I’ve spent quite a lot of time thinking about grace. I’ve written about grace some. Despite all my thinking and trying grace is a state that alludes me most of the time. When I was given the opportunity to review Kara Tippetts’ book The Hardest a Peace – Experiencing Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard. If this woman could find grace in the midst of a terminal cancer diagnosis, I could certainly find a glimmer of something to help me find grace in the midst of my significantly less difficult hard.
This book was written with a whole lot of honesty and tenderness and I appreciated the depth of Kara’s sharing. She didn’t hesitate to tell it like it was, but she did so with grace and dignity. The passages that she chose to share from the Bible or other sources highlighted what she was trying to say perfectly. It was the second to last paragraph in the book that really got me, though. I won’t share it all as I would love you for you to see it’s beautiful for yourself, but it came down to the fact that there is only love. That is something that has been told to me. It is something that I am trying to live. To live in love, and Kara is doing it beautifully and with grace. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to read her story.
Here’s a little bit more from the publisher:
Kara Tippetts knows the ordinary days of mothering four kids, the joy of watching her children grow…and the devastating reality of stage-IV cancer.
In The Hardest Peace, Kara invites readers to see the grace of the everyday in all seasons of life and to live well even when the living is hard. This book is an invitation to join her in moving away from fear and control and toward peace and grace. Just as the thousands of people who read 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 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.
If you would like to win a copy of this book all you need to do is leave me a message stating so (how easy is that?). I will choose a winner at random on the 25th of October at around noon.
I hope that you all have a lovely weekend.
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