Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I've Loved
London-born Kate Bowler, a thirty-five year-old professor at the school of divinity at Duke, had finally had a baby with her childhood sweetheart when she began to feel jabbing pains in her stomach. She lost thirty pounds, guzzled antacid, and visited doctors for three months before she was finally diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer.
As Kate navigates the aftermath of her
But as Kate Bowler shows in her wonderful new memoir, Everything Happens ...more
So I did what any reasonable person should and finished this book at home in bed on a slow morning. And gosh. I’m glad my roommates weren’t home because I oscillated between an ugly cry and a full belly laugh in the course of like three pages.
Kate’s voice is incisive and thoughtful and honest ...more
"I wanted to make God to make me good and make me faithful,with just a few shining accolades along the way. ...more
Oh man... I don't know how to rate this just yet.
Everything Happens for a Reason is Kate Bowlers memoirs of her experiences after being diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. As a divinity professor, she has a difficult time integrating this personal tragedy into the narrative of her life. How can a benevolent God exist, in the face of all the injustice and suffering in the world? This book describes, ...more
Funny and well written (I’ve actually laughed out lot a few times and that rarely happens when I read a book) but the essential message was lost on me, since I don’t think I’ve ever actually believed that everything happens for a reason. At best, this book reinforces what I already know. Plus the religious elements were doing nothing for me.
But I’ve got a few good lessons on how to be around /talk with people that are battling cancer or had similar experiences and I have a deep respect for ...more
While weighty in concept, this book holds in tandem a bright optimism grounded with a gritty reality. A horror story collides head on with a love story as Bowler offers her mem ...more
And that's why I like this memoir: because Kate Bowler discovers th ...more
“What would it mean for Christians to give up that little piece of the American Dream that says, "You are limitless"? Everything is not possible. The mighty kingdom of God is not yet here. What if 'rich' did not have to mean 'wealthy', and 'whole' did not have to mean 'healed'? What if being the people of "the go ...more
1. Live in Ordinary Time: I am extremely guilty of always planning - the next project, the next vacation, the next meal etc. I need to stop more often and enjoy this moment, this day, this time.
2. Sometimes there is no "right thing" to say to someone: silence and the truth can have much more of an impact than trying to fill a void with saying the "right thing".
3. Kate Bowler's podcast is ...more
"I'd love to hear it," he replied.
"Pardon?" she said, startled.
"The reason my wife is dying," he said...
platitudes, man. just stop talking.
kate bowler was 35 years old when she found out that she had stage IV colon cancer. she w ...more
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This book woke me up and put me back in that fragile, stunned state after loss. When everything is magnified and technicolor, when home cooked meals are a downright luxury and letters and gifts buoy your spirits enough to get through the day. Something magical happens here. Love, as Bowler calls it.
Prepare to sit for a few solid hours and finish this in one gulp. Prepare from some waves of depression as she delves into the prosperity gospel and the confusion the church and ...more
It's not the best cancer/facing death memoir I've read in the last few years but its certainly not the worst either. Kate's thoughts were a bit all over the place but I still enjoyed her voice. She had a few good quotes/realizations about living and dying but I probably wouldn't read it again though.
Ph.D., Duke University
M.A.R., Yale Divinity School
B.A., Macalester College
Her book, Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel (Oxford University Press, 2013), received widespread media attention and academic praise as the first history of the mo ...more