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

Summary & Analysis of Everything Happens for a Reason

Author: ZIP Reads

Publisher: ZIP Reads


Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 32

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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.

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

Author: Kate Bowler

Publisher: SPCK

ISBN: 0281079307

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

View: 3216

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: 35

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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!

Summary: Kate Bowler's Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved (Discussion Prompts)

Author: Sarah Fields

Publisher: Blurb

ISBN: 9780368320569

Category: Reference

Page: 52

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Kate Bowler grew up with a modest Christian upbringing. At thirty-five years old, it seems that everything in her life points toward the "blessing." She is thriving in her teaching job. She feels loved by her husband, who was also her high school sweetheart. She enjoys life with her newborn son. Then suddenly, she got diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. It was in this moment that the prospect of her own mortality forced her to realize that she has also been implicitly subscribing to the Christian prosperity gospel. She was living with the conviction that she has the control over how her life will turn out with "a surge of determination." Bowler was then stripped of this certainty then she discovered that without this, life would be hard but also beautiful. It is beautiful in a way that it has never been before. Her book Everything Happens for a Reason not only tells her story but also offers up her irreverent and very hard-won observations on death and dying. She shares the ways that it has taught her how to live. In this comprehensive look into Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved by Kate Bowler, you'll gain insight with this essential resource as a guide to aid your discussions. Be prepared to lead with the following: More than 60 "done-for-you" discussion prompts available Discussion aid which includes a wealth of information and prompts Overall brief plot synopsis and author biography as refreshers Thought-provoking questions made for deeper examinations Creative exercises to foster alternate "if this was you" discussions And more! Please Note: This is a companion guide based on the work Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved by Kate Bowler not affiliated to the original work or author in any way and does not contain any text of the original work. Please purchase or read the original work first.

Summary of Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved: Trivia/Quiz for Fans

Author: Whizbooks

Publisher: Blurb

ISBN: 9780464860921

Category: Reference

Page: 86

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Summary of Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved by Kate Bowler: Trivia/Quiz for Fans Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved, Kate Bowler's newest novel, is a story that helps us understand the thoughts and experiences of a person who is struggling with cancer. In this book, Bowler tells her own story and her own experiences with this disease and how it changed her life forever. Since a New York Times editor published Bowler's op-ed, her story has been known to many people. Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved was positioned as a New York Time Bestseller of the Year 2018 and one of the best-selling books on Amazon that year. With this book, Bowler shares her life-changing experience to her readers and reveals the wisdom that that change brought with it. Features You'll Discover Inside: - A comprehensive guide to aid in discussion & discovery - 30 multiple choice questions on the book, plots, characters, and author - Insightful resource for teachers, groups, or individuals - Keep track of scores with results to determine "fan status" - Share with other book fans and readers for mutual enjoyment Disclaimer: This is an unofficial summary, analysis and trivia book to enhance a reader's experience to books they already love and appreciate. We encourage our readers to purchase the original book first before downloading this companion book for your enjoyment.

No Cure for Being Human

Author: Kate Bowler

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473597412

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 124

View: 9712

***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: 3047

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.

Good Enough

Author: Kate Bowler,Jessica Richie

Publisher: Convergent Books

ISBN: 0593193695

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 2617

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A compassionate, intelligent, and wry series of Christian daily reflections on learning to live with imperfection in a culture of self-help that promotes endless progress, from the author of Everything Happens for a Reason and the executive producer of the Everything Happens podcast “Brilliant, hilarious, absurd, honest, hopeful, true-hearted, and good to the core.”—Sarah Bessey, editor of A Rhythm of Prayer and author of Jesus Feminist In Kate Bowler’s bestselling memoir Everything Happens for a Reason, readers witnessed the ways she, as a divinity-school professor and young mother, reckoned with a Stage IV cancer diagnosis; in her follow-up memoir, No Cure for Being Human, she unflinchingly and winsomely unpacked the ways that life becomes both hard and beautiful when we abandon certainty and the illusion of control in our lives. Now, in their first-ever devotional book, Kate Bowler and co-author Jessica Richie offer 40ish short spiritual reflections on how we can make sense of life not as a pursuit of endless progress but as a chronic condition. This book is a companion for when you want to stop feeling guilty that you’re not living your best life now. Written gently and with humor, Good Enough is permission for all those who need to hear that there are some things you can fix—and some things you can’t. And it’s okay that life isn’t always better. In these gorgeously written reflections, Bowler and Richie offer fresh imagination for how truth, beauty, and meaning can be discovered amid the chaos of life. Their words celebrate kindness, honesty, and interdependence in a culture that rewards ruthless individualism and blind optimism. Ultimately, in these pages we can rest in the encouragement to strive for what is possible today—while recognizing that though we are finite, the life in front of us can be beautiful.