Just Show Up by Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn | Blog Tour and Tried & True Friendship Giveaway

What does friendship look like in the midst of changing life seasons, loads of laundry—and even cancer? Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn teamed up to write Just Show Up, a story of their close friendship and walk through Kara’s battle with terminal 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.

Celebrate the gift of friendship with a Tried & True Friendship giveaway—a prize for you and for a friend!

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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 23rd. The winner will be announced October 26th on Jill’s blog.

Is one of your friends going through a tough time—maybe you need some encouragement? Stop by Kara and Jill’s author page, click on the reviews bar, and read through some bloggers’ stories of how their friends got them through suffering.

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{More about Just Show Up}

Just Show Up (David C Cook, October 2015)

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.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

Jill Lynn Buteyn and Kara Tippetts

{More About Jill Lynn Buteyn and Kara Tippetts}

The late Kara Tippetts was the author of “The Hardest Peace” and blogged faithfully at mundanefaithfulness.com. Cancer was only a part of Kara’s story. Her real fight was to truly live while facing a crushing reality. Since her death in March 2015, her husband, Jason, is parenting their four children and leading the church they founded in Colorado Springs, Colorado. ***||*** Jill Lynn Buteyn is the author of “Falling for Texas,” an inspirational novel, and a recipient of the ACFW Genesis Award for her fiction work. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bethel University. Jill lives near the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and two children.

Find out more about Jill Lynn Buteyn at http://jill-lynn.com.

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Sometimes it’s enough to just show up

Two friends share what friendship looks like in the midst of difficult circumstances

8/27/2015 || Seattle: While your heart might be in the right place, it is not unusual to feel uncomfortable or insecure when you’re around loved ones who are in the midst of a trial. The temptation to back away can be strong; after all, couldn’t they use some space? You don’t want to be a burden. Is that ever the right choice though? Is there something both of you can gain from friendship in the midst of suffering?

Bestselling author Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn answer those questions in the new book Just Show Up: the Dance of Walking Through Suffering Together (David C Cook/ October 1, 2015/ISBN: 978-1434709530/$15.99). With grace and practical advice, the friends wrote about what relationships look like in the midst of changing life seasons, loads of laundry and even Tippetts’ battle with cancer, which she tragically lost on March 22, 2015.

As Tippetts walked the road of cancer, learning to receive offers of help from friends — and the vulnerability that comes along with it — was sometimes an uncomfortable journey for everyone involved. Yet, she discovered an astounding depth of relationship with women who wanted to walk with her and her family, including Buteyn, who became one of her closest friends. “We all have tough times, but there’s a beauty that comes in doing the really hard stuff together,” Buteyn reveals. “When I look back on my time with Kara, I see a lot of tears, prayers and pain, but I also see grace and even peace. It was beautiful to walk with her, even though it hurt so much. It still hurts. But I would choose her all over again.”

Buteyn faced her own challenges as she reached out to Tippetts and her family. Maintaining friendships can be difficult even on the best of days, and troubles compound relational challenges. For Buteyn, it was hard at times to know what to say or do, and there were moments when her words sounded awkward and hollow. Along the way, though, Tippetts and Buteyn both discovered ways to meet each other in the “hard.” The book offers insightful chapters full of wisdom about the gift of silence, the art of receiving and the beauty of just showing up.

“Presence is so important in suffering because sometimes that’s really all we have to offer,” Buteyn admits. “We don’t have the right words or there isn’t anything we can do to help. Sometimes it is just about being there.” In addition to sage advice born from experience, Just Show Up offers practical tips, such as what clichés to avoid, why it’s important to be specific in your offers of help and how to avoid making your friend’s pain all about you.

Whether readers want to be present with someone going through a difficult time or find inspiration for pursuing friendship in a new way, this eloquent book reveals the power found in being present during the everyday as well as the terribly hard — and reaching out to others, no matter what.

Learn more about the life of Kara Tippetts at www.mundanefaithfulness.com. For more information about Jill Lynn Buteyn and Just Show Up at www.jill-lynn.com and on Facebook (JillLynnAuthor), Pinterest (JillLynnAuthor), Instagram (JillLynnAuthor) and Twitter (@JillLynnAuthor).

Advance Praise

“Kara Tippetts changed my life and thousands of others’ lives because she was a rare, singular voice who, when facing the end of her life here, had street cred to speak about what really matters. Open these rich, radical pages and give yourself the gift of friendship like you’ve always wanted and community like you’ve only hoped for — before it’s too late to just show up.”

~ Ann Voskamp, author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

About the Authors

The late Kara Tippetts was the author of The Hardest Peace and blogged faithfully at mundanefaithfulness.com. Cancer was only a part of Tippett’s story. Her real fight was to truly live while facing a crushing reality. Since her death in March 2015, her husband, Jason, is parenting their four children and leading the church they founded in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Learn more about the life of Kara Tippetts at www.mundanefaithfulness.com or follow the site on Facebook (mundanefaithfulness).

Jill Lynn Buteyn is the author of Falling for Texas, an inspirational novel, and a recipient of the ACFW Genesis Award for her fiction work. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bethel University. Buteyn lives near the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and two children.

Learn more about Jill Lynn Buteyne and Just Show Up at www.jill-lynn.com and on Facebook (JillLynnAuthor), Pinterest (JillLynnAuthor), Instagram (JillLynnAuthor) and Twitter (@JillLynnAuthor).

Suggested interview questions

—You wrote Just Show Up with your late friend Kara Tippetts. Can you tell us about Kara and the circumstances that led you to write this book together?

—How and when did you learn about Kara’s cancer diagnosis? Did it change your relationship with her?

—Do you think it’s easier to be someone’s friend when times are good?

—You write in Just Show Up that being there for a friend can be as simple as literally just showing up. Why is presence so important during suffering?

—You talk about learning to be “comfortable with your uncomfortable.” Can you share a story from your friendship with Kara that illustrates what you mean by that?

—Could you offer some advice for others on how to move past moments of awkwardness?

—Sometimes it’s easy to struggle with self-doubt and wonder if your efforts to help will be a nuisance. How did you work through some of those concerns?

—When offering help to someone, why is it important to be very specific about how you would like to help them?

—What are some words we can use to offer comfort? Are there any words that can hurt more than help?

—How did you see God and his love expressed in your friendship with Kara? 

—What do you think holds people back from pursuing deep connections with others even during the good times?

—When you and Kara wrote about “big love,” what did you mean?

—Even though Kara knew she was dying, why was it important for her to finish Just Show Up with you?

—Kara’s blog, Mundane Faithfulness, had a large following of faithful readers that followed her through her cancer journey. What were the main messages Kara always tried to impart to her readers?

—So many readers fell in love with Kara and her family through her blog and book The Hardest Peace. Can you tell us how the Tippetts family is doing since her passing in March?

To request a review copy of Just Show Up, or schedule an interview with Jill Lynn Buteyn, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com.


“Kara Tippetts changed my life and thousands of others’ lives because she was a rare, singular voice who, when facing the end of her life here, had street cred to speak about what really matters. Open these rich, radical pages and give yourself the gift of friendship like you’ve always wanted and community like you’ve only hoped for—before it’s too late to just show up.” —Ann Voskamp, New York Times bestselling author of One Thousand Gifts

When You Are Desperately Looking for Grace in the Midst of Hard Places

Friendship During Hardship

Q&A on Christian Post

How to Support a Friend with Breast Cancer

Get to Know Jill Lynn Buteyn

Supporting a Friend in a Hard Place

Interview on Carrie Abbott’s Radio Show

Article in Hope for Women

Review in Live Living



    Just. Show. Up. Showing up means your life is going to get messy and most of us don’t like messy, we like order, cleanliness, emotions that can be easily hidden – showing up is going to mean not having order, getting messy with someone’s life and raw emotions that can’t be hidden. Kara passed away in March, just a few months after I lost my husband, suddenly, unexpectedly in December of 2014 – I became a widow and her husband, a widower. Then there was this one (location 1190 Chapter 6 in my Kindle version) “Some people who have lost loved ones quickly – without a word, kiss, hug, or shared last moment would give anything for these days we’re having with Kara even though they are hard.” I think Jill crawled inside my head – I admit to thinking that when I heard of Kara’s passing.

    Written by Growing for Christ on October 23, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2TMXFLQXCK16L/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    The book reveals the shared experiences of two friends who had to learn to allow others to show up for them and also how to best show up for others. Great insight is found through their examples that make you stop and ponder:

    ~Where is my place in the circle for showing up for a person going through a difficult time? (We are NOT always called to be the inner circle!)
    ~Could the words I desire to say come across as empty or even hurtful?
    ~Is God challenging me to step forward and help meet someone’s needs? Am I seeking Him as I desire to care for those around me?
    ~Do I need to give others permission to show up and fill needs within my own life and circumstances?

    True friendship is on display in Just Show Up, and is a great and encouraging resource for all of us.

    Written by Rockin’ My Mom Jeans on October 23, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1NM04E8BAX5KI/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv


    What a very emotional read, knowing that Kara had lost her battle with cancer and left a young family behind, this book was hard to pick up and yet I am glad I did. While the book does deal with Kara’s battle with cancer it is about so much more than that, it deals with being a good friend, during the good times and the rough times and how vital that is. I feel like Kara really opened up about her struggles and her faith in God and was able to praise Him till the end. This book was amazing and I am still so encouraged by it. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on October 23, 2015


    I was so moved and touched emotionally by this book Just Show Up. What a story that shows someone that is so concerned about those who care for her and her family. Not wanting to be a burden to anyone.

    Written by cherylbbookblog on October 23, 2015


    It’s easy to be a friend when things are going great. There’s no pressure, no struggles. You just enjoy being a friend. But when things aren’t so easy? When life sends us struggle after struggle. When things aren’t going well. When we need a shoulder to cry on, someone to gripe to, someone to just be there to listen. That’s when it gets a little harder to be a friend. But isn’t that when we need them the most? They say you always find out who your true friends are when life is going downhill, and that’s absolutely true. The true friend is one who no matter what life brings always shows up.The new book, Just Show Up, is a beautiful story of another such friendship.

    Written by A Modern Day Fairy Tale on October 23, 2015


    I love this book and how it is very,real! That’s the one thing I loved about Kara(though I never actually MET her), her blog and facebook posts were very real.

    Written by Our Perfectly Imperfect Life! on October 22, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RD664L7YDZF2T/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv


    Hearing Kara’s opinions about what hurt the most in terms of reactions or comments from friends was both enlightening and surprising. You’ll undoubtedly cringe at some point in this story when you happen upon a situation you’ve been in–I’m sure just about all of us have made a comment we wish we could take back! I feel much more prepared for the next time someone I know is suffering. I have ideas of what not to say and how to actually help.

    Written by Amber Writes on October 22, 2015


    Just Show Up is one of the most powerful books that I’ve read in a long time and presents one of the simplest, and yet hardest message there has to be. If you have a friend suffering from illness, or any other hardship – be a help by “just showing up.” Be there, be present, do what you can, and do what friends do – but sometimes it is hard to figure out how to do that. In this book, Jill Lynn Buteyn and her friend Kara Tippetts give suggestions on how to do just this – just show up.

    This is a beautifully inspiring book written about a sorrowful time, and I highly recommend it for anyone going through a time such as is presented here.

    Written by Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews on October 22, 2015


    This book is one that we can all relate to. Just Show Up shows the beauty between Kara and Jill as God weaves the hard days in the gift of silence, while just showing up. Despite the pain, tears, laughter, moments of grace and peace, this book is beautiful. God has taken the ashes and made something beautiful. I am forever changed by this book and recommend this book to anyone with a pulse.

    Written by Running Through The Storms on October 21, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/create-review?ie=UTF8&asin=1434709531&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=283155&ref_=cm_cr_dp_wrt_summary&store=books#


    Friendships have always been so important to me. While I have not had to walk through a terminal illness with a friend or loved one, I have walked through hard things with others and myself.

    Reading Just Show Up was a vivid pictures of what true friendship and love can be in very hard times. The real-ness of Kara’s comments were helpful to understand what a person needs in their friends when things are really hard. Seeing how Jill learned to be someone Kara could lean on, figuring out what she needed to do, and how to go about being helpful instead of just offering, those are things that I took away from this book.

    While the topic is hard and heavy, the book is written beautifully and I will recommend it without hesitation!!

    Written by Milk & Honey Meadows on October 21, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3FTU2FYPLXY7N/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1434709531


    I love this book. I could relate so much to much of this book and I love that I know now how to reach out to my my friends when they need me. I can show up and be there for them and I know how to do it. I think everyone should read this book. I especially think that those in ministry should read it as it would help them to know how to help others who are going through painful situations. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

    Written by Julie – More of Him on October 20, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2FT39WB3D1E43/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    How do you live while your friend is dying? It’s a gut-wrenching question that none of us want to face.

    My heart longed to read this book for several reasons. First, I was introduced to Kara’s blog, Mundane Faithfulness, a few years back and was immediately drawn into her honesty and sense of community. Second, I have a dear friend, Kristi, who is at this moment battling stage 4 breast cancer. She too is a young mother like Kara. So many of Kara’s words have really spoken to me and my own community as we too walk through this difficult struggle of cancer with our friend and my heart longs to know better how to just show up for her and others around me.

    Written by Adventures in Unsell Land on October 19, 2015


    “The beauty in showing up, in choosing to enter the dance even though you might not know the steps, is that God creates something beautiful from our attempts.”

    I truly am thankful for the friends in my life. I could write a book of all the stories of all the times my girlfriends were there when I needed. I am truly blessed by the women in my life and don’t know what I would do without them. Whether in the little or big things, the Lord has used them so much. I think of the time when my mom had a heart attack and had to have quadruple bypass surgery, my best friend was there in so many ways, whether picking my up from the airport and taking me to the hospital, to bringing Del Taco and just hanging out since I was at the hospital for two weeks straight…..

    Written by Books and Beverages on October 19, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2V4X04YMXIK4A/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1434709531


    Just Show Up is a celebration of friendship. A sincere effort to guide those of us who are stumbling along not sure what to do when tragedy strikes us or our loved ones. I felt encouraged while reading the honest words of Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn. Their “dance of walking through suffering together” is captured with honesty, love and hope. Each person is different so there’s not one secret formula for walking the road of suffering. The main idea is the JUST SHOW UP and be present. I certainly needed help in this area of my life. What a blessing this book is!

    Written by Morning Glories and Moonflowers on October 19, 2015


    I was one of the many touched by Kara Tippett’s faith journey—especially because her life & words sparked sweet reminders of my own best friend, who died of breast cancer several years back. I was privileged to walk by my friend’s side during her battle with cancer & those last months of our 20-year friendship changed me forever.

    So I’m a witness to the power of just showing up in a suffering friend’s life & how that step of faith brings blessing upon blessing.

    The book shares Kara’s journey from two perspectives: hers & her friend Jill’s. Jill details how showing up for Kara changed & challenged her, along with some practical advice.

    Just Show Up urges us to follow Kara’s legacy. May we abound in big love & be ever grateful for beautiful, messy life.

    Written by Renee @Doorkeeper on October 19, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1H2FWTYWZITVM/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv


    Kara and Jill allow us into their journey and through some of the most intimate moments and thoughts, they teach us how to just show up.

    Written by Mother of Three on October 18, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/AG8L0K3H4O50T


    Through her books Kara was able to reach out and touch people’s lives and now, even though she’s gone…she’s still making an impact.

    Written by JoJo’s Corner on October 17, 2015


    I love this book and how it is very, very real! I understand the emotions and pain, as well as the joy and love expressed in the pages! I highly recommend this book to you!

    Written by The Minister’s Wife on October 17, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R288CT7VPIJK02/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    In this inspiring story of two friends, Kara Tippetts and Jill Buteyn, Just Show Up teaches readers about the trials of life and the true meaning of friendship. It teaches of the hope of becoming a better friend, of always being there, in fact to “Just Show Up.” This delightful, quick-read will leave readers thinking about their personal friend relationships and how to make them better. I would recommend this non-fiction, inspirational, women’s fiction to anyone that has a friend and wants to learn how to be a person and a better friend.

    Written by Singing Librarian Books on October 16, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R10KLTL15S9TO6/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv


    This book is that journey. Their struggle through the hard and in that struggle, God meets you right there, both of you, all of you, everyone involved and all that being said, you have a completely different form of worship.

    This book became that form of worship to me also. Because I am a blogger in the Christian Women’s genre, I heard about Kara and her beautiful life. I had read her story before and actually followed her for a while. Going into this book was like visiting that trusted friend.

    Written by Memawsstuff on October 15, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2EYRFFOKC8TPI


    While insanely depressing, this book is important and will hopefully find its way to those in times of need. Thankfully, I don’t need all the advice this book has to offer now, but I did learn some other important information and will be well prepared should tragedy strike. This book is a practical guide on how to be there for someone suffering cancer or loss or some other tragedy. It talks about how to show up, what to say and do, and how to make the greatest impact on your friend and on your soul. Written by the late Kara Tippets, a cancer patient, and her good friend Jill Lynn Buteyn this book offers good faith based and common sense advice. A must read for anyone wanting to help out others in their time of need.

    Written by Tragically Dull Adventures of an Almost Librarian on October 15, 2015

  • When you see such an honest, heartfelt example of community and friendship you can’t help but be encouraged. Just Show Up is like reading the open hearts of Kara and Jill. They are so transparent with their lives and it’s awe-inspiring to read about. Their hears for Jesus are awe-inspiring. this is a book to share with friends and family because it is such an honest picture of wholly relying on Jesus during the hard.

    Written by Slow It Down on October 15, 2015


    I read and reviewed Kara Tippett’s first book, The Hardest Peace last year and was so impressed by Kara’s faith in God. I definitely connected with her through her first book and when I heard that she finally left this earth to be with her savior, I was deeply touched. I felt as if a friend had passed away. Although I feel sadness for her family and friends, I feel joy for Kara that she is now past all that suffering and at peace with her Savior. Reading Kara’s words of wisdom makes the reader realize what peace she had. Her words give such a real idea of the beauty of the death of His saints! At the same time, Kara was not detached from this world; she had a family who she felt loathe to leave and she certainly suffered through the pain she felt through all the cancer which eventually took her life. Just Show Up is a book compiled by Kara Tippetts and her close friend Jill Lynn Buteyn. Each chapter in this small but rich paperback provides amazing wisdom and insight on life to the glory of God. I was moved and touched and convicted by this book! You cannot read this book and come away without being changed in at least a little. I loved the practical approach Just Show Up has….Kara, as an invalid and Jill, as a friend of an invalid give wisdom from their hearts on the topic of friendship and being there for your friends. Their words stem from Biblical truths and can only help uplift and lead you to a more God-glorifying life. I highly recommend this book. I received it from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

    Written by Books, Beautiful Books on October 14, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R6DKISNQRBXKK/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv


    If you are hoping to make new friends or be more intentional with your friends, then Just Show Up is the book for you! This book is an excellent and quick read that has left me thinking about friendships I currently have and ones that I had in the past as well. Kara and Jill’s friendship is the backbone to this book that they wrote together and through their stories and relationship the reader can gain a new perspective on making friends and building friendships.

    Written by Moments on October 14, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RZLK357IFTNQY/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    Heartfelt and hopeful, Just Show Up is a beautiful book! I encourage you to read it, savor it, and commit to just show up!

    Written by Buzzing About Books on October 14, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R120X3FADYWC47


    Kara and Jill show us how to navigate suffering in all its messiness. They show us God’s faithfulness through friendship and community. They inspire us to show up for people in our lives, even when it’s hard.

    Written by About Proximity on October 13, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R1XV2PUX1750EW/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1434709531


    Have you ever heard of a friend who was hurting but you didn’t know what to do? Maybe it was a woman listed on the prayer chain at your church. Or an elderly neighbor who has just lost his wife. Sometimes, it is people close to us who are hurting, but often it is someone we would only consider an acquaintance. The Spirit may move us to do something, but our own insecurities prevent us from stepping in to just show up. Jill Lynn offers some beautiful examples of practical ways to be present for a hurting friend. (…)

    Written by Naptime Prattle on October 13, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1R5STANUZYCW9/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv


    Jill and Kara are good guides to turn to. The first portion of this book is intensely practical. They begin by explaining that when it comes to blessing somebody in a hard situation, Just Show Up is the most important principle. If you don’t take the risk of going to them, nothing beautiful can happen between you.

    Together, Jill and Kara go to their vulnerable places in this book. Once they move past the more advice-based parts, they return to Kara’s story, as seen by Jill and other friends who walked beside her. At the end, you know this truth unshakably: The God who is God-with-us made us to be with each other, and if you choose to be with someone in the hard, then you may never know how very much your choice means, because it does.

    Written by Found a Christian by His Grace on October 13, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2JV3ANOJERG9M/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    The late Kara Tippetts and Jill Buteyn collaborated on a book, Just Show Up, that serves as a beacon of light to those who, like me, want to help but don’t know how.

    The chapters are written by Jill with a small portion at the end of each on written by Kara. Kara’s portion ends with two questions designed to help you just show up. The chapters teach on the value of different ways we can show up and how we can be a gift to our suffering friends.

    Can I say I enjoyed a book on suffering? I learned a lot from the book. I learned that it’s okay to sometimes tell friends, “Look, I know this is a hard place for you, so suppers is on me.” I learned I can do that from across state lines to across the country.

    Written by My Full Cup on October 13, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R18SODA8IAKAS9/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv


    This book should be in any church that has a care groups or has anyone wanting to know how to walk through suffering with someone. You’re heart will hurt, you will be left wordless so many times, and you will cry so many tears on behalf of someone else. However, you will be blessed by the journey and by the relationships formed.

    Just Show Up is full of a beautiful story of a community of women reaching out even in the suffering. It wasn’t always beautiful and lots of grace was needed for the times when things were said that could cause hurt feelings, but it was a community that could come together to help meet most needs for Kara before and after her death. One friend was able to help her plan her funeral so her husband and family didn’t have to do that.

    Written by When life gets you down…read a book on October 13, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00V5MKSE0?keywords=just%20show%20up&qid=1444760205&ref_=sr_1_1&s=books&sr=1-1


    This is a wonderful resource for those who are wanting to come alongside someone in the midst of a deep trial. As Kara says, “Life can be numbing when the story is flailing along in suffering” (page 10). Those in the hard time desperately need community to help them, but so often we don’t know how to offer our support or even what to say at all. That’s where Just Show Up can help us out, with practical advice and examples of things that worked as well as things that didn’t. Jill is vulnerable to share about some of her biggest ‘foot in mouth’ moments, letting readers know they aren’t alone in feelings of inadequacy.

    Written by ReviewsByErin on October 13, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2TY6IFF4DODUI/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv


    Oh, if only I could be with you right now, to press this book into your hands and say, “Here. Read this. And save it. It’s one for your keeper shelf.” It certainly is for mine, this handy little book that I anticipate referencing again and again as I walk through life with friends.

    If you are a woman…if you are a friend…this book is for you.

    Written with open authenticity by both authors, this book is about being there for our friends. Being present, always, but especially when a friend is walking through a dark valley. Honestly, I can’t think of a woman who wouldn’t be blessed by what she’ll read here. If you are a woman who does “hard” well, it will provide you strength and encouragement. If you don’t, it will provide sound, practical advice and hope for doing better tomorrow.

    Written by Story Matters on October 13, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R37VT4T5M3QE2A/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv


    Kara and Jill have a fantastic back-and-forth in this book and I love their perspectives. Jill is able to write from the perspective of someone who is losing her best friend, and Kara is the victim of a brutal cancer that, while ravaging her body, is giving her an incredible opportunity to witness about her faith. Both of them are learning to lean on each other. Kara has to say yes to all the ways that her friends want to help her through this time, and Jill has to learn what is helpful and what is a burden.

    There are so many ways we can be there for our suffering friends. This book made me want to be that person, and be the person that can accept help also. We must learn to lean on each other in this world, and be greater victors that way.

    Written by The Talbert Report on October 13, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2RK5ZHMGTDJN2/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • Just Show Up is easy to read, and it’s hard to read. Easy, because it’s conversationally written. Hard, because it deals with hard.A year ago, I was supposed to read and review Kara Tippetts’ book, The Hardest Peace, but was unable to, because we were in the midst of our own “hard” at the time. My father was gravely ill; he even spent time in hospice.

    If you want a book to help you know how to Just Show Up for a friend or loved one who is going through a hard time in life, this book will show you just that. I can relate to Jill so much, since I’m an introvert to the core.

    Be sure to have a box of tissues nearby.

    Written by Life at Rossmont on October 12, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RQL3YTM475DF9/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv


    As a nurse and someone who has served as Care Minister for my church for several years, I am passionate about reaching out to folks during the hard seasons of their lives. I followed Kara’s journey intermittently at mundanefaithfulness.com and more consistently as her earthly life ebbed to a close, and I was touched by the community that surrounded her family–and that continues to walk this difficult road with her husband and children. Just Show Up, which Kara began writing before her death with her close friend Jill Lynn Buteyn, is a moving and practical guide for ministering to those in hard places. It also provides wise counsel for those who find themselves on the receiving end of care.

    Written by Mocha with Linda on October 12, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2WJDOZGUOCAME/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00V5MKSE0


    Kara Tippetts left her readers a gift in the form of a book. Just Show Up is beautifully written by Kara along with Jill Lynn Buteyn. It’s a book for all those times you just don’t know what to say. I really enjoyed Jill’s writing style just as much as I enjoyed reading Kara’s gentle words again.

    This is a great book for any Christian that wants to learn more about how to walk with friends through a difficult time, whether you’re in the midst of it or just want to be prepared.

    Written by One Redeemed Mom on October 12, 2015


    Have you ever picked up that book that spoke to your core? That is exactly what Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn Just Show Up did for me! While Kara was battling cancer, the two decided to write a book together…a book that can only be described as WOW. It came at the right time for me to get a good dose of “lessons learned.” I realized, I haven’t been showing up for my friends. And I’ve not allowed them to show up for me. I’ve gone through my own hard alone, and allowed them to walk their hard with out me due to fear. Fear of loss. Fear of looking silly. Fear of intruding. Fear of….I don’t even know! I have a friend now facing cancer, and it’s a hard I can’t even begin to imagine….but I now understand how I can make that hard a little softer. And I plan to do just that.

    Written by The Open Window: An Autism Blog on October 11, 2015


    Just Show Up is not a my friend’s sick, let’s take a casserole sort of book. This is an inside look at what it’s like to live out the end of life with a friend and the friend’s family. This is a practical guide about when to call ahead, when to volunteer to watch the kids, and when to send a prayer up and remain quiet. As I read Just Show Up my heart went out to the women who circled around Kara and gave of themselves. But at the same time, I saw how these young mothers were blessed beyond measure because they trusted God and just showed up.

    Written by Beauty in Every Day Things on October 10, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/?ie=UTF8&ref_=ya_your_reviews&sort_by=MostRecentReview


    Just Show Up is written beautifully with a profound and practical approach to what it means to be a friend during difficult times. As we flip to the first page, we read “Hi. My name is Kara Tippetts, and I may not not be alive when you read this book.” This genuine honesty of Kara hits you. That is what you need to expect from her and Jill. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. This is not only for those suffering or know someone suffering at this very moment. It is timeless, because at some point in time, we all will encounter adversities.

    Written by Just Commonly on October 8, 2015


    Just Show Up is a beautifully written, heartfelt and practical look at walking through “hard” with a friend. Both Jill’s and Kara’s humor provides much needed levity in a book that begins “Hi. My name is Kara Tippetts, and I may not be alive when you read this book.” In fact, she isn’t – on earth, anyway. Kara won her hard-fought battle with breast cancer in March of this year (2015) and is now with Jesus. She completed her contributions to Just Show Up before her death, and her words carry the added weight of this poignancy, yes, but also reflect once more her delightful and grace-filled personality.

    Written by Reading Is My SuperPower on October 8, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2IRU3EKFQEDV7/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    What an inspiring book! We might hesitate, not knowing how to help a suffering friend. Buteyn is so good at showing us that just being there is a ministry in itself. Sure, we might make mistakes, say the wrong thing, but our presence is so important it outweighs our fumbling actions. A great book for those who want to give care to others and those needing it.

    Written by Book Reviews From an Avid Reader on October 8, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/RAYYW2WRDHFT8/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00V5MKSE0


    This book that Kara co-wrote with Jill is an essential tool to help people understand how to open themselves up to be a help to another, just as Jesus would long for us to do for one another. It’s not easy. The road of suffering is hard, and watching those you care about enduring hard trials, will weigh heavily on you. But we have hope! Hope in the One Who gave up His life for us. And if He was willing to give of Himself for us, shouldn’t we be willing to “Show Up” for those around us?

    Written by Amanda’s Pile of Books on October 7, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R259JFED1BX3E/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    The writing was real, raw, emotional, and profound. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that spoke to me so well. It showcases what true friendship, community, and love should be about. The authors mention “big love” several times throughout the book. The friendship between these two was all about love, real love. I feel blessed to have read this book.

    Written by Tima Murrell on October 7, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R2VL2UGPSPP3AW/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    I knew this book was going to be a hard one to read when it arrived in my mailbox! I read Kara’s first book around the time my MIL was diagnosed with breast cancer, so it hit me hard. To see that Kara lost her battle to cancer at such a young age seems unfair. But, as I read the book, I was amazed at the message of hope found in it, one that I should of seen as a Christian. Even though it is tragic that she left behind her husband and young children, she is in a better place where there are no more tears, no more suffering.
    If you have had tragedy hit the life of a friend and you just don’t know how to handle being their for them, I highly suggest this book! It is a wonderful resource for those who want to help but don’t know how to be there for a friend or loved one. I like how Jill points out that many offers to help are broad, leaving the one suffering to wonder if it was an honest offer or not.

    One of my favorite quotes from the book: “we put so much pressure on ourselves to do everything right that many of us decide it’s too hard to even attempt entering into someone else’s suffering.”

    Written by Inklings and Notions on October 7, 2015


    A very touching eloquent book written straight from the heart!

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on October 7, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/review/R1YI9ZTQIAADCC/ref=pe_1098610_137716200_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv


    This book is POWERFUL. I am sure you can’t think of anyone – maybe even yourself – that you know who has NOT gone through suffering of some sort. It’s everywhere and it’s inevitable. But when we suffer, Christ has a plan to give us His hands and feet here on this earth to help us – to come alongside and encourage us and help us get through. Through Kara’s personal story of disease, we learn what it is to suffer alongside someone – to give the gift of silence, the art of receiving and what it means to just show up.

    Written by In The Pages on October 6, 2015


    I have no words for this book, I am not sure how to write a review that will do it justice. WoW come to mind.

    As does the comment ,” we all have hard in our lives or we have a friend that has hard in their life. This was such an emotional and hard read.

    I love the two authors part their while hearts in this book.

    Very sad to type this but Kara Tippets is no longer with us she has gone on to be with Jesus, knowing that a head of time will change a lot as you are reading this book.

    Author Jill really tells us how to Just Show Up. I love that about her writing, don’t ask how you can help Do something. Just show up.

    I read this book in a few hours, I laughed, I cried, and I really was part of the community.

    I must tell you if you only read one book this year make it Just Show Up.

    I gave this book 5 stars two times. I HIGHLY recommend this book.

    Written by The Mary Book Reader on October 6, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/Just-Show-Up-Suffering-Together/dp/1434709531/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1444142195&sr=8-1&keywords=just+show+up+kara+tippetts


    It is difficult to know how to be there for a friend who is suffering. In Just Show Up, Kara and Jill share practical ways to serve a family in need. They allow the reader a peek into the community that surrounded the Tippetts family during the past three years. They are open about the hard parts and the awkward parts. They share honestly about the fact that mistakes were made and that grace was needed.

    Kara and Jill loved and served each other well, and their friendship is an example to follow. Their book, Just Show Up, will be a helpful resource to others who are going through a season of suffering with a friend. I highly recommend this book!

    Written by Cranberry Tea Time on September 1, 2015