(I received this book from FlyByPromotions and was asked to listen to it and give my opinion. All opinions are my own. Full disclaimer below)
I got an email from Laura Beth with FlyByPromotions about a new book coming out called “The Hardest Peace – Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard” by Kara Tippetts, and was asked to read it and give my review on it by way of blog post.
I began reading “The Hardest Peace” book, not really knowing exactly what it would be about. It sounded like the author had to go through a certain trial, but I wasn’t sure exactly what it was. Reading the back cover and seeing that this was in regards to a struggle with cancer, it really made me think. With October being “Breast Cancer Awareness Month“, I thought the release of this book at this time was perfect! In the very beginning of the book, Rod Dreher says: “…by showing us how to die, Kara Tippetts shows us how to live.” That right there, made me know that the book was written by someone who didn’t fear death, per se, but wanted to live their life to the fullest to make it worth their time on this earth.
I’ve known a few people that have gone through the struggles of cancer, and you always hear the same story of how important every minute of every day is, and how spending time with your family is one of the most important things. She says on page 35: “…the redemption of my hard yesterdays gives me a softened heart to walk in my tomorrows“. Praise God that we all have a tomorrow, either here on earth or in eternity with Him. Just being able to change your list of “Most Important’s” and live life for what truly matters can make a difference, for sure.
She talks about how after the family had moved to start a different life, they were confronted by a large wildfire in their area…and she talks about it in a way I can understand. On page 71, she says: “The fire stole my thirst for stuff, the things of life. And cancer stole my moments, replacing them with an intensity to live every breath with intention.” I know that feeling of thinking you will have to evacuate and looking around your home to see what is most important. Like everyone’s list I ever hear of, it’s photos and keepsakes that can not be replaced. We have to live life with the things that are most important at the front of our being and not worry about the “stuff”. That stuff can be replaced…our time with family cannot. Now I don’t know the trauma of cancer personally, but I’ve heard that everyone wishes they had a bit more special time to be with their family. Stories I’ve heard and the book talking about how even when Kara wasn’t feeling well, she would lay with her son and watch a movie. Even though to some, that seems like nothing, with what she went through, I’m sure those few minutes are irreplaceable.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” -2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
Continuing to have faith during times like this, I’m sure can be hard, but you have to think of how you can be used by God in going through this trial. I remember going through having brain surgery for Epilepsy and thinking “why me?” You always wonder why you are dealt the cards you are given, but recently I’ve been blessed to talk with other people who are going through the effects of the surgery and know exactly how they feel. God has used me to just be there in empathy instead of sympathy.
Let’s take a minute to look around our lives and see if there are people we know that are being affected or have been affected by cancer. Raise your pink ribbon high, and let them know that you love them. There might not be anything you are able to do, but know that just being there with a shoulder to lean on – even when words are not said – can mean more than you ever know!
About the Book:
From Kara Tippetts: David C Cook approached me to write this manuscript soon after I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic cancer. I will not forget the the meeting when the team from DCC sat with Jason and I and began to dream the telling of this story- the naming of grace in the midst of suffering. There was a hesitancy from all of us if I would have the strength, the ability, the days to write the book. We all felt strongly that we could partner to write this book. Writing The Hardest Peace proved to be a gift to write. The writing of this book helped me through the diagnosis of cancer finding more and more corners in my body: my brain, my bones, my liver, my lymph system. The writing of this book caused me to look at my story and seek the grace to walk this hard path with cancer.
I often fail, I’m often found in weakness and brokenness, but through it all I am met- always met in love. This is not simply my story and journey with cancer. It is a book written to appeal to us all as we meet the bitter edges of life on this side of eternity. In the brokenness of our unmet expectations of life, will we look for Jesus and His abundant love? Or will we tumble into bitterness and anger that leave us utterly self focused and disappointed by the hard in our story each of us are asked to receive.
The pages are an accounting of the faithfulness of the Author of life. I am simply the teller and namer of the grace. Look intentionally at your own story today? Could you use encouragement to live near to Jesus? If that is a longing of your heart, I invite you to join me on this hard journey of looking, naming, meeting Jesus when the story is written in His beautiful sovereignty.
Kara Tippetts knows the ordinary days of mothering four kids, the joy of watching her children grow…and the devastating 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.
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook (October 1, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
Purchase A Copy Here:
Enter To Win A Copy of the Book Here:
About The Author
Kara Tippetts and her husband, Jason, have four children and are planting a church in Colorado Springs, CO. Cancer is only part of Kara’s story. Her real fight is to truly live while facing a crushing reality. She blogs faithfully at mundanefaithfulness.com.
About The Publisher
David C Cook is a ministry that publishes and distributes discipleship and worship materials that are transforming lives around the world.
Our calling, since 1875, is to equip local churches on a global scale, assisting them as they introduce generations to Jesus Christ, make and teach disciples, and lead songs of worship.
Join us as we serve people in plenty and poverty, seeing for yourself how God rewrites their earthly stories and changes their eternal lives.
Know that 100% of your investment will go directly to furthering God’s message of love and forgiveness in some of the most remote places of the world.
Connect With Them
“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this book for my review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”