In her book, The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard, Kara Tippetts shares her journey with stage four cancer. As a pastor’s wife and the mother of four young children, Tippets chronicles painful childhood memories, her teenage rebellion, and her encounter with Jesus Christ before discussing her life-altering diagnosis. This is a story of an ordinary woman, happily married and enjoying every moment as a mom, when she finds herself thrust into devastating circumstances. But in the midst of the dark times, Tippetts has found “beauty in the brokenness” and grace in the most dreaded “gift” one could ever receive.
Words are limited when describing the impact this story has on the reader. It is heart-breaking but hopeful, incredible but authentic. Tippets endures indescribable suffering while she maintains an unshakable faith in a sovereign Savior who gives grace in the hardest of places. This book is well-written, theologically sound, and maintains a sense of humor while dealing honestly with the most difficult of subjects. With a maturity beyond her years, Tippetts has a gift of communicating truth with tenderness that few possess. Rather than imposing on the reader, she uses her experience to encourage and uplift. The Hardest Peace isn’t just about a fight with cancer and the suffering that accompanies it. This story points beyond Tippett to the One who faithfully walks beside her as she continues her journey Home.
I cannot recommend The Hardest Peace highly enough. It is one of the most convicting and comforting personal accounts I have been privileged to read. The Hardest Peace is for anyone who wonders if God is still good in life’s darkest moments. Kara Tippetts’ answer is a resounding “Yes.”
I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.