Melissa, Full of Grace.
That's me. Melissa Ann. No e at the end, just Ann. I had never known what my middle name meant until I picked up a copy of Ann Voskamp's book called One Thousand Gifts. It was the first page I read, page 9 and I quote, "Could a name be any shorter? Three letters without even the flourish of an e. Ann, a trio of curves and lines. It means 'full of grace'."
Cue the choir of angels. It was an epic moment for me. Me- sweet and full of grace. Really?
I have been wanting to write a post about this book but I have found myself at a loss for words. It's hard to explain, really. You have to read the book for yourself. I mean, come on people, it's a New York Times Best Seller! :)
If I'm being honest, I really don't know how I found out about this book. I am an avid reader. I just love it. I got that book, had no idea what it was about but when I received it in the mail, I started reading and couldn't put it down. I am so thankful that I read this book. It has changed my life, my heart and my perspective. It's like the things I've known in my head have made their way into my heart and suddenly, everything makes sense. This book was the missing puzzle piece for me.
I'm currently on #57 and I'm pretty sure that won't make sense to you until you read the book for yourself. Please check out http://www.onethousandgifts.com/ and be sure to check out the link at the top of this post and watch the trailer for the book. It's a pretty good way to spend 4 minutes of your life.
I've wanted to share all this book means to me, but I find myself at a loss for words. Sometimes, there are no words for things.
Like right now.
And I'm ok with that.
With a thankful heart,