I used to fly through books. One in a couple hours or, at the very least, in a weekend. I remember those days. I even indulged myself in one of those marathon weekends while we were camping this summer. I felt guilty. I buried my head in my book every chance I got. It was a murder mystery. Not at all uplifting but it was compelling enough to help me engage in something as I began a spiral back into the postpartum depression. That book might have been one of the few things to help keep me from a second hospitalization.
Most of the time, books take me forever to get through now. Kids don’t really like to let you sit and read and not pay attention to them. And I’m too tired to read after they go to bed. My choices are read, blog or run. Right now the blogging or running get chosen most often. I’m not as grumpy about being interrupted when blogging as I am when interrupted by reading, and the mind clearing I get from running is priceless.
But I digress. I have been slugging my way through One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. On the surface, it’s premise seems like a light read, but it is anything but. Ann walks the reader through her journey to see every day things worthy of praise and thanks, from the simple, the colors in a soap bubble, and the hard, the death of a child. As we run toward the moon in abandon, or we talk our child through the anger in their heart. As our thanks in all as worship and obedience to the Lord.
Her book is worth the work it is to read, but don’t be lulled into thinking making a truly meaningful list of 1000 things to be thankful for is an easy read or task.
You can get your own copy here
|One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
By Ann Voskamp / Zondervan
Drawing heartbreaking beauty out of the simplest of details, Ann Voskamp invites you into her grace-bathed life of farming, parenting, and writing—and deeper still into your own life. Here you will discover a way of seeing that opens your eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of living that is fully alive, and a way of becoming present to God that brings you deep and lasting joy.
Join me tomorrow as I continue my thankful list.Survive til you Thrive!