Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Hardest Peace by Kara Tippetts

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.

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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. 

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My Review - I have a few questions to answer that will help me with my review.  I truly enjoyed this book.  I highly recommend it and I hope that you will read it as soon as you can get your hands on it.  Life is hard.  There are going to be trials.  We must make the best of what we have.

· Who has God sent to walk with you through your pain? Has He asked you to walk with someone else in his or her journey?

God sent my husband to me and we walk through the pain together.  We also try to walk with anyone we come across that is feeling pain.
· If you are married, what are some expectations you had going into marriage that were not met? How did you reconcile those unmet expectations? How has God shown you that only He can satisfy you fully?
My expectations have been met in my marriage.  We are truly blessed to have each other.  My husband has a strong faith and he helps me learn that the only true satisfaction in life comes from God.

· How does your life look different from what you once expected? Are you okay with the differences? Why or why not? How would you describe the new story you are living?
My life is almost exactly opposite what I thought it would be.  I thought I would be wealthy.  I thought I would be a doctor.  We are not wealthy.  I didn't finish college.  I am however able to help others because I understand their struggles better than if I had never had any struggles.

· How do you communicate beauty to your children, especially in a culture that worships only the outward?
· How often do you think about heaven? If a lot, describe what you think about it. If not, think about why not.
I think about heaven almost daily.  I just think of how great it is going to be.

· In what ways are you a safe place for other people? Think of someone you know who is hurting. How can you pursue them and become a safe place for their messiness? Not save them necessarily, but be a safe place to fall?

I am a safe place for other people because I listen without judging.
· When you pray for God to lift you out of fear and dread, do you truly believe He can and will? Why or why not? What is an example of when He did, and what is an example of when you felt He didn't? How did He show you His goodness in both answers?

I believe God can and He will.  I believe that it is already done.  God has a perfect plan for us and we must trust Him.
· Are you suffocating under expectations you've placed on yourself? What does God say about those expectations? What does freedom in Christ look like in light of these expectations?

No I have freedom in Christ and that keeps me from suffocating under expectations I have placed on myself.  The day I realized that God is in control is the day I gave up on my expectations.

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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