This book refreshes like a clear-running stream through a mossy green forest.

I couldn’t put One Thousand Gifts down – I think I actually fell asleep one night in a chair just because I couldn’t stop drinking in the beauty of her words on every page.  The sub-title is “A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are.”  If you are looking for a book that will both inspire you to live at a higher level while kicking your butt, here it is.  Through simplicity and a soft-spirited gentleness, Ann Voskamp writers from her farmhouse table, while perfectly complementing her words with original photography.

Here’s the Amazon review:

In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God’s gifts. It’s only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, we discover the life we’ve always wanted … a life we can take, give thanks for, and break for others. We come to feel and know the impossible right down in our bones: we are wildly loved — by God. Let Ann’s beautiful, heart-aching stories of the everyday give you a way of seeing that opens your eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of being present to God that makes you deeply happy, and a way of living that is finally fully alive. Come live the best dare of all!  Click here for the link.

Allow yourself time to linger over each word …

can you treat yourself to that this summer?