Everything Happens for a Reason

Author: Kate Bowler

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0399592075

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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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 “Belongs on the shelf alongside other terrific books about this difficult subject, like Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air and Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal.”—Bill Gates NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY REAL SIMPLE 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

Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I've Loved

Author: Kate Bowler

Publisher: SPCK

ISBN: 0281079307

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 141

View: 7011

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 diagnosis, she pulls the reader into her life and her history – affectionately filled with a colourful retinue of friends, mega-church preachers, parents, and doctors – and shares her irreverent, laser-sharp reflections on faith, friendship, love, and death. She wonders why suffering makes her feel like a loser and explores the burden of positivity. Trying to relish the time she still has with her son and husband, she realizes she must cure her habit of ‘skipping to the end’ and planning the next move. An historian of the American Prosperity Gospel (the creed of the megachurches that promises believers a cure for tragedy, if they just want it badly enough) Kate finds that she craves these same 'outrageous certainties'. Why is it so hard to surrender when she knows there are no spiritual guarantees? In Everything Happens for Reason we encounter one of the talented, courageous few who - like Paul Kalanithi - can articulate the grief we feel as we contemplate our own mortality.

SUMMARY - Everything Happens For A Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved By Kate Bowler

Author: Shortcut Edition

Publisher: Shortcut Edition


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 25

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* Our summary is short, simple and pragmatic. It allows you to have the essential ideas of a big book in less than 30 minutes. As you read this summary, you will discover a journey in the face of death: that of Kate Bowler, a theology professor with incurable cancer. You will also discover that : human beings are fundamentally in need of certainty and hope; certain religious doctrines, such as the theology of prosperity, affirm that everything is possible and that God will infallibly grant the righteous happiness and ease; in the face of death, the search for meaning is a painful injunction; between a blurry present and an uncertain future, the dying seek their bearings in order to survive; the reactions of others to death can be very disconcerting, each one managing in his own way his relationship with this great unknown. She has faith, was raised in faith and studied it in depth: an evangelical Christian faith, according to which God can offer and accomplish everything. In the face of cancer, Kate Bowler rested the question of meaning in its devastating depths. How can one approach such an ordeal with a conviction of the immutable reality of goodness and miracles? Explore with her the most complex relationships between religion and mortality. *Buy now the summary of this book for the modest price of a cup of coffee!

The Preacher's Wife

Author: Kate Bowler

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691209197

Category: Religion

Page: 364

View: 8763

Although most evangelical traditions bar women from ordained ministry, many women have carved out unofficial positions of power in their husbands' spiritual empires or their own ministries. The biggest stars write bestselling books, grab high ratings on Christian television, and even preach. Bowler offers a sympathetic and revealing portrait of megachurch women celebrities, showing how they must balance the demands of celebrity culture and conservative, male-dominated faiths. And black celebrity preachers' wives carry a special burden of respectability. A compelling account of women's search for spiritual authority in the age of celebrity. -- adapted from jacket

Summary & Analysis of Everything Happens for a Reason

Author: ZIP Reads

Publisher: ZIP Reads


Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 32

View: 7156

PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary and analysis of the book and not the original book. If you'd like to purchase the original book, please paste this link in your browser: https://amzn.to/2NISC9y Kate Bowler gives a moving yet insightful look into her battle against cancer. As she shares her intimate secrets of life, love, and religion, she manages to infuse humor and wit into her personal testimony. What does this ZIP Reads Summary Include? Synopsis of the original bookChapter-by-chapter summariesAn in-depth look at death and religionThe author's personal struggles with her own faithKey takeaways from each chapterEditorial ReviewBackground on the author About the Original Book: In Everything Happens for a Reason, Kate Bowler asks some serious questions regarding some of the statements people make whenever someone is going through a tragedy. She opens up about how her regular life was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with colon cancer. She pulls no punches as she tries to figure out why, at the age of 35, she is dying and leaving behind her beloved family, yet she has always had faith in God. Kate seeks out answers by examining the prosperity gospel, a topic which she has studied extensively and even written a book about. She provides an insightful yet witty look at how followers of the prosperity gospel try to explain the tragedies of life. At the end of it all, Kate realizes that there are no certainties in life, and there are some things that you must simply learn to let go of. DISCLAIMER: This book is intended as a companion to, not a replacement for, Everything Happens for a Reason. ZIP Reads is wholly responsible for this content and is not associated with the original author in any way. Please follow this link: https://amzn.to/2NISC9y to purchase a copy of the original book. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

No Cure for Being Human

Author: Kate Bowler

Publisher: Rider

ISBN: 9781846047190

Category: Colon (Anatomy)

Page: 0

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***A SUNDAY TIMES AND INDEPENDENT BOOK OF THE YEAR AND INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER*** The bestselling author of Everything Happens for a Reason (And Other Lies I've Loved) asks, how do you move forward with a life you didn't choose? Hailed by Glennon Doyle as 'the Christian Joan Didion', Kate Bowler used to accept the modern idea that life is an endless horizon of possibilities, a series of choices which if made correctly, would lead us to a place just out of our reach. A beach body by summer. A trip to Disneyland around the corner. A promotion on the horizon. But then at thirty-five she was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer, and now she has to ask one of the most fundamental questions of all- How do we create meaning in our lives when the life we hoped for is put on hold indefinitely? In No Cure for Being Human, Kate searches for a way forward as she mines the wisdom (and absurdity) of our modern 'best life now' advice industry, which offers us exhausting positivity, trying to convince us that we can out-eat, out-learn and out-perform our humanness. With dry wit and unflinching honesty she grapples with her cancer diagnosis, her ambition and her faith and searches for some kind of peace with her limitations in a culture that says that anything is possible. Frank and funny, dark and wise, Kate's irreverent, hard-won observations in No Cure For Being Human chart a bold path towards learning new ways to live.

Dessert First

Author: J. Dana Trent

Publisher: Chalice Press

ISBN: 0827206704

Category: Religion

Page: 160

View: 4223

In the year she served as a chaplain in a hospital “death ward,” Dana Trent accompanied more than 200 people—and their families—on their passage from life to death. Dessert First gathers those stories and lessons, as well as others from her journey with her dying mom, to illuminate the complexity of death and grief, and how we all might better prepare for a “good death.” Dessert First is a deeply personal, touching, and sometimes humorous look at death and dying, and the ways we cope and create meaning for the inevitable end of life. A full appendix includes religious, spiritual, practical, and legal resources for the reader and their loved ones.


Author: Kate Bowler

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190876735

Category: History

Page: 350

View: 6441

'Blessed' offers a comprehensive history of the rise of the American prosperity gospel. What began as diverse metaphysical, pentecostal, and self-help conceptions about the power of the mind became one of the most influential popular religious movements of the last century. The book follows how the movement took shape after World War II in pentecostal healing revivals and exploded onto the national scene through televangelists with big hair and bigger promises. It survived the scandals of the late 1980s and remade its image as a therapeutic and effective theology of modern living. Now thriving in the 21st century megachurch movement, the prosperity gospel reigns as a full-fledged cultural phenomenon.

Why Science and Faith Need Each Other

Author: Elaine Howard Ecklund

Publisher: Brazos Press

ISBN: 1493423770

Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 705

Science and faith are often seen as being in opposition. In this book, award-winning sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund questions this assumption based on research she has conducted over the past 15 years. She highlights the ways these two spheres point to universal human values, showing readers they don't have to choose between science and Christianity. Breathing fresh air into debates that have consisted of more opinions than data, Ecklund offers insights uncovered by her research and shares her own story of personal challenges and lessons. In the areas most rife with conflict--the origin of the universe, evolution, climate change, and genetic technology--readers will find fascinating points of convergence in 8 virtues of human existence: curiosity, doubt, humility, creativity, healing, awe, shalom, and gratitude. The book includes discussion questions for group use and to help pastors, small group leaders, and congregants broach controversial topics and bridge the science-faith divide.