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Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved
Everything Happens for a Reason And Other Lies I've Loved Author:Kate Bowler A divinity professor and young mother with a Stage IV cancer diagnosis explores the pain and joy of living without certainty. — — Kate Bowler is a professor at Duke Divinity School with a modest Christian upbringing, but she specializes in the study of the prosperity gospel, a creed that sees fortune as a blessing from God and misfortune as a ma... more »rk of God?s disapproval. At thirty-five, everything in her life seems to point toward ?blessing.? She is thriving in her job, married to her high school sweetheart, and loves her life with her newborn son.
Then Kate is diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer.
Mortality forces Kate to realize that as far as she can remember she has been tacitly subscribing to the prosperity gospel, living with the conviction that she can control the shape of her life with ?a surge of determination.? Even as this type of Christianity celebrates the American can-do spirit, it implies that if you ?can?t do? and succumb to illness or misfortune, you are a failure. Kate is very sick, and no amount of positive thinking will shrink her tumors. What does it mean to die, she wonders, in a society that insists everything happens for a reason? Kate is stripped of this certainty only to discover that without it, life is hard but beautiful in a way it never has been before.
Frank and funny, dark and wise, Kate Bowler pulls the reader deeply into her life in an account she populates affectionately with a colorful, often hilarious retinue of friends, mega-church preachers, relatives, and doctors. Everything Happens for a Reason tells her story, offering up her irreverent, hard-won observations on dying and the ways it has taught her to live.
?This is a beautifully written, intelligent, soulful book. Kate Bowler?s story makes room for anger, for love, for faith and despair and prayer and silence. This story feels true, in the deepest way, and is necessary reading for all of us who long to walk faithfully and honestly through the darkest and most desolate of seasons.??Shauna Niequist, New York Times bestselling author of Present Over Perfect« less