1,000 Gifts Chapters 1 & 2

by adustyframe ~ February 21st, 2011

Here are my notes from Ann Voskamp’s book 1,000 Gifts.

I was blessed to receive a copy of it for free from the generous Dayspring Incourage community and I’m very thankful. If any of you donated for that cause, please know that it’s very appreciated.

I’ve watched the video for chapters 1 and 2 but I’m behind on the others! If you’ve contemplated purchasing this book you should! I have read the entire book and now I’m reading it again and taking notes. I’m not positive that I agree 100% doctrinally on everything she says, but I don’t agree 100% doctrinally with lots of authors I read!

Notes from Chapter 1 (Link to video at the book club)

I like that it’s talking about grace. Grace is a subject I’ve been trying to study more this past year.

What does it mean to live in grace? When you live life raw you wonder can there be a good God? How do I live in joy when my heart is full of hurt?

When I say, “No God I won’t take what you give.” I’m like Adam and Eve in the garden. I accuse Him of stealing what I think is mine–a happy life, unending bliss, health.

The 1st sin ultimately was ungratefulness for what God gave. The want of something else.

Have I said, “yes” to God and Christianity but lived a “no”?

I really liked this quote–“His intent….since He kissed us into being has never been to orchestrate our ruin.”

What if wrote the story and chose a different ending? How do I know what that ending holds? God knows where it leads and what it means.

The holes in our souls/lives are the places we see through to God. We have to choose to let them be the places we see through to Him.

Chapter 2– (link to video at the book club)

Am I going to live full or empty?

Can I choose to see God’s power and awe in my everyday? Or can I only see it if I’m looking at something magnificent or amazing? For those who choose to see, there is wonder in every day.

Jesus gave thanks in His trials–word eucharisteo–root charis (grace)–chara–joy–

Is joy dependent on giving thanks? I would definitely say yes. Joy is a choice to see what God is doing even when life is hard.

Whenever, wherever, whatever–it is possible to have joy.


John 11:41–Jesus gave thanks at the grave of His friend.

1 Corinthians 11:23 He gave thanks on the night he was betrayed

The Communion service is giving thanks for His pain.

Another quote–“Thanksgiving is the evidence of our acceptance of whatever He gives.”

Psalm 50:23 Fullness of your salvation experienced when you express the fullness of your thanks to God every day. Giving thanks is elemental to living the saved life. It’s the “how”.


2 Thoughts Shared to 1,000 Gifts Chapters 1 & 2

  1. Barbara H.

    I just ordered this but haven’t started it yet. I get a little lost in her writing sometimes on her blog but generally am blessed by it. There are probably few authors I agree with 100 % doctrinally, either. 🙂

  2. Robin in New Jersey

    I am on my second read through this book. It is hard to follow at times because of the way she writes. Overall, I would say it is a good book. I just wish she would have included her salvation story. This book is getting so much press and coverage, that if someone who doesn’t know the Lord reads it, they will think that by making this list, and giving thanks, they will saved. I have made notes in all the margins and listened to all the videos, (so far) and have taken some of the things they have said on the videos and written them at the end of the chapters.


    That’s a good point. Maybe that is what was bothering me when I said I didn’t 100% agree.

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