The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life's Hard

The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life's Hard

by Kara Tippetts


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ISBN-13: 9780781412155
Publisher: David C Cook
Publication date: 10/01/2014
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

The late Kara Tippetts was the author of The Hardest Peace (winner of the 2015 Christian Book Award® in the Inspiration category) and blogged faithfully at Cancer was only a part of Kara’s story. Her real fight was to truly live while facing a crushing reality. Since her death in March 2015, her husband, Jason, is parenting their four children and leading the church they founded in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Introduction 15

Chapter 1 The Beginning 21

Chapter 2 Love Is Kind 37

Chapter 3 The Unexpected Plot Chang 61

Chapter 4 The Dance Most of All 81

Chapter 5 Shadowlands 99

Chapter 6 There, I Said It 111

Chapter 7 Faith of a Child 127

Chapter 8 The Hardest Peace 145

Letters from Kara 161

Letter from Jason 171

Acknowledgments 175

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The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life's Hard 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
CherylDW More than 1 year ago
An extraordinary book of hope! How do we live, really live when the hard of life hits? How do we help our littles when the hard in life just simply doesn't make sense? Kara Tippetts graciously, beautifully, and lovingly beckons us, through her words and in sharing her life's journey, to LIVE.... while leaning hard into Jesus, the one who's strength is made perfect when we are weak. She knows weak and hard, and sick and tired, and Jesus showing up in strength and grace. She shares what it means to struggle, to relinquish the way we 'thought' it would be, and to savor the sweet and precious moments with our loves, to lean into the hard that life brings, to love BIG, to parent with kindness, to runaway with our loves, to giggle and laugh, to treasure the warm snuggle, to SEE and pay attention to the one(s) who join us in our journey. The Hardest Peace is a well written, warm and honest reflection of the reality of living with stage IV cancer, AND the reality of peace and hope and this one simple word, STILL. Kara calls it the "five letter fist of hope"...STILL there is laughter and joy and celebrations and warm snuggles and hot coffee and beautiful sunsets. Kara Tippetts kindly and convincingly brings us face to face with the reality of hard stories...but she does not leave us there in despair. The Hardest Peace is filled with the STILL and Kara's words are drenched in hope and goodness and the knowledge that we are loved beyond measure by the God of hope, in whose presence we find peace and life everlasting. Her hard story is hard, yet her words and heart and example in the midst of hard are LIFE GIVING! Beautiful, lovely, gracious, full of encouragement and hope! One word to the wise...set aside a chunk of time when you decide to open that first page and begin to is hard to put down.
SherreyM More than 1 year ago
Kara Tippetts is no ordinary woman. Take one young mother, with four "littles" as Kara calls them. Add her role as wife to Jason, a young pastor called to plant a new church in Colorado. To those identifying components of who Kara Tippetts is add a diagnosis of stage IV cancer. Reading Kara's story is hard. I had only faced the necessities of raising one child as a single mom. Nothing I faced prepared me to read Kara's life as it is--raw, ravaging, hard, loving, angry, depressing, filled with fears for herself and her littles, saying goodbyes long before she is supposed to be old enough to say them. But in the middle of it all, Kara finds gifts she never expected. Among them the extraordinary love of strangers, friends who travelled distances to help, a husband who stands by her through it all. These gifts are the ones other people brought to Kara and Jason's doorstep. God brought them grace. The grace to see it through, to explain it to the ones of their four children who could grasp and understand the devastating situation, to continue to love one another. Kara takes her reader on a long, sometimes miserable, often joyful walk with cancer under her personal circumstances. Her emotions are real, her words tough and honest, her truth immeasurable. Recommendation Who needs to read The Hardest Peace? Anyone who has a loved one or close friend losing to cancer. Anyone who is seeking--truth, grace, identity, who God and Christ are, and the meaning to drawing a breath each day. Those who believe life is tougher for them than others will come away from this book knowing the truth and the real meaning of the word "tough." Meeting Kara is true joy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Hardest Peace is Kara's story from start to present.  She gives us a snapshot of the messy of her life prior to faith.  She introduces us to her husband and their story.  She lets us peek in on her four children and the wonder of them in her life.  She brings us to Colorado Springs from North Carolina and we hear of how tough moving to Colorado was from day one. She talks about the life she and Jason thought they were going to live and the life they have had to accept.  She is candid about the life her family will live without her and how she is trying to prepare all of them for that day and time. Kara is dying.  The cancer is not going to turn back and retreat at this point.  All treatments are to buy as much time as possible.  Just a few weeks ago she shaved her head for the second and last time. Kara knows she will die bald.  The treatments ensure that.  Kara shares from a place of deep peace and grace.  She can do so because of the big love she has experienced in Christ.  She is thoughtful in her story and she invites the reader in with some questions at the end of each chapter.  She doesn't want just people who have cancer, for example, to read this book.  She claims, and I agree, that this book is for anyone who has experienced, is experiencing, or will experience hard.  Well, that's everyone.  We cannot escape the hard of life, the sharp and rough edges of people and circumstances.  We cannot escape it but we can have peace, hard peace, in the midst of it.  Unless you have walked through hard with peace you can't speak with any authority on it. You have to experience it to share it honestly and without cliches.  Kara has the authority to show us and tell us that it is possible to have hard peace when life isn't so gentle.  She has been well equipped to speak on this topic. Kara's book, The Hardest Peace, is a gift for the reader.  The message Kara has lived to share is for anyone who has faced hard and that is each of us.  Pick up a copy for yourself and a friend today.  You will be challenged and comforted by Kara's story.
Nancy_Nameth More than 1 year ago
As Kara Tippetts tells her story, I realize this is the story we all live as we live the hard parts of life and help others to do the same.   To realize that it is okay to not have it together all of the time is a relief.  I think  "The Hardest Peace-Expecting Peace in the Midst of Life's  Hard" gives us the scriptural support we need when living through an extended period of hard times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kara is a grace gift. Her heart has been spilled out across these pages.  In "The Hardest Peace, " Kara speaks truth in tenderness and love.  She speaks to the child, the spouse, the mamma, the friend.  She pleads with her readers- her friends- to love BIG, not just in the important parts of life, but in all the little parts! God gave Kara an amazing gift to write honestly and fairly about her battle with cancer, but more importantly, about her battle to choose to seek out grace and love and to truly live in all the moments she has been given.  This is not just another book about cancer.  This is a book about life that is lived abundantly, a life that each reader can experience through the wonderful love of a Father who freely gives grace and peace to His children, in the beauty of the hard. Kara points her readers to the cross.  "Jesus didn’t have to extend His love... He didn't have to rewrite my story from one of beauty to one of brokenness and create a whole new brand of beauty...He overcame my fear of death in that unbelievable, beautiful moment, and the fruit of that death, that resurrection, and that stunning grace is peace.  It is the hardest peace, because it is brutal... but it is the greatest, greatest story that ever was. And it was, and it is."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will quickly read through the Hardest Peace as it’s one of those books you carve out time to sit and finish, but as you process the words you will be drawn back to reread pages because you know you didn’t catch the depth in which they were written.  There are tears shed, many tears shed, but there is hope and that hope is in the one who will wipe away all our tears.   There is no formula, or fake promises, but a continual pointing to the one who is the perfect Author of each of our stories.  You will be blessed and even challenged by reading this book.  Kara is real, honest, and vulnerable, you cannot help but grow to love her, and now she has written us her story to be shared with anyone.  You will find yourself in real moments of life thinking back to her words written in the Hardest Peace and you will be challenged to face the moment with sacrificing love and kindness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, this amazing book, will change the way you face the hard edges of life. No matter if it is the mundane edge of kids, work, spouses, and life....or the big hard of sickness, loss, and family struggles. Hard is hard, BUT "hard is not the absence of God's goodness". Grace will meet you as you read and learn how to seek and search for Grace to meet you at each turn. Read this. Share this book with those you love. It. Will. Change. You.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life's Hard Kara Tippetts has a way with words, with life, with grace that is rare in our world. Though she's fighting stage four cancer, the book is far more about faith and life than it is cancer. I would recommend it to men, women, parents, singles, teenagers, grandparents. Anyone struggling with their own hard in life will benefit from this book. And if you have a friend or family member fighting cancer, this is just the gift for them. It changes perspectives, and it applies to every walk of life. Grace pours from the pages... and the way she cries out in faith is just life changing. Wherever you are in your faith, this book will meet you there. Read it. Don't hesitate. Yes, you'll go through a box of tissues. Yes, you'll stop mid-book and go apologize to one of your children for losing your temper. (I did. True story.) But you'll also laugh. You'll start to look for the moments in life you've been missing. This book will change you. I am blessed to know this mama, and I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
StephanieAdams More than 1 year ago
The Hardest Peace is a must read for everyone.  This is not another ‘cancer’ story.  This is God’s story of grace and love written throughout the life of Kara Tippetts.  It is a story that will not only touch your heart, but cause you to begin to look at your own life’s story through the lens of God’s unfailing love. Through Kara’s beautiful telling of God’s faithfulness in the hard story for her life, she shows us the importance of embracing God’s calling in our life; letting go of the ‘idol’ image we have created of what our life should look like and trust Him.    She demonstrations the importance of showing BIG love in small, every day moments like folding laundry for her kids, snuggling tight to read a bedtime story or time spent across from her spouse with a good cup of coffee.  It all matters.  Every. Single. Moment.   Kara shares her hurts, fears and impossibly difficult moments with such love and grace that it moves us to begin to be honest about our own hard that we often want to keep hidden.   With encouragements like, “Hard is not the absence of God's goodness.” Kara helps us to know God’s goodness is near—even in hard places.
ChiShep More than 1 year ago
Beautiful. Simply, beautiful. The Hardest Peace will grab you deep in your soul...Kara's story and infectious personality draw you in, but it is Jesus who keeps you. His love and grace are apparent in every moment of our lives, yet sometimes we have to look a bit to truly find them. Kara teaches us to look for grace, to savor each moment we have been given, to appreciate each detail in our daily lives, and mostly to LIVE, to truly and completely live in our moments. Even in the life altering, face-down-living season of cancer, Kara finds His grace in her daily battle. She extends herself beyond her limits to capture life with the ones she holds dearest to her heart. This book may have been borne from a cancer diagnosis, but it is certainly NOT a book about illness...Kara's story is about living and living big. Kara Tippett's journey will capture you and her beautifully written words will leave you wonderfully spent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and I believe that it is definitely a book for all ages to learn about a tragic human experience. It encourages the reader to live the best life you can and be more grateful for the life and family that was given to you from God. Even when you feel completely alone and helpless, God i there for you. This story of a mom battling cancer is truly inspirational and moving because it makes you think of the little things that shape you as a person and a better human being.
millstreetreader More than 1 year ago
I first heard about Kara Tippetts's book THE HARDEST PEACE through Facebook.  A former student, a young mother herself, wrote of weeping while alternating between reading the book and hugging her own children.  Still she mentioned gaining such strength from Kara's words and her whole story. I was fortunate enough to be able to ask David C. Cook Publishing for a review copy of the book for review purposes, and I am so glad they allowed me the chance to learn about Kara's journey and her message for us all. Kara and her husband believed they were living the dream God had planned for them.  Four healthy children that they loved to the moon and back, the chance to start a new church in Colorado, and a personal love that grew with each new year of marriage.  Then within weeks of moving, Kara found a lump and a new story began -- a story of cancer that spread from her breasts, to her ovaries, to her brain and to the nodes.  Rounds of chemo stole her hair, her energy, and her "pretty."   Radiation and surgery left a myriad of scars.  As the disease progressed, morphed, and became the center of their lives, the question "How will my children live without me?" shouted at her daily, but then her faith allowed her focus to shift.  As Kara says, there was no "pretty" left in her life, but everywhere she looked she sees beauty.  It may be the visit from a congregation member, or a late night embrace from her husband, or the profound love and selflessness she's felt from even her youngest child.  In each tiny moment or grand pronouncement she has chosen to see God.  It is his strength she has chosen to feel and acknowledge, both in the book and at her blog MUNDANE FAITHFULNESS.  When I checked the blog this week, I see guest posts from dear friends she's made along this journey.  Her last posting, just a few days ago, indicate she is weakening.  Her thoughts remind me so much of a brother in law who passed away from leukemia 8 years ago.  She is eloquent in naming and describing the moments of grace and beauty that flicker even in the harshest moments of destructive disease; she's given words to feelings that I am sure my brother in law, his wife, and his daughters felt.  I witnesses moments of that God given strength and grace, but cannot begin to share the impact it had on me and my husband.  I will leave you to read Kara Tippett's THE HARDEST PEACE.   Note that this is not the typical "disease" memoir.  Kara does not take us through  a chronological journey of diagnosis, treatment, and family chaos.  From the beginning of the book and continuing throughout she focuses on how living in her weakness she has been able to see and experience life as it should be lived.  Of everything in the book what affected me most was her conscious effort to continue to parent her children, not in the physical realm of everyday care, but in the greater picture of effecting their hearts and their understanding of love, sharing, and caring for others.  She also has prepared her children for her eventual death and helped them to remain to see a loving God in their life story. Thank you to David C, Cook for allowing me to review this book.   
Octsamone More than 1 year ago
Amazing book. The journey this woman and her family are on is heartbreaking yet inspiring. In the midst of her hard she encourages her reader and you finish the book wanting to live differently.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't put it down til I finished it. Kara inspires and challenges you with her authenticity and faith walk. What a legacy she will leave. I will share this book with many friends and family.
Livanlearn More than 1 year ago
This book must have been very hard to write, when Kara Tippetts was very sick and her future unknown. It took a great amount of courage and faith for her to write this legacy for her family. Her children will be blessed with the words, thoughts and love shared by this courageous Godly woman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a beautifully written heart story.  I'm so thankful for Kara's words & how they encourage all of us to live our lives intentionally.  I found myself thinking I can't wait to start this book again once I'm finished because there is so much wisdom & truth in her story.  I don't want to miss any of the important truths on these pages!!  So it's a MUST re-read!!!  
VicG More than 1 year ago
Kara Tippetts in her new book , “The Hardest Peace” published by David C Cook gives us Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard. From the back cover:  Finding Grace in the everyday Kara Tippetts knows the ordinary days of mothering four kids, the joy of watching her children grow … and the devastating reality of stage-four cancer. In The Hardest Peace, Kara doesn’t offer answers for when living is hard, but she asks us to join her in moving away from fear and control and toward peace and grace. Most of all, she draws us back to the God who is with us, in the mundane and the suffering, and who shapes even our pain into beauty. Most of us have had the experience that one moment we are spiritually skipping along; the next moment we are staring into the gaping jaws of affliction. Those moments can be devastating. They come up hard and fast and, sometimes, they do not leave. What do we do? Well we can either let this whirlpool keep spinning and eventually drag us down or we can identify with Christ’s suffering and then let His peace take over. This is what Ms. Tippetts calls The Hard Peace. This is an extraordinary story and for those of us who go through these experiences this is the book that was written to help us in our moment of trial. If you or you know someone who is facing a moment of intense hardship then get this book for you or for them. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
  I began reading this book the day Kara Tippetts and her husband Jason spoke on Focus on the Family. The story Jason and Kara were telling- of their love and their family and living with Kara's Stage IV cancer- had both Jim and John in tears. There are so many reasons why this book should be read. Read it because Kara tells the truth about the good and the hard. She's honest about what frightens and what redeems. Her story involves the harshness of chemo and the desolation of lonely radiation treatments, and her story encompasses dancing in the kitchen with her daughters and snuggling goodnight with her son. It's a reminder that being human is a good, good thing- and it's a hard, hard thing. Her book is (obviously) a reminder that our Time together is a gift. That each day is another gift for us to life in. I'm hesitant to try to review this book, because Kara is real and beautiful, and her story flows out of that, and my understanding and attempts to explain what I read will be shallow. Let me put it this way, you need this book if you're facing hard right now, if your reality may not change and you need grace to carry on. She will introduce you to the One who gives that grace. You also need this book because her words about marriage and family will not fail to inspire you. The tenderness and grace between this wife and husband and their four children has been refined in the fire. She lets us into her own heart, starting as a little child. She begins by introducing us her her Grandma Elnora. "She loved big, instigated laughter, and was never afraid to get dirty," Kara tells us. Her Grandma had joy inside her that spilled over and poured into Kara every time she was near. Kara wanted to be just like her, and when Kara met Jesus as a young adult, she recognized Him right away as her Grandma's superpower. I think this was a perfect way to begin, with a woman who lived so fully, so good, that she blessed everyone around her, even though her story was so full of hard. So I'm keeping my personal copy- with the notes in it- and I'm waiting for the right soul to give my extra copy too. And we are praying for the Kara and her family. Litfuse Publicity and David C. Cook Publishing sent me this book for review.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
In The Hardest Peace, Kara Tippetts shares her powerful story and does so openly, honestly, and beautifully. Her words stirred my emotions and touched me in ways I never imagined. This is a breathtaking book! I encourage you to read it. You will be blessed; you will be changed. I received a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this book on the first day and could not put it down! It's not a "cancer story" but a story about life. Living life. Living through (not around!) "the Hard" junky, dear God:are you kidding me-no one will believe this- kinda Stuff. It's a story that smacks you in the face to quit being so selfish. This book quickly draws you in and through Kara's beyond-belief transparency and honesty, and it demands self-reflection. Lots of it. Do yourself a huge favor: save yourself the extra trip and buy one than one copy at a time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago