Tuesday, March 15, 2011

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp - Giveaway - 3 winners

Book - One Thousand Gifts - A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by  Ann Voskamp

Publisher - Zondervan

 I've seen bloggers sharing their lists of gifts all over the internet. They are writing about what they are thankful for. I have been fascinated by this but didn't know what it was all about. I've seen Ann's blog, A Holy Experience. It is a beautiful place. Her pictures and style of writing is captivating.  This is the foundation of her new book, One Thousand Gifts.

In the beginning of the book we read about some of her background - what has caused her so much pain.  Her purpose in sharing is to help us understand that she, and all of humanity are broken. We need thankfulness to God in order to heal and become whole. Throughout the book, we read a little of her daily life as if she is thinking while she writes - while she keeps house and cares for the family.  We get a sweet glimpse into her poetic heart.

She describes her list. Somehow, in the story, she has begun a list of things she is thankful for. She says:


"That is the beginning and I smile. I can't believe how I smile. I mean, they are just common things and maybe I don't even know they are gifts really until I write them down and that is really what they look like. Gifts He bestows. This writing it down - it is sort of like. . . unwrapping love."

There are two very important things we need to grasp in our culture. 1. We need to understand that we all suffer in this life, and there is none righteous. 2. We need to depend on God for all things.

Ann does a marvelous job explaining this through her poetic words. I do have to say, however, that some of what she says went way over my head. I had to read this very slowly. Her writing seems to haunt and causes one to think for days.  

There were also portions that I could not grasp - some seemed to remind me of Catholicism and some of it, particularly in the last chapter, was about an intimate love with God that I could not understand.  Overall, however, this is a tremendous book that has captured the attention of many readers. It can transform lives and stop us in our worldly tracks.

One thing I have learned in my own life is how to thank God in the midst of trials. I am not necessarily thanking Him for the actual trials, but for everything.  This distracts me from earthly cares and draws me close to Him for comfort and peace. It is similar to suffering physical pain and you forget to breathe. The breathing helps to calm you. My gratitude to God during painful events helps me to endure and to heal.  I was reminded of this as I read Ann's book. Our thanksgiving and gratefulness is one of the most important lessons we can ever learn.

On the last page of the book, Ann invites her readers to join her at www.onethousandgifts.com
Here you will find "free resources and downloads to help you live fully. . . a place [to]take the dare and give thanks right where we are."

The Giveaway

Would you like a chance to win your very own copy of One Thousand Gifts? I have 3 copies to give away. Each of the three winners will receive one copy of Ann's book.  To enter, all you have to do is leave me a comment telling me something you are thankful for.

For additional Entries:


1. Post about this on Facebook.

2. Post about this on Twitter.

3. Follow me on Twitter.

4. Write a post, linking to this giveaway, on your own Blog. (This is worth 3 entries. Please leave 3 separate comments.)

5. Subscribe in an email to The Legacy of Home.  

6. Become a Public Follower through Google Friend Connect, or let me know if you are already a follower.

7. Choose to "Like" The Legacy of Home on Facebook.

8. Follow Ann Voskamp on Twitter

*Please leave a separate comment for each entry.*


Three random winners we be selected on Thursday, March 31, 2011. (U.S.  Entries only.) If I am unable to reach the winners within 48 hours, alternate winners will be selected. Your entry is only valid if you include a way for me to contact you. 

This contest is closed. The winners are:
Michelle Smith
Julie Breshears
Pebblekeeper ~ Angie


*Disclosure -  I received a copy of this book from the publisher for Review purposes*

To find out more about my commercial breaks, please see my disclosure page.



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148 comments:

Kela said...

I'm thankful that when I wake up each morning, God's mercies are new! There is hope!

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Kela said...

Tweeted!

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Kela said...

I now follow you on Twitter!

Kela said...

I already like ya on FB!

Jennifer said...

I'm thankful for my family---a wonderful husband and 4 beautiful children.

Anonymous said...

I'm so thankful for my family.
Debra
keeperofmyhome@msn.com

Anonymous said...

Shared on FB.
Debra
keeperofmyhome@msn.com

Anonymous said...

Subscribed to your blog email
Debra
keeperofmyhome@msn.com

Anonymous said...

I already like you on FB
Debra
keeperofmyhome@msn.com

Anonymous said...

Following you on Twitter
Debra
keeperofmyhome@msn.com

Anonymous said...

Following Ann on Twitter
Debra
keeperofmyhome@msn.com

Briana said...

I am thankful for my husband and family.

Erin @ Closing Time said...

I am incredibly thankful for my husband and 2 girls.

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Erin @ Closing Time said...

I follow Ann on Twitter @erinclosingtime


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Anonymous said...

I just Tweeted the giveaway
Debra
keeperofmyhome@msn.com

Sweetpeas said...

I'm thankful for my children, they truly are special gifts from God!

Sweetpeas said...

I follow you on GFC

Sweetpeas said...

I follow you on twitter

Sweetpeas said...

I like you on fb

Sweetpeas said...

I follow Ann Voskamp on twitter

Pebblekeeper ~ Angie said...

I am thankful that I have had you for a Crew Mentor this year. I am thankful for a warm fire, a fleece blanket and good book tonight.

nicole said...

I am so very thankful for my 5 wonderful children and my awesome husband.

Our Homeschool Reviews said...

Follow you on twitter

slowandsteadymomma said...

I am so thankful for the 2 wonderful kids God has blessed me with and so very thankful for Jesus Christ in my life.

Our Homeschool Reviews said...

Follow you through GFC

Our Homeschool Reviews said...

Like you on FB

Our Homeschool Reviews said...

Follow Ann on Twitter

Our Homeschool Reviews said...

tweeted

Kathryn said...

I am so thankful for an amazing husband and all my children.

kathrynbaby2004@yahoo.com

Marie said...

I am thankful that my God will NEVER leave me nor forsake me. Even now in the midst of a trial that is much bigger than I, I know He is greater! He's awesome in Power, Love, Mercy, Grace...Praise You Lord, You are so worthy!!! Why did you choose me Lord?? I don't know, but THANK YOU!

Michelle Smith said...

I am most thankful for the Lord, who I know will never leave me nor forsake me. He is good!

Michelle Smith said...

I am following you on Twitter!

Michelle Smith said...

I am a Google Friend follower!

Michelle Smith said...

I like the Legacy of Home on Facebook.

Michelle Smith said...

I now follow Ann Voskamp on Twitter!

Michelle Smith said...

I shared on Facebook.

Michelle Smith said...

I tweeted!

Laura {{* *}} said...

I am grateful for this good day.

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Laura {{* *}} said...

I subscribe to your blog.

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Laura {{* *}} said...

I am a Google Friend follower.

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April E. said...

I am very thankful for the chubby baby sleeping in my arms as I type this comment.

April E. said...

I subscribe to you by email! That's how I read about this giveaway. :D

April E. said...

I am a GFC follower.

April E. said...

I like your blog on facebook. :D

Anonymous said...

I am thankful that 11 months ago today, God did and is doing, a mighty miracle in restoring my marriage and family.

Lori G.

Anonymous said...

I subscribe to your blog via e-mail.

Lori G.

Anonymous said...

I am following Legacy of Home through google friend...

thanks,
Lori G.

Amanda said...

I am thankful for my husband and four kids.

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Amanda said...

I follow you on twitter as
frugalmomto4.

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Amanda said...

I am an e-mail subscriber.

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Amanda said...

I follow on GFC.

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Amanda said...

I like The Legacy of Home on Facebook.

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Amanda said...

I follow Ann Voskamp on twitter as frugalmomto4.

amanda.corley@ymail.com

Amanda said...

I retweeted the giveaway @frugalmomto4.

amanda.corley@ymail.com

Sarah said...

I'm thankful we've finally found a dr who will listen to my daughter and I in regards to her scoliosis treatment, the last dr didn't talk with us or explain anything.

Sarah
SeekingHim at gmail dot com

Sarah said...

posted on FB http://www.facebook.com/sarah.bailey1/posts/185572398154832

Sarah said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/SarahJoBailey/status/48048660369510401

Sarah said...

I'm following Legacy on Twitter as SarahJoBailey

Sarah said...

I sub in an email - that's how I got the news about this! :D

Sarah said...

I'm a public follower on GFC

Sarah said...

I like Legacy on FB

Sarah said...

I follow Ann on Twitter as SarahJoBailey

purple squirrel said...

I am thankful for the ability to homeschool and help my children build their lives on the foundation of God's Grace~ so necessary and shown in so many ways

Kathy said...

I am thankful to be a child of God.

Kathy said...

I subscribe through e-mail.

purple squirrel said...

I posted on Facebook~ :)

purple squirrel said...

I already follow in GfC

purple squirrel said...

I "like" the Legacy of Home on FB

Guiding Light said...

I am thankful for my family.

Guiding Light said...

Posted on FB

Guiding Light said...

New Twitter follower

Guiding Light said...

Tweeted

Guiding Light said...

I already follow via GFC

Guiding Light said...

I already like you on FB

Elle said...

I am thankful for my family. Especially my husband. I am also thankful for my animals...they make me laugh no matter what else is going on.

Lisa B said...

I am so thankful for every day that I get to wake up and see the beautiful faces of my husband and 2 children.

Elle said...

Email subscriber. elleberra at gmail dot com

Elle said...

GFC follower.

Elle said...

Like the Legacy of Home on Facebook. Simple Wyrdings

Janet said...

I am so thankful that Jesus loves me so much deeper than I can ever imagine.

Denise said...

I am thankful for my family who gives me grace when I don't deserve it!

Kristy said...

I am so thankful for the health of my family!

Kristy said...

Email subscriber!

Kristy said...

Follower via google friends!

Lisa said...

I am so very thankful for my 5 healthy children that God has blessed our lives with.

Lisa said...

I subscribe by email.

Lisa said...

I follow with GFC.

Lisa said...

I like Legacy of Home on FB.

Courtney Jean said...

I am thankful for my patient and faithful husband.

Courtney Jean said...

I subscribed to your blog via email.

Courtney Jean said...

I liked you on facebook.

Laura of Harvest Lane said...

After reading today's post, I can see that this would be a thought provoking book. May God use the book to help you become closer to him through thankfulnes....

Laura Lane

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for my home.

Terry tcaplingers@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

I get your email.

Terry tcaplingers@verizon.net

proverbs31heart said...

I've wanted a copy of this book for a while now. Thanks for the opportunity to maybe win one. I posted about this on Facebook.

proverbs31heart said...

Also Twittered it! :)

proverbs31heart said...

And put it on my blog...

http://rebeccashearthandhome-proverbs31heart.blogspot.com/2011/03/giveaway-at-legacy-of-home-one-thousand.html

one...

proverbs31heart said...

...two...

proverbs31heart said...

...three times. :)

proverbs31heart said...

I follow you on Twitter.

proverbs31heart said...

...subscribe by e-mail...

proverbs31heart said...

...am a public follower...

proverbs31heart said...

...and like Legacy of Home on Facebook.

proverbs31heart said...

I also follow Ann on Twitter.

Thanks again for the opportunity. Have a wonderfully blessed day!

Love and (((HUGS))),
~Rebecca

Carla Evans said...

I posted this on facebook!!

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Carla Evans said...

I posted this on Twitter!!

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Carla Evans said...

I follow you on Twitter!!

carlaevans_2000@yahoo.com

Carla Evans said...

I follow Ann Voskamp on Twitter!!

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Carla Evans said...

I "like" The Legacy of Home on facebook!!

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Carla Evans said...

I follow you through google friend connect!!

carlaevans_2000@yahoo.com

Carla Evans said...

I subscribe by email to The Legacy of Home!!

carlaevans_2000@yahoo.com

Carla Evans said...

I put this on my blog:

http://evanshomeschool.blogspot.com/2011/03/legacy-of-home-give-way.html

One entry!!

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Carla Evans said...

Second entry for blog!!

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Carla Evans said...

Third entry for blog!!

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Carla Evans said...

I'm thankful for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and for the freedom to continue to read my Bible in this country!!

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Gina said...

I am thankful for Jesus, my Salvation, the Bible, my Husband and 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren and my Church family.

mama said...

shared the contest on FB

mama said...

linked contest to my blog

Cindy said...

I am thankful for my favorite verse and it's promise:
If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Thank you, Jesus!

clemay62 at rocketmail dot com

Cindy aka Sunshine said...

Every day I am grateful for something new, but today I am grateful with God's patience for me.

cindybazzy@gmail.com

Cindy aka Sunshine said...

I posted about this on Facebook.

Cindy aka Sunshine said...

I posted about this on Twitter.

Cindy aka Sunshine said...

I'm a follower on Twitter.

Cindy aka Sunshine said...

Subscribe via Google Reader.

Cindy aka Sunshine said...

I "Like" The Legacy of Home on FB

Cindy aka Sunshine said...

I am also a follower Ann Voskamp on Twitter.

Julie Breshears said...

I am thankful for an amazing husband and 4 beautiful children that I get to homeschool every day.

kevinbreshears@cox.net

Julie Breshears said...

I am now a follower of your blog!

Julie Breshears said...

I also "like" you on facebook!

kevinbreshears@cox.net

Julie Breshears said...

I now follow Ann Voscamp on Twitter!

kevinbreshears@cox.net

Julie Breshears said...

I now follow you on Twitter!

kevinbreshears@cox.net

Kathy @ Teaching Good Things said...

Posted on Facebook.

Kathy @ Teaching Good Things said...

I am thankful for new clothespins on this windy day. :o)

Kathy @ Teaching Good Things said...

I now follow you on Twitter.

Kathy @ Teaching Good Things said...

I am now following Ann on Twitter!

Kathy @ Teaching Good Things said...

I signed up for e-mail updates.

Lyn said...

I'm so thankful the Lord is faithful.

Lyn said...

Posted a link on facebook.

Lyn said...

I just signed up for your email updates.

Denise said...

Thankful for my family!

stonemedic76@hotmail.com

Denise said...

GFC Follower

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Denise said...
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Ruth said...

I am thankful for God's faithfulness... though the heavens fall. Grace!

Stephanie said...

I am thankful for every breath. I am thankful for a Lord who leaves me in awe, my family and children and His grace that he pours out to me everyday!

Stephanie said...

I shared this wonderful give-away on FB!

Stephanie said...

I like "Legacy" on FB!

jonna said...

I am so thankful for my family and that they're Christians!

Rashel said...

I am thankful I am able to stay at home with my children and to homeschool them. Thank you!
Blessings,
Rashel

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