And It Was Beautiful – Celebrating Life in the Midst of the Long Good-Bye
By: Kara Tippetts
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
A Gripping Message of God’s Grace in the Midst of the Uncertainties of Cancer
“And It Was Beautiful” is the third book in Kara Tippetts’ courageous story of living with the uncertainties faced while battling stage four cancer. Her first book, “The Hardest Peace” helps the reader understand the difficulties of dealing with motherhood in the midst of the expectations of being a pastor’s wife.
In Tippet’s second book, “Just Show Up” she collaborated with Jill Lynn Buteyn, a close friend. Together they inspire readers to be available to help with the everyday household tasks, and childcare, shopping and other simple errands. There are other times when friends are needed to provide quiet visits, comfort and understanding in a spirit of empathy.
In “And It Was Beautiful” Tippet tells of the heart-wrenching physical and emotional pain of losing her hair, recognizing the maintaining friendships, while facing surgery, radiation, and more uncertainty. She speaks of the “fragility of life” of adding another doctor to her team. She describes the “weariness of receiving,” when it is her desire to be there for her family, and to be the one caring for them.
Soon after her diagnosis of cancer, Tippet started a blog Mundane Faithfulness. She wanted to share from insights she was learning with others who were also dealing with end of life issues.
“And It Was Beautiful” is made up a collection of these blogs formatted into short chapters, a beautiful story of a spiritual journey of a “Celebrating Grace in the Midst of a Long Good-bye.” Kara Tippet’s writing is open, honest. She is willing be vulnerable exposing her struggles while find God faithful.
Throughout her writing she encourages her readers to recognize and reflect on God’s grace in every situation. Although written from a woman’s perspective, Kara’s example of faith in the midst of battling cancer will inspire anyone struggling with terminal illness: the victim, their families, and their caregivers.
David C. Cook. 4050 Lee Vance View, Colorado Springs, CO 80918 978-0781413527, $ 14.99, 2016, 248 pages