One Thousand Gifts Review & Giveaway

One Thousand Gifts

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One Thousand Gifts – Book Review

Envision this scenario:

You are four years old. Through the side window of your home, you see your parents hold the crumpled body of your younger sister in their arms, even as your mother cradles her three-week old daughter against her breast. No matter how many years pass, you cannot erase the image of your sister’s small, frail body crushed beneath the load of a delivery truck – nor can you drown out your mother’s screams, or the sobbing of the truck driver who did not see her as she toddled after a cat, or the look in your father’s eyes.

If this were your story – what would your life be like?

If this were your sister, your family, your beginnings – would you ever overcome your past?

Here is what Ann says about her loss:

From my own beginning, my sister’s death tears a hole in the canvas of the world.

Losses do that. One life-loss can infect the whole of a life. Like a rash that wars through our days, our sight becomes peppered with black voids. Now, everywhere we look, we only see all that isn’t: holes, lack, deficiency.

I”m sure a lot of us can relate to that!

Fortunately, Ann’s story does not end there.

One Thousand Gifts – A Dare To Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp tells the inspiring story of Ann’s journey through grief – and through life. In her best-selling book, Ann shares how she moved from a life filled with anger and bitterness to a life filled with overwhelming gratitude and joy.

How does one move from a place of emptiness to a place of abundance? How does one transform their life?

For Ann, it all began with a dare.

It was a dare, like a love dare of sorts, and I take it one clear November morning, not at all unlike that long ago November morning that her blood soaked the ground and I can never forget. It is the beginning of list season. Lists of holiday menus, lists of handmade projects, list of have-to-buys. They’re scattered and stacked across the counter, around my desk, when a friend’s dashed-off digital line blinks up on my screen. She dares me, and I don’t even blink. Could I write a list of a thousand things I love? I read her line again. As in, begin another list? To name one thousand blessings – one thousand gifts – is that what she means?

Are you ready to live with more intentionality than you ever dreamed possible?

Are you ready to accept the challenge to count your blessings and thank God for all of the gifts he has given you?

Do you dare?

Reading One Thousand Gifts is one of the best presents you can give yourself – or someone you love! Ann’s book is filled with poetic prose and insights that speak to the heart and make one’s spirit soar.

Treat yourself to this beautiful book – or enter my giveaway for a chance to win!

About Ann Voskamp

Ann Voskamp

Ann Voskamp is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. She is also the wife of a farmer, the home-educating mother to a half-dozen kids and a storyteller who keeps a camera shutter close. Ann writes about gritty grace and a magnificent God at A Holy Experience.

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Be sure to check out my review of Selections From One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp as well!

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One Thousand Gifts – Book Giveaway

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Would you like the chance to win a copy of One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp? Thanks to my friends at Shelton Interactive, I’m delighted to offer one of my US/Canadian Create With Joy readers the opportunity to win a copy of this very special book!

To enter, complete the Required Entry and then any Bonus Entries you desire. Please leave a SEPARATE COMMENT on this blog post for each entry you submit. Include your Name, E-Mail and any requested data so that I can verify your entries and contact you in the event that you win!

1. Required Entry: Please follow Create With Joy through one or more of the methods on my sidebar, then leave a comment letting me know how you follow and what interests you most about this book!

2. Bonus Entry(s): Share this giveaway on your blog and/or favorite social media platforms. Receive 1 bonus entry with each verifiable link you submit.

Please spread the word on Twitter – you can tweet three times a day and receive 1 entry per verified tweet!

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Additional Information

This giveaway closes on Friday, June 7, 2013 at Midnight EST. The winner will be chosen using a random number generator. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. If the winning entry does not comply with all conditions set forth in the entry, another entry will be drawn. The winner will be contacted via e-mail and have 24 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.

This giveaway is open to all Create With Joy followers, ages 18 and over, who reside in the US/Canada. No purchase is necessary. Void where prohibited by law. All decisions by Create With Joy are final. By submitting an entry, you are indicating that you have read and agree to these Official Rules.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Shelton Interactive to review. I was not compensated or required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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43 Responses to “One Thousand Gifts Review & Giveaway”

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  1. Paula @Call Me PMc
    Twitter: Paula_CallMePMc

    Thanks for linking up to #socialsunday at Call Me PMc ~Paula

  2. I have this lovely book which is such a blessing – I do not want to be a part of the giveaway, but am leaving a note to recommend Ann’s book 🙂

  3. Bev says:

    I so enjoy Anne’s blog and altho I have not read her book, I have been keeping my own 1000 gifts list. It really does help.
    I follow you several ways – and am so glad I do!

  4. toughcookiemommy says:

    Thanks so much for linking up with us this past week for the Monday Mingle at Tough Cookie Mommy. I would love to connect on Facebook too

  5. Melissa
    Twitter: RecentBooks

    I follow you by email and with Bloglovin. This book sounds really inspiring,… How she deals with anger and bitterness and changes her life to a life filled with overwhelming gratitude and joy.

  6. LuAnn Braley says:

    I follow you everywhere (at least I’m pretty sure, unless you have added something new recently). :O)

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thanks so much LuAnn – you are a gem!

      Thanks for entering this giveaway. One Thousand Gifts is an amazing book, and I’m thrilled to have a chance to offer it to one of my faithful readers! 🙂

  7. enthusiasticallydawn
    Twitter: breathoffaith

    This is a great book and I have read and own a copy already. I will be reviewing one of the other books (selections or journal) soon! Your reviews are so excellent, Ramona! Thanks for inspiring through your writing and sharing! You are a blessing. Off to check out the other review. 😉 It’s like we are on similar paths, yet I cannot keep up with your reading speed my friend! lol.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thanks so much for the nice complement, Dawn. I put a lot of time and effort into my reviews, so your kind words really mean a lot!

      The journal is on my wish list. I have (and have reviewed) Selections and it is a GORGEOUS book!

      I enjoy your reviews too. Have a wonderful week!

  8. what a lovely giveaway I am a follower G+, FB & on twitter too. thanks for the chance & hosting your link parties theresa @

  9. Georgia Beckman
    Twitter: georgiabeckman1

    I follow you on FB, Twitter, Bloglovin’, email, Pinterest & g+. My jaw literally dropped open after reading the first few lines of your review. I stopped & started over, reading more slowly & intently to grasp the situation. Someone that can overcome this tragic life event surely has words to encourage the rest of us through whatever valleys we may be crossing through.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Georgia, I was stunned when I started reading this book – both by the circumstances that she was writing about and the poetically eloquence of her writing. Her writing, to me is breathtaking, beautiful, and haunting. One Thousand Gifts is truly an amazing book. Best of luck to you – you will want to read this either way! 🙂

  10. Georgia Beckman
    Twitter: georgiabeckman1

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  12. Donna McBroom-Theriot
    Twitter: MyBookofStoru

    I follow on facebook and GFC.

  13. Emma says:

    I follow you by email .One Thousand Gifts sounds wonderful . Have a great week!

  14. Rosey says:

    Living intentionally is such a great foundation to step off of, I really like the idea of it. That’s good stuff. 🙂

  15. beachbrights says:

    Ok…you have my interest with your review. This story sounds heart wrenching & full of grace…all at the same time. Thanks for the giveaway & linking to Cym’s Party.

  16. Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories
    Twitter: momsvictories

    Thanks for the chance to win. I think treasuring the gifts we’ve been given everyday is something I strive to do personally which started me blogging in the first place, to focus on my small victories. I deal with a chronic illness and have suffered the loss of a child. They both come to haunt me at times and it helps to read how others have dealt with the heartbreak and difficult times.

    I follow via email, FB, Twitter, G+, Pinterest and Klout and also tweeted about the giveaway.

  17. Narathip Wall.
    Twitter: Canada_deal

    I followed you via Google plus under the name Sharon price. (Please follow me back. I will be really appreciate it.)

  18. Narathip Wall.
    Twitter: Canada_deal

    Followed you on facebook under the name Narathip Wall.

    I like that she shares how she moved from a life filled with anger and bitterness to a life filled with overwhelming gratitude and joy.

  19. Elizabeth s
    Twitter: Pltmarket

    I follow on google+ 🙂

  20. Patsy
    Twitter: Patsypat

    Such a beautiful book which has inspired so many. I bought a kindle version and I live in the Philippines and so am not included in this giveaway, but I am just so enthusiastic about this beautifully written book. Whoever wins it will be blessed! Patsy

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I’m glad you had a chance to read this Patsy – it is such a wonderful book!

      I always feel bad when I am unable to open giveaways to all of my readers but when there is a restriction it is by the sponsor’s request.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this beautiful book! 🙂

  21. Tallulah A. Scribbles
    Twitter: madhoydenish

    I follow on Google+

    Tallulah A. Scribbles

  22. Melanie ~ says:

    I LOVE this book!!! What a great giveaway (and please don’t enter me because I actually have it, so I would not want to rob another person of the blessing). This is such a great giveaway. Thank you for linking up at “Friday Favorites”!


  23. Cathy
    Twitter: ThoughtsonBooks

    I haven’t read this one yet, but have heard so many great things about it. Thanks for sharing.

    I’m visiting from the ‘Cozy Reading’ blog hop. 🙂


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