Ann Voskamp, farm wife and mother of six, recounts simply but beautifully her journey thus far through fear and darkness into the grateful, grace-full life that is the birthright of every child of God. In sharing her own stories of personal tragedy, daily struggles, all-too-human failures, fleeting glimpses of glory, and everyday epiphanies, she illuminates the pathway of transformation from worry to wonder, from a life filled with doubt and stress to the full abundant life in Christ.
What started as a dare from a friend to “list a thousand things I love…to name one thousand blessings,” has grown into a discipline, a lifestyle of thanksgiving. Eucharisteo is the Greek word translated as “gave thanks” in Luke’s account of the Lord’s last supper. The root word of eucharisteo is charis – grace; the derivative of which is chara – joy. The practice of giving thanks, recognizing the grace of each moment, leads to joy.
I deeply appreciate Mrs. Voskamp’s transparency. She shows us her scars, her questions, her difficulties. She is one of us, a fellow-traveler willing to share what she has learned, is learning, along the way.