Kara Tippetts, Jill Lynn, Buteyn
ARC through NetGalley
From the Publisher:
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.
Kara Tippets other book, “The Hardest Peace” has been on my to-read list for the last couple months. I really wanted to get to it this summer, but I just haven’t got around to it, and then I saw this book on NetGalley. Since I received an advanced copy from the publisher, so I decided to read this book first. I am so glad I read this book when I did. I highlighted and marked so many passages. I was only about 1/3 into the book when I had to stop and text a friend…because this is exactly a book that she needed to read. On the surface, this book is about a friend, and a battle with cancer. But it’s more than that.
“We might not feel qualified to show up. I know I never have and probably never will. But God uses those of us who aren’t qualified so that He’s glorified. And when we show up, we’re blessed. – Jill Lynn Buteyn
This book talks about courage and how to not be afraid to be there. We all need each other and this book shows us that with God we can do just that. It talks about how we sometimes need to talk, but sometimes we just need to be there.
“I believe that God sometimes want to say something to us in those situations but that His voice gets crowded out by our nervous talk, trying to say the right thing or come up with a comparable story. At times we need to be still and know that HE is God and we are not. – Jill Lynn Buteyn