1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp
READ: Several friends had recommended this book to me because of Ann's style of writing. They felt I'd enjoy her poetic flow. I enjoyed the book, but I must say it wasn't her style that won me. I found it sometimes too flowery and distracting. It was hard to follow what she was even talking about at moments, or why she'd gone there. Over the top almost. [Funny, since I've heard the same complaint about my own style.] However, her content was all too timely. Inside the pretty pastel cover that nearly scared me away, wrapped in all that flowery language, is a woman talking about the reality of death and loss, despair and depression, numbness and carrying on. She gave me some answers no one else seemed to be able to - or said what others weren't willing in a time I was desperate for that truth. When death seems to be always in the back of my mind, if not the forefront, how do I keep living this life? And why? Why marry when I'll lose him anyways? How can I hold on to my parents? My sisters? Why have children when I'll just be abandoning them one day? I'm plagued. And I don't want cheap answers or hugs or pats on the back. About 2/3rds in to the book, I think Ann finally started giving me an answer I could accept. I'm still not sure, but I'm willing to give it a try.
I can't guarantee you'll pick this book up at exactly that right time in your life, nor know how it will affect you as you digest its pink pages. But because it hit me so right (though I admit I took it in doses), I have to mark this one a "read".