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An Author You NEED To Know/Read…

Meet the lovely Ms. Ann Voskamp…

She’s a wife. She’s a mother of six adorable children. She lives on a 600(?) acre farm with several thousand pigs. Oh, and she just so happens to be a brilliant photographer and a fantastic writer…

Ten months ago, my wife, Jessica, and I had the following conversation… Jessica was sitting on the couch reading something on her computer… Looking up from her computer, she says…


Jessica: Gosh, I hope I get to meet her someday.

Me: Who are you talking about?

Jessica: Oh, a blogger that Angie and I love to read…. her name is Ann Voskamp. You should really read her blog. She’s an amazing writer…

Me: What does she write about….

Jessica: Jesus… but not like most bloggers write about Jesus. She’s different… a good different…

Me: What’s the name of her blog?

Jessica: It’s called ‘A Holy Experience’… but seriously, I think she’s anointed. And I’m not sure I’ve ever used that word before, but that’s the only word I know that comes close to describing her: she’s anointed.


Me: Is she Pentecostal?

Jessica: She’s Canadian…

Me: She could still be Pentecostal…

Jessica: Does Canada have Pentecostals?

Me: Pentecostals can exist anywhere, Sweetheart… but if they do live in Canada, they’re probably different than the ones that live in Missouri or in Orange County…

Jessica: Well, whatever she is, I love her and the things she writes about make me want to be a better person…

Since that conversation, Jessica and Ann have had the pleasure of meeting a couple times and actually becoming friends. They talk on the phone a few times a month… And I can tell whenever Jessica has talked to Ann… she walks away from those conversations feeling a little stronger, purposeful, and loved.


I must say: My wife is right about Ann; there’s something very special about the way she communicates her life, her passions, and her faith in God. She’s the kind of writer, whose stories and prose make you wish you could spend hours with her in a coffeehouse somewhere Williamsburgish and just listen to her share life…

Even if you don’t agree with every one of Ann’s sentiments and beliefs about God, I think you’ll appreciate her writing, storytelling, and passion to love deeply and to become grateful in the here and now…

Ann’s first book is now released on Zondervan… It’s called One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are…


Sadly, the cover of Ann’s book implies it’s a book for women… and while parts of it might lend itself for a female audience, this is a book for people… people who believe in God or have some sense of belief in God…


Anyway, if you’re wanting to read a book by a Christian who I think might be “anointed,” but not in the TBN sort of way… you should sit down and open up the pages of Ann’s book One Thousand Gifts… you might just finish reading and desire to be more grateful… for what you have…


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posted January 10, 2011 at 11:25 am

I haven’t bought her book yet, but you’re right, I absolutely love her style. Very beautiful with the most straight to the heart word pictures I’ve ever read.

I wouldn’t disagree with Jessica’s word “anointed”.

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Lindsey Nobles

posted January 10, 2011 at 11:35 am

Ann is extraordinary. So is her book. Thanks for spreading the word.

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posted January 10, 2011 at 11:35 am

Absolutely agreed.

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JIm Parker

posted January 10, 2011 at 11:52 am

Awesome. Thank you for sharing.

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posted January 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Love love love Ann’s blog and book, and yes I would totally agree that most of the time her writing seems anointed.

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posted January 10, 2011 at 12:10 pm

you are invited to follow my blog

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Amy Nabors

posted January 10, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I downloaded Ann’s book from Amazon before Christmas. It may sound dramatic or cliche to say but it is changing me. I’m like Jessica. I never say words like annointed, but I agree with her.

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Sarah Mae

posted January 10, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Love Ann! You know, she’ll be speaking at Relevant again this year…you and Jessica should come…


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posted January 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I will definitely read up on her blog – and also look into making this part of my reading list for this year!

Thank you, Matt!

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Carole Turner

posted January 10, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Thanks for the recommendation. I put it on my shopping list in Amazon.

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posted January 10, 2011 at 6:39 pm

I love that you said the book isn’t only for women and thank you for highlighting her. She’s one of those Gifts. Really looking forward to holding it in my hands.

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posted January 11, 2011 at 11:27 am

Awesome writer…my wife plans on getting this book.

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Tracie Snipes

posted January 13, 2011 at 10:07 pm

I absolutely am crazy about her writing. I am a new reader to her blog and I am moved to tears everytime I read it. I always say to myself, “That was beautiful” when I finish reading it. I was even teared up a bit just reading your post about her. sniff. sniff.

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James Williams

posted January 14, 2011 at 7:27 am

My friend Amy is going to be one of 11 speakers at the Relevant conference, where Ms. Voskamp will be the headliner:

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Marla Taviano

posted January 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Totally agree on the anointed thing. God speaks through Ann in some crazy-special kind of way. Have her book sitting right here on my desk. Not letting myself even open it until I have time to read the whole thing at once.

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