9780310315445_p0_v1_s260x420Reviewed by Poppy Johnson 

One Thousand Gifts Devotional is grace personified in that it offers life lessons of redemption, punctuated by scripture and real life stories of God’s love for his people. The devotionals are more like thoughtful short stories, actually 60 in number, and the book offers lined spaces after the devotionals to fill in reflections, meditations or personal prayers. The giftlettes are over a thousand in number, and offer the reader real peace in prayers and stories. The stories are about grace as seen in the author’s own life, from her childhood memories to her adventures raising her own children.

Ann Voskamp is a farmer’s wife and best-selling author who knows how to see the smallest gift of nature as the most important life lesson. Her devotionals address topics such as grief, anger, blessings, life cycles and benefits of living to our full potential following God’s word daily. Each carefully worded chapter notes a specific aspect of grace, such as: full-blooded grace, this-moment grace, pit grace and breathing grace. The examples of grace come from the author’s personal cache of life experiences which she works in beautifully; purposefully chosen joys are examined in each devotional.

Of course bad things happen to good people and we all have difficult times in our lives, but Voskamp offers guidance and mentors the readers to rise above adversity by choosing to be thoughtful about every experience.

I like the stories where the author surrenders to God’s grace, and is able to abandon all fear. The stories make the reader experience vulnerabilities without fear and the reader will find something in common with the devotionals in each instance.

People today are living in difficult financial times and this book offers hope for anyone wondering what will come next.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Zondervan. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.