One Thousand Gifts (Ann Voskamp)
In everything, give thanks. How do those four word strike you? As naïve? Infuriating? Impossible? Offensive? For Ann Voskamp, the notion of being able to give thanks was lost between her gnawing anger and deep resentment toward God for his unfair dealings. Having suffered from agoraphobia and anxiety for much of her life, she despaired of finding a joy of her own. Then, a friend dared her to write a list of a thousand blessings. Take on the life-changing discipline of journaling God's gifts—to discover a way of seeing that opens our eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of living that is fully alive, and a way of becoming present to God that brings deep and lasting joy.
Study Guide Book
One Thousand Gifts - Session 1 - Attitude of Gratitude
In Session 1, "Attitude of Gratitude," you will learn how to focus on God's gifts and discover how you can thank God at all times.
One Thousand Gifts, Session 2. Grace in the Moment
A ride in a glass-bottomed boat creates a picture of our lives. When we skim along the surface of life, accelerating and covering great distances quickly, everything below becomes a blur, lost in the darkness of the waters. But when we slow, stop, notice, reflect, and give thanks — it’s right the...
One Thousand Gifts, Session 3. All is Grace
Joy is to find God where one doubts he can be found. All is grace! Are there things in your life that you still can't count as graces from God? Thank God that he can truly help us find beauty in that which seems only ugly in the world's eyes. This is the way of God, his way that he calls his peop...
One Thousand Gifts, Session 4. Trust: The Bridge to Joy
As we journey through this life, at times we need a bridge over the fears, pains, losses, and craziness swirling treacherously around us. God does not promise to remove all struggles and alleviate every roadblock. For Ann, agoraphobia and anxiety have been her obstacles to face. What God does wit...
One Thousand Gifts, Session 5. Empty to Fill
When we receive gifts from God, we have two choices: to hold onto them, or give them away. If we receive grace and joy and give them to others, we are fresh and filled with life—we become more like Christ. When we take and hold onto the good gifts of God and never pour out for others, we become b...