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My mom passed away almost 10 years ago from breast cancer. I still remember when she first received her diagnosis 11 years prior to that. I had just graduated college. I was old enough to understand what she was going through, or at least have a general understanding. I don't think I'll ever truly understand all of her emotional and physical turmoil through that time, unless I also develop cancer.
When I first heard about Kara Tippetts' story, I knew this was a book I would want to read. Kara Tippetts, a mom with 4 young children, was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer. Her book, The Hardest Peace, is about more than just her battle with cancer; she shares her journey in her faith through the ups and downs in her life.
About the Book:
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.
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.
I originally thought I would relate to The Hardest Peace because of my mom's battle with cancer, but there was so much more in the book that really touched me. Kara Tippetts' story of her own spiritual growth because her mentor chose to be open, honest, REAL struck a chord in me. Over the past few years, I've determined to be more open and honest with people, especially those with whom I am walking alongside spiritually. This book reminded me of the importance of that.
She also shares about how learning the importance of fighting with her husband with kindness through the small things in their early years of marriage helped prepare them for the big things they would face later.
The most touching parts of The Hardest Peace are those when she shares about her diagnosis and battle with cancer. About finding beauty in the ugly of losing her hair because of treatments. About slowing down and really building the relationships with those who are most important to her, so that they will remember her heart after she's gone.
The Hardest Peace is an incredibly moving book and a huge reminder of focusing on what's most important - our relationships with God and others.
You can learn more about The Hardest Peace and Kara Tippetts' story at her blog. You can also follow her on Instagram and Twitter.
You can enter to win your own copy of The Hardest Peace below.