Today's prompt invites us to "explore the background and biographical information of one of our fave authors"; or to "write about our favorite Devotional Book"...
I will attempt to highlight both!
The author I would like to highlight today is Ann Voskamp.
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Upon first entering Ann's blog, A Holy Experience, she invites her readers to "Come on in!" Following that invitation, a brief bio is shared:
"It's quiet in here. Come rest a bit? Nice to meet you! My name's plain & simple Ann, without even the fanciful 'e.' I'm a farmer's wife with a happy mess of 6 kids, a crazy camera & a bunch of books that landed on the NY Times bestsellers lists, but hey, could I just get you the relief of some easy words right now? You know - relief for those dry days that are kindling for burning bushes...for holy experiences with God."
Her words issue a very welcoming invitation to enter her space - her blog - and enjoy a moment or two of her life on the farm with her family and the many "creatures" that surround them.
Ann's words are packed with down-home truths that captured my attention from the first time I read her beautiful words. She has opened my eyes to the every day gifts all around me.
I discovered Ann's "One Thousand Gifts" online as I was searching for books to read or devotionals to use for my morning quiet time.
I found both!
Last year I started following the "One Thousand Gifts" concept of finding God's blessings - or gifts - in the everyday things around us. Part of the appeal is that she gives a "prompt" for each day, just as some of the blog posts I publish have followed a prompt!
Earlier this year, I started including the companion devotional in my morning routine: 1) read the day's scripture and meditation in "The Upper Room" devotional; and 2) read from a second source...I finally found "One Thousand Gifts Devotional" by Ann Voskamp at a used book store; and added it to my morning routine.
Though I haven't read any of Ann's other books, it is on my "to read" list. I just love the way she writes in such a poetic, inspiring way...
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And, I definitely feel that Ann's "gift" is from above!!
That is my "Literary Love" for Prompt 12!