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Kara Tippetts knows the ordinary days of mothering four kids, the joy of watching her children grow...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. Foreword by joni eareckson tada.
Number of Pages: 183
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2014
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SherreyPortland, ORAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Story Shared with Truth, Grace and GritMarch 5, 2015SherreyPortland, ORAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Kara 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!
Amy5 Stars Out Of 5The Hardest PeaceFebruary 19, 2015AmyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I had a hard time putting this book down. The author is so real. I would encourage anyone who has gone through a very difficult time or is currently going through one, to read this book.
MillstreetreaderAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5An inspiring read that will have you re-evaluate how you feel about every moment of your day.February 8, 2015MillstreetreaderAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I first heard about Kara Tippetts's book THE HARDEST PEACE through Facebook. A former student, a young mother herself, wrote of weeping while alternating between reading the book and hugging her own children. Still she mentioned gaining such strength from Kara's words and her whole story.
I was fortunate enough to be able to ask David C. Cook Publishing for a review copy of the book for review purposes, and I am so glad they allowed me the chance to learn about Kara's journey and her message for us all.
Kara and her husband believed they were living the dream God had planned for them. Four healthy children that they loved to the moon and back, the chance to start a new church in Colorado, and a personal love that grew with each new year of marriage. Then within weeks of moving, Kara found a lump and a new story began -- a story of cancer that spread from her breasts, to her ovaries, to her brain and to the nodes. Rounds of chemo stole her hair, her energy, and her "pretty."
Radiation and surgery left a myriad of scars. As the disease progressed, morphed, and became the center of their lives, the question "How will my children live without me?" shouted at her daily, but then her faith allowed her focus to shift. As Kara says, there was no "pretty" left in her life, but everywhere she looked she sees beauty. It may be the visit from a congregation member, or a late night embrace from her husband, or the profound love and selflessness she's felt from even her youngest child. In each tiny moment or grand pronouncement she has chosen to see God. It is his strength she has chosen to feel and acknowledge, both in the book and at her blog MUNDANE FAITHFULNESS. When I checked the blog this week, I see guest posts from dear friends she's made along this journey. Her last posting, just a few days ago, indicate she is weakening. Her thoughts remind me so much of a brother in law who passed away from leukemia 8 years ago. She is eloquent in naming and describing the moments of grace and beauty that flicker even in the harshest moments of destructive disease; she's given words to feelings that I am sure my brother in law, his wife, and his daughters felt. I witnesses moments of that God given strength and grace, but cannot begin to share the impact it had on me and my husband. I will leave you to read Kara Tippett's THE HARDEST PEACE.
Note that this is not the typical "disease" memoir. Kara does not take us through a chronological
journey of diagnosis, treatment, and family chaos. From the beginning of the book and continuing throughout she focuses on how living in her weakness she has been able to see and experience life as it should be lived. Of everything in the book what affected me most was her conscious effort to continue to parent her children, not in the physical realm of everyday care, but in the greater picture of effecting their hearts and their understanding of love, sharing, and caring for others. She also has prepared her children for her eventual death and helped them to remain to see a loving God in their life story. Thank you to David C, Cook for allowing me to review this book.
Cricket5 Stars Out Of 5Straight from the HeartNovember 19, 2014CricketThis book tells of a woman's journey through cancer - the "hard times" we all experience in various ways. I was so encouraged by her honesty and her faith that God will use this suffering for His glory and for her and her family's good. Amazing story!
VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Encouragement For The Hard TimesOctober 24, 2014VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Kara Tippetts in her new book , The Hardest Peace published by David C Cook gives us Expecting Grace in the Midst of Lifes Hard.
From the back cover: Finding Grace in the everyday
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 doesnt 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.
Most of us have had the experience that one moment we are spiritually skipping along; the next moment we are staring into the gaping jaws of affliction. Those moments can be devastating. They come up hard and fast and, sometimes, they do not leave. What do we do? Well we can either let this whirlpool keep spinning and eventually drag us down or we can identify with Christs suffering and then let His peace take over. This is what Ms. Tippetts calls The Hard Peace. This is an extraordinary story and for those of us who go through these experiences this is the book that was written to help us in our moment of trial. If you or you know someone who is facing a moment of intense hardship then get this book for you or for them.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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