The Hardest Peace by Kara Tippetts












The Hardest Peace by Kara Tippetts is the latest book I’ve received from Litfuse for reviewing.

And it’s almost hard to put this book into words.

There are lots of books speaking about getting through hard times from pastors and such, who have walked with people, that sometimes seem like they offer solutions that are just don’t really help, that just seem too easy and too shallow.

And there are lots of books from survivors… those on the other side of the darkness…. that are great for encouragement that there can be healing.

This book is neither.

Kara writes about her life in her struggle with cancer and dealing with the fact that she may well die from it… from in the middle of the struggle. From right in the center of the hard. From a place where she openly writes that she may not live to see the book published… and where she has to accept that there is a likelihood that her husband and young children will be carrying on with their lives without her, and bearing the hard of their loss.

There are no cheap easy answers here… nor are there any false hopes. There’s no pretending that it’s easy…. or that faith and tears can’t coexist.

It’s real, honest, and open… and I pretty much guarantee tears.

And though my very hard place is completely different from her very hard place… I find it comforting to have the honesty and the openness… when so many seem to want to close the doors and hide the hard places from view.

But Kara also shares the peace… that she is able to trust that whatever happens in her story, whether she lives or whatever she dies, that the story is good and beautiful. That there will be grace covering the story and those left behind even if things do not turn out as she wishes.

It’s something that I know logically… but that’s frequently something I don’t always feel with my hard place. But it is truth. God is good, and the story will be the good story… always.

Though my circumstances for tears are very different…. there’s a part that really stood out to me….

“We talked about how tears were beautiful. That though the hard may come and our hearts may be broken, that brokenness isn’t bad. The tears are evidence of our love for one another. They did not stop that day, and they will not stop in the days to come. But tears are a gift, not something to withhold or bottle up – they are the essence of the best of life. The love here, now, today has grown our hearts, and makes the parting of our hearts suffocating and hard at best. But our tears will be treasured, kept, and stored in heaven.”


Having just finished reading the book, I don’t have the information yet that will go below this when I post it… and I’m somewhat scared to click over and see as to whether or not her comments about possibly not being here to see the book published ended up being her story or not. I don’t want to see the harder path chosen in her story any more than I want it chosen in mine.

But with both of us… if that’s the path the story takes, it will still be the beautiful one.



About the Book:

A young mother battling cancer invites readers to embrace grace in every season of life.

Kara Tippetts knows the mundane but rich days of mothering four kids, the joy of watching her children grow.and the devastating reality of stage-four cancer.

In The Hardest Peace, she invites readers to see the grace of the everyday in all seasons of life and to live well even when the living is hard. As the thousands of readers of 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.


You can purchase your own copy at Mundane Faithfulness.

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About the Author:
Kara Tippetts and her husband, Jason, have four children and lead a church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Cancer is only part of Kara’s story. Her real fight is to truly live while facing a crushing reality.
Find Kara online: website, Facebook, Twitter

Kara Tippetts‘ brave and touching book, The Hardest Peace is launching with a blogger challenge. Celebrate with Kara by joining the #HardestPeace conversation and share how you are finding grace in the midst of the everyday and in life’s hard moments.

The Hardest Peace, Kara Tippetts

Share your stories of everyday grace in the midst of life’s difficulties and enter to win a #HardestPeace prize pack:

  • A book club pack (10 copies of The Hardest Peace for you and your small group!)
  • A handcrafted candle
  • Journal
  • Custom Etsy The Hardest Peace print and coffee mug

To enter to win, simply blog about your #HardestPeace story and then submit the link to your post via the link-up (or see link in the Rafflecopter below). Plus stop by others’ stories to leave encouragement and offer prayers as we all travel the journey of life together and discover that the hardest peace is often the most fulfilling peace. Then follow Kara online (via the Rafflcopter) for additional entries into the giveaway.

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