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
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 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.
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,
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?
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.