Sunday, March 6, 2016

And it was beautiful

“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.

My thoughts: Kara's journey with cancer has hit me hard since I read her first book around the time that we found out that my MIL had breast cancer as well. While their journey's (and where they were at in life) were different, it was still hard to read about what she went through. I appreciate Kara's openness and willingness to share about the struggles she faces to take up her cross and love well. I cried reading this book and how she challenged me to take each day as the blessing it is. I appreciated some of what she shared on parenting, and especially love the idea of doing a ten year trip with each child.
This is a beautiful reminder to live well.
I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.

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