“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.
What I thought about the book
I enjoy Kara's conversational style of writing. In some ways, this book is hard to read...because it talks intimately of life's hard. But it is also so full of encouragement and inspiration. It is a quick read, and I recommend it for anyone journeying through life, whether you're facing hard or not.
A friend asked her a question once: What does your heart hunger for? Her one-word response was: Time.
Time for the simple things:
Time to hold hands.
Time to hear a heart.
Time to share faith.
Time to listen.
Time to talk.
Time to giggle.
Time to see the children's weddings.
Time to have grey hair and wrinkles.
We need to remember that none of us is assured tomorrow. We only have today. Live life intentionally, and full of grace, love, forgiveness. Some day, soon, each one of us will meet Jesus face to face. Now is the time to prepare.
Kara Tippetts was the author of The Hardest Peace and the co-author of Just Show Up. She blogged faithfully at Mundane Faithfulness. 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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Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in order to give you my honest opinion.
One thing I want to mention: if you believe what the Bible says about death in the following verses, you may have a problem with portions of this book: Psalm 6:5; Psalm 115:17; Psalm 146:3,4; Ecclesiastes 9:5,6; Job 7:9,10; Job 21:32; John 5:28,29; John 20:10.
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