Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Be the Gift By Ann Voskamp

Be the Gift

By Ann Voskamp 

Be the Gift, by New York Times–bestselling author Ann Voskamp, will challenge and encourage you to listen to God and look for opportunities to be His gift to others.
The idea that even in the depths of our own brokenness God can use each of us to be a gift to someone else is powerful—that He makes each of us enough to give to someone else. Just as powerful is the realization that in becoming God’s gifts to others, our lives become more abundant: “Maybe the only abundant way forward is always to give forward.” Ideas this powerful need to be put into action.
Live out the messages in Ann’s bestselling books, The Broken Way and One Thousand Gifts, with Be the Gift, a practical guide that takes you through each day of the year with ways to bless those around you.
Featuring selections from The Broken Way and Ann’s blog, beautifully designed quotations, inspirational verses, and Ann’s signature photography, this gorgeous book will be an incredible gift to any loved one. It also includes pages of perforated gift tags in the back to include with a meal dropped off for an ailing friend or a pie baked for a friendly neighbor or even passed to a friend with a much-loved book.
My Thoughts:
"Be The Gift" by Ann Voskamp has the most gorgeous photos as you move forward in being the gift of compassion over the next 60 days with living in intentionality in being available to those who are broken and hurting. All of us are broken in some way, but when we can give to others, we are able to receive life giving joy and that is exactly what this book will challenge you to do on a daily basis. Included in this book are gift tags to attach to your GIFTS, places for you to journal as you experience gift giving moments with God. What I love about "Be the Gift," is how purposeful and intentional Ann was in living out what it means to help other people in small and big ways. Whether that means leaving dollar up and down the aisle at the dollar store or reaching out to the broken widow. This book will profoundly impact the way you do life, love others and show compassion. 

This book doesn't feel like a traditional book, but it is a hardcover and can be read as a daily devotional. It has a beautiful bookmarker attached. I have already found myself journaling in several of the pages as well. It is truly one of a kind and would make a great birthday or Christmas gift.  I give this book 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required.

About the Author:

Ann Voskamp's a farmer's wife, mama to 6 kids, & author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are (Zondervan). Everyday, she takes the wild dare. Right in the midst of her own and gritty grace-filled life. When the kids and the washing machine sleep, she washes her real dirt down with words and The Word. Some of her words find themselves in an award-winning series for curious kids, A Childs Geography, of which all profits are donated to Compassion. Other words can be found at Laity Lodge's High Calling where she serves as a contributing editor and other words advocate for the poor as she is a blogger traveling with Compassion. The only words that really matter are the ones she lives. This convicts her. She has a background in education from York University and the University of Waterloo, home educates their six farm kids, and makes a mess of things every day. She clings to grace. She's more of a rare peeper than a regular tweeter, but everyday in the fringe hours, early and late, she blogs about the mess and the grace and the everyday wonder at a Holy Experience. 

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