It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…so it’s time for a book giveaway of Ann Voskamp’s beautiful book One Thousand Gifts this week on the blog!

Believe it or not, I just finished this book which has taken so many readers on a journey of Eucharisteo…thanksgiving, grace, joy.  I’m better for joining in.

I must admit however that I’m a practical, not normally poetic gal, so at times, Ann’s writing was too lyrical and I felt like I was muddling through.

(Please forgive me for this if you are an artistic soul…)

BUT…for me, the muddling was worth it because there were so many beautifully written insights waiting to be mined in the words.  (Ooh, that almost sound poetic didn’t it?)

Here’s an excerpt I particularly like.  Perhaps you can identify especially this Christmas season because you are struggling when you know you ought to be making merry.

This living a lifestyle of intentional gratitude became an unintentional test in the trustworthiness of God – an in counting blessings I stumbled upon the way out of fear.

Can God be counted on?  Count blessings and find out how many of His bridges have already held.

Had I not trusted all these years because I had not counted?

I glance back in the mirror to the concrete bridge, the one I’ve boldly driven straight across without second thought, and I see truth reflecting back at me:  Every time fear freezes and worry writhes, every time I surrender to stress, aren’t I advertising the unreliability of God?  That I really don’t believe?  But if I’m grateful to the Bridge Builder for the crossing of a million strong bridges, thankful for a million faithful moments, my life speaks my beliefs and I trust Him again.

I fearlessly cross the next bridge.

– excerpt from One Thousand Gifts, page 151

 If you would like to win a copy of Ann Voskamp’s beautiful One Thousand Gifts, simply leave a comment with one thing you are grateful for this Christmas season.  A winner will be chosen Monday, December 23. 


Arlene Pellicane

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