Just Show Up

(Disclosure:  I received this book in order to review.  All opinions shared are my own.)

I just read an amazing book.  Just Show Up by Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn is a heartfelt book about being there for someone when they need it.  As I was reading this, I felt like they were reading my mind.  Having heart disease, sometimes I'm exhausted.  Physically and emotionally exhausted.  Sometimes I am not okay and I need a friend to "Just Show Up" and be there to listen, to help with my house and my kids.   When I was first diagnosed, I had many people come up and say, if you need anything, just let me know.  I never let them know what I needed.  In the book, there is a part that mentions to be specific when offering help.  Not just saying, "hey, if you need anything just call me."  As someone who is sick or hurt, I don't want to ask for too much or ask for something that someone doesn't want to do.  If someone would have said I'm cooking dinner for your family and I'm bringing it over, that would have been so helpful.  This book brought me to tears many times, wishing I had someone to just show up for me.

About this book:

Kara Tippetts's story was not a story of disease, although she lost her battle with terminal cancer.  It was not a story of saying goodbye, although she was intentional in her time with her husband and four children.  Kara's story was one of seeing God in the hard and in the good.  It was one of finding grace in the everyday.  And it was one of knowing "God with us" through fierce and beautiful friendship.

In Just Show Up, Kara and her close friend, Jill Lynn Buteyn, write about what friendship looks like in the midst of changing life seasons, loads of laundry, and even cancer.  Whether you are eager to be present to someone going through a difficult time or simply want inspiration for pursuing friends in a new way, this eloquent and practical book explores the gift of silence, the art of receiving, and what it means to just show up.

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