Sunday, October 18, 2015

Just Show Up by Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn: Book Review

Just Show Up - PK


Just Show Up (David C Cook, October 2015)
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 Review:
Have you ever walked the road of suffering? Suffering can be lonely if you do it alone, if you don't let anyone enter into your suffering. "Just Show Up" shows the beauty of when Jill decided to show up in the midst of Kara's suffering while battling cancer. Jill and Kara show how friends can enter one anothers sufferings. 
"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 Jill weave a story of friendship through truth rooted in raw emotions with deep struggles, joy and beauty as they seek the face of their creator in scripture.  If you have a pulse, I recommend this book. You'll cry, laugh, identify with how to be better at showing up in people's pain. Pain is something we all have a difficult time entering in, but when we do, as Jill did, we see how God takes the ashes and makes complete beauty. 
When I think about the friends in my life and how many times  they have entered in my pain, I am so thankful to the many that I have. I could write a Chicken Soup on the ways my friends have showed up to enter into my pain. Whether my friends are writing me cards, sending me texts, sending me a book in the mail, giving me hugs or finding me the latest Disney item to make me smile, they are always entering pain. I think one of the biggest ways they have entered my pain has been during the past six months when things have been rough on the baby front and family front. It's nothing like people LISTENING. Simply LISTENING and not pushing, but praying and being careful about how they speak, being mindful about what they say and being a LISTENING EAR. While that seems simple, it is huge when you've shut the rest of the world off. I am so thankful for their phone calls, voice texts and their willingness to let me cry. They've entered into my pain. 
"Just Show Up" enters into the deepest kind of pain and shows us how we can give the gift of friendship to others. 
Thank you to David C. Cook for allowing me to review this book! It is beyond 5 stars! Any book that I can laugh, cry, relate and want to tell all my family and friends to read, is a book worthy of more than 5 stars. I also recommend "The Hardest Peace" by Kara Tippetts. 

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