Voskamp articulated what I have long believed to be true: sometimes, most of the time, we must fight for joy. And what better avenue than gratitude? I'll share more thoughts and quotes as I unpack and put into practice what I have read. For now, let me just encourage you to find a notebook and start writing down the little mercies that come your way everyday. This is where it began for Voskamp, in a "dare" by a friend to write down one thousand gifts in her life.
DISCLAIMER: The Wesleyan in me feels obligated to say that I really struggled with Voskamp's theology of death. Frankly, I disagree with her perspective on death and God's will completely. At least what I gleaned from first reading, anyway. But I resonated enough with the whole concept to continue the read and hope that you will, too. I just felt I should disclaim that part of it all, as she hints at it at points throughout the book. I commend to you Adam Hamilton's book Why? for a Wesleyan perspective on God's will and the problem of pain. It is a wonderful book by a remarkable man who is