One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp is one of those books.
About ten years ago I first read Homeschooling With a Meek and Quiet Spirit by Teri Maxwell. I have since reread it about twenty times. About five or six years ago I first read Created to Be His Helpmeet by Debi Pearl. While I have only read the entire book, cover to cover, once, there are parts of it that I have read and reread numerous times. Both of those books are those kinds of books. The kind of books that you mark in, underline passages, carry around with you to read in your spare time....the kind of book that ends up with spills, water drops, and dirt on it and inside of it--all signs of a book that is really read.
I am about two-thirds through with One Thousand Gifts, and it is really a good book. My sister-in-law, Megan, sent it to me a while back, and I am ashamed to say that I did not make time to begin reading it until two days ago. (I am currently swamped with reading my children's Sonlight books). Already this book has changed my moment to moment thinking. Ann has put into words the struggles that I feel on a daily basis. I know that thanksgiving produces joy. I tell my children and other people this all the time. But, I from time to time forget to apply this principle in my daily life. But it is so true!
Thanksgiving produces joy.
Every time. Being thankful for every moment, every crisis (small or earth-shattering), every smile, every mess, every single thing.
I have much more to say about this book and this concept of being thankful. I hope to share my thoughts about One Thousand Gifts and my study of the book of James in the future.
Why don't you join me in looking for things to be thankful for today? All day.