About the Book:
A young mother battling cancer invites readers to embrace grace in every season of life.
Kara Tippetts knows the mundane but rich days of mothering four kids, the joy of watching her children grow.and the devastating reality of stage-four cancer.
In The Hardest Peace, she invites readers to see the grace of the everyday in all seasons of life and to live well even when the living is hard. As the thousands of readers of her blog know, Tippetts explores the hardest questions of life with rare beauty and honesty. Most of all, she draws them back to the God who is present, in the ordinary and the suffering, and shapes every life into the best story of all.
You can purchase your own copy at Mundane Faithfulness.
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.
I requested The Hardest Peace before I knew anything of Kara Tippetts or the story that hit the news about another sufferer of cancer who is choosing suicide as her out. When I began reading it I was reading it after reading much news sources and blog posts regarding the controversy – I encourage anyone who is facing a fight with cancer, or has another “hard peace” to read this book – giving up through suicide or other avenues are not the answer to the issue plaguing us. We all have had that place, and while Kara writes from hers being breast cancer that metastasized into her whole body, she recognizes other people’s hard places may be a failed marriage, another type of illness, a sick child, and other hard places. Her call is about coming to the place where the only one we can lean on, to count on, is the Lord – no other human can be everything we need because they are human.
With quotes from other authors and Scripture the book has much value, in both sharing Kara’s story as well as giving hope to others who are in a hard place and need that hope. Through sharing her story, she not only leaves a legacy for her children and her husband, she gives hope to those who read her book – I would have loved to have read this last year as we faced my daughter’s major surgery and my husband’s multiple hospital stays (both of them we’d thought we would lose that year). If you don’t want to cry in front of people, I highly suggest not reading this in front of others, I had a hard time hiding my tears from my son and husband as I read – and I read it in one day. The book closes with Kara writing a letter to her children and one to her husband – she even expresses her hope that should he remarry how she desires her children to honor the new woman. Her husband also writes a letter to her – the letters are by far the hardest part to read in the book, but the entire book is well worth the read.
A special feature of this tour is not only my thoughts on the book but we’re supposed to answer one of the questions that comes with Kara’s book, the end of each chapter features 5 questions to dig into your life and I chose this one:
How does your life look different from what you once expected? Are you okay with the differences? Why or why not? How would you describe the new story you are living?
As a teen I thought I’d be an attorney, a high profile attorney – you know the ones they are all over T.V. and I’d take some pro-bono work to make myself and my firm look good. Yes, I read a few too many legal thrillers growing up! Children never entered my mind, maybe I’d marry another attorney or a doctor and we’d travel the world. Yep. I didn’t know it then but the Lord had different plans, even when I had left Him in the dust and only wanted what I wanted – He was still working in my life. I entered the U.S. Navy, after discharge I entered college first in the law enforcement area then switching to social work – I met hubby in my last year, we married, became pregnant, then sadly lost our first baby, one the day I graduated I also found out we were pregnant with who would be our oldest daughter, Hannah – two years later our second daughter followed and two years after her, our son. I also became a homeschool mom and homemaker. Quite a far cry from a high profile attorney. If I think of the life I would be living had I followed my plans I know I’d be missing out on much – my life has been full of blessings – but also full of the hard. Would I trade it? No.
Kara Tippetts‘ brave and touching book, The Hardest Peace is launching with a blogger challenge. Celebrate with Kara by joining the #HardestPeace conversation and share how you are finding grace in the midst of the everyday and in life’s hard moments.
Share your stories of everyday grace in the midst of life’s difficulties and enter to win a #HardestPeace prize pack:
- A book club pack (10 copies of The Hardest Peace for you and your small group!)
- A handcrafted candle
- Custom Etsy The Hardest Peace print and coffee mug
To enter to win, simply blog about your #HardestPeace story and then submit the link to your post via the link-up (or see link in the Rafflecopter below). Plus stop by others’ stories to leave encouragement and offer prayers as we all travel the journey of life together and discover that the hardest peace is often the most fulfilling peace.
Then follow Kara online (via the Rafflcopter) for additional entries into the giveaway.