The Hardest Peace


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.

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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5 Responses to The Hardest Peace

  1. Shannon Amundson says:

    I have also been following both of these stories. My heart hurts for both ladies. I would love to read this book!

  2. Thank you for sharing this. I, too, have been reading Kara’s and Ann’s blogs. Praying and praying.

    My email address: monicasharman (at) yahoo (dot) com

  3. Courtney says:

    i was just talking to my hubby last night about this! Phew i could not imagine having the choice to end my own life! Im don’t wanna miss a thing.

  4. smhenderson2007 says:

    My wish for Brittany is that she read it and take Kara up on her offer to meet. When I read stories about people with brain cancer is always brings tears to my eyes. It has been almost two years since the doctors removed the cancerous tumor from my brain. The doctors say the question to ask is not, IF it will return, but WHEN it will. I have had many highs and lows since my surgeries. I am now finding the peace and grace that comes from the promises of the cross. Thank you Monica for sharing! I would love to read this book and i will be adding it to my must read list!

  5. Maryann says:

    As someone who has been on the cancer journey, I would so love to read Karas book. I would also love for Kara to share Gods love and truth with Brittany. I love how Kara is not bitter about her cancer but a better person because of Jesus and I know she gives Him the glory. I have read little snippets of what she has written and its truly a blessing to see how beautifully she shares and encourages even when she is in the midst of the battle herself.

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