I read a book this week that was very hard to read, but I couldn’t tear away from it. Written by a mama of four who is dying of cancer that is eating up her body, this book is filled with such grace, such love, such faith, such pain.
As a mom, I wanted to quit reading. I didn’t want to be faced on every page with the awful truth that mothers might have to shepherd their children through the reality of their own impending death.
But as a mom, I also was compelled to soak in the quiet strength and love that was the language of these pages.
I learned much in these chapters. Much about savoring every moment. Much about meeting my children where they are in their journey and mothering them with kindness. Much about what it means to rest firmly in God’s goodness when your story doesn’t go the way you would have written it.
I visited her blog and stayed there thirty minutes before I realized it. I find myself strangely drawn to her in her honest suffering and honest joy in a life that most would think impossible to call joyful.
Then, I started seeing links to the story of a young woman who also has cancer but is approaching it in a very different manner. Instead of embracing it as her story, and finding love and joy in every moment she’s given, she has chosen to escape by ending her life early.
Kara Tippetts, the author of The Hardest Peace, has gently and graciously reached out across cyberspace to Brittany, via a letter published on Ann Voskamp’s blog.
Read the letter. Pray with me that Brittany will read it and that God will grip her heart and that she will delay, cancel her plans. This story has gripped the nation and my heart over the past couple of days.
Read Kara’s book and allow her journey to grip your heart too.
I am pleased to be able to offer a free copy of her book to someone who comments on this post. Leave your email address in the comments and I will choose a winner Wednesday, October 15.
This is a book that will leave a mark on your soul.
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