Friday, October 17, 2014

The Hardest Peace Book Review

I normally do no post book reviews. In fact, although I love literature, I rarely read anymore. As a busy mom of 2 special needs children, it is hard to make the time. However, when the opportunity arose to read and review The Hardest Peace, by Kara Tippetts, I was compelled to read it.

The Hardest Peace is an incredible book about the importance of  seeing the good in every day, no matter how much bad there may also be. It is about letting go of fear and instead feeling peace and grace.

I always try to life my life that way, but I will admit, that it is sometimes very hard, and I do get caught up in myself, my worries and doubts, sometimes. Reading this book just opened by eyes even more to how powerful it can be to live that way.

What makes the message in The Hardest Peace so powerful to me, is that I know it comes from a genuine place. Kara has endured so much, stage IV caner, among other struggles. Knowing that she could handle that, and still have the positive attitude I strive to maintain continually, is a huge inspiration and motivation to me to work harder at it.

Kara has all the same struggles, doubts and questions as we all do, but her willingness to explore that and how she wants to improve is so admirable. While I have thankfully never battles cancer, I feel that she and I are a lot alike.

I especially love that Kara brings all the answers and hope in this book back to God. I know that God is the reason I even made it out of some of the situations I have been in. While it's true none of us would be alive without him, in my case, it is not just his design that keeps me here, it is his grace and mercy.

Knowing that I can always count on God is a comfort I would be lost without. I am smart enough to know that I can do nothing on my own, and I am very thankful that I never have to. I know that God sees things in me that I could never imagine, and that in spite of my many, many flaws, I am created in his image, and that makes me special.

That knowledge is vital for me as I have struggled with self-worth issues my entire life. I always tell myself that the creator of the universe, The Alpha and the Omega, actually cares about me. I am but one miniscule human, and yet God is always there for me, that makes it harder to hate myself. How can I hate someone that God loves?

I don't want to venture too far off topic to talk about myself or my perceived struggles. I just want to reiterate how special The Hardest Peace is, and how highly I recommend reading it. It's rare when you read a book that could literally change your life, but The Hardest Peace definitely could.

If you have ever read The Hardest Peace, I would love to hear your thoughts, and if you have not yet, I hope you will and I would love to hear your thoughts once you have.

*Although this is a compensated book review, all opinions are 100% my own.*

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