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Ann Voskamp is a farmer's wife, the home-educating mama to a half-dozen exuberant kids, and author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, a New York Times 60 week bestseller. Named by Christianity Today as one of 50 women most shaping culture and the...

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  1. Ann,
    The ripples continue to spread. Your example of counting blessings now has our home filled with the list-makers. And as we change, the excitement in our hearts naturally testifies to many around us. The Lord has opened so many doors for us to share your testimony by giving away copy after copy of your book. And the responses?? Oh my!! More blessings! And the cycle repeats as those to whom we have given books, give books. So precious. So “thank you, thank you, thank you” for being the start of the ripples. May they continue until they wash over many, many more hearts, awakening them to live fully right where they are.

  2. Oh how we wish to magnify the Light and rest in the beauty of all things–good, bad, great or small.

    What an example in doing just that. Loving the book and the life lessons it brings.

  3. “The house is a mess.”

    Ann, I love how you go back and forth in your normal day, sharing about the everyday normal, and what God is teaching and showing you through/in it. (maybe also because MY house is a mess at the moment, too. )

    karen:)

  4. Oh, these pictures make me so happy! I so wanted to see the pictures you mentioned in the book. Thank you for sharing! I’ve started my own list of 1,000. I was telling my sister-in-law about it, how even the things that normally would be draining and frustrating I’m seeing as gifts. She said, “you’re learning to see the other side of things.” Thank you for showing us the other side of things.

  5. Slowing down to see the minute, embracing the details, swallowing particles … learning to see, closely leaning in on my Father’s shoulder to hear what He hears, gently touching the tiny … He is teaching this one to be still, to know that He is God and He is everything, in all the details. He is not only the sky and the mountains, but in one snowflake that falls from that sky onto that mountain. He is right where I am. He knows every cell of my body and counts them each precious as they provide the workings of this body-temple. I am learning. I am learning.

    As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the LORD surrounds His people From this time forth and forever. Psalm 125:2

    “From this TIME forth and forever.” His time is endlessly alive and I am in this moment with Him. He surrounds me as the mountains surround Jerusalem. He encapsulates me in this minutiae and I am learning to see, hear, love it.

  6. Thank you, Ann. I am so hungry to grasp this grace from God, my Father. And He has His hands out so eager and ready to give it to me. I just am learning, learning, learning. Your words and sharing with the ladies here is so special for me right now. I find that the repetitive yet changing structure of your words, your sentences, keeps me in the midst of these thoughts, the eucharisteo, the grace, the walk. Thank you for, not only allowing God to use you to write this book, but to be the teacher to us. God has given you a beautifully grafted gift from the Vine of Christ.

  7. I remain humbled by His grace, by His gifts. By all the moments of every day when I can say “thank you” to the lover of my soul. And I must add a “thank you” to you, Ann, for seeing what He wanted you to see, in the way He wanted you to see it. And for having the courage to say it out loud, in black and white, and on computer screens. Because, in any sanctuary, there must be heads to nod “yes” and hearts to love along when we meet together to praise and glorify all that is I AM. Ever closer to 1000 —

  8. Wow! I love this….”Me! Changed! Surprised by joy!”

    My nickname by my grandmother growing up with JOY. It seemed to consume me and surround me. In the past two years, the devil has tried….and almost succeeded….in robbing me of this gift from my Father.

    Thank you for your precious reminder of HIS daily little gifts that RESTORE one of His best gifts to me!

  9. I was so encouraged and had some amazing “aha!” moments reading chapters 3 and 4…especially 4. Thank you Ann for sharing! God is using this in my life and I can’t wait to see what He’s going to do!