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Have you guys read this book by Ann Vankamp? One Thousand Gifts has perhaps been one of the most talked about books in Christian and Homeschooling circles this year. It’s one of those books that definitely took me outside of my comfort zone, and still kept me coming back for more. I’m honestly not through with it yet (mostly because a certain someone-who-shall-not-be-named-but-is-10-years-old took off with it, and it took me a LONG time to find it again…) but even so, it’s challenged me to change my thoughts, my habits, to reexamine myself.
So, when I logged on to Twitter today and saw that (in)courage was profiling a FREE 1000 Gifts app… I was excited! I went and checked it out… yep, it’s free!! (I hate paying for apps, I’m cheap like that)… and it’s available for iPhone AND Android. Since I have a ‘Droid, that’s important. (Hate apps that are iPhone only, too.. :P) So, of course, at 8 am over coffee and praise music, I downloaded it and am here writing you a review.
First, it opens with a quote from the book. If you haven’t read it, or seen Mrs. Vonkamp’s blog, A Holy Experience, she has a beautiful, unique, artistic style of writing that is just perfect for quotes that stay with you. Mine was “Do not close your eyes during the bad parts, as those are parts of God’s grace too.” Then, you have the option to share the quote via Facebook, Twitter, email, or SMS. (You do have to authorize the app to whatever account you want it to post to, this only takes a moment.) (**Note…I had to close and restart the app after you sync your accounts, or you still won’t be able to post. When you close the app, you’ll get a new quote when it reopens.)
After the quote, you’ll be taken to a page that lists your gifts. Here is your Gift List, where you list all of the gifts God has given you, to begin your journey in gratitude. You can either put your gifts in in Text form, OR you can take a photo! How cool is that?? Then, you have the option of sharing it with your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, FourSquare, and Flickr accounts, and sending it via email. Very, very cool.
The app is free, and who couldn’t use a little help in the gratefulness to God department? Make sure you pick up Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are ~ an awesome book. Seriously, I can’t begin to tell you how amazing this book is. You can get it in hard copy for $11.30 (which is what I recommend, you’ll want to curl up with this one and a cup of tea) or Kindle for $8.99 (which is what I have, since my book got ruined in a flood). Also available are the One Thousand Gifts Study Guide (in paperback ~ $6.99 or Kindle ~ $6.50), and the One Thousand Gifts Devotional: Reflections on Finding Everyday Graces (paperback ~ $10.27 or Kindle ~ $3.99).