I knew this would be an extremely emotional book for me to read. I fell in love with Kara Tippetts along with thousands of others when I read her book The Hardest Peace. I was instantly amazed by her spirit and heart and quickly searched to find her blog Mundane Faithfulness to see how she was doing in her journey with cancer. I then followed it until her untimely death just one year ago in March 2015.
I lost my dad shortly after Kara’s death and was really looking for answers and peace and I found so much peace in her writing. Knowing that you are dying gives such a unique perspective that allows the person to see everything differently. After living in my own grief for my dad, who we also experienced a long goodbye with, I can understand this to some extent. I found peace and comfort in her words amidst my sorrow.
and it was beautiful; celebrating life in the midst of the long good-bye is a collection of Kara’s writing from her blog. It follows her journey with cancer and how she lived knowing her earthly body was dying. I am so happy they chose to put this together because I think it’s a story that should be heard and preserved in print for generations to read.
I shed a lot of tears reading this book but they were healing tears. Her writing just has so much beauty and perspective in it. She lived in authentic life and was so open. That’s what drew thousands to follow her blog and her story and why there is still a community formed by her that supports each other even after her death.
Kara’s is a story of faithfulness and beauty unlike any other I’ve ever read before. As a mother I ache for her children and it reminds me to love and hold onto mine a little tighter.
When I got to the end of the story I reached the letter she wrote to be released to her readers upon her death. I already read this on her blog when it was released. This time I procrastinated reading that letter. I knew the gist of what it said but I also knew it was goodbye and I wasn’t ready for it to be over. The beauty of Kara’s legacy though is that it will never really be over.
Kara left a legacy of love and created a community who continues to thrive under the spirit of that legacy. She will never be forgotten. She reminds me to live a life I don’t take for granted and cherish every day. and it was beautiful was hard to read at times but so incredibly moving that it will be one I read over and over through the years.
About the Book
And It Was Beautiful: Celebrating Life in the Midst of the Long Good-Bye (David C Cook, March 2016)
“I was here. I saw beauty. I embraced it.” -Kara Tippetts
How do you live out extravagant love in the everyday moments? How do you celebrate grace when your life turns out differently than the one you dreamed?
Kara Tippetts discovered how to find joy in the small moments of life. She learned how to hold tight to hope even while battling intense physical and emotional pain. And she lived out the truth that God can redeem any story.
In her final book, Kara offers gentle reflections on living and dying well. She invites us to cultivate soft hearts even when we face great disappointment. Her ideas for living are hard-won, wrestled with in the crucible of family, illness, and faith. And her constant reminder is that whether we are in the midst of dark days or mundane moments Jesus is always there, life is surprisingly beautiful, and God is forever good.
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About the Author
Kara Tippetts was the author of The Hardest Peace and the co-author of Just Show Up. She blogged faithfully at mundanefaithfulness.com. Since her death in March 2015, her husband, Jason, has been parenting their four children and leading the church the couple founded in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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