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And It Was Beautiful: Celebrating Life in the Midst of the Long Good-Bye by Kara Tippetts

Sunday, April 10, 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.

Goodreads Summary

This book may sound depressing (and you will likely cry), but it is really a story about celebrating life and happiness.  Kara has many important lessons and tips to offer the reader.  I learned about her cancer and her life; she was a woman who truly loved the people around her, particularly her friends and family.  Each lesson is imparted like a blog post (a format I definitely enjoy!).  I couldn't imagine being in her shoes.  I found her incredibly brave and intelligent.  She comes through as a real person who wants the best for the reader.  

I don't think the reader has to be particularly religious to enjoy this book, but I do think that would add to the reader's experience.  Her writing style is smooth and flows easily.  You can read this book in bits and pieces or devour it all at once.  Overall, this is an enjoyable read for adults.

4 Stars

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