And It Was Beautiful: Celebrating Life in the Midst of the Long Good-bye

And It Was Beautiful Celebrating Life in the Midst of the Long Good bye I was here I saw beauty I embraced it Kara TippettsHow 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

  • Title: And It Was Beautiful: Celebrating Life in the Midst of the Long Good-bye
  • Author: Kara Tippetts
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  • Page: 346
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • I was here I saw beauty I embraced it Kara TippettsHow 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 A I was here I saw beauty I embraced it Kara TippettsHow 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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    1. And It Was Beautiful is a quick read but wow – there’s a lot packed in that small space! Her voice, her writing style, make you feel as though you’ve been friends for years. Her love for her family, for her friends, for her Jesus is so evident in each poignant vignette, and her journey with cancer – and the gift of grace through it all – will engage all of your emotions. While at first you may think that a book like this would be depressing, it is anything but a downer. Yes, you will u [...]

    2. I read Kara's other two books about 1 1/2 years ago. Finally got my hands on this book. It is again filled with Kara's beautiful thoughts as she faced breast cancer. I was hoping for a letter from Jason to finish her story on Earth and update us on her family. If you want inspiration when going through hard, this is a good book for that.

    3. Jesus help me see you. That has been Kara Tippets only hope in her fight and loss to cancer. It should be ours as well. It is in this fight that Christianity is more about life lived instead of Christianity as an event. These short words of Kara’s during her battle with cancer many times left me in tears, admiring her heroism and her weakness. She does bare the “I don’t have it all together”. I think that is why so many can relate to her story. She does not make her story the story but s [...]

    4. If you treasured Kara Tippetts' blog posts, then this is your chance to own a collection of them bound in book form. Kara continued to add to her blog, aptly titled "Mundane Faithfulness," as often as she could while fighting Stage IV cancer. Her words dripped with grace and radiated love. Kara found the wellspring of Life in her Savior, and she continually described the Living Water that He gave her. She let us all know Who the source of true life is. Having satisfied her soul on the love of Go [...]

    5. For those who have had cancer touch their lives or the lives of loved ones, the notion that any part of it could be a gift sounds offensive and insensitive. Yet it was this that drew me to And It Was Beautiful and author Kara Tippetts. Kara was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2012 and passed away in March 2015 at 38, leaving behind a husband and four children. And It Was Beautiful is a posthumous collection of writings from her blog Mundane Faithfulness.To call the book moving is t [...]

    6. For nearly three years Kara Tippetts wrote regularly on her blog, Mundane Faithfulness. Kara was a church planter’s wife and mother of four, and she wrote about her life and journey with cancer. Kara passed away in March 2015, but her words continue to encourage and inspire today.Through her blog, and through her books, Kara Tippetts has shown the world how to live well and die well. And It Was Beautiful is Kara’s final book, and it is primarily a collection of many of her blog posts. Those [...]

    7. Kara Tippetts had cancer. It overcame her body. She died in early 2015. This book is adapted from her blog, Mundane Faithfulness. (It reads as a warm memoir, not a series of blog entries.) Kara had a lovely way with words. Sweet, not sugary. Kind, not always nice. Realistic, not harsh. Mostly women will read this. It is good for men too. My wife was diagnosed with and healed from leukemia during Kara's last lap around the sun. Instead of bitterness and despair, Kara and my wife clung to hope in [...]

    8. Several years ago, my sister-in-law shared a blog post on her Facebook page that was written by the mom of one of her Pre-K students. This woman - a pastor's wife, mom of four, and beloved friend to many - had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and she blogged as a way to update her friends and family on her illness. Something about that first post I read drew me in, and after I'd tucked my kids into bed that evening, I went back in the archives and read the entire blog from the beginnin [...]

    9. This is an excellent collection of blog posts written by Kara Tippetts of Mundane Faithfulness collected and published after her death. Readers who came to know Kara through her previous books, but have not read her blog, may appreciate this collection of some of the best of her work. It makes her writing accessible for those who are not blog readers and allows those of us who came to know Kara only as she was dying a chance to know better how she lived in the middle of her long goodbye.Kara's w [...]

    10. "A bucket list? No, I don’t need one. I’m so rich. It’s relationships that matter. And for me, paying attention to the precious gift of today is the only thing on my list.” KaraThis was a difficult book for me to read because I lost my mom last year. Toward the end, she was ready to go, but I wasn't ready to lose her. There would never have a been a time in my life when I would have been ready to lose her. Even though I know I'll be with her again, the emptiness is still there. I miss he [...]

    11. I became aware of Kara Tippetts' story and her blog, Mundane Faithfulness, shortly before her death last March. Like most people (I assume, anyway), I don't like thinking about death—especially death we would consider "untimely." I didn't read much of Kara's blog for that reason. But recently I learned about And It Was Beautiful, which is mainly a collection of writings from Kara's blog, and something told me to read it. I'm glad I did.I picked up And It Was Beautiful with a bit of trepidation [...]

    12. “It Was Beautiful” is one of the most inspiring books that I have read in a long time. I felt like we were old friends having coffee, and me listening to Kara share her story. The book chronicled Kara’s personal journey through cancer and the “long goodbye” Kara experienced with her family. The pages of this book are filled with evidences of Jesus’ mercy and grace, and how He creates something beautiful out of hard circumstances.Over the past year, I have been homebound due to some m [...]

    13. "I was here. I saw beauty. I embraced it." Reflection after reflection, in the midst of her hardest battle, Kara Tippetts gently and continually points us to the joy and peace that comes from acknowledging the sovereignty and goodness of God. She repeatedly reminds us that Gods grace is indeed sufficient. Because "hard is grace too." What a perfect perspective with which to see the beauty of each moment. My copy of this book has text on nearly every other page highlighted; it's filled with that [...]

    14. Having lost a dear friend to breast cancer in 2008, I wanted to read this book. This past year I lost two other friends within 6 weeks of each other to cancer. I had not heard of Kara until I saw her moving video on YouTube reaching out to Brittany Maynard.This book is a chronicle of the fight Kara led against her breast cancer. She was a mother to four children. Her biggest desire is that her children would know how much she loved them. She wanted to show them how to live and die without losing [...]

    15. This book was hard. And beautiful. Having lost a young cousin to cancer that was terminal upon diagnosis and having my mom just finish her second round of chemo and radiation, I could understand so much of what Kara talked about in her story. Hearing the thought process for someone who is actively going through treatment and knowing they will not live was painful. It moved me to tears. Kara's writing is beautiful and she helps you understand the ugly with the beauty. Her story is full of courage [...]

    16. This book is horribly honest and reads like someone's journal. This is taken from Kara's blog but it honestly reads like a journal or dairy. But with less of the not making sense and more beautiful with the flow. It was difficult to read but I took lots of things from the book. Quotes that cause you to think & ponder. I thought it was a great book.

    17. Loved it! Kara sought God's grace everyday and He upheld her through her hard journey. Keep a tissue box close by.

    18. Lots of good things in this book, very poignant and personal vignettes from Kara's blog. From Suffering and Sovereignty: (65+) "Some of my most difficult conversations I have had in the midst of my cancer have been with believers who do not see God in a hard plan. So many believe that hard comes and then God makes it better. It is so easy to forget that our salvation came by way of the hard of a cross. I know it's easy, as a Christian, to buy into the American ideal that happiness is the goal, t [...]

    19. This a poignant but powerful collection of Kara Tippetts writing, which offers both insight into living well in the face of illness and a terminal diagnosis, and encouragement for all who share Kara's desire to pursue a life soaked in God's grace.And it was Beautiful is not an easy read, but it is beautiful, and even though I disagree with some of Tippetts' theological emphases, I recommend this book to those who I feel would appreciate it.I received a digital copy of this book via Netgalley in [...]

    20. If there was anyone who ever lived out this Biblical Truth, it was Kara Tippetts:Luke 9: (23 – 27) (MSG)"Then he told them what they could expect for themselves: “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how."In her final book, And It Was Beautiful: Celebrating Life in the Midst of the Long Goodbye, Kara shows us that as we turn toward this truth of suffering, Chris [...]

    21. When I opened the package that held Kara’s latest (and last) book I cried. Today, as I finished reading the last chapter, rereading words that I read almost a year ago, I cried again. In the past year, Kara’s words have played such a huge part in my life. The Holy spirit still working through her even after her passing has had such a profound impact on me and many others. I do not know if you normally start out a book review with a thank you, but who knows. I want to send a huge thank you to [...]

    22. Listened to this on audio. Narrator much better than the first book. This is a collection of her blog posts, and really gives a good look into Kara's heart, and can speak to anyone with cancer and/or dealing with a friend or family member with cancer. Such a beautiful picture of her faith and a quite real walk through her life.

    23. I think you could say that Kara Tippetts has become one of my heroes. This courageous woman faced aggressive metastasized cancer in her late 30s, and although it did claim her life in 2015, she never stopped seeking to glorify God and exhort others through their own times of hard. This book is a collection of Kara's blog posts over the final years of her life, the years she was fighting cancer. It is a beautiful look into the heart of a woman who loved God and her family well even through such a [...]

    24. "Life can be so hard and the journey toward redemption sometimes feels so long. My peace is often robbed, and I forget to rest in Christ. So I need reminding, I need the truth placed constantly before me. I'm needy, and that drives me to grace."These words are honest reflections from Kara Tippetts, popular blogger who died from cancer last year. Her book, And It Was Beautiful, contains a selection of posts from her blog, tracing her journey from the beginning of her treatment to her final restin [...]

    25. My first encounter with Kara Tippetts' writings was from the joint venture she did with Jill Lynn Buteyn on Just Show Up: The Dance of Walking Through Suffering Together, which I find humbling and beautiful all in itself. Since then, I've added her first book, The Hardest Peace to my TBR list. Unfortunately, I did not get the chance to read it yet. Now, as her third and final book, And It Was Beautiful released, I had the honored and privilege to read it.And it Was Beautiful is a collection of e [...]

    26. And It Was Beautiful by Kara Tippetts is her third book. It is split into four acts and is made up of entries from her blog Mundane Faithfulness. It is a beautiful book. Kara Tippetts was so brave and so beautiful.Kara Tippetts was a young mum of four, fighting cancer. She had a loving husband Jason. She fought her cancer bravely. She could have become bitter, but she wasn't. "If you live long with an illness, you can begin to be defined by it. I have cancer, but that's only a part of who I am." [...]

    27. Kara Tippetts didn't sign up for the challenge of terminal cancer. She hadn't planned to live for just 39 years. Yet, when cancer came, she ultimately called it a refining gift. “It causes us to see all things beautiful in the mundane.” This collection of her writings, mostly from her blog, helps us understand how Kara Tippetts lived well and died well.These short essays include what one might expect as well as some surprises. She shares her thoughts on life with cancer, chemo, surgery, radi [...]

    28. Like most families, mine has been touched by terminal illness. I've lost grandparents and an uncle to cancer; Another grandparent to the horrific Lou Gehrig's disease. During each of their illnesses, I depended on my faith and inevitably encountered God in powerful ways. Even so, I struggled to find grace in the midst of those hard times.Like so many others, I think that's why I've been drawn to Kara Tippetts. In And It Was Beautiful, Kara chronicles her battle with breast cancer, a battle which [...]

    29. 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 fou [...]

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