Finding The Hardest Peace

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for the sole purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are 100% mine. 


Sometimes books come to you for a reason. At the time you don’t know why but they just seem to fall into your lap. I received a book back in October that I will admit that I really wanted to read but somehow the desire was not there. Each time I would pick up the book something would call me away. I now know why this book was not meant for me in October because I needed this book in my life now. The book is called The Hardest Peace by Kara Tippetts. It is about expecting grace in the midst of life’s hard. And right now I am in the midst of life’s hard. Losing my dad almost a month ago was a life altering experience for me. I have and will always be a daddy’s girl. But I have suddenly found myself questioning all that I believe in and even my faith. But then I saw this book on my bookshelf the other day begging to be read as if God was saying here is the answer the peace you have been looking for. Before I get into any more details let me give you a brief overview of the book.

The Hardest Peace

In The Hardest Peace, Kara invites readers to see the grace of the everyday in all seasons of life and to live well even when the living is hard. This book is an invitation to join her in moving away from fear and control and toward peace and grace. Just as the thousands of people who read 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.

I was in tears as I read the book of one mom’s struggle to overcome cancer. I saw so much of my dad’s story in hers but unlike Kara my dad kept quiet about his final diagnosis, choosing to live life as he has lived before not wanting to slow down until he finally had to. He chose how he let cancer define him. I felt a certain kinship with Kara as I was reading this book. I fell in love with her story and her family and I have found myself praying for her family’s peace as well as my own. Losing my dad to cancer after losing my sister to the same disease over 20 years ago was just heart breaking but I am learning that as Kara so eloquently wrote in her book “We are not the authors of our stories. We are the characters.” I believe that God has a plan for their suffering and I am determined to continue the legacy that my dad has set forth in his life and that was a life of service to community, to his country and to his family. Lastly I want to leave you with another quote from the book and it is what is getting me through these hard days. “We see all that is broken but God sees all that is beautiful.” I believe he has a beautiful plan but right now I cannot see it through the tears.

This is a book I would highly recommend to anyone who is battling cancer, who has a loved one battling cancer, who has lost a loved one to cancer or for anyone who is struggling to find the hardest peace.

Looking to buy this book Amazon has it in Kindle and Paperback versions.

Kara Tippetts

Kara Tippetts and her husband, Jason, have four children and are planting a church in Colorado Springs, CO. Cancer is only part of Kara’s story. Her real fight is to truly live while facing a crushing reality. She blogs faithfully at Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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  1. This book would be a tear jerker for me. My grandpa had cancer and it was so hard watching him endure all he had to. This book would be right up my alley.

  2. That sounds like a great read. I think everyone knows someone who’s gone through a struggle with cancer.

  3. First off I am so sorry about losing your father. My father died of a heart attack when I was 15, 30 years ago and I still miss him everyday. I will be saying a prayer for you. The book sounds amazing by the way.

  4. We lost my mother in law a year and a half ago, and my husband is recovering. I don’t know if I want to about it, but I know everyone handles struggles differently.

  5. It is so gratifying when you find a book that speaks to your own experiences and struggles. It sounds like this book was meant for you

  6. I have lost several loved ones to cancer, and it’s always so tough. I love reading books like this because I always relate with them.

  7. I very much agree that at times books come to us with a reason behind it. The Hardest Peace looks like a great inspiring book, to see the grace of everyday, what ever might happen in our life and to live well, even when it is all getting worse. Thanks for inspiring.

  8. What a great book to get into. We all struggle to find peace, and not just individually. I am sure this is a great read

  9. Sometimes the hardest books to read are the ones we need to read the most. This sounds like one of those. I will be looking for this one for sure.

  10. I just love it when I read a book at the exact moment it was meant to be read. It makes things that much clearer in my eyes.

  11. I believe faith comes in many forms, and I believe that you are correct that this book came to you when you needed it. Prayers for your loss, and hope for your future healing; there will always be scars, but eventually smiles as well.

  12. My mom is currently battling cancer right now and this is a book I think I’d enjoy reading.

  13. This sounds like a fantastic book! Especially if it can touch your heart in the way that you described. Yes some books hold some valuable information that you need in your life at the right time. I’ve had this happen to me on so many occasions and I always receive it better than if I had read the book when I first intended to.

  14. After not having time to read for many years, I have recently started reading again. This sounds like a lovely book. I am going to add it to my reading list.

  15. I can fully appreciate why you must have been in tears while reading this book. It sounds really beautiful. Great review.

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