Most people know Ann Voskamp as the gentle Canadian mother who homeschools six children. Online (A Holy Experience),  Ann uses words and photographs from her life as a farmer’s wife to capture the magic of being loved by a God who’s got us; his mighty right hand has a hold of us.

Her first book, One Thousand Gifts, took the world by storm: Ann’s voice is lyrical. Each word begs to be read aloud. In general, I’m a skimmer, in order to digest lots and lots of books to enhance my profession as a Licensed Professional Counselor, teacher, and author. But Ann’s books force you to mouth each word in a whisper, almost as if she…as if God was right there whispering to you.
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No wonder the book One Thousand Gifts spent years at the top of the bestseller list.

But this book—The Greatest Gift—was made for Advent, and for the coming of Christmas. If you find yourself hijacked in a mall somewhere, staring at the commercial madness that has become modern Christmas, go home, pour yourself a cup of tea, let yourself become present in the moment, and let yourself be led into the true meaning of Christmas.

 

Here’s Ann speaking to you about the first week of Advent:


Lucille Zimmerman is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Littleton, CO and an affiliate faculty teacher at Colorado Christian University.

She is also the author of Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. Through practical ideas and relatable anecdotes, readers can better understand their strengths and their passions—and address some of the underlying struggles or hurts that make them want to keep busy or minister to others to the detriment of themselves. Renewed can help nurture those areas of women’s lives to use them better for work, family, and service. It gives readers permission to examine where they spend their energy and time, and learn to set limits and listen to “that inner voice."