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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Just Show Up: The Dance of Walking Through Suffering Together by Kara Tippets and Jill Lynn Buteyn - Book Review

Book info
About the book:
Just Show Up
(David C Cook, October 2015)

Kara Tippetts's story was not a story of disease, although she lost her battle with terminal cancer.

It was not a story of saying goodbye, although she was intentional in her time with her husband and four children. Kara's story was one of seeing God in the hard and in the good. It was one of finding grace in the everyday. And it was one of knowing "God with us" through fierce and beautiful friendship.

In Just Show Up, Kara and her close friend, Jill Lynn Buteyn, write about what friendship looks like in the midst of changing life seasons, loads of laundry, and even cancer. Whether you are eager to be present to someone going through a difficult time or simply want inspiration for pursuing friends in a new way, this eloquent and practical book explores the gift of silence, the art of receiving, and what it means to just show up.

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My Thoughts:
"Just Show Up" is one of the most powerful books that I've read in a long time and presents one of the simplest, and yet hardest message there has to be.  If you have a friend suffering from illness, or any other hardship - be a help by "just showing up." Be there, be present, do what you can, and do what friends do - but sometimes it is hard to figure out how to do that.  In this book, Jill Lynn Buteyn and her friend Kara Tippetts give suggestions on how to do just this - just show up. 
It can be said that Jill Lynn is an expert at this - she "showed up," not matter how hard it was, for her friend Kara as she battled a losing bout with cancer, and it is through their personal stories and through their own voices that both women share the best ways that friends can be there for each other during times of sorrow and during times of joy. Because there are both when people struggle as they so warmly and accurately point out.
This is a beautifully inspiring book written about a sorrowful time, and I highly recommend it for anyone going through a time such as is presented here. But it would also be an appropriate book for any time of sorrow - be it illness, or a passing, or any other hardship friends might find themselves going through. 
About the Authors:

The late Kara Tippetts was the author of "The Hardest Peace" and blogged faithfully at mundanefaithfulness.com. Cancer was only a part of Kara's story. Her real fight was to truly live while facing a crushing reality. Since her death in March 2015, her husband, Jason, is parenting their four children and leading the church they founded in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Read Kara's blog.

Jill Lynn Buteyn is the author of "Falling for Texas," an inspirational novel, and a recipient of the ACFW Genesis Award for her fiction work. She has a bachelor's degree in communications from Bethel University. Jill lives near the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and two children.

Connect with Jill: website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
My thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and to David C. Cook Books for providing the review copy.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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