Monday, February 6, 2012

One Thousand Gifts

One thing I love about blogging. You meet some pretty incredible women.  Women with a lot to say and the talent to say it in a way that makes you think.
I had been intrigued by the book "One Thousand Gifts", from the first time I heard about it. This Christmas I saw it at a really great price and decided to treat myself.  I am glad I did. Ann Voskamp has an unusual writing style. Her words flow like living water and her thoughts pour out and you realize that you are blessed.
I highly recommend this book. It has some quirky moments, and her voice takes some getting used to, but once you do get used to it, you start to see how living a life of gratitude in every day circumstances changes everything.  I will be the first to admit that there have been days that even though I know how small my problems are, I have taken up the mantel of self pity and wrapped myself tightly. I think we are all capable of that aren't we? This book is the cure for self pity. It is,in fact, a call to actively look for the gifts every day. Focusing on the good and being grateful for what we have. Best of all, you can enjoy the gift of Ann's insight daily here.
I recommend this book so highly I'm giving one away. Just leave a comment telling me what you are thankful for today. It doesn't have to be anything big, in fact, it's the little things that make us happiest isn't it?
I'll choose a winner on Feb. 18th.
So tell me, what are you thankful for?


34 comments:

  1. I'm thankful for the beautiful full moon out tonight, God bless!

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  2. I'm thankful for God's grace new every morning.

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  3. I am thankful for God's Word.

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  4. I do want to read this book this year, and am thankful for so much in my life, from the beautiful ocean God made, which I walk along, to my family and friends and so much more!

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  5. I am thankful God got me through a bad spell in 2010 - stroke - had to be shocked back to life a couple of times, so that I can now take care of my Husband who has leukemia and is going through chemo treatments. Have a blessed evening. Madeline

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  6. I am thankful that even in change, He is constant.

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  7. I'm thankful for my dogs, my constant companions and most loyal of friends. I love the cover on that book.
    Brenda

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  8. I'm most thankful for the hard lessons I have experienced in my life because looking back I see how it has made me a much more compassionate and loving person. I'm also thankful for my healthy new granddaughter (1 1/2 weeks old) whom I call Sugar Cookie. I'm thankful for lots of little things ~ even my little dogs kisses!!

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  9. Hi Kathy
    I Love that book and I've given it to several friends too. I am thankful for sweet blogging friends like you!
    Hugs, Rhondi

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  10. There are SO many things to be thankful for!!! Faith, family, blogging friends and sweet puppies!
    Thank you for having this giveaway!
    Deb

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  11. Oooh, without any hesitation I have to say I am grateful for my family the most and especially for my hubby of 50+ years who has stood by me through thick and thin. I cry when I think of us being separated for a "season" but I know we will be together forever. He's my only true love and will be forever.
    xoxo,
    Connie

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  12. I'm thankful that I have clothes for all my family members that I get to wash and dry and put away for them.
    Dressing them all has actually been a really fun thing for me.
    I am judging by the cover the book looks wonderful!

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  13. I am thankful for leaving a grey cloud behind that hovered over me for too long.

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  14. Good evening Kathy,

    So funny that you should be writing this today...I just logged on after having texted my son and his girlfriend this message:

    "Thank you so much for bringing Miss Carmen into our lives...we needed her as much as she needed us"

    I am thankful for our new cat Carmen .

    Janet xox

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  15. i heard about this book last week, its on my list of books to get. So i would love to be entered please.

    I am so grateful for my family and my health. I have poor health, but at the moment i am doing ok :)

    Have a great day xx

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  16. I am thankful for my family a roof over my head and my health. This book sounds interesting!~Patti

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  17. I have been interested in that book too Kathy.

    I am thankful for every little thing in my life that we all let go unnoticed. For example, turning on your kitchen faucet and having clean water. Or flipping a switch and having light, being able to share my thoughts to my friends in blogland, having a comfy bed to sleep in at night, sitting by the fire talking to good friends etc.

    Hugs,
    Penny

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  18. I am thankful for my Christian parents who have been married for 44 years.

    Erin
    eparker@arkwest.com

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  19. I'm thankful for my home especially when so many people don't have one.

    A lot of people are interested in that book. I've seen it talked about on quite a few blogs.

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  20. I've seen this book here and there but have never taken the opportunity to read it but myabe now's the time...if I win, of course! ;)
    Today, I am thankful for the wonderful massage I got to help with my fibromyalgia pain. Should have started getting one a long time ago!

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  21. Dearest Kathy,
    I am so thankful to God our Lord and savior for blessing our grandson with a positive attitude and strength to fight the cancer that has invaded his body.

    This sounds like a book hubby and I need to read. Our family has been through a lot lately!

    God Bless you sweet friend,
    Hugs
    Miss Cherry Heart

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  22. I am thankful that no matter what goes on (good or bad) I am able to take it and use it as a learning tool. Challenges have been many in narrow trail, yet even with all of it, I wouldn't change a thing.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter. I sure would enjoy reading this book.

    Hugs!

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  23. I'm thankful for the fresh beginning the Lord grants us each day, for breathing on my own and being in my right mind....and that's just the start. :-)

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  24. I am most grateful for my family; two daughters and four grandchildren, and that they are healthy.

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  25. I am thankful for God's gift of friendship, He has blessed me richly with true friends.

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  26. I am grateful for special moments and to cherish each one. I am grateful for laughter and it can get you through anything.
    Dottie

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  27. What a beautiful book cover...and I am sure the book is even more beautiful.

    Please don't enter my tiny name in this beautiful giveaway as I have received such nice things from you already and I give my chance to someone else.

    So many things to be thankful for...one is that Mr. Sweet and I are financially able to buy our meds that we need for continued good health. I know there's so many that just can't do it. Altho we don't have much money, God has always seen to it that we have enuf for the things we really need. I am blessed.

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  28. I am thankful for my three daughters--all grown now, each so different, each gives me such joy! Thank you for the chance to win this beautiful book.

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  29. Kathy, please don't enter me in the giveaway because I already have the book. I just wanted to say that I'm thankful today for you and the other fantastic women that I have met through blogging. I was very moved by this book and plan on reading it again. I did have a hard time getting used to her voice but you are right, once you do it all comes together. Have a wonderful weekend!
    Blessings!

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  30. Hi Kathy,
    I have heard about this book, but I haven't read it yet. Thank you for including me in your giveaway and the link to her daily blog.

    I have a few downloadable Valentines on my post today.

    Happy Valentine's Day.

    Karen

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  31. Kathy, this sounds like a wonderful book! If I don't win your copy, I am going to buy one. We all need to be reminded to take a look around and be thankful for what we are blessed with. For me, I wake up and am thankful for being alive and thankful to God for answering my prayers. He is ever so attentive.

    Blessings to you, dear friend.

    Becky
    xo

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  32. I have so many things to be very thankful to God for in my life...but,right now,I am so thankful I happened upon your nice blog and now have a chance at winner this lovely book :) Thanks for the offer....blessings

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  33. I am thankful for the love of my family and friends. God has truly blessed me.

    Debbi

    faustx2@yahoo.com

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  34. Jut discovered your blog. I'm a lurker. Thankful that I am, by the way. This is the motto that I live, give and love by "Take surprise and delight in the little things".

    Diane
    The Library Lady

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