Saturday, November 3, 2012

One Thousand Gifts Devotional: Reflections on Finding Everyday Graces

 "One Thousand Gifts Devotional: Reflections on Finding Everyday Graces" 
By Ann Voskamp
(Zondervan, November 2012; ISBN-13: 978-031031445, $14.99)   

Following the success of "One Thousand Gifts," her guide to giving thanks and finding joy in all aspects of life, Ann Voskamp returns with this "One Thousand Gifts Devotional." Follow in her footsteps, and find 'joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama and daily duties.' The 60 devotions in the "One Thousand Gifts Devotional" explore the simple graces and the hard graces we all experience every day of our lives. Each devotion provides a daily Scripture and prayer and invites you to go deeper into the concept of grace explored in her book and on her blog, "One Thousand Gifts" has provided inspiration to many Christians swept up in the chaos of everyday life, and now you have the opportunity to respond with your own list of one thousand gifts.

My Thoughts:
This book is refreshing. It is so true that we easily rush through our day tending to the daily to-do list. We rush from one activity to the next. We barely stop to breath, let alone spend time with our family. And sadly, I think God gets the shortest end of the stick when it comes to giving up a few minutes of our day.

There's no escaping life and the responsibilities we have. But this book gives us a quick opportunity to stop and reflect. The 60 devotions are quick and easy reads. But they are inspiring in such a way that you will find yourself wanting to make a permanent change. You will want to include God in your daily life because of all that He can add to it. You will become more aware and thankful for all the gifts He has given you.

Since reading this book, I have found myself pausing more often to reflect on my life. The good and the bad. I am more aware of God's presence throughout my day and my life. It's a great way to become a little more centered with your faith in a time that is filled with a fast paced life.


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