Joy in One Thousand Gifts

Ann Voskamp’s book, “One Thousand Gifts: a Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are” is everything I expected it to be after having read Ann’s blog, “A Holy Experience” for several months, after viewing this video/trailer and hearing her voice just as I always imagined it would sound.

There are painful words, undressed anguish, aching honesty bared for truth’s sake, all blessed by radiant thankfulness.

“One Thousand Gifts” is a treasure that shows us grace and gives meaning to the scripture, “Pray without ceasing and give thanks in all circumstances.” (I Thess. 5:17-18)

I recommend it to you. It is available through Amazon, DaySpring, Barns & Noble and




“Maybe in those first few years my life slowly opened, curled like cupped hands, a receptacle open to the gifts God gives.

“But of those years, I have no memories. They say memory jolts awake with trauma’s electricity. That would be the year I turned four. The year when blood pooled and my sister died and I, all of us, snapped shut to grace.”


“If I’m ruthlessly honest, I may have said yes to God, yes to Christianity, but really, I have lived the no. I have. Infected by that Eden mouthful, the retina of my soul develops macular holes of blackness. From my own beginning, my sister’s death tears a hole in the canvas of the world.

“Losses do that. One life-loss can infect the whole of a life. Like a rash that wears through our days, our sight becomes peppered with black voids. Now everywhere we look, we only see all that isn’t: holes, lack, deficiency.”