“The beauty in showing up, in choosing to enter the dance even though you might not know the steps, is that God creates something beautiful from our attempts.”
I truly am thankful for the friends in my life. I could write a book of all the stories of all the times my girlfriends were there when I needed. I am truly blessed by the women in my life and don’t know what I would do without them. Whether in the little or big things, the Lord has used them so much. I think of the time when my mom had a heart attack and had to have quadruple bypass surgery, my best friend was there in so many ways, whether picking my up from the airport and taking me to the hospital, to bringing Del Taco and just hanging out since I was at the hospital for two weeks straight.
Like I said, I can share so many other stories, but I know y’all know the kind of friends I’m talking about. This book shares that kind of friendship and I highly recommend it to everyone. Life can be hard and it’s a blessing to have friends to be there by your side in all of it.
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.
With the truth of scripture and rooted in real life emotions, struggles and joy, this book is a story of friendship and, not only how important it is, but how beautiful it is.
This is a book we all should read. Whether you’ve already experienced hard times or not yet, there will be times when we need this story more than others. It’s not easy and it’s really messy, but from it beautiful things can come and this book is a shining example of that.
I loved the honesty from both women, the vulnerability and the practical advice too. It’s a compelling read and worth your time.
When are some times your friends have been a gift to you?
(Thank you to Litfuse and David C Cook for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
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
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 23rd. The winner will be announced October 26th on Jill’s blog.
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.