While browsing in a bookshop in Singapore a week ago, a beautifully designed cover caught my eye.
Something stirred within me as I read these lines on the back cover:
“ One Thousand Gifts beckons you to leave the parched ground of pride, fear, and white-knuckle control and abandon yourself to the God who overflows your cup. As Ann Voskamp invites you into her own moments of grace, she gently teaches you how to biblically lament loss, turning pain into poetry; intentionally embrace a lifestyle of radical grace; and slow down and catch God in the moment. ”
Somehow I felt connected to the author … instantly.
Ann seemed to know what I was going through. She spoke the language of my heart.
Paid for the book over the counter, and was eager to dive into it when I reached home.
But I soon realised this book was not meant to be read in a rush.
It was meant to be savoured – each and every word – so that I could slow down, and in that stillness, discover the secret of giving thanks, the secret of Eucharisteo.
Thank you Ann, for sharing the precious insights into life and its bountiful blessings.
I will take up your dare…
And begin my list of “One Thousand Gifts”.
Jiamin’s “One Thousand Gifts”
1. Trees dancing in the wind
2. Haunting beauty of a piano piece
3. Sunlight sparkling on the window pane
4. Falling leaves
5. Sharing a meal with a friend whom I hadn’t met in three years
6. Life … all of its moments
7. Poems turned into songs of praise
8. Tight warm hugs
9. Thin crescent hanging above pink wispy clouds at sunset
10. Having dreams to pursue
11. An evening walk at Expo with friends whom I grew up with
… to be continued at www.outoftheharbour.com/jias-blog.php
Jiamin Choo, Singapore
Author of Out of the Harbour