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

by Kara Tippetts

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Overview

“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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781434710062
Publisher: David C Cook
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 125,526
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Kara Tippetts was the author of The Hardest Peace and the co-author of Just Show Up. She blogged faithfully at mundanefaithfulness.com. 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.

Table of Contents


Introduction

ACT ONE

1. Grace Dress
2. Magic Numbers and Lunchboxes
3. The Cost of the Cure
4. Big Day
5. Hard Hard
6. My Hero
7. Reasonable, Right?
8. Ugly Me
9. The Innocents
10. What Matters
11. Christmas Miracle
12. In Review
13. An Anxious Heart
14. Head Coverings and Hot Flashes
15. I Made It, But
16. How Did I Get Here?
17. Grace Shows Up
18. Suffering and Sovereignty
19. Insignificant Update and Selfish Desires
20. Poem for Jason’s Birthday
21. Heading Out
22. Dear Snow Day …
23. The Cancer
24. Divided Mind
25. Limping

ACT TWO

26. Mickey
27. The Worried Well
28. Cast Your Cares
29. Choosing A Mentor
30. Eagle Lake Camp
31. Always Move Towards
32. When Helping Helps
33. Life Without a Bucket List
34. Indicated, Not Conclusive
35. Dear Uterus …
36. No Stage Five
37. Me
38. Monday and Wednesday
39. Leaving on a Jet Plane
40. The Thrill of Fear
41. Time
42. Come to Me
43. Coming to Town
44. Quiet
45. Reflections
46. Quirks
47. No Awards Yesterday
48. Please!
49. I’m Needy
50. Craving Grace

ACT THREE

51. The Hardest Peace
52. A Little Bit of Paradise
53. A Love Story
54. A Million Little Pieces
55. Provision
56. Strength in Weakness
57. What I Most Want
58. What’s a Galley?
59. Graduation Speech—Evangelical Christian Academy Class of 2014
60. Choices
61. My Role
62. Scary Snort
63. New Borders
64. The LORD
65. Latigo Ranch
66. Jo and John
67. July 14
68. Jesus Knows
69. The Tears in My Popcorn
70. Harper Full of Joy
71. Dear Cancer …
72. Five Thoughts on Dying Well
73. Dearest J.K. Rowling …
74. It Is Love
75. Oh What a Night (Book Launch)

ACT FOUR

76. Something Else

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And It Was Beautiful: Celebrating Life in the Midst of the Long Good-bye 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
richardblake More than 1 year ago
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.
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
And It was Beautiful Kara Tippetts Book Summary: “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. Review: Breathtaking, Magical, and Heartwarming all in one. Read with a whole box of tissues!!! I own her other two book and they are now on my must read list. Oh how wonderful and awful the events of life. A great gift to die being able to say goodbye and yet so awfully sad to loose this wonderful soul who has taught much to the church in such a short time. I want to live an ordinary life that touches lives like Kara and her family. What a tremendous role model. I have read a similar theme, but that was not autobiographical. This was more personal, more of soul kiss. I cried as the book progressed. Thank to the family and friends of the Tippetts for gifting me with insights that will last forever. Life has never seemed more real than through Kara’s eyes. I would like to thank Net Galley and David C Cook for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
VicG More than 1 year ago
kara tippetts in her new book, “anditwasbeautiful” published by David C Cook gives us Celebrating Life in the Midst of the Long Good-Bye. From the back cover: “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. Kara Tippetts was dying from Stage IV cancer. This is her last book. What Kara had done was a daily blog and this book is a collection of those last posts. This woman understood who was the source of her life. She also understood Grace. In her blog posts she was able to communicate what she was learning. This is a fascinating book. It almost is like a devotional. We learn so much from what Ms. Tippetts had to express. You are going to want to read what she had to say twice. I believe this book is a resource that will be used over and over again. I also think it is a great gift to give to friends and family who might be hurting as well. I recommend this book highly. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
Tears, tears, and buckets of tears. My emotions overflowed with this beautiful story of a mother and wife coming to terms with the ending of her days. The grace and beauty with which Kara handled her situation overwhelmingly inspired me. Here I am at fifty years old hoping I can handle any situation, much less a debilitating illness, with the grace she did. Most of all she was real, she shared the good, the bad and the ugly. And while that is a bit cliche' it is truth. She shared their struggles and their victories, which made the book beautiful. 5 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided for review purposes only. Not payment was received for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My full review can be found at http://praycookblog.com/2016/03/15/and-it-was-beautiful-by-kara-tippetts-book-blog-tour/. Here is an excerpt: In July of 2014 when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, my friend LindaKaye sent me a message and said, "My daughter has a friend fighting breast cancer right now. You must go read her blog at http://www.mundanefaithfulness.com/." I did as LindaKaye suggested. I was captivated by Kara Tippets. What I didn't know was that I had arrived in her world towards the end of her fight with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2012 she had been writing and fighting for several years. Over the next 9 months, I followed her blog posts, I would write a comment here and there to encourage her and as she shared her hard, very hard life, I got to know her. .... It is my nature to read the end of the book before the beginning. Sadly, I knew the end of the story before I started. But I hurriedly read page after page soaking in Kara's very essence word after word. Disappointing day after disappointing day. But here is why you are going to want to read and share this book - because through it all Kara remained focused on "her Jesus." And so as a reader, she points you and me to Jesus! When I read her last words, "Letter to My Readers Upon My Death", I could barely breathe. And then in one great big loving, sad, tear-filled sigh I realized I want to live like Kara died. I want to live with grace-filled moments every day of my life under the sun. I want to extend that kind of loving grace to my family, my friends, and every person God places upon my path in this life. I give the book 5 stars because it is worthy. I received this book free from the publisher through Litfuse. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 beginning. Over the next couple of hours, Kara Tippetts worked her way into my heart. Kara blogged regularly throughout her cancer journey, and her readership grew steadily. She wrote honestly about the battle she was fighting, how it affected her not only physically, but spiritually as well. One of Kara's goals was to find God's goodness in the midst of her suffering, and He was faithful to help her find it. Kara wrote beautifully about this in her first book, The Hardest Peace. In her last months, she also coauthored Just Show Up, a book about living in community and walking through times of suffering with others. Kara's blog crashed awhile back, and sadly, all of her posts were lost. Thankfully, she had saved them to her computer, but the site was unable to be restored. Her final book, And It Was Beautiful, is a compilation of many of those posts, along with other writings, and it is SO good. Even though I'd read most of it as the original blog, and I know how Kara's earthly story would come to an end, I was still completely drawn in. Turning the page to Act Four in the book, and seeing the chapter title, "Letter to My Readers Upon My Death", caused a lump to form in my throat and my heart to sink again. It obviously wasn't a surprise to me, but it still took me back to the day Kara went Home and the tears came again...for her husband, for her kids, for her community. They have all modeled well how to grieve with hope. She was so loved. As the one year marker of Kara's "[flying] away to the land of no more tears" (p. 246) approaches, reading this book has been a fresh reminder to me of the ways Kara inspired us to look for the grace in every situation. How very blessed I was by her words, and how very much I miss her voice here on earth. *Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest review.*
AmeliaAnn More than 1 year ago
“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 major health problems and this book was the balm my soul needed during this season. This is one that I will often go back to for much wisdom and encouragement. If you haven’t yet, pick up a copy to read — you won’t be sorry. I was given a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
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 ugly-cry. But you will also smile and laugh and be overwhelmingly reminded of the goodness of God and His faithfulness. Kara’s testimony is raw at times, witty at others, but always always beautiful.
BLMcCoy More than 1 year ago
It's hard to do this book justice, but if you've ever felt that your hurt is too much, this book is for you. This book feels like a giant hug for a broken heart. The raw, vulnerability is so relatable that anyone who has struggled through a difficult season will be able to identify with it. (I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a review)
JViola79 More than 1 year ago
I am not sure how I first learned of Kara Tippetts. All I do know is once I began reading her blog, I was hooked. Cancer is a hard diagnosis for anyone, To take the journey, when you have small children and your one desire is to live to see them grown, is a challenge each step of the way. And It Was Beautiful by Kara Tippetts is Kara’s final book. It is a collection of blog posts which she shared on her blog, Mundane Faithfulness, while in the midst of traveling through the dark and difficult days of cancer. I read her posts, crying through them, sometimes reading them aloud to my husband. Kara had a way of making the grace of Jesus tangible in her writings. Her struggles and questions displayed a trust and hope in the Lord which dispelled any expression of doubt. As I read through this book, I once again was reminded that we need to keep our hearts soft and surrendered to God, especially when we do not understand His ways. Even in the midst of the difficult and dark days, we must remember that Jesus is with us and everything which He brings about in our lives is for our good. Some of my favorite Kara thoughts are: “Cancer wants to be a thief and steal my moments, but there is always grace. There is always room for Jesus and love.” (page 21) “Wherever reality soon finds me, I pray it finds me in perfect peace with the One who holds my yesterday, today, and tomorrow.” (page 24) “We are kept, closely kept near to Jesus in the midst of our story.” (page 66) “Blessing the Lord is not clean; it’s not just when things are easy and good and healthy. It’s thanking Him at ALL times and in ALL circumstances, not for the painful things but for His presence.” (page 201) The amazing part about this book is that it is not about dying, it is about living well. This is a book which teaches us all the powerful truth that our God can redeem any story. Yes, even a story which involves cancer, and He uses it for His glory and purposes. Truly a must read! ** I received a complimentary copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
It’s hard to find words to describe the love and grace Kara Tippetts shared. After reading her first book, The Hardest Peace, I followed Kara’s journey of living and dying with cancer. Her words made me laugh, they made me cry, and they left a deep and lasting impression. And It Was Beautiful is Kara Tippetts’ final book and a compilation of her writings and blog posts. “The entries are arranged according to “acts” like the acts in a play. The acts do not represent a strict chronology, but they do follow the arc of her story. This approach may seem very basic, but Kara would have approved heartily. She liked the simple and the mundane, believing that it was in the ordinary that she saw the beautiful.” The title, And It Was Beautiful, is a perfect summation of this reflective memoir. Kara Tippetts’ story is filled with heartbreaking and breathtaking beauty! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
MamaCallie More than 1 year ago
I have never read a book that reached in and touched my soul as much as this book did. I followed Kara from a far distance when she was alive and when her death drew near, she was in my view a lot. Then when she went home to Jesus, I completely fell apart. Kara was the epitome of the grace-filled mama that I would love to be. The truthful woman that needed God and wasn't afraid to share her heart, even in the midst of great sadness. That Kara was able to hang on to God even in her weakest moments, makes me yearn to be a better woman, wife, and mama to my children. . . . and it was beautiful . . . This book was one that I cried almost after each entry, or chapter. The rawness. The truthfulness. The sadness. The joy. The grace. The utter needing of The One True God. I am overwhelmed with the range of emotions that I experienced as I read this book, or rather this memoir from a mama, a mama that needed Jesus. I am encouraged to live my life to the absolute fullest. To hug more. Kiss more. Be truly present in the lives of the ones I love the most. I am also reminded that no matter what life we are given, that it is our responsibility to live it to the utmost of our ability. Let us finish well. Let us make sure, even in our dying days that we give it our all and give praise to the Father that counts our days. My heart is swallowed up in the love that Kara tried to hang onto even into her last day. It was hard to read for my heart ached with her words when she spoke of the love she had for her husband, her children, and her sister. But I am so wonderfully thrilled that I know the same loving God that she did and I can have perfect peace that she is 100 percent again, walking with Jesus. She lived well. She died well. Her legacy will live on; it will provide peace and comfort for many, many souls. * I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion and review. No other compensation was given. *