Our book club is currently reading this little gem of a book. It’s like a bowl of your favorite ice cream – every single sentence must be carefully read, held for several seconds, rolled around, and then swallowed and on to the next bite!
The book shares Ann’s journey as she searches for the true meaning of Eucharisteo – thankfulness, and what that looks like in her everyday life as wife to the Farmer and Mom to six rambunctious children. The writer was deeply affected by a tragedy that took the life of her sister at a very young age. That event stripped her family of faith and now, as an adult Ms. Voskamp is searching for the thing that will give meaning to everything. Her question, “How do we live fully so we are fully ready to die,” haunts the reader to ask the very same question of themselves. Eucharisteo, the Greek word meaning thanksgiving enables the author to “discover in giving thanks for the life she already had, she found the life she’d always wanted.”
It is a deep calls to deep reading experience and I am not even finished with the book. It’s that bowl of favorite-flavored ice cream that I just want to keep scooping out to get the next taste delight. This morning I savored chapter seven and it may prove to be my favorite of the book – time will tell. Ms. Voskamp has a unique writing style – some may find it difficult to read, like a poem with a strange cadence. But, once you get the rhythm – it is a balm to your soul.