Book Review : Just Show Up

Friendships are so very important in my life.  As I look back through the years I can see the impact many friendships have made in my day to day life as well as my heart.


Reading Just Show Up by Kara Tippetts and Jill Buteyn reminded me why it is so important to make friendships a priority in our lives as women.  Kara and Jill were friends for only 6 months when Kara was diagnosed with cancer.  At that point, Jill decided to be all in with Kara despite the early stages of their friendship.

This is a very serious book, a very serious topic, but the writers write a beautiful story that is more encouraging than discouraging.  I thought when I signed up for this book that it was all about being a good friend – showing up, being there when your friend needed you.  This book is so much more than that!!

Since both authors share their thoughts in each chapter you get a perspective into the one who is being the care-giving friend as well as the one receiving the care.  This was very eye opening for me, to hear how Kara had to learn to ask for help and let others help her, but also how Jill had to figure out how to really do more than make offers of help.  This book shows how when we show up we offer more than a meal or a house cleaning, we offer our hearts.

At this point in my life I have two very close friends walking through terminal illnesses with super close friends – and it is hard.  Even though it is not me doing the actual walking through this, my heart breaks for both of myf fiends.  I cannot imagine walking through it with someone in my life, but it daily reminds me how fragile this life is.  I am constantly reminded to not take other people for granted, and I try to remember to make priorities for people.  In the end, the relationships we make here on Earth are one of the few things that is eternal.

I really do recommend this book, it is a hard topic, but handles so beautifully.  Jill shows us how to love a friend no matter how much it may shatter our hearts.  Jill shows us how to love someone going through something really hard, and seeing how God will hold us up and encourage us through that.

NOTE : I received a copy of Just Show Up in exchange for an honest review.

more about Just Show Up :

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.


The late Kara Tippetts was the author of “The Hardest Peace” and blogged faithfully at 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.

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