The Husband says I have a tendency to over-sell. If I love something, a food, a movie, a television show or a book I get really excited and go overboard when talking about that certain something. And that certain something can never live up to the hype.
So…I’m gonna try to keep this minimal and personal and simply tell you some facts as well as what this book is doing for me.
First the facts…
A short two weeks after it’s release, the book was in it’s THIRD printing…
About the same time the book made the USA Today’s Bestsellers list…
It’s in the top 20 Bestselling books on Amazon…
Now, what’s this book doing for me?
First…the concept, eucharisteo … grace, thanksgiving, joy. “Is the height of my joy dependent o the depths of my thanks?”
Granted giving thanks isn’t a new concept, but Ann Voskamp is helping open my eyes to the ways in which giving thanks is more than “slapping a sloppy brush of thanksgiving over everything in my life.”
“Life changing gratitude” she says, “does not fasten to a life unless nailed through with one very specific nail at a time…”
And seeing the “very specific” requires me to see life in a different way.
As she says…”the remedy is in the retina.”
Second…she doesn’t shy away from the issue of deep pain. She hits it head on with her heart bleeding onto the page… “What in the world, in a world of certain loss, IS grace?“
So many of us have experienced hurt to the point of questioning: where is God and Ann Voskamp’s questions mirror some of my own. I was relieved to find her honest and up front with those questions and with her fight to find answers.
Third… (although this would have been first if the message wasn’t so completely life changing)…
I’m a visual person and my mind filled with images drawn simply by her beautiful words.
Ann Voskamp is one of the best writers I’ve ever read. Ever.
One more thing…the concept of echaristeo is changing how I see things. For me, a chronically negative and relatively dark person, this is akin to being blind and finding out that all along there was a cure for my blindness. Awestruck with the discovery I’m determined not to lose this cure.
I’d love to hear what you think if you’ve read the book. If you haven’t read it yet I can’t think of a book (besides the Bible) that I’d recommend more.
ps…I read through the book slowly, underlining and journaling pages and pages of those things from the book that I don’t want to lose. I rarely read a book and then listen to the same book on my iPod, I’ve only done it twice before. Once with Crazy Love by Frances Chan and then with A Thousand Miles in a Million Years by Don Miller. Today I downloaded the audio-book from Audible so I could listen to One Thousand Gifts hoping to help seal the lessons I’m learning.
I’d like to talk more about this in the coming weeks. If you plan to read it let me know.
Love to each of you…