Ann Voskamp
About the Author

Ann Voskamp is a farmer's wife, the home-educating mama to a half-dozen exuberant kids, and author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, a New York Times 60 week bestseller. Named by Christianity Today as one of 50 women most shaping culture and the...

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  1. I just read about your book on a friends blog (thanks Jen C) that directed me to your site – which directed me to here – which I already follow on my google home page. Just another circle in life! Looking forward to reading your book – and more – thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Ann, thank you for your beautiful blog, for the laughing, crying, convicting, encouraging words. I received your book yesterday in my mail, I can hardly wait to read it. God bless you on this new segment of your journey, being a published author.

  3. I am so looking forward to the book club!
    The Lord has used you, Ann, to help me draw so much closer to Him.
    I hope you don’t mind..I think you are the closest to a spiritual director that I’ve found so far. I hear Him through your words. Thanks for helping me listen.
    God bless you..Trish

  4. Yeah! A POSITIVE book club – wonderful! Thank you for allowing the Father to use you to encourage SO many!

  5. I hope I may one day travel through your book, Ann, as it sounds like a sweet and stretching journey. Your blog was one of the very first I ever came across as this 48-year-old daughter learned new tricks with a computer 5 years ago….And I’m very glad for it; it has been a community of encouragement for a never-quite-fit-in kind of creature.
    Thank you for the giveaway….
    Blessings to you and your sweet family.
    Lisa H.

  6. Can’t wait to get a hand on your book once it’s awailable a little closer to home, this seems like a good gift to give to my friends as well… (I live in Norway and the shipping from US is just too much to justify buying it right now). But it sounds like a really good book that I would want to read, so thanks for the giveaway. May I be the lucky one 😉

  7. Reading Amazon’s excerpts of your book just floored me. Amazingly real, heart-rending, and inspiring. Congratulations, Ann, for completing this work and thank you for sharing your heart with us all.

  8. My list of people to give this book to is growing! Every page brings another person to mind who would be blessed by your amazing words.

  9. I simply cannot wait to read this book! And what a perfect time of year for me to start…huddled inside with my family, a fire, wool blankets and hot tea…to think about the multitude of blessings the Lord has given to me! Thank you for humbly allowing the Lord to speak thru you, Ann! ~Sue~

  10. I’ve been following the amazon tracking for days waiting for the book to arrive – it should be today and I am wholly on pins and needles. Its been a long time since I”ve been so excited to receive something!

  11. I read the first chapter of this book a few days ago and cannot stop thinking about it! Looking forward to reading the rest of it.

  12. I’d love to win, but alas, I live on the other side of this spinning ball. Postage is astronomical, and I’d likely not receive it anyhow (thievery rampant here). So, should my name pop up, can you please send it to my sister-in-law, instead? Perhaps I can bless her from afar through you. Blessings to you all, for all you do for Him.

  13. I just haven’t yet found the words…you are a blessing, Ann, and on my list of Thanksgivings.

  14. I am eagerly awaiting to receive your book in the mail any day now, so if I were to win one, determining which friend to give my second copy to would be the highlight of my week! Thank you both for the blessing of your words!

  15. my copy showed up this week.

    i read wondering for words to describe words.

    thanks as the other side prayer – i agree.

    i’ve always agreed with you.

    much love,

  16. My copy is due to arrive Tuesday and I am literally chomping at the bit in anticipation. Seriously, my teeth are actually sort of grinding right now! I’m blessed by every blog post, Ann, and I can’t wait to hold your pretty book of words in my hands.

  17. I have never been engaged with a book club before ( aside from Bible studies ) and this is the perfect book to start on! so excited!

  18. I found your blog recently and can’t tell you how it has just touched my heart! I have ordered my book, as well as one for a friend because there’s no way I’ll be lending out my copy! Can’t wait to read it!

  19. I cannot wait to read this book. I am already to #1097 in recording gifts of grace in my life and look forward to 1000s more. Thanks for offering this. There are not enough words to praise Him.

  20. Ordered your book last week. Looking forward to the call from my local bookstore.
    Thanks for the daily inspiration, and pointing us to Jesus.

  21. Already bought my troubled mama a copy….amazed at grace, praying she might be given the same gift. Maybe the book club would encourage too.

  22. Tomorrow IS my day! I read the first 2 chapters Thursday night, and every time I walk in my bedroom, it is beckoning me back again! 🙂

  23. I’m shy to leave more comments but would enjoy sharing this gift basket 🙂
    {just joined ‘s email list}

  24. So appropriate that I did not stumble upon aholyexperience by myself, but was directed there by a dear friend. We share all the good things as we share His life. Thank you for the scratchings in the dark, they light my journey. They call me to Him. What a glorious community!

  25. I have been blessed by your blog for awhile now and eagerly anticipated the release of this book. Today I am bravely with prayers ordering many more copies for those in my life who don’t know the Lord…..thank you.

  26. Thank you for offering this. I am going to go over and check out the new book right now! I love this site~ it is so encouraging, inspiring, and a place to celebrate together our Lord- thanks much

  27. I subscribed to get incourage on my email…. but I already read it almost every day soooo this is just a reminder if I do forget. Thanks.

  28. I’ve followed Ann’s blog for a couple of years now, so her book is on my list of books to read, even though I don’t yet have my hands on a copy. 🙂

  29. I can not wait to get my book…I have recently started reading you blogs and find it hard to wait for the next words to show up. I thank God for you and your open, loving, caring ways of show Jesus to us, in new light. May God continue to bless you and yours and give the words for you to share.

  30. I would love to win this basket. I have been so encouraged by your blog and can’t wait to read and share your book with others!! All for His glory!!

  31. I already have the book, but would love another to give to a friend! I’ve enjoyed Ann’s blog for several years and so far the book is everything I hoped it would be.

  32. Ever since I found her, I’ve started my mornings with Ann’s blog and am still struck by her poignancy and writing style- LOVE it! And SO happy that I can share this book with friends. . . one blessing after another!!!!

  33. I stumbled on your blog a few years ago and it has been a joy to watch and read. Your faith and love of God and your family is very inspiring. I grew up on a farm too and to see your love of the land and how you see God in everything touches my heart. After I read your words I often begin looking and listening better too. I am so excited to read your book.

  34. i have recently started my own gratitude journal and am beginning to understand more the power of daily Praise and Thanks.

  35. I read Holy Experience every day and am renewed by the Spirit of God through your words, Ann, each time:) blessings on you and your household!

  36. I have been so blessed by your writing! Thank you for your God-centered perspective and sharing the way you see the world!

  37. this would be wonderful! I ordered 3 copies from Amazon already – but wanted 4 – one for myself and one for each of my best girlfriends – but the limit on Amazon was 3 so I have to figure out how to get one more copy of the book!

    kathy k.

  38. I’m looking forward to the book club. I’ve never done one on-line before, and I really need this after the year I’ve had!

  39. What a great warm and cozy giveaway! I have been wanting to get your book, but haven’t yet. Hope I win!

  40. One of my goals for 2011 is to read more, read like I used to, and your book in on my list. I am so looking forward to reading it, especially after all the “book talks” I have read about it. Thank you for sharing your spiritual insights.

  41. I have been reading your book for a week now… read, meditate, pray, soak in the words slowly so they stick. Thank you for sharing your humble heart and your hard learned lessons, Ann.

  42. Do you know what grabs my breath, seeing this post? These pictures, the eyes. I’ve never seen so many gentle eyes, such warm real – in one place.

    Beautiful. Just beautiful.

  43. […] Everybody’s Fine on the same day unless you are in the mood to choke back tears. They are giving away one of Ann’s books accompanied by a gift basket full of beautiful gifts for every …. And tomorrow is the first day of the Bloom book club, whether you have your book yet or not, you […]

  44. I have suscribed to

    One of my goals for 2011 is to read more, read like I used to, and your book in on my list. I am so looking forward to reading it, especially after all the “book talks” I have read about it. Thank you for sharing your spiritual insights.

  45. I have subscribed to “A Holy Experience”.

    One of my goals for 2011 is to read more, read like I used to, and your book in on my list. I am so looking forward to reading it, especially after all the “book talks” I have read about it. Thank you for sharing your spiritual insights.

  46. I would absolutely LOVE to win this gift basket…sounds like so much fun! Thank you Ann, and Dayspring, for offering this! Can’t wait for the book club to start!

  47. I can’t wait for my book to come, and I’m already thinking of people to share it with, so I’d love another copy.

  48. I read the first chapter online…. I cannot wait for it to show up here! I love this basket idea. I have list of folks to share it with.

    I want to blog about this. OH I hope i win a basket


  49. I am so excited!! i am alone all day today, thank you dear husband taking care of the eight children!, and am going to dive right in. I have been holding off since Wed. Well, I did read two chapters, but Iam going re-read them! I want to savor and linger. SO looking forward to the bookclub!!

    Relentlessly Pursuing,


  50. I am wanting this book so badly! And if I wasn’t on a complete spending freeze right now, I would already own it. A Holy Experience is my favorite blog – one that I read everyday and draw so much from.. Ann, you have such an encouraging spirit and you help me to daily get on my knees and spend time with the Lord in the quiet. Would love to win a copy! 🙂

  51. I received the book 2 days ago. It is beautifully written and it is life changing. I have never thought of eucharisto and now I think of it all of the time. The fact the Jesus gave thanks the evening before His death–I never thought of that. I have started my 1000 gifts and it is life changing. It changes the way you see things. Praise the Lord for His work through your writing.

  52. I love your blog Ann, and really want a copy of your book! It’s on the top of my book wish list…blessings!

  53. how wonderful to see so many women of faith!! and what a wonderful giveaway! i’m new to Ann’s writing and i’m SO looking forward to getting to know her – and all of the other women participating 😀

  54. Thank you for the chance to enter the warm reads gift basket drawing. I am so thankful for being able to be a part of this community. I am new here and still trying to figure out how to get around, but am so very fulfilled to find a community to support me in my journey back to God and prayer. Ann speaks and writes so beautifully and has brought many tears to my eyes many times while reading how God works in our lives. Daily reading of the in(courage) blog and A Holy Experience on my google reader is such a peaceful time for me and it takes me to a place deep within filled with joy. So, thank you again for being there as I know that this is right where I’m supposed to be, just as I am. Can’t wait to get the book and for tomorrow to tune in for the introduction. Thank you for giving to those who are not able to afford the book and Gods Blessings to you all. “Big Hugs”

  55. I have been anxiously awaiting this book for a couple months now. I can’t wait to get started!

  56. I have the book and I started reading it immediately! I will probably re-read it right after I finish it, just to soak it all in. I now am heading over to Amazon to buy another copy for a friend :o)

  57. incourage helps me stay reminded through the day that there are other women standing in faith with me.

  58. I just love the Bloom book club. Ann’s book is perfect for the start of the year!
    It is so wonderful to be a part of the journey of sisterhood!

  59. SO excited about this giveaway! I just want to reach into the screen and grab it all now and snuggle up! Thank you beautiful (in)courage friends!

  60. Yesterday…I LIVED FULLY! I choose. I see because I look. Oh the years that have slipped away…but the years to come -I will embrace!! Thank you sweet friend! The joy the Lordhas filled you with, now spills to all of us! May He be glorified in all! Much love!!

  61. I am really excited to read this book. 🙂 I’ve been reading Ann’s blog for a couple of years now and I so enjoy reading it!

  62. I preordered your book and was so excited to receive it. I am looking forward to the book club!

  63. What an encouragement your words and this blog have been to me! thank you..thank you! I am looking forward to reading the book with all of these friends!

  64. I cannot wait to get a hold of this book. I have had it in my amazon cart for a month…I need to just commit. 🙂 Thank you, Ann, for all of your beautiful words and how they make me think and thus, change.

  65. My copy of the book is on it’s way… so excited to dig in to it. I read the first chapter online and realized I HAD to read the rest – because your speaking words my heart needs to chew on. THANK YOU for bravely telling your story and pressing your sisters a little closer to HIM.

  66. I haven’t received my copy yet, but I’m so excited! I’m clearing space in my heart and mind for the nuggets within your pages. I’ll be back for the Book Club… thank you for sharing YOUR gifts!

  67. I subscribed to Ann’s blog to receive it in my email. I have loved this blog, It encourages me, challenges me, takes me to HIM. Thanks to Him… thanks to Ann.
    Can’t wait until book club!!!!!

  68. Just got my book yeaterday (and one I ordered for a friend). Stayed up too late reading. And I am wondering- could it really be that Thanksgiving will open the floodgates for me like that? I think it can, but wow- so much to learn myself.

  69. I’d love to obtain a copy of this book… I am a college student studying journalism with not too much money to spend on fun reading, but I have followed Ms. Voskamp’s blog and I love her writing style. It is such an encouragement to me. My life is so very full of gifts– God-fearing friends, a Christian roommate, and the chance at a challenging and deep education, to name the three major ones. From what I’ve read of the first few pages of your book on Amazon, your mission is very similar to one that God has laid on my heart, and one that I try to promote through my blog. We find Christ amid the beautiful ordinary, the everyday gifts that we would otherwise pass by.
    Thank you for spreading light and truth!

  70. Just received the book yesterday but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. I’m sure it will be WONDERFUL!

  71. I can’t tell you how much this book has changed me. I was in a very dark period of discontent and ungratefulness and you, Ann, have woken me and left me shaken. I keep picking up the book…re-reading. I have started my own gratitude journal and it is helping and hopefully I will learn how to be thankful in the *hard eucharisteo*. Thank you with all my heart. I look forward to the book discussion.

  72. I subscribed to Ann’s blog, A Holy Experience!

    Although I actually thought I’d done this months ago and just realized I wasn’t getting email updates. At any rate, I’m a regular reader so it’s all good!! 🙂

  73. I’m watching in awe… this slideshow… this gift. I’m in awe because I almost didn’t send my picture in… I’m not pretty enough… my face isn’t perfect… my picture is simply a snapshot, not professional. Then I watch this slideshow and I see beauty and I see grace and then I see me. So much for this wounded heart to learn. So very much.

    I’m on my second time through One Thousand Gives and will continue to read until I dare to fully live right where I am.

    I’m now counting to a million and a million thanks to Ann!

  74. how wonderful. i long for community and hope to find it in the new town we are moving to this week. i’ll be a (little) farmigirl, too! I’ve been wanting to read this book since before you wrote it! 😉

  75. I am getting your book TODAY! Was thinking about getting on my Kindle but I think I want the ‘real’ thing!

  76. Good Morning Ann, I feel like I already know you as a friend, from reading your blog. It’s like no other I’ve read, almost like you’re letting me into your soul, your mind, your heart.
    I’m still waiting for my books, one for my daughter too, and can’t wait to get started on this journey with you and the rest of our community!

    Stay warm in your farm country, and stay blessed!

  77. I am a new follower to both blogs and really enjoying it. I can’t wait to start this book.

  78. this book is next on the to read list…can’t wait
    been a long time subscriber to aholyexperience via google reader and hop over to incourage at times to be encouraged 🙂

  79. Almost finished reading your beautiful book….already can’t wait to read it again.
    So full of truths and gifts straight from His hand. I already count it among my One
    Thousand Gifts.

  80. I really enjoy your blog, Ann. It’s been such an encouragement to me, and I’m looking forward to reading the book. Thank you!

  81. Dear Ann
    I found your website and have been a regular reader ever since. I love your encouraging words….they speak life into all who read them.

  82. I love your blog. It challenges me to live deeper and a more meaningful life even in the mundane. I am truly thankful.

  83. i LOVE Ann’s blog – it has been a HUGE encouragement when we were overseas and now. I’d love to have a read of her book…. Thank you Ann for sharing so genuinely about the many ways our faithful Father leads you Home.

  84. I have had this book “bookmarked” on my computer for months. Waiting, waiting for it to come out. :).

  85. I am enthusiastically waiting for my book to arrive. Thank you for words like warm, beach house, and cocoa. You so inspire and encourage me. Thank you and God Bless you on this wonderful adventure!

  86. So blessed by the wonderful images and words on this video. Holding my daughter’s hand next to me as I vow to live my life savoring. Savoring everything. Thank you for the words: “Life is not an emergency.” Looking forward to savoring this book!

  87. Please put my name in the hat! 🙂 I haven’t received my copy as of yet, but am anxiously waiting!!! I read the first chapter online & was blown away! You have an amazing gift with words and I thank God for you & your words! 😀 Your words are to be savoured & meditated on and I look forward to etching them on my heart! Thank you Ann Voskamp!

  88. I’ve been reading Ann’s blog for about a year and have been recommending it to others. It’s so exciting to see her words being shared by so many. God is good and richly blesses us.

  89. I am not what you would call an avid reader, but from what I have read about this book…I am putting it at the top of my ‘to read’ list…sounds like exactly what I’ve been looking for.

  90. I’ve heard about 1000 Gifts a couple of times and have seen the beautiful video. I just ordered it from Amazon and can’t wait to read it! It looks like just what I need.

  91. I just read the first page of One Thousand Gifts online at Amazon. Wow! I am hooked…sounds like a “must-read”!

  92. Well, I don’t know anything about this book but I was directed to this page from another blog. I’d love to win a copy of the book. Anything to encourage me in Christ, would be an excellent read.

  93. Thank you so much for a great giveaway! I can’t wait to receive my copy of the book in the mail!

  94. got your book on my kindle (kendal’s kindle!) and read a lot while i had some scary tests run yesterday. loving the book and got a good report from the radiologist!

  95. I’m only through Chapter 4 and already I sense my heart opening and perspective changing. God is aready using your words to reshape me and rid me of non-Eucharisteo. Bless you, Ann!

  96. Looking forward to the book club being in full swing. I am a bit annoyed with our Post Office. My husband went to check to see if it was in yet, they said no, and yet I got an email from Amazon saying the post office had it (time stamped 11 AM)… and they won’t be open again until Monday. 🙁 so… I’m still waiting… waiting… waiting…

  97. Ann, your writings have impacted me greatly; pointed me to Jesus, to Grace, to humility, to charity to what is true, good and beautiful. Encouraged me to *forgive* and realize that I am a sinner saved by Grace

    thank you

  98. I am really looking forward to getting a copy of this book and sharing and discussing it with my sister. I subscribe to “A Holy Experience” and have been really inspired by the words there. Thank you so much.

  99. I have barely started the book and am yearning for a few hours to just curl up in my comfy chair and read. I am also looking forward to participating in the book club. THANKS for being a positive ‘voice in the wilderness’.

  100. i’ve been following your blog for quite some time. thank you so much for your willingness to share the way God works, even in some very personal ways. He uses that willingness in amazing ways. i have been so eager to get my hands on a copy of your book! thank you for the chance to win one!!

  101. Thanks so much for the chance to win! Much of Ann’s writings have had a lasting impact on my life!
    – oh and I subscribe to Holy Experience

  102. Hi, I am so excited about reading this beautiful book! Thanks for this opportunity. I’ve never been involved in a book club before. This is going to be fun! All of you are my new sisters! I am so excited and looking forward to getting to know each of you.

  103. I would love to be the winner:) my friend actually just gave me this book a couple days ago bc of the blog to read it together. So I would love to be able to pay it forward to another dear friend!

  104. Ann,

    So enjoying these precious days with this wonder of a book in my hands and the new life wonder filling my arms.

    Grace is beautiful. Just beautiful.

    And this book….a work of art.

  105. Oh, I soooooo wish I didn’t have to wait for Feb 1 for the book to be available in Canada. Winning it here would be great! 🙂

  106. I have loved your website, Ann, for several years and I would be thrilled to win the gift basket, but would also be thrilled for whoever does win it. It will be a blessing to someone, for sure. Thank you so much for this opportuity.

  107. what an excellent giveaway! I’d be thrilled to win. Those pictures alone inspire me to cozy up and dig in to my favorite reads!

  108. I already subscribe to A Holy Experience too via Google Reader…a daily blessing I anticipate every morning.

  109. This slideshow is BEAUTIFUL!!! All these lovely, beautiful faces, ready to read together!! LOVE IT!! Read the 1st chapter already & absolutely love it & feel it with my heart!! Can’t wait to see the video tomorrow! You rock, Ann, fabulous job!!

  110. I have been counting my blessings. I am on 672 and counting. I am excited to read this book and it is on the list for our church’s book club for next fall. Thankful…

  111. I’ve wanted to say *thank you* for a long time now. You encourage me each day through your blog and through your speaking. I heard you at a Homeschool Conference and still go back to my notes to be refreshed by your words. How beautiful that you do all this for God’s glory!!

  112. I can’t wait to read your book, Ann! I’ve ordered it, but shipping is slow to Russia, where we live! Waiting in anticipation!

  113. I ordered the book in November – and got it this week. I finished it this morning.
    It has given me new focus on everything- the focus I should have. I think that this will be a monthly reread for me. So much to learn. Thank you..

  114. Ann- I’ve followed your blog for about a year now…you are so encouraging, inspiring, and I look forward to reading your book. Thank you for your servant heart!

  115. Just started the book last night…I have been so encouraged already, just as I am every time I read Ann’s blog. The Lord is using you and your words to strengthen and build His kingdom…thank you, thank you for blessing me and so many with your story.

  116. What a wonderful give-away. Could you PLEASE enter me?(of any give-away that I have entered this is the one I would feel so blessed to win.) I do have a copy on order but if I were able I would order one for every woman I know. (so I would use this as a gift of encouragement)
    Your writing has changed me, Ann; really changed me. Thank you.

  117. Ahh. Perfect timing. Husband gone on an all expense paid cruise (ha!! Navy) and it is cold right now in VA! I am planning on reading a book or two or six while he’s gone. Just ordered the book, should get it by Tuesday. I want to get a ton of my friends to join me!! So looking forward to this.

  118. What a wonderful giveaway. Thank you for being so generous with yourself – sharing your heart with us, and throwing in goodies to boot!

  119. I subscribed to both and am leaving my comment. What a wonderful treasure filled giveaway! 🙂

  120. Can’t wait to read the book, and couldn’t agree more that a January weekend spent curled up with a good book (one that warms the soul & lifts the spirit) is a blessing when it occurs!

  121. Tears all over the place watching the book trailer video. What a blessing. Would love to win this basket, but I have my Amazon-ecard (yay, Swagbucks) on its way so I can purchase it otherwise. 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity, and thanks for serving. Blessings!

  122. I am SO excited about this giveaway, thank you for the opportunity! May God bless the winner!

  123. I do subscribe to A Holy Experience~ and when I go there, I don’t want to leave. 🙂

  124. Oh, yes please! Warm is what I’m needing right now, knees knocking for an entirely different reason than shyness (hello, friend!)… it’s cold here! 🙂

    Thank you, so much, kind friend. For everything.

  125. I ordered the book from Amazon as soon as I heard about it. I finally got it and read it cover to cover in one day. I absolutely could not put it down. When I got fibro 4 years ago, I decided that I would not be “fibro” but someone blessed with this condition. Since getting this dumb fibro I have been so blessed….beyond words. My hubby and I have been baptized, we belong to a small country church, my children are being raised in the word…..there are just so many BIG blessings that have happened in the four years. Your book reminds me that I don’t need just big blessings but the small ones are everywhere I look. I am changed because of your book. I am focusing daily on small blessings and it has changed my perception….and I love it. Thank you for your words.

  126. Nearly in tears to join this strong community of souls in a great cry of gratitude! Thank you Lord! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! And thank you Ann, for helping us find our voices, our counting, our creating, our loving, and our receiving. This is the most anticipated book I’ve ever waited for, and I relish over every passage, considering in my heart the Lord’s heart. I am taking my time (I don’t want it to end!), and have already ordered more copies for precious soulful colleagues of mine. Namaste–I praise the Holy One who lives within you:)

  127. You already know I’m a fan and consider you to be one of the most anointed writers of our time…your book and your site have encouraged me and challenged my faith. Thank you once again. 🙂

  128. I follow “A Holy Experience” through Google Reader. Do I also need to sign up for e-mail for the additional entry?

  129. I have been getting daily emails from “A Holy Experience” for some time. A friend recommended Ann’s challenges and encouragement. Thanks!

  130. thank you for this beautiful give away……I read Holy experience faithfully as well as incourage and I have been so blessed by them……


  131. i’m new to this blog – and am excited about reading the book and seeing what God has in store! thank you for the chance to win some lovely items.

  132. When I am thankful, I am most contented. Gratitude should be a constant for those who have been redeemed from the terrible consequences of sin. Too often, I get self centered and lose my contentedness until I begin praising. Blessings!

  133. I wanted to post on A Holy Experience too–(I’ve been receiving the emails for some time now:), but can’t quite figure out where the comments section is….

    Alas, I supposed one comment entry (above) will have to count for all:)

    Thanks again, ~ v

  134. Ann,
    I’ve been anticipating your book release. So excited to start reading it. Your words bring hope, tears and renewal. Thank you for sharing yourself, your life, your words.

  135. I am getting A Holy Corner to my email as well. I am so thankful than Jen A. posted in her blog ( ) about this book and your blog site!! I sort of feel like I have some catching up to do, but my book is scheduled to arrive tomorrow and I can’t wait!!
    Appropriately it will arrive on a Sunday!!

  136. Just discovered you. Your book looks wonderful! Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the opportunity to try and win it!

  137. Would love to win this book, sounds like a great read for my daughter and me both. I will have to order if I don’t win. Thanks for sharing!

  138. Your message is timely for this heart that reels from pain. I am so thankful God has brought you into my life this past year, to show me the path to gratitude. It is just like Him to bring blessing to others through the hurts of your life. Thank you for sharing your heart!

  139. Ann,
    I’ve started a letter to you. To share with you how your words and stories have literally changed my life. Thank you. You have no idea how the Lord has used you to open my eyes and put all the pieces of this great puzzle of life together. My birthday is two weeks away, and I’m hoping I can get a copy of your book then. And then I want to send a copy to my Mom who desperately needs to hear. And to all my other friends who struggle to know how to see through the broken places to the God places!! Thank you for this opportunity!!
    Your friend,
    Brenda Brough

  140. I’m loving every word of this book. I don’t cry over books AT. ALL. but I was crying by chapter 2 when things hit a little close to home with the thoughts that plague. So grateful for inspired writing God uses to shower “grace upon grace” into this weary mother’s heart.

  141. I am so looking forward to reading this. : ) Sounds like something I NEED right now. I’m so happy that I found this. Wish I could remember which blog to thank for directing me here!

  142. You’re in my RSS reader and yours is the first one I read each day. Just discovered your
    blog 2 weeks ago and it is a wonderful blessing. I have shared it with many friends.
    I look forward to your messages which make me think and help me grow.

  143. “A Holy Experience” subscribhankyhanks to my sister, who will be the first recipient of a gift book).

  144. I have heard so many good things about this book and Ann’s blog. I look forward to reading more of the blog, and thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book – especially since it’s not released on yet!

  145. Oooh! Looking at those pictures just makes me want to curl up with a blanket, a book, and a mug of hot something! Thanks for the giveaway! I don’t have your book but plan to get it sometime in the future when I build up enough credit! (or maybe I’ll win it here instead!)

  146. Subscriber to (in)courage. Expecting five books to gift in the mailbox today. Bookmarks with them would be sweet, yes?

  147. I just watched your Video The Wonder of Now, and of course tears are falling down my face. My mother passed away 3 months ago, and yes every moment is a true blessing! Can’t wait to read your book!

  148. This book sounds amazing. I try to tell myself these are fleeting moments, but somtimes I’m to “busy” to enjoy them. Can’t wait to read it. Blessings!


  149. I am really excited that Angie and Jess chose your book for Bloom! I am looking forward to the weekly discussions!

  150. I wonder if there is another way to submit a photo? I used my husband’s FB page but am not even sure I did it right . I tagged it yesterday (Friday) morning. Blessings to all.

  151. It’s wicked cold outside today, so there is nothing more I’d love to do than curl up with Ann’s book and read the day away. Except I don’t want to rush through it! Decisions, decisions 😉

  152. Honestly, I can’t tell in words what this book is doing in my life. You know that excitement of when you first come to know Christ? Well, that is the feeling I am having now and I just don’t want it to fade. Thanking God, a thousand times for sending this message in this book!

  153. Ann, I’m waiting….trying to have patience with those amazon people…i guess they’ve been sending out a lot!! was supposed to get it yesterday and i usually get things before their estimated day…*sigh*

    well, so excited about this book club and doing this book together here, at Bloom (in)courage…

    will be sending a picture when i get the book and get to wash my hair;)

    already subscribe by e-mail to your blog and to (in)courage…

  154. Wow..I haven’t bought the book as yet but it keeps calling my name…I have all the right excuses…ya know lots on my plate…lots of books on the shelf waiting for me to pick them up…yada…yada…yada Still it’s pulling at my heart strings and has my curiosity peaked. THEN you all go and throw in all these goodies in a wonderful giveaway…oh boy I’m in trouble 😉

  155. I read (in)courage by RSS feed. Thanks for this giveaway. I pray they go to the right person and that the book club goes over well. I can’t do the video portion as I live where the internet is not very good.

  156. Ann! I am so excited to get this book. If I win one I know exactly who I am going to give the copy too. I can’t wait to recieve mine and dive in. Thank you for a chance at winning it 🙂

  157. I’ve been counting gifts for 6 weeks now and it’s been an incredible journey already. So excited to read the book and share this experience with a sisterhood of thanks-givers!

  158. Just found this blog somehow, not sure how I didn’t know about it before. So glad I found it. Subscribing to your feed now.

  159. I am looking forward to reading your book, Ann! I’m making plans to give your book as birthday gifts this year. Thank you!

  160. A Holy Experience has been a great encouragement to me. Thank you for offering this beautiful selection of gifts.

  161. Oh Ann, I’m almost finished with your book. It speaks VOLUMES to my heart! I will reread with the community on Bloom I just can’t wait to discuss with others where God is leading us all. New light in this generation where commuinty has seemed to have been lost. Im so thankful to receive your blog and incourage blog posts in my email every morning to focus me on Him and not the ways of this world. Such a blessing you all are!!!

  162. this book is next and on my list to read and I would LOVE to win the giveaway!! Thanks for doing this 🙂

  163. What a wonderful gift! I plan to read this seems-to-be incredible book in April, after b90days. Thanks, Ann and (in)Courage!

  164. I subscribe through email ( to (in)Courage! Love waking up each morning, picking up my phone and reading the daily email!

  165. I subscribed to Ann’s blog through my reader, but just signed up through feedburner. So I now subscribe to it through email (!

  166. Sweet Ann. Oh how the Lord uses your words to undo me. Thank you for this giveaway. I already subscribe to your blog via email and just signed up for in(courage) by email.

  167. I so want to start this book and I want to be able to read it with my sister who lives in Kansas. Please please pick me for this package, I would love to share it with her!

  168. My copy is on the way and I’ve ordered one for a giveaway! I can’t wait to read the book. I adore Ann and am so thankful I was led to her beautiful, encouraging blog a couple of years ago. She has encouraged me so much!

  169. going over to sign-up for Ann’s blog right now! My sister turned me onto her reads, now we get to read her book together!

  170. I have been so blessed by your book in this so hard season of my life. Thank-you for your words that are helping me navigate myself and my children and husband through these tough times. I know God led me to your blog and then to your book. Amazing Grace!!

  171. I am looking forward to reading this book. “A Holy Experience”, and “Incourage”, have been a part of my computer life for about a year. A real book in hand would be a treat, indeed. Here is to hoping!! Angela

  172. Well I was planning to buy the book any day now, so I would love to win this! Thank you so much for your book, Ann… I read the first chapter online and I can’t wait for more.

  173. God used a friend having a baby, my sister’s facebook where I got a glimpse of the baby, a comment on my friend’s wall, a reference to the incourage website, finding the incourage website, finding the book club and so much more there, to me meeting you! It was exactly what I needed and where God wanted me to be to take me to new depths in my love for Him and my living life with/for Him. He is amazing! You may never know that impact God has used you in the lives of so many you have never met or seen. I pray that you will feel the gift of His blessings and encouragement knowing He used your life – something He personalized for you YET allowed to shine through to so many- for His life changing JOY! Thank you for being obedient to share and bring us to a special place that you share with your God!

    I look so forward to reading your book. I received it in the mail last evening and have carried it around wherever I was needed hoping to read a sentence here or there. In the 40 pages I have already read I have been fed with AMAZING NOURISHMENT – thank you!! thank you!!

  174. I’m am so looking forward to the arrival of my book. I have been bugging our local bookseller to check on its journey. I’m also excited to be a part of the bookclub and share, laugh, cry and have fellowship with the other members as we fold this book into our lives and continue to grow closer to Him.

  175. I was so elated to finally get this book in the mail that I have been so looking forward to. I have wept, laughed, sighed, and been encouraged…. And I’m only on chapter 3! Thank you for writing this!

  176. I’ve been following your blog for several years now, and am subscribed to Holy Experience via email. Your writings have been a real inspiration to me! I want very much to buy your book, but having just returned from the mission field, (in Thailand fostering orphans waiting for adoption) and now going to college, I am trying very hard to save pennies where I can. Winning the giveaway would be so lovely!

  177. I have read some of the reviews on this book, and it looks amazing- I am looking forward to reading! Thank you!

  178. I wanted to post a photo of myself with the book –mostly because I wanted the book in my hands, but it was backordered. I was bummed and felt that I was missing out. Then, this morning, I awoke to an email saying the book is on its way. Oh happy day!

  179. Oh, how I wish I already had my copy of the book! Not ’till February they tell me. It’s good to have something to look forward to in the winter I suppose! 🙂 Thank you for your blog Ann – it is helping me through a wintery season of the soul.

  180. I am a follower of HolyExperience but also sent my email address just now to receive by email. Good Stuff!

  181. Would love to win – need a good book to start my New Year off to a fabulous start – well, I am doing #B90days – so that is the best good book I guess, but I hear this is second best! 🙂

  182. I have added InCourage to my subscriptions by email. I have been a follower on Google reader also. Am really looking forward to my book arriving, hopefully it will be here next week 🙂

  183. I am eagerly waiting for my copy to arrive from Amazon. I would love to be entered in the giveaway. I have been a subscribe of Ann’s blog for a while now.

  184. Already reading my e-copy of your book! Can’t wait to be a part of the book club here tomorrow. Ann’s book has already changed the way I look at everything! Thank you, Ann! What an incredible blessing you are!

  185. I’ve been with Ann since, oh, let’s see…. just somewhere under ten years. It’s been a delight every day I’ve had the chance to read her posts. And now a book. Wow. Thank you Ann, for Jesus in you reaching us…. knowing you paid a price, and I thank you.

  186. With 8″ of new snow, a 2 month old, and a wood stove; curling up to read a book sounds wonderful!

  187. I have been following a holy experience for several months now ( by e-mail subscription) . I must say what a life changing experience! There is a new way of looking at things that I have never seen before… THANK YOU! I would love to be included in the giveaway!

  188. God “gifted” me after the death of my daughter to see the beauty in everything. But I am finding this “dare” is opening my eyes to even more beauty and truly helping God heal me. I wake each morning in anticipation of what I might write as my “gift” for the day. And I have to say by thinking of the gift it really does set my day to receive more. Something so easy but yet truly truly healing.
    My greatest joy so far is ordering extra’s of the book to give to some women who I’ve wanted to thank for a year now following my daughter’s death. Thank you Ann for “listening” to God and sharing with us what you “heard.” Does that make sense? 🙂

  189. Just ordered my copy of the book plus one for a friend:-) oh and two other friends ordered copies and we are doing our own bookclub along with you guys!!!! Yeah for good books and good fellowship with sisters!!!

  190. Oh how the Lord blesses us through Ann! I just subscribed to (in)courage by email and then to A Holy Experience. I read A Holy Experience almost everyday! It’s book marked on my computer.

  191. I ordered my book Thursday. I can’t wait to get it! I have invited many friends to read with me. 🙂

  192. Wow! What a great giveaway! My copies are scheduled to arrive today! Can’t wait!!! Blessings to you!!!

  193. A friend just shared your Wednesday post with me after she had read my current blog post. I came to your site today to subscribe by e-mail. So…here I am! Wonderful encouragement and inspirational insight on your blog. I would love to read this book!

  194. I am so blessed and encouraged by your blog, A Holy Experience. I have read out loud to my hubby and 4 children so many times. My husband gave me and our whole family the gift of Living Bread, a beautiful family Bible mounted on a shelf in our kitchen that he now reads to us at meals. Thank you so much for sharing Jesus in you through your beautiful writing.

  195. I am already a subscriber to (in)courage and a holy experience. I look forward to the posts everyday. And I can’t tell you how excited I am to be a part of the book club, reading this fabulous book with my sisters! Than you so much for writing it!

  196. I already subscribe to holy experience, read it as part if my Devo every. Single. Day.
    And might I add WAFFLES to this weekend???

  197. Still waiting ever-so-anxiously for my copy to arrive! My husband pre-ordered it and put it in my stocking and this was my favorite Christmas gift. Upon your encouragement, Ann I will still visit In Courage book club, though I haven’t started reading yet. Blessings!

  198. I keeping checking at the post office and looking for the Fedex man. I can’t wait to receive my book!

  199. Very exited about the book and sharing this experience! This will be my first book with bloom but I’ve been following the group for quite some time. Looking forward to getting some of my face-to-face friends involved as well.

  200. I read the first chapter online. Since I read ” The Sacred Romance,” nothing I’ve read has effected me as deeply as the first chapter of “1000 Gifts.” It shook me to my core, so strongly did I hear the Father’s voice, His heart for me. Thank you, Ann.

  201. What a wonderful gift basket! I already have a copy of the book so if I win the basket I will give a copy to my friend. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  202. This looks incredible! Ann, I remember wishing praying hoping that you’d write a book last year. And now you have! I’m so glad.

    All of your words are poetry, Ann. God spun poetry. You truly have a gift from above. And now that you’ve written this beautiful book, I hope that I will be able to discover the gifts that God has given me in my life…because there are oh so many of them, and they are oh so beautiful!

    Thank you, Ann, for all you do.

  203. I would LOVE to win this gift basket with your book! It’s only been 2 days since I found your blog off of Lysa TerKeurst’s blog and your words have greatly inspired me!

  204. Joining the book club Monday! I don’t need any of the items in the giveaway, but would love to give-it-away to someone else!

  205. My copy arrived yesterday. The cover is so beautiful. But inside……… I can not put it down. Thank you, Ann, for sharing your journey.

  206. I’m only through the third chapter of the book, but it’s already been an amazing journey! I bought 4 additional copies to give to friends and I know they will be blessed too. Thank you for sharing your heart on these pages!

  207. Word’s to live by we receive as a gift from the gift giver to you Ann he has gifted. Thanks for honoring him with the talent he gave to his glory!

  208. Oh, Ann, I thank God for you and for the work you have done for the glory of God and the good of others. Your giveaway post has brought tears to my eyes at the both the generosity as well as those who will be blessed by the baskets. While I would like to win a basket and even finally broke down and subscribed to both feeds, I will be delighted for those who win, regardless if my name is absent from the list. May God be praised, glorified, and thanked through the winners, just as He is by you and so many others here.

  209. I can hardly do anything else but read this book. It is amazing and is changing me with every page.

  210. The book came in the mail yesterday. I am having a hard time reading slowly as to savor every morsel. This will be a “more-than-one-read” book. I am so excited for the book club! Thank you for the chance to be in the giveaway.

  211. Waiting on pins and needles for my copy to arrive … which I will pass on if I win to a friend who is greatly in need of this as well! Thanks for sharing your gift with all of us, Ann!

  212. I just subscribed to (in)courage. I am already a follower over at aholyexperience.

  213. and I subscribe to both via email. I think I was supposed to comment once for incourage via my email subscription and once for A Holy Experience subscription. Please ignore my erroneous post about FB, though I am a friend there as well. Blessings to you all. Done commenting!

  214. Ann with no ‘e’… I have been so blessed by your writing, and am so looking forward to Sunday!
    Love, Sara with no ‘h’ 🙂

  215. A wonderful weekend here for snuggling up and reading. Just came in from the barn where the sows are farrowing….now is the time to sip cocoa and read while we wait for the next round of piglets….thanx Ann for the heart felt post…you shine with the Lords Love!!!

  216. I just ordered your book and should receive it by Tuesday. I’m so excited!! I truly believe God wants me to read this!

  217. I am stalking the mailman, waiting for my book to arrive…can’t wait!!! Your writing is so inspiring!! God bless you, and I hope little Ema is doing better. We need an update!

  218. My weekend started two days ago when your book came in the mail. I am reading it in big chunks but having to stop to live life. I am looking forward to the book club and reading it again and savoring each bite. Thank you Ann, for opening your home and your heart to us. I have followed your blog for about two years I think. I have recommended your book to many friends. Such a wonder. Blessings to you and your family.

  219. I have been very encouraged by Ann on her blog.I ‘m so looking forward to reading her book.Can’t wait to hold it in my hands.I have read the first chapter online,

  220. Yeah! I can comment. I was so hoping that my book would arrive today. Amazon promises that it is on the way. Thanks ever so for the giveaway, what fun.

  221. I already subscribe to your blog and am friends with you on Facebook, so here’s my third entry! I can’t wait to study your book on Bloom. I love Angie Smith and have read her blog for ages!

  222. I love Ann’s blog and InCourage – they’re part of my daily routine : ) My book is in the mail and I was just thinking of someone that I would love to give a copy to. I should have ordered two, but maybe I could win one : ) Thanks for the give away!

  223. I just received your book – can’t wait to start reading. I just started my own 1000 list a few weeks ago and am already feeling a change in my spirit. Thankful for grace.

  224. Love, love, love you, Ann! I have been a subscriber on your blog and daily you inspire me. I have the purchased the book, and have loved every page that I have read. Even when I am not reading it, during the day with my two children, the experience has been very thought provoking! 🙂 Thank you!!

  225. Lovely giveaway 🙂 Thank you Ann~ I look forward to reading your book. (I have it on order from Chapters but would pass a copy on to a dear friend in Australia if I won)

    Ann, your writing has blessed me so very many times and God has used it to encourage me through some tough past few years. Thank you and the Lord’s continued blessing on you.

  226. I ordered your book this morning-and I was thinking– as I clicked my one click Amazon button– that it would be nice to give to a friend. I actually just visited your blog for the first time yesterday-and you caught me–right then. Sometimes, I think I can handle this all on my own–you know–that loving God in my way–then someone steps in and gives me vision–thank you–I needed a little eye opening this weekend…

  227. Ooooh, I received the book yesterday and have started reading, re-reading and highlighting already. I can’t wait to start the book club!

  228. I’m so excited about all of this, Ann – I can hardly wait! May God pour His blessings on you!


  229. I have recently followed you blog and love it. I have also heard so many wonderful things about your new book from my daughter and definitely want a chance to win the book and read it myself.


  230. Thank you so much for this wonderful giveaway!

    Ann, thank you SO much for your blog. Your words speak to my heart in such an amazing way, I can’t even describe it. I seriously want to bookmark so many of your posts so I can read them often and let your words continue to soak into my heart. Thank you for inspiring this mother and wife to be who I’m here to be and do what I’m here to do.

  231. I have been subscribing to A Holy Experience for a while now. I SO look forward to the daily dose of beauty.

  232. Dear Ann,

    Having to admit that I VERY much would love to win this L*O*V*E*L*Y gift package. The timing would be excellent as I am just turning the corner from a 3+week ‘pain flare’.

    HOWEVER, there are 3 ladies who NEED this encouragement much, much, much more. Each has a child dying of a terminal disease, mito. And one has just been told that her unborn 21-week along (in pregnancy) baby will survive only minutes after birth, if he/she doesn’t die in the womb.

    These are raw, tragic lives … BUT God. But God is SO evident in their experiences. After you read a few of even their latest entries, you’ll see what I mean.

    continuing to pray for you,
    and sending my love yet again,

    ~::~ ~::~ Quote of the Note ~::~ ~::~
    And I realized that in His presence is fullness of joy. And it says that joy is the fruit of the spirit….
    When I looked in through the grid of my life for joy,
    for cultivating and planting seeds of love,
    for developing a heart of gratitude,
    for looking for the color and the beauty that God has provided,
    it began helping me to understand that the trials in my life were a part of God’s preparing me to become suited for heaven.
    ~ Sally Clarkson (as quoted by Mike Farris of HSLDA)
    ~::~ ~::~ ~::~ ~::~ ~::~ ~::~ ~::~ ~::~

  233. Blessings in a basket! Oh, Ann, this whole whirlwind…pages flying in the breeze–I just feel so giddy watching it all. I pray for you every day, sweet sister. So proud for you.

  234. ……. and subscribed to (in)Courage. Wish I had known about it earlier. oh well, better late than never … God bless you all.

  235. The book certainly looks interesting!
    And, having spent the whole day in bed reading alone (with a flu), I have to admit that reads together sound much more fun!

  236. I would love to win this! I just broke my favorite mug….for my quiet time. Thanks so much for the chance to win it all! ♥

  237. Just got my copy, ordered several weeks ago – so excited to read it with the book club!

  238. I just signed up to receive (in)courage via email! Thanks for another chance at this lovely giveaway!

  239. Whoops! I pressed ‘submit’ and didn’t include the addresses. Here they are:
    ~::~ God’s plans were for good the entire time even when I couldn’t see my way through the storm. Thank you all for pointing me to the truth that I was missing and for standing beside us through all of this. We are so very, very blessed.
    ~ Kate Estes ~ ::~
    ~::~ Doing my best to trust the Lord with His timing in all of this.
    ~ Clarissa West ~::~
    (this is the mother whose 4y/o and unborn are simultaneously dying)
    ~::~ But knowing that no matter how bad this year may turn out to be, God has prepared something infinitely more joyful and wonderful for us once this life is done, strengthens hope for the future. I know that someday God will make something worthy out of our difficult journey.
    ~ Jessica, This Light Momentary Affliction ~::~

    Thank you for your ‘trusting urgency … to see God work!’ (Gentle Smile) ♥,
    HveHope *-:¦:-
    (source: Pastor Tim Gilmore)

  240. Oh, I am just tickled at the thought of winning such treats. Thank you or the opportunity and thank you for being transparent enough to be used by God.

    Blessings to you!

  241. Thank you, Ann, for sharing your story. I downloaded it before Christmas and devoured it. Now, I’m starting it a second time for a slower read … soaking it in and highlighting parts of it. I’ll be blogging about it – following the book club discussions. Invited several to read it and take the dare with me. One friend has already accepted!

  242. I have subscribed to your blog for a while now (and been reading for about two years I think) – love ya!

  243. I pre-ordered my book back in early December and it is to be here this coming week…can’t wait to be blessed!! I would love to share another copy ( if I win..) with my momma, my 18 yr. old and my sister-in-law….ooooooh I thank you for the chance.. 🙂

  244. I am signed up and receive Ann’s precious messages by email from a Holy Experience…they are such a blessing and challenging…iron sharpens iron…

  245. What an incredible giveaway! I don’t have a copy of the book yet, but I have been looking forward to reading it for awhile now!

  246. Great book so far (like I had any doubt). Ann’s blog has helped me through some dark months and today when it seemed like the dark wouldn’t go away, her book helped there as well. Thank you! Looking forward to the book club.

  247. And hooray I just signed up today to receive (in)courage by email…thanks ladies – one and all!!

  248. Ann! Ann! Ann! I stood in the yard and watched the Big Brown UPS Truck turn the corner up on the highway. “It’s almost here,” my heart quickening its pace. Never have I anticipated a book like this one. Your posts have given, and give more than 1000 gifts to me and I couldn’t be more excited if this were my own publication. You have lighted small fires across the earth as our hearts learn the art of being grateful. YOU are the gift and we all feel we know you because you have read us and told the world what we think.

  249. This is truly one of the most soul speaking books I have read.
    Thank you for sharing your incredible insight and love of Father God with all of us.
    May we all speak our thankfulnesses to Him and others throughout our lives.

  250. Hi Ann!
    I love the website. Thank you so much for sharing so much of yourself! My prayers are with you both and your families. May the LORD continue to bless you and your amazing ministry!
    PS I also signed up for in(courage).

  251. I’m waiting for the book, in fact, for 2 copies so I can share with my dear friend. I hope we can do the Monday n ight series together, and maybe get some more friends to join w