justice here, either.

Ann Voskamp has written a gem of a book in One Thousand Gifts. This is not your typical how-to book on serving with a smile or submitting with a sigh. Ms. Voskamp is a homeschooling mother of six who lives on a farm with her farmer husband. She doesn't tell you that you must homeschool or grind wheat or have 17 children. She doesn't tell you that you must grow your own vegetables or only wear dresses. She doesn't tell you how to raise your kids or how to be a good wife.

What she does do is pour her heart out onto the pages of this book as a broken woman who realizes how to live fully, abundantly, and gloriously in God's grace as she keeps track of one thousand gifts. Her writing is poetic and beautiful. Most importantly, this book is different. It is unlike any other Christian women's book I've read.

It is simple and remarkable. Profound and brilliant. Stunning and accessible. Living in a perpetual state of thankfulness changed her. It could change you, too.


  1. I must argue one of your points, that you believe you aren't a good writer. I say hogwash to that! Your efficient blogging is wonderful in many aspects, try to just have fun with it and know that there are plenty of us who love it.
    Heather Hansen

  2. What is the proper response to Heather? I'll try a couple:

    "Hear! Hear!"


    "Preach it, Sister!"

    Either way, she's dead on! Take it to heart, Staci. We want to hear from someone who knows she is not perfect. Except of course when she tells us that vegan is the way to go... :-)

  3. I'm eagerly awaiting my copy coming in the mail today!!

  4. I can't wait for mine to come in the mail. I've read her blog for quite a while and am blown away by every post I read!