Monday, February 17, 2014


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". 


Morgan said...

Dude. I wish you would leave a short blurb on whether or not I should read these that are on your list ;)

Morgan said...

Dude. I wish you would leave a comment like : read or don't read. That way I know if I, as the comment states, should submerge myself into these books as well.

Linda said...

You should read her latest blog post from the dump/slum in Guatemala where the proceeds from the sales of this book have had a definitive impact. I have to confess I haven't read the book--I have it--but couldn't get past the first couple chapters. Probably due to the timing of when I received the book. But I am really struck lately on how she seems to be a clear conduit of the Holy Spirit to me. Thanks for your review and heres to a life of gratefulness xoxo