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Everything happens for a reason: And Other Lies I've Loved

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * "A meditation on sense-making when there's no sense to be made, on letting go when we can't hold on, and on being unafraid even when we're terrified."--Lucy Kalanithi This unforgettable memoir is a powerful graduation gift for med school students and a must read for doctors and nurses looking to empathize with their patients. 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 mark 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 life with her newborn son. Then she is diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. The prospect of her own mortality forces Kate to realize that 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. Praise for Everything Happens for a Reason "I fell hard and fast for Kate Bowler. Her writing is naked, elegant, and gripping--she's like a Christian Joan Didion. I left Kate's story feeling more present, more grateful, and a hell of a lot less alone. And what else is art for?" --Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love Warrior and president of Together Rising "This is a beautifully written, intelligent, soulful book, 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
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subject_facet Autobiographies, Bowler, Kate -- Health, Cancer -- Patients -- Family relationships, Christian life, Colon (Anatomy) -- Cancer -- Patients -- United States -- Biography
title_display Everything happens for a reason : and other lies I've loved
title_full Everything Happens for a Reason And Other Lies I've Loved, Everything happens for a reason : and other lies I've loved / Kate Bowler
title_short Everything happens for a reason :
title_sub And Other Lies I've Loved
topic_facet Biography & Autobiography, Bowler, Kate, Cancer, Christian life, Colon (Anatomy), Family relationships, Health, Medical, Nonfiction, Patients, Religion & Spirituality