Friday, 28 January 2011

Ann Voskamp - One Thousand Gifts - what a phenomenon!!



For me, it started with Nonna Jennifer-Anne on Facebook, posting links and asking us, “Have you heard of this book?”


She meant this book.  It came out on January 17th - that's eleven days ago.  It's in Amazon's top ten best seller list.  If you get as far as typing "One..." in the search box on Amazon, "One Thousand Gifts" is their second suggestion!  Today it has 170 reviews on Amazon - eleven more than yesterday!!  Whoa!!!

As the days went by I was coming across more and more instances of people talking about Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts. They were not saying, “Jolly good book,” they were saying they will never be the same again because it has transformed them, turned their lives upside down. They couldn’t stop reading, they are buying as many copies as they can afford to give away.

Here's one review, by Katherine Mary Johnson.  Does anyone else get reviews like that??

I must get this book I thought (naturally). It’s published by Zondervan and only just out, so it’s not yet available at a sensible price on UK Amazon. Obviously the thing to do would be to buy it at US Amazon, but while I was just pondering this an email came in from my good friend Julie F. She’s really Julie B, but to me she’s Julie F for Julie Faraway. And she’d written to say: “I am reading a book right now that is literally rocking my world . . . I'm about 1/3 of the way through her One Thousand Gifts and I hope I never recover. Like your books, I will want to read this over and over, and I am not someone who reads books again very often.” And she was offering to send me a copy as a gift! YAY!! So I said “Yes, please!” :0D (I left that bit in about my books – thanks Julie!)

But Julie also asked had I seen Ann Voskamp’s blog A Holy Experience? I had seen it briefly because I read a post on it about Christmas, in December; but I went across and had a proper look at is as a blog rather than just reading a post, if you see what I mean. Oh, my! I am so impressed. Friends, if there are any writers among you reading this and wondering how to navigate your way across the seas of blogging – take this as your compass. Ann Voskamp has everything! Not only are her promotional and design ideas clever – seriously savvy – but the soul behind them is authentic; honest and wise and interesting and beautiful and luminous. You can promote until you’re blue in the face but if all you are is a storefront and the goods are second-rate, people will spot that sooner or later. But Ann Voskamp is the real deal. Her creativity is amazing, her talent is stunning, her way with words is superb. And there’s something else too that what I’ve said so far hasn’t covered – something in my description that leaves her sounding a bit less than she is. There’s Holy Spirit in what she’s doing; it has the touch of grace (one of her favourite words, I think).

And now I have to confess something. I am also a writer – and I work hard at what I do: and boy, when I saw what she is and what she has achieved, did I feel jealous!! Quakers, as you know, never doffed their hats to anybody. In the case of Ann Voskamp, I make an exception. Go, lady! What a phenomenon. And guess what? She’s beautiful as well !



Get that book in the post, Julie F! I am so looking forward to reading it!

25 comments:

Linda said...

I am intrigued. "luminous" sounds interesting. It is late here, school holidays, and I hear the Sound of Music my eldest daughter is watching.

Linda said...

I watched the video on youtube, lovely pictures. It would be a great concept to grasp and something that I am probably nearly at the stage to take in. Thank you. Will read your book first though, can't wait. I am glad it isn't here yet, will be nice to read it when the kids go back on Feb 4.

Julie B. said...

:)

Ember said...

If you look on her blog, Linda, there's a place you can click on to read some of it, and there's a search-inside function up on Amazon. :0)

Ember said...

Just read your second comment Linda - :0) Thank you!

Ember said...

Hi, Julie F x

Leslie said...

My daughter surprised me with a copy of Ann's book. Her writings have never ceased to stir my soul and move me towards a "more holy experience".

Ember said...

:0) Hi Leslie! Yes, what a gift she has! x

Buzzfloyd said...

I couldn't read the review you linked to because it was too intense for me at the moment - it made me want to laugh or be sick.

But I will be interested to hear what you have to say about the book after reading it.

Ganeida said...

Oh dear. My reading list grows longer by the minute!

Linda said...

I found the link, will read it when I have the time, getting ready to take my daughter somewhere. Very challenging reading about the marriage bed, but actually I have only skimmed, so that should be interesting blog reading.

Linda said...

I am with Buzzfloyd. Felt the same. That is how I found the video looking for something else lol.

Ember said...

Buzz you are hilarious and you do me good.

I know what you mean, Ganeida!

Ember said...

Hi Linda - yes, I liked the marriage one. Had issues with what she wrote about Christmas, but she wrote it well nonetheless.

Ember said...

Sorry Linda - just picked up your 2nd comment. The way these come in to me can maake it hard to respond in proper sequence. Review was very emotional wasn't it - lady clearly having a hard time. Aside from that, what impressed me was how powerful and effect the book had on the reader.

Linda said...

It will be interesting to see what I think of everything when I can concentrate on what I am reading.

Linda said...

The start of the chapter really turned me off, would have to be in the mood to read it, did skim it though. It had a similar start in the video which may put people off it too, which was a nice video.

Ember said...

Intrigued... must read. So far I've read only 2 things, both on Ann's blog - the post about Christmas presents, with which I had issues at the deepest level, and the post on marriage, which I thought was inspiring - briliant.

MarilynAnn said...

I'm with Buzzfloyd. ;) Also, I am so stricken with envy I can't form a rational opinion.

I envy her skill with photograpy, and just about everything really. I would have typed this in green if I could.

Although, she drops a fair few hints that all these gifts come at a price. Her life's path has not been strewn with roses.

I find the music at each post very irritating, having to turn it off all the time. Also, not been able to find posts in a date order, although I realise that is not the point of her blog. I think.

I couldn't read the review you linked to you, as there were too many words gushing out. So I went to the book excerpt.

I think I discovered the gratitude thing for myself quite a while ago. Other than getting an insight into the customs of that sort of American community, I'm not sure I want to spend time ploughing through all the words, beautifully crafted though they be.

I have got to a point in life when I feel I want to live my own experiences, and not someone elses.

So I will read my Bible and cook and knit and sew and clean and study and get out in the countryside for myself. While I can.

MarilynAnn said...

Oh, I take that back, I have found archive and tags buttons!

I really must not get sucked into reading it all. I have things to do.

Ember said...

:0) Hi Marilyn x

Linda said...

I am wondering if the successful blog came first, then the book success from the successful blog. The concept still great though and I'm sure it will help a lot of people.

It is not tender graces of the day so much as understanding God's love which is probably the same in some ways. I like Jackina Stark's Tender Grace a novel and I think New Mercies by Sandra Dallas. Though Sandra's other novels are challenging.

Ember said...

The book has just exploded, Linda. I've no doubt the blog will have paved the way, but the book is its own phenomenon and is bringing people to the blog too. I think in a jaded and weary world Ann is speaking words of grace people's souls were hungering for. x

Jackie said...

I SOOOO want this book, and I can't afford it! You have given me an idea though!

Ember said...

You can start on Ann's blog Jackie, by reading the first chapter of the book. And Amazon lets you search inside.