This month we took on Anne Voskamp’s wildly popular 1000 Gifts as our personal journey companion. It is a difficult one to categorize. Is it a spiritual read–or an intellectual one? Is it a general personal growth reference–or simply a personal account. Maybe, it is none of those things yet all of them at once. 1000 Gifts forces you to look at your life in all its complexity and admit that you are missing some of the greatest miracles that are right in front of you. It is a call to a deeper relationship with your Creator and a greater appreciation for all the beauty that surrounds you.
As Kelly said, this is a book that can be taken one paragraph, one line, at a time for reflection. It is like a rich dessert.
This book was a challenge for me–not because of the content.
What was said was profound. How it was delivered was my undoing. The style in which the book is crafted is more poetry than prose. Within every dressed up story telling was a nugget of pure goodness. This book is quotable and profound if you take the time to work through it. 1000 Gifts requires quiet and time to reflect and understand, not simply to act upon. If this were a take-action book, the content could be summed up in one key truth: Be grateful, no matter what. It is the journey through thought and time that Anne takes you on that really fleshes our that truth. Her challenges are relatable.
Suffering and joy are intricately woven into the tapestry of life. Gratitude is the seamstress that knits them both together.
What are you grateful for today?
How do you remain grateful even when you are suffering?
Start a gratitude journal. Everyday, write down a few things for which you are grateful. Don’t repeat. You will be amazed at how many blessings are pouring out around you each day.