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The Hardest Peace – Review & Giveaway

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I never visited her blog before, until someone I followed shared one of her posts and it showed up on my wall. I clicked over, I can’t remember why.  It may have been the post title or the post photo, or perhaps a call to pray, but I know I will never be the same.

What I found was a woman in love with Jesus, her family, her tribe and yet suffering from unimaginable pain and an unknown future, at least on this earth.  I keep going back to her blog, to read her words, ever so life-giving and encouraging in the midst of her own pain. I get updates about her condition, so I can pray and share her story so that others will pray. I weep for this woman that I will never meet this side of heaven. I weep for her family that are looking in the face of Heaven invading their earth. I weep because her story gives me the courage and strength to face my hard places, yet compared to her own do not appear hard at all. Yet she faithfully and continually encourages my heart, leaning into her own hard and reminding me that He is with me, no matter what.

I’m not certain she knows who I am, but I know who she is and she has changed my life and given me a perspective about living in the moment with a grace that only God can give.  I was so thrilled to be selected to review her book, The Hardest Peace.

About The Author

attachmentKara 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 Trippets 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 Mundane Faithfulness.

My Thoughts

I felt sometimes as if I was invading someone’s very personal space. I laughed, I cried, I prayed that God would bestow on me the same grace and strength modeled by this precious Woman of God, that in whatever hard seasons come my way, I will be well-equipped for the battle.

Somewhere in the middle of the book, I came upon this and it’s been food for thought ever since,

“Cancer is a gift. …I can say that cancer and suffering give the beautiful gift of perspective. It is the gift you never wanted, the gift wrapped in confusion and brokenness and heartbreak. It’s the gift that strips all your other ideas of living from you completely. The beautiful, ugly raising to the surface of the importance of each and every moment.” – The Hardest Peace.

Through reading this book I am learning that when we cease striving, when we quite fighting against our lot in life, that’s when the grace comes, like rain, pouring over our heads and into our laps. It’s the grace that carries us through the hard places and into the peace that passes all understanding.

I am privileged to have come across Kara’s blog and to have read her book. Will you lift her and her beautiful family up in your prayers?

The Giveaway

One of my readers will win a copy of The Hardest Peace. Your life will be changed by reading it. Just enter using the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway will remain open until 9PM (PST) on Friday, October 31st. The winner will be notified by email and announced through the Rafflecopter form.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.  Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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16 Comments

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    Sue Glashower
    October 18, 2014 at 4:34 am

    So inspiring the way she is turning her battle into a beautiful story of grace & peace. I look forward to following her story and praying for this sister in Christ.
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    Joanne Viola
    October 18, 2014 at 4:38 am

    Like you, Barbie, I have not been able to stop reading Kara’s blog since I discovered about her. I bawl, I laugh, I pray. And she challenges me in my walk with God.
    To answer the question, Jesus meets me in my hard places with His Word. I read Scripture & it is like He is reading to me and peace floods my heart & mind. Thank you for the opportunity!
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    Bevy @ Treasured Up and Pondereda
    October 18, 2014 at 6:08 am

    Every day – He meets me!! All I have to do is ask… He’s there… waiting!!

    I thank HIM for his grace and goodness.

    ***
    Thanks for the chance at this giveaway. I saw the “headlines” and say Anne’s blog with this “letter”.. but hadn’t had a chance to read any of these stories… until now.

    WOW!!

    I’ll be following Kara’s blog now, too!

    In love and Prayer!
    ~Bevy
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    Deb Wolf
    October 18, 2014 at 8:37 am

    I’m a follower of Kara’s blog too. How she shines His goodness. Thanks for sharing this Barbie!!
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    Shelly Hendricks (@Renewed_Daily)
    October 18, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Jesus meets me every day. Thank God. What in the world would I do without Him? This sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for the opportunity, Barbie. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3
    Shelly Hendricks (@Renewed_Daily) recently posted..The Power of Light

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    Heather @ My Overflowing Cup
    October 18, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Jesus has met us in the hard place of our recent financial hardships as we struggle to keep my husband’s business providing for our basic needs. We have learned that He truly is our Provider and Sustainer. We have learned that we cannot rely on our own strength, effort, or provision. We need to look to HIM for our everything. He has provided for us in the most amazing ways, sometimes at the last moment, and always in ways we least expect. Our journey is not fun at the moment, but we are learning to know Him much more intimately and that is making it worth it. Thank you so much for the chance to win this book!
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    Chelle
    October 18, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Barbie,
    It wasn’t until life got really hard that I appreciated my relationship with the Savior. If often said, at the hardest times, I cannot imagine NOT having God to cry out to. I love stories of Faith, and am excited to read more about Kara and her journey.
    Thank you for every blessing you share.
    In Peace,
    Chelle
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    Rebekah
    October 26, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    During my desert years, God met me in the lean, quiet times – when there was nowhere to turn and the acres of emptiness and loss seemed endless. No relief in sight. In those times, he comforted me with his words, with the faithfulness of others who became his hands and feet, with the constant assurance – seen through miracles and everyday living – that he was there, in control, and full of care for my life and well being. He gave me strength to keep going. He is my strength. He is yours too. Love you, friend.
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    Carmen
    October 27, 2014 at 3:34 am

    Wonderful review. I look forward to reading.
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    Amy Jung
    October 27, 2014 at 4:18 am

    I’m looking forward to reading this book sometime soon. This woman is amazing! I just found her blog recently and was amazed at her story and strength. Thanks for the give away!
    Amy Jung recently posted..Trusting in the Name of the Lord Our God

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    Jen @ Growing in Faith
    October 27, 2014 at 4:42 am

    I’ve seen this book mentioned numerous times…all with blazingly positive reviews. And I’ve read her letter via Ann Voskamp’s blog to Brittany Maynard. Absolutely stunning, but painfully honest writing.
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    Beth
    October 27, 2014 at 6:18 am

    The words she shares are always so powerful. I think I even heard her story mentioned on K-Love yesterday with a request to pray for her. Her book is on my must read list. And she and her family remind in my prayers.
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    alecia simersky
    October 27, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Oh wow, to hear that someone that is living in the midst of cancer say that it is a gift, is such an eye opener. It makes me re evaluate my own life and how much I take things for granted. Thank you for introducing Kara to us.
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    Kristin Hill Taylor
    October 27, 2014 at 7:34 am

    I’ve been wanting to read this book! I keep hearing such fabulous things about it. Jesus met me in the hard place of infertility and led us into adoption with a peace I’ve never experienced before.
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    Kelly
    October 27, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Great post! So many ways to learn that all we need is Jesus! He is our riches and not anything we have!
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    Becky Keife
    October 27, 2014 at 10:24 am

    I was first introduced to Tara when her letter to Brittany post was on Ann Voskamp’s site. I would love to win this book and read more about her journey and inspiring faith!
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