“The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard” (by Kara Tippetts)

1496605_10206438717111061_2211255306245711183_n“If I am going to see myself clearly, I need you to hold the mirror of God’s Word in front of me.” (Paul David Tripp)

I purchased Kara Tippetts’ The Hardest Peace for one reason: Joni Eareckson Tada wrote the foreword. That was sufficient enough endorsement for the investment.

However, even the gravitas and ethos that come with any of Joni’s words couldn’t prepare me for the impact that The Hardest Peace has had in the quiet of my soul. The magnitude of this young mother’s words comes not from her tragic story; indeed, many have experienced devastating pain and heartache from tragedy and disease. But not many can invite readers into their stories in such a way that causes us to examine ourselves in the light of her story and her journey into a deeper walk with Christ…to engage in such a way that we are forced to answer her questions with heart-wrenching honesty—and walk away with a prayer to become more thoughtful, more carefully-attuned to the moment we’ve been given.

Please read this book, dear friend. And, in the process, I pray that you and I become more Christ-like wives and mothers and grandmothers and friends because of Tippetts’ precious sacrifice of love. She has held up the mirror of God’s Word in front of us, as Paul David Tripp says. May the Holy Spirit use her book as a way of conforming us to the image of His Son.

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