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.
Â 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!
“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the power of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be ale to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39, NLT)
** I received a complimentary copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.