About the Author

Ann Voskamp is a farmer's wife, the home-educating mama to a half-dozen exuberant kids, and author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, a New York Times 60 week bestseller. Named by Christianity Today as one of 50 women most shaping culture and the...

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  1. I love this book! Ann writes real things for searching women who are living in the “real” world. I have been so blessed. I received my copy on Saturday and am almost half way through. I’m taking it in. Pondering grace and living thankfully in the everyday. I will go back to this book again and again! Thank you Ann! Many Blessings!

  2. All I can think of right now is standing in the driver’s shoes–the total loss he must have felt and the trauma afterwards of taking a child’s life. He must have relived that day like the parents relived that day. How do each of them recover from that? How would I recover from that if I were the driver? God forgives–Christ assures us of forgiveness over and over again, but how does one forgive themselves? How many years, if ever, does it take?

  3. Just got my copy in the mail yesterday. I am ready… to live fully. I’ve read the first chapter… thanks for being real in this Ann. Looking forward to the insights you share in this.

  4. My heart is overwhelmed with Ann’s words and I am eagerly awaiting the next video and chapters to come!! Thank you so much!

  5. Praising God for creating this beautifully gifted author and photographer. I feel like I know Ann through her words that dance across the floor, that penetrate into the heart, and that wrap around me as her reader. I could be sitting across the table from her at any given moment. She knows grace and knows how to return gratitude to God. I look forward to the Book Club with (in)courage and Ann.

  6. Hi friends, so looking forward to reading and discussing this book with friends. A group of us will be following the Bloom videos on our own and then gathering once a month for four months in my home to discuss. I see that the schedule here has changed a bit since the first post about the discussion. The Bloom Club will be finishing about a month and a half before our face-to-face group does. Will the videos be available here for viewing into May? Thank you….

    • Hi Jennie – so glad to hear that you will be reading this book with us! Yes, the videos will be available on this site forever. 🙂 So, please, feel free to view them at any time.

      • Oh! I am so glad to see this bit of info that the videos will be left up. Our bible stdy group has deceided to read thro the book and follow the book club. I was wondering how the timing would work with videos. Thanks so much for leaving them up long term so we can watch as we get to each chapter. Can not wait to see how God will work. God bless you all for the giving of your time and selves.

  7. Oh, the realness, the longing, the awakening! Your words are speaking such truth! Thank you for your openness, your sharing the hard stuff & the good stuff! I could hardly put your book down, it’s not just your words, but what God is speaking through you!
    Love you for who you are, not just a farmer girl, but a daughter of the King! 🙂

  8. Started reading Ann’s book last night. It has already brought tears to my eyes and awareness in my heart and I am only to page 50. I have so many sticky tabs sticking out of it, it looks like a research book! I can’t wait till the discussions begin and appreciate the ladies who came up with the idea of the book club!

    God bless you all and ~grace~ to everyone!

  9. I’m happy to have discovered Bloom via Ann Voskamp’s website, and I too look forward to reading Ann’s book and viewing the videos. However I am disappointed that Bloom has chosen to launch videos on Sundays. Isn’t part of “blogging in the upside down kingdom” (Ann’s words, not mine) a chance to show the world that we (Christians) are different? When I think about honouring the sabbath day and keeping it holy, I think that abstaining from computer time is one way to do it. I guess I’ll be watching the videos a day later, on Monday.

    • Hi Heather! Thanks so much for your comment.

      On Bloom, Angie and I have always hosted our book videos on Sundays. We prayerfully considered this. Since the books we select are always Christian, we have found that many people find Sundays a wonderful day to ponder the writings of the authors we select. I think many will be blessed by Sunday messages from Ann.

      However, the videos will always be available here on the Bloom page, so you (and others) are welcome to watch and participate on any day.

      We are humbled and honored to have you and many others joining in this community of daring to live fully right where we are.

  10. I’m delighted to read One Thousand Gifts is community here at Bloom. I read the book quickly when I first received it, knowing that I could read more slowly and savor here. Looking forward to it!

        • I too am working on my second read–I must have had my eyes closed the first time around–oh for the things I am seeing this time–am waiting for my hard copy to get here so I can start underlining and dog earing!!
          because He lives–Cindy

  11. I can’t read this book quickly — the quickest I got was one chapter in a night. Just so much to savor. But I can’t wait to have some people to discuss it with. I did order a copy for a friend though… Cannot wait until the 6th which seems so far away and really isn’t. Thanks ladies for putting this together.

  12. Hi! I am thoroughly enjoying Ann’s book. I can hardly read it aloud to my husband without shedding tears. So I quietly read slowly, taking in each page.
    Thank you for hosting a book club!
    I believe Amazon and Barnes and Noble just sold out! Is that true?!
    It’s amazing and wonderful and a blessing !

  13. I just read the first chapter aloud to my husband last night. I realized ( as did he) there were going to be too many things I wNted to shard from this book, so he’s the newest bloom book club member. Hopefully not the only man, though.
    I tend to be a word gobbler, but was able to savor every word moment sharing this profound book together. I woke up this morning and wanted to re-cry my way through the chapter… Again!
    Blessings!

  14. I am loving this book, pre- ordered this last fall and I am getting so much out of it, Thank You Ann for sharing your thoughts and God’s thoughts with us in this way.

  15. This is a question for those running the book club. Is there any way you can summarize the videos for those of us who can’t watch them? I live in a remote part of Kenya and the internet isn’t always very reliable and it is expensive to download things. I would really love to participate in reading this book and the discussions. I am not sure if you plan on only having questions and such in the video or if you can put them in written form here for any others like me who can’t really watch the video? Thanks for considering this!

  16. So glad the first video starts next week! I’ll be getting my copy of the book in the mail this week, so I can join in !

    Exciiiiiiiiitedddd!!

  17. Wow…I don’t even have the book yet;I’ve just listened to and read the posts…wow! The words I’ve read so far ate resonating loudly within my heart…looking forward to the treat of One Thousand Gifts!

  18. I think Ann is incredible the way she weaves words into poetic thoughts all the while bringing thought provoking truths into the light. Can’t wait to hear her thoughts and join in the discussion.

  19. I received my copy of the book last Friday. I couldn’t wait to start reading it. But I’m currently reading “The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta: Mother Teresa Come Be My Light” and it has been so faith filled–I wasn’t sure if I should start another reading at the same time. Well, I ride the bus to work everyday, so I thought I would pack it in my bag, just in case I finished Mother Teresa, it would be waiting for me. Well, the cover picture captured me and I couldn’t wait so Monday morning I started turning the pages on my way to work–on the bus. By the time I reached my destination…my heart was filled and the tears dribbled down my cheeks….I had only read 5 pages. I knew, right then and there, this book was going to change me. I know I’m going to need to buy more highlighters!

    Ann…you’re words jump right into my heart and fill it with God’s grace. Each day it opens my eyes wider and wider. Sometimes I see amazing things and sometimes not so amazing things.

    I thank God for giving you the words and the wisdom to put them into a book!!

  20. I just read the excerpt and can’t wait to receive the book. I was also inspired to purchase the book for a friend who was there for me in a time of desperation. Already Ann’s words speak to me and what I feel at times of struggle. I love the Lord and so desperately want a closer relationship with Him!

  21. I can not put this book down. It has given me such encouragement and a new found appreciation. Before I started reading the book I thought about highlighting the parts that really tug at my heart, and after reading the first chapter I realized that I would go through too many highlighters, and would have to highlight every page of the book! : ) I am enjoying counting my gifts and finding joy and thankfulness even in the mundane and chaotic days! Can’t wait until the discussions start!

  22. In Awe. This book is thought provoking and deep. I am already part way through chapter 6. This book in sincerely hard to put down!
    Thanks Bloom for hosting this book! 🙂

  23. God has already changed my heart through Ann’s blog. I am looking forward to the process continuing through 1000 Gifts! Ann, you are truly gifted we all are benefitting from your gifts! He is using you in a mighty way in women all over!

  24. This will be my first time to join a book club here. Am I understanding correctly that you post the video on the date specified and then those who want to, comment in the comments section whenever they want, so there isn’t really a particular time to tune in? I was concerned that there weren’t any times posted with the dates, but I guess it doesn’t matter, since it’s a pre-recorded video? And will the videos be available indefinitely, or do you only leave them up for a certain period of time?
    Thanks so much for doing this. I can’t wait! 🙂

  25. After a week of thr flu. And thrn an ER visit, the possibility of surgery and a really long drive back home. It was so nice to have something given to me.
    I was so excited I received my boom in the mail. Thank you!! It is truly a blessing

  26. Can’t wait to get my copy…the book sounds like something that will change my life….looking forward to reading it with everyone.

  27. Just sat down and read the first chapter and part of the second. I am so looking forward to reading this entire book and enjoying the videos along with it. Thank you Ann for your wonderful book, and your amazing words. God bless you, your family, your homeschooling, and your ministry.

  28. I got my book yesterday in the mail!! I sat down when the boys went to play and read the first 2 chapters. OMGoodness, I can totally understand where is coming from. I can’t wait for Sunday!!!

  29. Totally excited about this however I don’t see a time that the video will be posted. When does this wonderful book club meeting get under way??? Oh by the way….I got my book last weekend -good grief -I have cried in every chapter and I can’t stop reading it. :o) Can’t wait! Heather

  30. I just got my book TODAY and read the first chapter in one sitting, which I rarely do nowadays. I’m so NOT a crier and I cried while reading it – aloud, which I found was so wonderful. I don’t want to cheat and move on, but I’m REALLY finding it difficult to stop. Hopefully I don’t break down and go on tomorrow!

  31. I stumbled upon Ms Ann Voskamp’s blog recently & was blown away with the gracious gratitude that was expressed throughout the mundane task of washing dishes. I have never been a part of a book club but received “One Thousand Gifts” in the mail this past week & am about to mail a copy to my sister-in-law this week. I tearfully read through the first chapter of Ann’s book and took many deep breaths as I was reminded of the depths that love reaches. Ann, thank you for this GIFT! I hope I can keep up with the group, blogs & videos. I have a precious 8 month old baby boy who has taught me & is teaching me so much about love, grace, joy, laughter & new mercies every morning.

  32. I am really excited to participate in this online book study. What a challenge to live fully right where you are in the day to day things, especially if you have gone through some significant suffering as I have over the last while. But God is faithful and loves us so.

  33. My hubby brought this to my attention and I immediately purchased the book. My mom had breast cancer when I was a little girl and that has colored my life for the last 48 years…both the traumatic and the beautiful. She taught me to cherish the little moments we are given that so many overlook. She passed away thirty years ago when I was busy raising a young daughter of my own. I am now a three-year breast cancer survivor myself. Each and every day, no matter how difficult is a cherished gift for us to enjoy! I love the book and can’t wait to read more, but am pacing myself to make it last longer!

  34. Just watching the video discussing chapter one of “One Thousand Gifts”, gave me so many wonderful truths to think and pray about. I have been through various types of painful valleys over the years, but now that living a life of bitterness is never what I have wanted. I often pray that God would make me more into a woman of grace and when you said Ann, “What does it mean to be full of grace, when life hurts?”, got me thinking more deeply about how does being a woman of grace play out for me in my day to day life. How can I radiate this regardless of the painful situation I might be going through. To truly model that and the love of Christ is truly my hearts desire, but in this, we have to also now that we are deeply loved by God and to believe that His heart is always loving towards us regardless of what is going on in our lives.The more we truly believe this truth, to the depths of our beings, the more we will be able to live out this graciousness in our individual lives.

  35. […] It’s Ann Voskamp’s “1000 Gifts”. From the first page, I was struck through the heart by her writing; it’s beautiful, literary, the work of a poet. Then, I was struck by her own heartbreak, roiling her at such a young age. I don’t want to ruin it for you. You can read an excerpt from the first chapter here. […]

  36. Just downloaded Ann’s book to my Kindle…can’t put it down. “God’s Grace”…Thank you Ann for putting it into perspective. We see one small piece of the puzzle but God sees the whole picture!
    Looking at life through a different lens now…can’t wait to start my “Gratitude Journal”…and I’m only on Chapter 5 of 1000 Gifts.
    Many more days of “blessings” to you…
    Rebecca

  37. Thanks for this trailer, for the words, the music, the images, for what you have decided to share.

    It is all so beautiful.
    Elizabeth
    Quito- Ecuador
    South America