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About Ann Voskamp
New York Times bestselling author Ann Voskamp knows what it’s like to experience deep, soul-rattling loss. The kind of loss that grips the heart and makes one clench their fist – and feel in the dark for the heart of God.
In One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are (Zondervan, January 2011), Ann recalls losing her younger sister and recounts the deep scars it etched in her heart and those of her family. She reflects on the loss of her two infant nephews and how she wished she could write the story differently.
But, when a friend challenged her, Ann took on a dare: name one thousand blessings. Not of gifts she wanted, but gifts she already has. “It’s not like I thought this is the carving, the flying, the healing of my wounds,” says Ann, a busy mother of six. “Sometimes you don’t know when you’re taking the first step through a door until you’re already inside.”
In her new gift book, Selections from One Thousand Gifts: Finding Joy in What Really Matters (Zondervan, March 2012), Ann deeply considers how the act of giving gratitude in the everyday moments adds up to a fulfilled life. Original photos from Ann's own personal life in the countryside are featured alongside her powerful, poetical prose. Ann is the wife of a farmer, the home-educating mother to a half-dozen kids and a storyteller who keeps a camera shutter close. Featured on the “TODAY” show, Ann is a columnist with DaySpring, a contributing
editor to Laity Lodge’s The High Calling, and has contributed to WORLD magazine, The Huffington Post and Christianity Today.
When not writing about gritty grace and a magnificent God at her daily online journal, www.aholyexperience.com, or serving her exuberant household, Ann partners with Compassion International as a global advocate for needy children around the world, and God has made a way for proceeds from One Thousand Gifts to build an educational center to serve hundreds of children living in the Guatemala City dump through this partnership with Compassion. “Not only are we called to give thanks for the gifts – but to actually become a gift, this is the greatest gift God offers us – to be bread broken and given,” Ann offers.
With an educational background in psychology and education from York University and the University of Waterloo, Ann and her husband are famers in the southwestern countryside of Ontario, Canada, raising their six kid, crops of corn and the roof in praise. For more information, please visit <a href="http://www.onethousandgifts.com" target"_blank"www.onethousandgifts.com.
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