Just Show Up’ by Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn (Plus a 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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One grand prize winner will receive:

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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About the Authors

Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn

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.

Learn more about the life of Kara Tippetts at http://www.mundanefaithfulness.com or follow the site on


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 Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn at http://jill-lynn.com. and the following links,





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.

“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

My Review

Have you ever had a friend that you just know is there for you no matter what, no matter when, no matter what, no matter where.  They will Just Show Up.  That kind of friendship is rare  There are very few people who sacrifice their everything for you.  That being said, that friendship is usually a once in a lifetime friend.  It could be your spouse, your childhood friend that you have had for life, or it maybe the person you met a couple of days ago and you just haven’t needed them to Just Show Up yet.  Or them you.

When you do find that person, you will know it.  The instinct to call them about everything and anything.  Whether your day is going great and you want to share.  Whether you want to get their kids and have a play date.  The person you took for your spouse because you know, no matter what, it is forever, for life, in sickness or in health, for better or worse  

You also know that no matter what you say or do with that person they are always going to be there.  You are always going to be there for them.  

In Kara and Jill’s book “Just Show Up” Kara faces the battle of her life.  Cancer.  Jill and Kara had that relationship  Both gave, both received, but the one thing in common was they were all in    One of the statements made in the book said Showing up in suffering benefits both sides, and iit has to be entered in from both sides  Had either pushed or pulled the other, there is no way it would have worked.  

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.

I love the way that Jill and Kara used Jill’s unpublished thoughts as lead-ins for Kars’s thoughts.  In what I believe has every chance of  becoming (in my opinion) one of the best books on being a caregiver to someone who is seriously or terminally ill  I pray that it finds its way into Therapist and Counselor libraries everywhere.  That Cancer patients have it as a choice to put into their arsenal of how to fight and win,  How to deal with the emotions  and even more so, how to ask when they need it.   “Just Show Up”  needs to be considered as one of those books that is kinda like the Dummies Series not only for friendships everywhere, but then also for anyone who is ill, who is a caregiver, who is a friend, who is a spouse.  This is how struggling through the hard with a friend or set of friends needs to bec

Walking this path will give you such a great experience in how to meet someone.

You can find this book here and learn a lot more about Kara, Jill and “Just Show Up”



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