Kara Tippetts knows the ordinary days of mothering four kids, the joy of watching her children grow … and the devestating reality of stage-four cancer. In The Hardest Peace, Kara doesn’t offer answers for when living is hard, but she asks us to join her in moving away from fear and control and toward peace and grace. Most of all, she draws us back to the God who is with us, in the mundane and the suffering, and who shapes even our pain into beauty.
The Hardest Peace is Kara’s story from start to present. She gives us a snapshot of the messy of her life prior to faith. She introduces us to her husband and their story. She lets us peek in on her four children and the wonder of them in her life. She brings us to Colorado Springs from North Carolina and we hear of how tough moving to Colorado was from day one. She talks about the life she and Jason thought they were going to live and the life they have had to accept. She is candid about the life her family will live without her and how she is trying to prepare all of them for that day and time. Kara is dying. The cancer is not going to turn back and retreat at this point. All treatments are to buy as much time as possible. Just a few weeks ago she shaved her head for the second and last time. Kara knows she will die bald. The treatments ensure that.
Kara shares from a place of deep peace and grace. She can do so because of the big love she has experienced in Christ. She is thoughtful in her story and she invites the reader in with some questions at the end of each chapter. She doesn’t want just people who have cancer, for example, to read this book. She claims, and I agree, that this book is for anyone who has experienced, is experiencing, or will experience hard. Well, that’s everyone. We cannot escape the hard of life, the sharp and rough edges of people and circumstances. We cannot escape it but we can have peace, hard peace, in the midst of it. Unless you have walked through hard with peace you can’t speak with any authority on it. You have to experience it to share it honestly and without cliches. Kara has the authority to show us and tell us that it is possible to have hard peace when life isn’t so gentle. She has been well equipped to speak on this topic.
Kara’s book, The Hardest Peace, is a gift for the reader. The message Kara has lived to share is for anyone who has faced hard and that is each of us. Pick up a copy for yourself and a friend today. You will be challenged and comforted by Kara’s story.
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The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard Information
- File Size: 1995 KB ( Download PDF : )
- Publication Date: October 1, 2014
- Language: English
- Print Length: 194 pages
- Author : Kara Tippetts
- Publisher: David C. Cook (October 1, 2014)
- ASIN: B00M4S1VJU
About the Author
Kara Tippetts and her husband, Jason, have four children and lead a church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Cancer is only part of Kara’s story. Her real fight is to truly live while facing a crushing reality.