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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Just Show Up: The Dance of Walking Through Suffering Together

About the authors: 

The late Kara Tippetts was the author of "The Hardest Peace" and blogged faithfully at 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.

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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.

My Thoughts:
I read Kara's book The Hardest Peace a while back and it completely undid me in every way...convicted, challenged, comforted and offered peace.  All the while reading Kara's and her family's journey through her cancer diagnosis and the unbelievable hard that followed, I kept asking myself, "How in the world does one love someone well through such hard things?"  Just Show Up answered my question.
"Most often it's those who come without answers or agendas who are the most helpful."  Kara Tippetts (pg. 10)
Published and released after Kara's passing, Just Show Up was "written" through some of life's hardest moments and by one of the sweetest beautiful friendships of Kara and Jill in the midst of the hard.  Throughout the book, the value of the gift of silence and the beauty of community is expressed by both Kara and Jill.  In the book, readers hear from Kara as she and her family worked their way toward the goodbyes that were inevitable and also from Jill as she "showed up".  Jill teaches readers by example.
"Showing up is not a new concept, but sometimes it feels that way.  Something in our culture has told us to pull back, to protect ourselves from hurt, from people, from entering in with one another.  And there's a reason for that.  Showing up can get us hurt in the biggest ways.  People disappoint and wound us. Or, in the case of walking through suffering with a friend or loved one, it can hurt beyond anything we've ever imagined.  Take-me-out-at-the-knees, ugly-cry hurt.
"So, year, showing up isn't easy at times.  But maybe that's why there's such value to be found in it.  I've learned real beauty lies in the good that comes out of the hard.  While walking through suffering with a friend or loved one can hurt in the biggest ways it also brings the greatest blessings.  It changes people.  Showing up can be the greatest gift ever given or received."  Jill (pg. 17-18)
Kara and Jill allow us into their journey and through some of the most intimate moments and thoughts, they teach us how to just show up.

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*I received a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of review.  A positive review was not asked for or expected.

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