While much energy in the Christian blogosphere is currently devoted to that other book that’s causing so much discussion, another book is making waves in a quieter, more gentle way. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp has been doing so well at retail, that I’m taking the rare step of featuring the book before actually receiving my own review copy. The reason is that you can win one of three copies just for leaving a comment today. (See today’s other blog post for details.)
First, you might want to get to know Ann’s website, A Holy Experience. Make sure your speakers are turned on, as music plays underneath. Or maybe not. I read one reviewer who valued Ann’s words so much, readers were advised to make sure their speakers were turned off! I guess we each process things differently.
Second, read Ann’s story. Some of you have blogs of your own and you’ve had that experience of creating an “about” page where you try to sum up your life journey in a few words for people who you’ve never met. If not, open a word processing program or open a blank e-mail and take about fifteen minutes to craft your own personal “about” page. (If you like the result, that can be the comment you post here!)
Finally, watch and listen to an excerpt from the book in this video.
I realize not all of you are into poetry, but consider the following:
- The Bible devotes five books to wisdom literature, much of which is poetic in form.
- In many places that we don’t think of as poetry, the simple repetition of words (i.e. “Holy, Holy, Holy”) is following Hebrew poetic forms familiar to the audience. There is a beauty to the language of scripture that our language, English, causes us to overlook.
- The Bible is filled with Psalms in places other than the book that bears that name. In the book of Luke, Mary greets the angel’s news that she is the one chosen to bear the Messiah with the song we know as The Magnificat. While it is largely a reiteration of various scripture; combined it becomes poetic. The passage in Philippians about Christ’s humility (“Let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus…”) is indented in most modern Bibles because it’s recognized as an early Church hymn.
So watch, listen and enjoy…
Leave your comment here to be eligible to win one of three copies of One Thousand Gifts; see the other blog post today for contest details.