25 Nov 2011

One Thousand Gifts - the app

You may be aware that just quietly and between us, I am not a fan of New York Times bestselling author Ann Voskamp's book, One Thousand Gifts.

It is the purple prose that gets me (browse here to get an idea of what I mean). Ann's book doesn't have purple patches or purple passages - it is the purplest of purple from start to finish. It irritates me immensely.

Which is a shame, because the premise behind the book is marvellous. In One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, Ann teaches us to count our blessings by intentionally counting one thousand gifts. I like it.

That's why I am excited by the new One Thousand Gifts app for iPhone/iPad and Android. The free app helps you to count and share your blessings one by one all the way to one thousand.

I've uploaded it to my phone this morning, and I going to start numbering my blessings today. Will you join me?
Count your blessings
Johnson Oatman Jr.

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings. Wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be disheartened, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.
More purple prose from Ann here. (Is it called prose when it's spoken? Possibly not...)


  1. Is struggled with the flowery language, but loved the concept of everyday thanksgiving.

    Unfortunately, my 1000 gifts app keeps crashing on my Android :(

  2. Thank you for the recent visit and read on my Thanksgiving post. I'll take a look at this app too.

  3. Yep, the writting annoys the devil outta me too! I tried; she came highly recommended but I am a simpler & much more straitforward reader. Say what you mean & mean what you say. All the rest is so much froth & bubble & without substance. Ick!

  4. I may just join you Jeanne! Haven't read the book, but I do peruse Ann's blog from time to time. Ganeida's comment made me laugh out loud! I often do like what Ann has to say...once I get to it! Mel.

  5. Ah, so I am NOT the only one. I had a sneaking suspicions I was not alone.

    But Ganeida, you are my type of gal!

  6. I've got the app on my phone, too, but I read about the tech difficulties, so my fingers are crossed. I'm also wary that it might end up being just one more thing I don't get done in a day (oh, the guilt!).


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