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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Suffering is something that I know of first hand. My brother was killed in a car accident at age 20. My husband and I have gone through the grief of 5 miscarriages. For two years, we watched my Father-in-law suffer as he endured colon/liver cancer, passing away last year at the age of 66. My mother had not been doing well for a few years, something we thought was attributed to a possible stroke in 2010. But as things got worse, she was finally diagnosed with a rare neurological disease called CBGD (Cortical Basil Ganglionic Degeneration) at the age of 65. This is a disease that has an average time span of 6-8 years. Best as I can recall from onset to now, we are in year 5. Life hasn't been easy. I've had a few friends who have stood by my side to help me through the deep waters of grief. I'm so thankful that God sent those people when He did to hold my head above the water. Often we have no idea what to do for people. We stand back and do nothing hoping someone who knows them better will give them the comfort they need. Or, we just talk with them acting like life is as it always has been. We pretend that everything is fine and avoid bringing up the subject because we don't want to bring up their pain. I find that when others don't say anything I end up feeling pretty alone wondering if anyone cares. But then, there are those who have ventured out of their comfort zone to feel uncomfortable with me, and I'm so thankful for them.
I understand what it is like to not know what to do. You know what? Half of the time I don't even know what to do, and it's my own family. This book that Kara co-wrote with Jill is an essential tool to help people understand how to open themselves up to be a help to another, just as Jesus would long for us to do for one another. It's not easy. The road of suffering is hard, and watching those you care about enduring hard trials, will weigh heavily on you. But we have hope! Hope in the One Who gave up His life for us. And if He was willing to give of Himself for us, shouldn't we be willing to "Show Up" for those around us? This book will help you to see those moments as part of the good works He prepared for you to walk in (Eph. 2:10) instead of moments to fear. Because... this life isn't about us. I highly recommend that you take the time to pick up this book, and make it an essential part of your library!
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***I received this book for free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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
What does friendship look like in the midst of changing life seasons, loads of laundry—and even cancer? Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn teamed up to write Just Show Up, a story of their close friendship and walk through Kara's battle with terminal 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.
Celebrate the gift of friendship with a Tried & True Friendship giveaway—a prize for you and for a friend!
One grand prize winner will receive:
- A copy of Just Show Up
- Two Ombre Layer Necklaces—one for you and one for a friend
Is one of your friends going through a tough time—maybe you need some encouragement? Stop by Kara and Jill's author page, click on the reviews bar, and read through some bloggers' stories of how their friends got them through suffering.