And It Was Beautiful: Celebrating Life in the Midst of the Long Good-Bye(David C Cook, March 2016)
“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 opinion: What a heartbreaking and yet utterly spellbinding read. To say it is haunting and stays with you long after you finish it is a vast understatement. I was inspired and challenged reading Kara's writings, brutally honest she was with her struggles and yet how her faith shone throughout. What a wonderful, inspiring woman! Such a witness of God's greatness amidst her pain and suffering. As a new Mother myself I cried reading about her trying to treasure every day with her children and mourning that she would not see them grow. This book is such a tough read, but it is so beautiful and is so worth the tears shed while reading it. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.