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Simply Books – One Thousand Gifts

Here is my hubby’s impressionistic and textured shot of our tree.  You can’t even tell it is made out of hangers 😉

Merry Christmas!  Somehow my 4th Sunday ‘book club’ landed on Christmas.  I scheduled this post ahead so don’t worry, I am not posting Christmas morning

I love reading.  Writing is starting to come up there too, but nothing quite feels the same as reading.

This month I have read One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp.  I was excited about it because I had read good things on so many blogs about it.

It is hard to put a finger (or a key) to this book.  I was pulled into this book and have cried, laughed, and felt peace.  She is a very different writer and I wasn’t sure what I was going to think of it.  I am a very fact oriented, clear, bullet point, and list loving reader (and writer) and she is the complete opposite.  I felt like I was in english class a few times trying to figure out what the sentence really ment.  My small vocabulary sure didn’t help either.  However, I loved reading this book.  It was a way of leaving behind the ‘to do’s’ and embrace the present.  Many people read novels to escape, but this book was like an escape into the truth.  An alternate reality to how I see my life, but a clearer reality.  There was something so incredibly simple that could be said in so many fewer words, and yet at the same time, something so earth shattering and not fully covered in what she was writing.

The book, really simplified, was about giving thanks for the small things in life that are a gift from God.  I love this and have been trying to look at my life differently in this past year.  In several posts I have talked about being thankful and content with what we have instead of assuming that what we have we deserve, and then if it is taken or if there are gaps, get upset.  Sure, loss of health, life, or other areas of our life are sad and difficult, but what about all the days we have these things?  Each day we have life, friends and family, and everything else we have, is a gift.

Have you read ‘One Thousand Gifts’?  What did you think?  (I will be giving away my copy next Sunday morning right here on my blog)

Read something else this month you would like to share?

My January reading is Hand Wash Cold: Care Instructions for an Ordinary Life by Karen Maezen Miller and The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Ken Robinson (thanks to Carmen who told me about it)

Want to join in?  Read these books, or have something else on your reading list for January?


  1. Oh my goodness, love the “Christmas tree” picture!!!! As for books, you saw my post on fb but I just finished “extremely loud & incredibly close” by Jonathan Safran Foer…highly recommended!!! As soon as I was done reading it I wanted to pick it up & start again. I just saw that they are making it a movie now. So glad I read the book first! Happy reading!

    • Thanks. I am still kicking myself for chickening out on it. Your Facebook post came literally like 2 or 3 days after I had taken it back to the library. I had a blog reader recommend it to me a few months ago and I waited for it to come available at the library for over a month… it just looked so sad.

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