About Author Diane Eble
Diane Eble is a blogger, author of 11 books, former book publishing
coach/consultant and now Wellness Coach and Immanuel Prayer
The passion behind Abundant
Gifts--both the book and the blog--is to “share stories of God’s goodness and grace in the lives of real people.”
She has written 11 published books, hundreds of articles (several of which have won awards), and several
newsletters, but the “book of her heart” is Abundant Gifts.
Why? Because living "the Abundant Gifts
way"--as she calls it--and writing these motivational stories has so profoundly changed her own
Here are some of the questions she is
frequently asked, and her responses.
Q: How did the idea for
Abundant Gifts originate?
It came about through a deceptively simple, roundabout way. While reading a
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman, I
wondered, If gift-giving is a way people express love for each other, could it also be a way God expresses
his love to us?
Bible’s answer is yes. The most famous verse in the Bible is John
3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not
perish but have eternal life.” I began to actively look for the things that felt like gifts for me, even taking
five to ten minutes a day to record them.
That’s how I stumbled upon what I
now call “the Abundant Gifts way.” Later I discovered it’s very similar to a spiritual discipline identified by
Dallas Willard in his book,
The Spirit of the Disciplines, called Celebration.
I didn’t expect this simple practice to revolutionize
my spiritual life. But it did.
Living the Abundant Gifts way has
confirmed to me that God is indeed at work in my life, often in the seemingly small things of life. Yet it's the
small things that can turn out to be so important.
This practice has shown me that he
is a generous God--bestowing many gifts daily, if only we take the time to look. He is a gracious God--giving
what we don't deserve. He is a caring God--intimately involved in every detail of our daily
Abundant Gifts is the result
of this practice.
Q: So, how do you practice this “Abundant Gifts
It’s really a simple, two-part practice. Something
you do at the beginning and end of each day, ideally.
It starts with giving God the day, without
reservation, first thing in the morning.
Then, you begin to look for the gifts throughout
In the evening, you take five or seven minutes to
jot down the gifts of the day in a little notebook or journal—whatever you want. (When you buy the book, you can
have access to the Abundant Gifts E-book Journal, which you can use to keep a record of your
Q: What kinds of gifts do you look
In the pages of Abundant
Gifts you will find examples of the following kinds of
*Common or universal gifts
*Ordinary gifts that sometimes go unnoticed
*Gifts from God through others
*Gifts to others
*Miraculous or extraordinary gifts
*Gifts of mercy
The process of keeping a “gifts journal” has led
me to believe that God is not only a loving and incredibly generous God, but he speaks to us in and through the
daily, often mundane aspects of our lives.
Q: Did the book involve any special research?
I asked many, many people for their
input, and the book includes many stories from other people, some from other books, but mostly original stories
from people I know, some famous, some not.
call yourself a “spiritual optometrist.” What do you mean by that?
I believe that it’s not so much what happens to us
that determines whether we’re happy or sad, joyful or depressed, encouraged or discouraged. Rather, it’s our
perspective on our situation.
If we can adopt the perspective that God is in
control, that he loves us deeply and is both willing and able to bring good out of every singe thing that happens
to us—which is what I believe the Bible itself teaches—then we can begin to trust him deeply and live joyful
With these stories, I picture myself fitting
readers with the “spiritual glasses” that will enable them to see God’s good hand at work in their lives. … to view
life from the perspective that a loving and powerful God is gently crafting every detail of our seemingly ordinary
into a masterpiece. A work of beauty that will be displayed someday in eternity for all to ooh and ahh
Q: What do
you hope readers will get from your book?
My passion and heart’s desire is
that readers will see God’s loving hand in the details of their lives. I can’t tell you the peace and joy that
comes from this way of life. You have to experience it for yourself … and that is my hope and prayer for all my
Want to hear more?
Listen to Diane talk about Abundant Gifts in a recording of
the Midday Connection Show on Moody Radio.