And It Was Beautiful by Kara Tippetts

How do you celebrate grace when your life turns out differently than the one you dreamed? Kara Tippetts shares how you can celebrate life in the midst of pain and suffering in the final book, And It Was Beautiful, she wrote before her death in March 2015. 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.

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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.

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Kara Tippetts

{More About Kara Tippetts}

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.

Find out more about Kara at http://mundanefaithfulness.com.
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Celebrating life in the midst of the long good-bye

Kara Tippetts’ final book shows readers how to let every moment of life reflect God’s grace

3/2/2016 || Seattle: How do you continue to walk in grace and faith when your life turns out differently than how you dreamed? The late Kara Tippetts’ example, as captured in her final book, And It Was Beautiful: Celebrating Life in the Midst of the Long Good-Bye (David C Cook/March 1, 2016/ISBN: 978-0781413527/$14.99), is a beacon for all who find themselves in the throes of the “hard” in life.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, this young wife and mom to four began a journey of learning how to cling to hope even while battling intense physical and emotional pain. She began her blog, Mundane Faithfulness, hoping to bring the truth about suffering to those who struggle. “Some of my most difficult conversations I have had in the midst of my cancer have been with believers who do not see God in a hard plan,” she wrote. “So many believe hard comes and then God makes it better. It is so easy to forget our salvation came by way of the hard of a cross.” Soon, thousands around the world were reading her words, gleaning hope and comfort from Tippetts’ experience and graceful wisdom.

Tippetts touched thousands more after writing The Hardest Peace, which told details of her life story, and Just Show Up, which offered wisdom for managing relationships during tough times. Now, almost a year after her passing in March 2015, And It Was Beautiful brings a collection of Tippetts’ insights, taken mostly from her popular blog. Great care has been taken by David C Cook’s editorial team to present her thoughts with as few changes as possible in order to capture her distinct voice and unique way of arranging words.

Organized into shorter, easily digestible chapters, And It Was Beautiful offers practical reflections on living and dying well, using the strength only God can give for each day. Tippetts’ ideas are hard won, having been wrestled with in the crucible of family, illness and faith, and yet they invite readers to cultivate soft hearts even when facing great disappointment and fear.

While often called brave, Tippetts said the word never seemed to fit. “I’m just trying to live well,” she said. “I don’t hate cancer either. Well, sometimes I do. But before I make it sound as if cancer was my teacher, it wasn’t. It was God in His good and perfect providence to number my days, to count the hairs on my head, to not only plan but join me in my suffering.”

While ultimately answering the question of how one dies in a way that will glorify his or her maker, Tippetts’ final book reminds readers whether they are in the midst of mundane moments or dark days, Jesus is always there, life is surprisingly beautiful . . . and God is forever good.

About the Author

Kara Tippetts’ life was dramatically changed in 2012 when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. She shared honestly the painful journey of walking through suffering and looking for Jesus through her incredibly popular blog, www.mundanefaithfulness.com. She also wrote her life story in the book The Hardest Peace and was the co-author of Just Show Up, along with her friend Jill Buteyn.

In September of 2013 her diagnosis changed, as more cancer was found in her reproductive system and brain. She lived for the grace of time, time with her loved ones, and sharing her story of living life in grace. She passed away in March 2015.

She was the wife of one excellent man, Jason, and the mother of four amazing children. Since her death, Jason has been parenting their children and leading the church the couple founded in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Learn more about more about And It Was Beautiful and Kara Tippetts at www.mundanefaithfulness.com, or follow the blog on Facebook (mundanefaithfulness) or Twitter (@mother_to_many).

For more information about featuring And It Was Beautiful, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com.

Reviews

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’

    Kara writes with transparency and honesty, giving us a firsthand glimpse into the end of her earthly journey. She tackles, both for us and more importantly for herself, questions like “How does one die well?” and “How does one glorify God in death?” Reading this book makes it clear that she was able to do both and do them well.

    Written by Tammy at TammyIsBlessed on April 11, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.ca/review/R3R8VF7GRB5QM0/ref=pe_1086170_134824320_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’

    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 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.

    Written by Live To Read ~Krystal on April 9, 2016
    Read my full review: amazon.com

  • IN THE LIGHT AND LIFE OF HIS TRUTH

    In her final book, And It Was Beautiful: Celebrating Life in the Midst of the Long Goodbye, Kara shows us that as we turn toward the truth of suffering, Christ’s Love pours out more freely both into and then out of us. For in drawing near to the truth, we draw near to Him: our Way, our Truth and our beautiful Life…

    Written by Joy of the Spirit Within (Anna Smit) on March 28, 2016
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/review/0781413524/R2IVJD7UFBL1OC?ref_=glimp_1rv_cl

  • BOOK REVIEW OF ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’ BY KARA TIPPETTS

    ‘Celebrating life in the midst of the long goodbye’~the tagline for the book title~sums up Kara’s story. Kara shares her heart, her heartache, and her journey as a wife, mother, sister and friend. In the book, Kara shares her breast cancer diagnosis, surgery, treatment, recovery, remission, recurrence and a terminal diagnosis. Kara reveals both raw emotion and confidence in her Savior’s plan for her life.

    I can’t imagine what Kara’s journey was like, but that is one reason I wanted to read her book. Because to grow my own faith, I can learn from the testimony of others. And Kara’s testimony is one of the most powerful I have ever witnessed.

    Written by Rockin’ My Mom Jeans on March 18, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2IGD82OGNZOTY/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’

    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.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on March 18, 2016

  • INSPIRING INSIGHT FROM A FAITHFUL WITNESS ON THE BEAUTY FOUND IN THE HARD!

    “I was here. I saw beauty. I embraced it.” Reflection after reflection, in the midst of her hardest battle, Kara Tippetts gently and continually points us to the joy and peace that comes from acknowledging the sovereignty and goodness of God. She repeatedly reminds us that Gods grace is indeed sufficient.

    Because “hard is grace too.” What a perfect perspective with which to see the beauty of each moment.

    My copy of this book has text on nearly every other page highlighted; it’s filled with that much wisdom and inspirational! If you are looking for hope in the midst of a hard situation or looking to find beauty in your mundane days, you’ll want to pick up a copy of Kara’s third book. The Lord has taken her Home, but her life ministers on in the words she left behind.

    Written by Julie Sunne on March 18, 2016

  • PERFECT FOR ANY TRIAL

    I don’t even know if I want to finish this book because it is hard on my soul. But, I am constantly pointed to Jesus which is such balm and healing. This will be a great book for anyone going through trials of any kind – not just cancer.

    Written by kcreatives on March 18, 2016

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’ REVIEW

    Kara Tippetts was just 38 when she passed away due to breast cancer. 38. I will be 36 in 2 weeks. Throughout her battle with cancer, she showed so much strength, dignity, courage….beauty. I am awed by her grace. Simply awed. And it was Beautiful is HER words. Her words before cancer won the earthly war. They are her words that show the beauty and love of God in grand sunsets or mundane moments, even the darkest of the dark days. Kara Tippetts showed us not only how to live gracefully, but how to die gracefully as well.

    Written by Through The Open Window on March 17, 2016

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’ BY KARA TIPPETTS, BLOG BOOK TOUR

    From the beginning, this book is a real page-turner. Oh, it’s not filled with the super-sleuth heroin and a murder mystery to solve. It’s a page-turner because once I started reading Kara’s words about how Grace showed up in her life, I couldn’t get enough. Page after page she described the horrors of cancer and then she wrapped it all up in the love and compassion of friends, the strength she found in her hero, her husband, and and finally, the mercy and grace and love that she experienced from Jesus.

    Written by My Daily Bread Body and Soul on March 17, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R29QUFVXQHLWK5/ref=nav_custrec_signin?

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’

    Even though I knew before I read the first page, knew that And It Was Beautiful was published after the author’s death, I could feel Holy Spirit stretching my heart with each word, each phrase, each memory that Kara Tippetts shared throughout her journey.

    Written by Window To My World on March 17, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/?ie=UTF8&ref_=ya_your_reviews&sort_by=MostRecentReview

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’ ~ BOOK REVIEW

    Kara has the ability to share her story in such a way you feel as if you are in the room with her, invited in to her brokenness. Walking along beside her as she journeyed through the hard.

    And It Was Beautiful is inspirational, funny, happy, and sad wrapped up together in exquisite prose.

    Written by tlmashburn.wordpress.com on March 17, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2SYGCH2KXR56P/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • A BEAUTIFUL BOOK ABOUT LIVING WELL

    Throughout the book, cancer is not the standout theme. Instead, Kara wrote about loving and living well in the midst of a terribly difficult trial. Her grace-infused words are beautifully convicting and inspiring, encouraging her readers to live with love and kindness.

    And It Was Beautiful is indeed a beautiful book. I highly recommend it to anyone desiring to live well in the midst of the life God has given.

    Written by Adopted By The King on March 17, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1EEMEB3K7E8WV/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • BEAUTIFUL BOOK!

    I followed Kara’s story as she was going through the hard times of her cancer. I felt like she was a good friend and grieved at her passing. This book was released after her passing from this earth and it’s a beautiful treasure.

    The book is a compilation of some of her blog posts that she wrote while dealing with her cancer in all it’s different stages. I found it hard to read at times yet it was such a blessing even so. Her faith in the Lord through all she went through is so inspiring and brings tears to your eyes because her love for God is so strong.

    I love how she shares from her heart. She is honest and open about her life and her feelings and you feel as though you really know her. You can relate to her and how she feels about her family, her life, and her faith.

    This truly is a treasure from Kara and I know, like her other books, I will re-read it time and again. I miss her but it’s so wonderful to have this book from her heart. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

    Written by Julie – More of Him on March 16, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2ZPYIYRAHWLXG/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ON THE BOOKSHELF: ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’

    Compiled in short chapters, each snippet of Kara’s life threads together a bigger story. One of faith, hope, and love. Kara’s thoughts on her life and her too quick approach to the end of it, are both authentic and reflective. She asks questions that I assume we all might one day ask, but brings us alongside in her journey. As such, you finish this book all the more richer in heart and in wisdom.

    Written by www.tabithapanariso.com on March 16, 2016

  • BOOK REVIEW: ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’ BY KARA TIPPETTS

    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.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on March 16, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3LCX56T162KNX/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’

    There is so much power in living life and being happy. Kara teaches and inspires readers with her tender story.

    Written by Singing Librarian Books on March 16, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R59A3KSV8RREQ/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’

    I enjoy Kara’s conversational style of writing. In some ways, this book is hard to read…because it talks intimately of life’s hard. But it is also so full of encouragement and inspiration. It is a quick read, and I recommend it for anyone journeying through life, whether you’re facing hard or not.

    Written by Life at Rossmont on March 16, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3BDENPVHHGXG9/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’ BY KARA TIPPETTS

    I first heard of Kara Tippetts at the same time that many of you probably heard about her. She wrote a letter to Brittany Maynard about dying well and not allowing doctors to determine your days. Kara lived with purpose, passion, and with eternity in mind. Heaven was in front of her but she still wrestled with letting go of this life… like all of us struggle with daily. Not only did she have her husband to think about, she wanted to be sure her 4 children knew that she passionately loved them. She knew one of her children would mostly know her only because her husband would tell her about Kara because most likely her littlest one wouldn’t remember her very much. Kara lived well and died well.

    Written by When life gets you down…read a book on March 15, 2016
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0125U56EW?keywords=and%20it%20was%20beautiful&qid=1458095298&ref_=sr_1_1&s=books&sr=1-1

  • BEAUTIFUL ENDING TO A BEAUTIFUL LIFE, GOING OUT IN GRACE

    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.

    Written by Cindy’s Book Reviews on March 15, 2016
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R38J16YTNA5M5Y/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0781413524

  • BOOK REVIEW: ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’

    Through her blog, and through her books, Kara Tippetts has shown the world how to live well and die well. And It Was Beautiful is Kara’s final book, and it is primarily a collection of many of her blog posts. Those who have enjoyed reading Kara’s blog will love owning a copy of her blog in book form!

    Written by Cranberry Tea Time on March 15, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/review/RZ7YTPA446JBI?ref_=glimp_1rv_cl

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’ BOOK REVIEW

    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 book is a great resource for anyone experiencing health challenges or families and friends of those who are suffering.

    Written by Rejoice Evermore on March 15, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/r.html?C=3EWUX9XMFO3LG&K=A228H1KUX9ZYOH&R=3PFH9SAFIO67C&T=C&U=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Freview%2FRPYAPRX5CN07K%2Fref%3Dpe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv&A=ZARAWSGW15OKFOMAXPGRZ4YGJIAA&H=BMTY8WQFP3SUXOGOVTVYGI2UGE0A&ref_=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’

    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.

    Written by Keeping Up With The Joneses on March 14, 2016

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’

    I feel blessed to have read both of her books, the lessons of love, family and living with grace are precious. She guides you and teaches you by showing her own struggles.

    The world has been blessed to have Kara Tippetts walk among us for such a short time. Her words of wisdom, love and grace will live on in her work.

    Written by Working Mommy Journal on March 14, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2QK9VBHFV41BG/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’

    With each new chapter, something new is tugged on my heart. A conviction, a heartstrings, a “yes I feel that way too”. Like sitting down for coffee with an old friend, Kara shares the reality of not just walking with cancer but journeying in life. How to do it well, how to love life and celebrate even when it’s hard, how to remember the faithfulness of God in simple moments.

    Written by http://thisabode.blogspot.com on March 14, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2TGXVLQOL57YI/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’ BY KARA TIPPETTS

    This book is a great one for those walking a dark road through disease and loss. It’s encouraging to find that we are not alone in our journey of suffering, and that the only way to endure it, is to fix our eyes on Jesus. Kara was one who pointed others to Jesus, and she encouraged others to do the same. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who is struggling as they face the unknown of hardship in their life.

    Written by Amanda’s Pile of Books on March 13, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2LMX5BUQDEKMW/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’

    Simply put, And It Was Beautiful: Celebrating Life in the Midst of the Long Good-bye is absolutely beautiful. This little book compiles posts from Kara Tippetts’ Mundane Faithfulness and follows her journey through multiple years with cancer. Chapter after chapter, her story will wow and encourage readers, while wringing out their emotions at the same time. I highly, highly recommend it.

    Written by Book by Book on March 13, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3OUKRPSZA7SBE

  • BEAUTY, GRACE, AND HOPE AMID HORRIBLE CIRCUMSTANCES

    I picked up And It Was Beautiful with a bit of trepidation, fearing I was facing 250 pages that would make me want to cry. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The subtitle, “Celebrating Life in the Midst of the Long Good-Bye,” so clearly communicates what Kara did through her writing—she struggled, she cried, she questioned … but she also found humor in the pain, lived life to the fullest, and trusted in the One who knew the number of her days.

    Written by Christian Chick’s Thoughts on March 13, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2CFVWE8PXSSVH/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’ ~ KARA TIPPETTS

    This book is so heartfelt and inspirational that you won’t want to put it down. This is Kara’s story of her journal entries while going through her cancer journey. It is a small book that has a big impact on the way you look at life and what your faith means each day. Kara tells us her days adventures and how you can look at the good in your life………

    Written by Deb’s Book Review on March 12, 2016

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’ BY KARA TIPPETTS — BOOK REVIEW

    And It Was Beautiful – Celebrating Life In The Midst Of The Long Good-bye is a collection of Kara’s writings, compiled from her blog, Mundane Faithfulness. The book is arranged in acts, like the acts in a play – not strictly chronological, but loosely following the story-line of her life.

    The book begins with the first moments when she began her blog and was diagnosed with cancer. The book ends with a letter she wrote for her readers, months ahead of her passing, to be published upon her death, and a poem.

    You will find blessing and encouragement on every page of this book – even if you need a tissue or two along the way!

    Kara gave us the gift of her life when she was with us, and through And It Was Beautiful, she gives us the gift of her life in her passing.

    A very inspiring book!

    Written by Create With Joy on March 12, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2ZJU26T62J4U8/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0781413524

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL: CELEBRATING LIFE IN THE MIDST OF THE LONG GOOD-BYE’ (DAVID C COOK, MARCH 2016)

    Kara Tippets final book is a gift; beautiful, sad, and insightful. I’ll admit it’s not an easy read because of the emotion packed in every page, but was it worth the tug at my heart? Yes! Kara’s story is a tough one. She struggled with pain and the knowledge that her days were numbered. Yet amidst the difficult days she found reasons to rejoice and times to find peace. She shares her family’s life and the joy they share as well as the sorrow. Life through Kara’s eyes includes her strong faith and the love she shared with her family and friends. Through her attitude about life I’m reminded to take the mundane and find the joy. Take the everyday and find beauty. Be honest and never stop thanking and loving God. My heart is blessed by Kara’s story.

    Written by Beauty in Every Day Things on March 12, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R33GNEHPABEJO8/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • LIVE AND DIE WELL. IF YOU’VE NEVER READ KARA TIPPETTS’ STORY, HER FINAL BOOK IS A MUST-READ

    This was such a beautiful book, but so difficult to read at times as it made me cry. I knew it would be hard to read, but Kara’s words are so inspiring and so uplifting as none of us know how long we have to live life here on earth and so often life does not turn out how we were planning in our own personal life or in a loved one’s or an acquaintance. Kara lived her life knowing she did not have much time left here on earth with her husband and her children and this was not what she wanted or had planned, but yet she knew that God was in control and this was His plan and to make the most of every moment.

    Written by Moments on March 12, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/review/R1IXS51JGCBMFY?ref_=glimp_1rv_cl

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’

    I found beauty in death through this book. I found pages of comfort when staring into the unknown. I found compassion in the midst of someone’s suffering. And I am thankful to have had the opportunity to know Kara even if it was only through the pages of her books and the soft glow from her blog posts.

    Written by Finding Joy in Everyday on March 11, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RKBZHY7CIFCNE/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’

    Tippetts’ writing style draws readers in. Her story will break your heart and draw you closer to God. Almost a year after her passing, her writing continues to change lives through the publication of And It Was Beautiful.

    Written by Rapid Randomness on March 11, 2016

  • I SAID YES

    I enjoyed this book. I’m not a fan of either show, but I still enjoyed her version of the process and the story of her life. The book was well written. The author was honest and mentioned both her insecurities, failures, and successes. Despite the things wrong in her life, she wrote with a positive, upbeat tone that played well with her story and made the transition from the difficult years to the good years flow well. Overall, this was a great read and I really appreciated her honesty and thoughts on her journey to faith.

    Written by Tima Murrell on March 11, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2G58DFMYH6EN2/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’ BY KARA TIPPETTS

    I think you could say that Kara Tippetts has become one of my heroes. This courageous woman faced aggressive metastasized cancer in her late 30s, and although it did claim her life in 2015, she never stopped seeking to glorify God and exhort others through their own times of hard. This book is a collection of Kara’s blog posts over the final years of her life, the years she was fighting cancer. It is a beautiful look into the heart of a woman who loved God and her family well even through such awful devastation. I first met Kara in her book The Hardest Peace, and I would recommend both that book and this one to all who are struggling with what life has brought them.

    Written by ReviewsByErin on March 11, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R36ZQJUD41OWGJ/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • INDEED IT IS BEAUTIFUL

    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.

    Written by Reading Is My SuperPower on March 11, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3TSQ8BMKURWVO/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • I PRAY MY RESPONSE SOME DAY WILL BE ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’

    This is a book that will inspire you, encourage you, make you cry a little, and learn to remember how God showers us with blessings even in the midst of pain and suffering. it’s a very good read!

    Written by The Minister’s Wife on March 10, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3OEV1DT50X4O8/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • DISCOVERING JESUS THROUGH A LIFE LIVED BEAUTIFULLY

    Through her own words, you will experience joy through the small moments of life as Kara shares how to live fully, love big, and die well.

    And, you will discover Jesus in mundane moments of a life lived beautifully

    Written by Real Women Ministries on March 10, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2Y6NQWRC438WS/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • (BLOG) BOOK REVIEW: ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’ BY KARA TIPPETTS {AMAZON} BEAUTIFUL, RAW, VULNERABLE REFLECTIONS ON LIFE AND DEATH

    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.

    Written by Becky L McCoy on March 10, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3QU3NAD9JC39R/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0781413524

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’

    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.

    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!

    Written by Days & Thoughts on March 10, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RNHPMIH1TX6GF/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’

    Thousands of people followed the journey of Kara Tippetts (and her family) on her blog, Mundane Faithfulness, as she shared the heartaches, struggles, and even the joys, of living day by day with cancer until she stepped into the arms of Jesus on March 22, 2015. This book contains many of her writings during that time as she sought to bring glory to God and honor Him in the midst of agonizing pain and heartache. Written in her unique, authentic style, Kara shows the reader how to gain an eternal perspective on daily living.

    Written by Mocha with Linda on March 9, 2016
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2CQKOVIE6BYQZ/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0781413524

  • BEAUTIFUL BOOK ON CANCER AND THE GRACE IT BRINGS

    How Kara Tippets managed to write beautiful accounts of her life as she was fighting the big C is nothing short of amazing and inspiring. Kara, author of The Hardest Peace, is posthumously honored in the book And It Was Beautiful: Celebrating Life in the Midst of the Long Good-bye, a compilation of articles she wrote for her blog, Mundane Faithfulness.Kara’s positive persona is evident in these articles even those in which she talked about the pain she was going through. She inspires women to be stronger and find the beauty in life even the toughest and roughest situations.

    Written by Reading Ruffolos on March 9, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2RYDTPNEIUHML/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • BOOK REVIEW: ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’ BY KARA TIPPETTS

    How often do we spend our lives planning how our lives should go. How often do we live in the everyday moments, really live out loud?

    For me, learning to celebrate life’s little grace-filled moments, in the face of day-to-day events when your life turns out differently than I’ve dreamed is a struggle for me.

    This was also true for Kara Tippetts, a wife, mother, blogger, and cancer patient who wrote about her struggles in her new book, And It Was Beautiful.

    This book is not about bravery, but investment, in herself, her family, and her readers. This book will speak to women from all walks of life, all levels of work, all seasons of life. Tippetts’ final book remind me that I should always be present in life, always present in His word, in His world.

    This is one book you need in 2016.

    Written by The LadyPrefers2Save on March 9, 2016
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/review/R1UBYBVSXW3DH8/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’ BY KARA TIPPETTS

    This was one of the best books I’ve ever read and I didn’t want it to end. This book is written with grace and is such a gift of life. Don’t miss the beauty of life Kara lived and the glimpses of Christ she gives us.

    Written by Running Through The Storms on March 9, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/create-review?ie=UTF8&asin=0781413524&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=283155&ref_=cm_cr_dp_wrt_summary&store=books#

  • HOW DO YOU LIVE WELL WHEN THE LIFE YOU’RE LIVING ISN’T THE ONE YOU EXPECTED?

    I don’t know about you but I don’t think of “hard” as grace very often. Kara Tippetts books remind me that just because something is hard it doesn’t mean we’re not called to it or that it’s not good. This idea has more poignancy because of how Kara lived and died. In 2012, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and in March 2015 she passed away leaving four children and a husband behind. As the spouse of a cancer survivor, this isn’t an easy book to read. The ending is one that no one wants to face. All that said, I did find hope and joy in these pages and I was challenged to embrace all of life, even the hard. If you liked her first book, “The hardest peace” you’ll love this one.

    Written by I love devotionals on March 8, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RFCY4PJ2EX431/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’

    Above all, this book reminds you of Kara Tippetts’ humanity. That she loved and lived and wrote in a way that did not discount her messy places. It is why nearly every page found me saying, “I know this place. I know this hurt. I know this Jesus.” And that is the gift that Kara gave the world. A place to recognize the unfailing goodness of Jesus, even in the deepest pain.

    Written by Every Day Is Grace on March 8, 2016

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’

    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 title is a perfect summation of this reflective memoir. Kara Tippetts’ story is filled with heartbreaking and breathtaking beauty.

    Written by Buzzing About Books on March 8, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R29UFY6ACY3VY3

  • LITFUSE REVIEW: ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL: CELEBRATING LIFE IN THE MIDST OF THE LONG GOOD-BYE’ BY:KARA TIPPETTS

    For the author’s last book, she did a fantastic job. I pray that all of her encouraging words earned her extra jewels in her crown!

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on March 8, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1K1IIVDMFSFFP/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • WHEN PERSPECTIVE IS NEEDED, THIS IS A GOOD CHOICE.

    . . . her writings are a modern-day primer on suffering. Kara’s writing style is informal and conversational, while simultaneously holding much depth. This book would make a great devotional-type read, particularly for those who are in the midst of suffering. It is a humbling reality-check to our selfish natures. It truly would be good for those who ask that age-old question, “But where is God in my suffering?”

    Reading this book is a precise and particular reminder that He is right there, with outstretched arms of love, all of the time.

    Written by www.theamusinggrace.blogspot.com on March 8, 2016
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R1SW16CZ77PQGC/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0781413524

  • CELEBRATING LIFE & FAITH EVEN IN THE HARDEST MOMENTS

    This book opens with 3 simple sentences from Kara, “I was here. I saw beauty. I embraced it.” Kara shows us throughout this book the beauty of life, even one that seemed to end incomplete.

    None of us want to experience cancer. Not chemotherapy, radiation, endless MRI’s and other tests, too many doctor visits and reports (each time we pray for good news, yet some visits may confirm our worst fears). In And It Was Beautiful: Celebrating Life in the Midst of the Long Good-bye, Kara Tippetts shows us the courage to face each day and each moment in this long journey.

    Written by Smart Mom Smart Ideas on March 7, 2016

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’

    Kara talks about loving, about doing the most mundane things in life, and enjoying it, because it may be her last, and seeking peace in it all. Her honesty not only opens our hearts to her experience, but to feel and learn to love more consciously and to see life as it is – sometimes fragile, sometimes gloomy, but always beautiful.

    Written by Just Commonly on March 7, 2016

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’

    Kara Tippetts is the author of The Hardest Place, and co-author of Just Show Up. Her last book And It Was Beautiful offers thoughtful responses to living and dying well. Kara passed away March of 2015 after battling cancer, leaving behind her husband and four children. She blogged faithfully at Mundane Faithfulness. Where you can still read her reflections and also new material carried forward by those close to her.

    After I read Kara’s work I feel my heart softening. Could I celebrate life in the midst of the long good-bye? I might not be as gracious as she was, but I hope that I could learn. I think that is what she leaves us with. Her gentle love for a savior.

    She loves despite her prayers not being answered the way she would have wanted. She wrestles. Maybe we all need to be a little more transparent about how hard life can be. How disappointing, scary, sad, and just plain angering it all can be sometimes. And also beautiful. Heartbreakingly beautiful that we get to live for Christ here in an imperfect world.

    Written by lisavanengen.com on March 7, 2016
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/review/R2SERQEP0K8WNL?ref_=glimp_1rv_cl

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’

    Kara’s journey with cancer has hit me hard since I read her first book around the time that we found out that my MIL had breast cancer as well. While their journey’s (and where they were at in life) were different, it was still hard to read about what she went through. I appreciate Kara’s openness and willingness to share about the struggles she faces to take up her cross and love well. I cried reading this book and how she challenged me to take each day as the blessing it is. I appreciated some of what she shared on parenting, and especially love the idea of doing a ten year trip with each child.

    This is a beautiful reminder to live well.

    Written by inkling and notions on March 7, 2016

  • {LITFUSE PUBLICITY GROUP BOOK REVIEW} ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’ BY KARA TIPPETTS

    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 . . .

    Written by Mama’s Coffee Shop on March 7, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2G8SXKCUZZLBV/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • 4 LESSONS ON LIVING LIFE

    I was not sure what to expect with this book, and was so pleased with it. While it was a very difficult and emotional read, it challenged me greatly. I learned so much throughout this book.

    Written by Living In This Season on March 7, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2SN33II0WFCMK/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • LIVING & DYING WITH GRACE

    Not an easy read, but one filled with beauty and goodness nonetheless. Kara’s words (delivered with inimitable panache) offer wisdom and hope and grace. Solid–even practical–advice on how to live and die well, especially within the supportive context of Christian family and community.

    You don’t have to be a cancer patient for this book to move and change you. I’m still dwelling on the three-word parenting strategy used by Kara and her husband, still finding new ways to let it imbue my own parenting, for the better.

    Written by Katherine Scott Jones on March 7, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R38MAXAMT51IV/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • A BEAUTIFUL BOOK: ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’ BY KARA TIPPETTS

    This book is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. I had never read more than a couple of posts on Kara’s rich blog so the content of this book was entirely new and wonderful to me.

    Written by Books, Beautiful Books on March 7, 2016
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/And-It-Was-Beautiful-Celebrating/dp/0781413524/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8#customerReviews

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’ – MY REVIEW OF THE BOOK

    When I first heard of her, I was looking for an example of someone who realized the struggles we all face in this life; someone who understood the word “hard” as a noun and who knew their own weakness and what it looked like to search for the grace to make it each day.

    Someone who could put this struggle into words.

    That someone was Kara Tippetts;

    And It Was Beautiful is a collection of those words.

    Written by Gracious Discourse on March 6, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R35PY2JKSSQVA9/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’ BY KARA TIPPETTS

    I’m not going to lie, this was a difficult book to read. But difficult because of its raw honesty and the questions it forced me to ask myself. When life is hard in ways we never expected to happen to us, where do we turn? Do we become hopeless or do we look to the Author of hope? Kara knew just where she needed to be but she readily admitted it wasn’t always easy.

    Written by Everyday Life on March 6, 2016
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/And-It-Was-Beautiful-Celebrating-ebook/product-reviews/B0125U56EW/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=recent#R2811A3603G925

  • KARA TIPPETTS’ ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL: CELEBRATING LIFE IN THE MIDST OF THE LONG GOOD-BYE’

    I liked how this book was organized into short chapters that really captured Kara’s voice. I used to read her blog pretty faithfully and she had a unique voice that was recognizable anywhere. She was some kind of woman and mother. And It Was Beautiful offers so many practical reflections on life, family and dying well with the strength of G-d. Kara always lives with family and faith and that shines through. She always finds a way to find the beauty in everything no matter how hard it could be.

    Written by Glamamamas Goodies on March 6, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/REDYE5Z8OJG33/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • IT WAS TRULY BEAUTIFUL!

    I knew this would be an extremely emotional book for me to read. I fell in love with Kara Tippetts along with thousands of others when I read her book The Hardest Peace. I was instantly amazed by her spirit and heart and quickly searched to find her blog Mundane Faithfulness to see how she was doing in her journey with cancer. I then followed it until her untimely death just one year ago in March 2015.

    Kara left a legacy of love and created a community who continues to thrive under the spirit of that legacy. She will never be forgotten. She reminds me to live a life I don’t take for granted and cherish every day. and it was beautiful was hard to read at times but so incredibly moving that it will be one I read over and over through the years.

    Written by The IE Mommy on March 6, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2HPLFMTW4QWQS/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • THE LIFE THAT IS REALLY BEAUTIFUL

    This past week, I read And It Was Beautiful, the last book written by Kara Tippets. Her honest words on living well and intentionally have been a stark contrast to the flashing, angst-driven headlines in my feed this week. They’ve been a respite and reminder that when all is said and done — faith, love and kindness to the people in my life are what will remain.

    Suffering comes laced with good gifts and one of those is clarity. Suffering chisels out the meaningless in life and makes those under its training razor focus on what really matters. These are the lessons of And It Was Beautiful.

    I highly recommend Kara Tippet’s book, And It Was Beautiful – Celebrating Life in the Midst of the Long Goodbye. What a refreshing, faith-filled, encouraging and honest read.

    Written by http://www.LisaAppelo.com on March 5, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/create-review?ie=UTF8&asin=0781413524&channel=reviews-product&ref_=cm_cr_arp_d_wr_but_rgt#

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’ REVIEW

    This review is for the book And It Was Beautiful by Kara Tippetts. I followed Kara’s story throughout the last year and a half or more of her battle with cancer. I followed her blog and her Facebook posts. After her death I was so honored to be able to read some of her books. I have now read three of her books, and I have been so impressed with each book. They are all so “Kara” but all so different from each other. I think this was the favorite one that I have read, though. In this book there are excerpts from her blog and the editorial team has put them in an order that makes it easy to read and you can follow along with Kara’s journey. This book will bring out your emotions – big time. Especially knowing the end of the story.

    Written by The Talbert Report on March 4, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R3UCFDLS7NJ99P/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’

    When someone dies of cancer and can still call it a gift that, to me, says, “Sit up and take notice!” That is the life of Kara Tippetts. Her latest book, And It Was Beautiful, is composted of Kara’s words, but published after her death. Kara’s writing is heart-felt and deeply thought-provoking. Read it and be encouraged.

    Written by In The Pages on March 4, 2016

  • SO BRAVE, SO BEAUTIFUL

    Kara’s words will strengthen your faith. Her words will alter your life if you let them.
    Her words will sink into your soul. Her books are not about cancer. Her books are about LIFE while fighting cancer and keeping one’s eyes firmly fixed on Jesus.

    Powerful, powerful words.

    Brave, brave family. God bless you all.

    Written by Christian Bookaholic on March 4, 2016
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R3AEMOBSR5HAIT/ref=pe_1572281_66412651_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv

  • WORDS ABOUT BIG LOVE.

    If you treasured Kara Tippetts’ blog posts, then this is your chance to own a collection of them bound in book form. Kara continued to add to her blog, aptly titled “Mundane Faithfulness,” as often as she could while fighting Stage IV cancer. Her words dripped with grace and radiated love.

    Kara wrote to the hard times, always trying to point to the one sweet thing that stays the same- Jesus.

    And when she talks about His mercy and His grace, she means that she’s seen those things, real and raw and present in the grit and mess and awkwardness. She ate and drank grace and mercy, and she shares the feast with her readers. You go away feeling nourished and fed.

    Written by Found a Christian by His Grace on March 3, 2016
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3342MMIRU92R2/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0781413524

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’

    This book, what to say, I cried the entire time that I read it. The Late Kara Tippets really shows you about grace and writes with such transparency. I have read all three books now and I can say with out a doubt she has touch may lives and she was a fighter.

    I have wondered what I could do for her family to make a small difference and she tells me what she wants done for them and gives an address to send the money to her husband to help with her kids trust fund for clothes food education all the things that four growing kids need.

    I want to tell you it took guts to write these three books I hated to see this last one come to an end.

    This is by far a 5 star book and one to share with all.

    Written by The Mary Book Reader on March 3, 2016
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/And-It-Was-Beautiful-Celebrating/dp/0781413524/ref=cm_rdp_product

  • ‘AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL’ – BOOK REVIEW

    Let me just say that you do not have to be battling a fight for your life through cancer or another disease and you do not have to be a caretaker to be impacted by the way Kara embraced life. I am positive that this book will leave every reader changed because Kara had a way of doing that, leaving you just slightly (if not profoundly) changed by her presence, by her life.

    Written by www.danaraeblog.com on March 3, 2016