Reviewing: The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard
Author: Kara Tippetts
Publisher: David C. Cook
Genre: Religion / Practical Life / Christian Life / Women
Published: October 1, 2014
Format: Paperback Trade, 192 pages
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.
Kara Tippetts is no ordinary woman. Take one young mother, with four “littles” as Kara calls them. Add her role as wife to Jason, a young pastor called to plant a new church in Colorado. To those identifying components of who Kara Tippetts is add a diagnosis of stage IV cancer.
Reading Kara’s story is hard. I had only faced the necessities of raising one child as a single mom. Nothing I faced prepared me to read Kara’s life as it is–raw, ravaging, hard, loving, angry, depressing, filled with fears for herself and her littles, saying goodbyes long before she is supposed to be old enough to say them.
But in the middle of it all, Kara finds gifts she never expected. Among them the extraordinary love of strangers, friends who travelled distances to help, a husband who stands by her through it all. These gifts are the ones other people brought to Kara and Jason’s doorstep.
God brought them grace. The grace to see it through, to explain it to the ones of their four children who could grasp and understand the devastating situation, to continue to love one another.
Kara takes her reader on a long, sometimes miserable, often joyful walk with cancer under her personal circumstances. Her emotions are real, her words tough and honest, her truth immeasurable.
Who needs to read The Hardest Peace? Anyone who has a loved one or close friend losing to cancere. Anyone who is seeking–truth, grace, identity, who God and Christ are, and the meaning to drawing a breath each day. Those who believe life is tougher for them than others will come away from this book knowing the truth and the real meaning of the word “tough.” Meeting Kara is true joy!