Everything Happens for A Reason

Everything Happens for A Reason

And Other Lies I've Loved

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"A divinity professor and young mother with a Stage IV cancer diagnosis explores the pain and joy of living without certainty. Thirty-five-year-old Kate Bowler was a professor at the school of divinity at Duke, and had finally had a baby with her childhood sweetheart after years of trying, when she began to feel jabbing pains in her stomach. She lost thirty pounds, chugged antacid, and visited doctors for three months before she was finally diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. As she navigates the aftermath of her diagnosis, Kate pulls the reader deeply into her life, which is populated with a colorful, often hilarious collection of friends, pastors, parents, and doctors, and shares her 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 change her habit of skipping to the end and planning the next move. A historian of the "American prosperity gospel"--the creed of the mega-churches that promises believers a cure for tragedy, if they just want it badly enough--Bowler finds that, in the wake of her diagnosis, she craves these same "outrageous certainties." She wants to know why it's so hard to surrender control over that which you have no control. She contends with the terrifying fact that, even for her husband and child, she is not the lynchpin of existence, and that even without her, life will go on. On the page, Kate Bowler is warm, witty, and ruthless, and, like Paul Kalanithi, one of the talented, courageous few who can articulate the grief she feels as she contemplates her own mortality"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2018
ISBN: 9780399592065
0399592067
Characteristics: xviii, 178 pages ;,20 cm

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rstodd
Apr 06, 2018

Well worth reading for anyone who has a friend or loved one who is living with cancer. I would add one other bit of advice that she overlooked. When people offer to help give them the opportunity to do so.
For those of us with cancer it is nice to see a book from a person who is living with it. “ The last Lecture,” and,” When Breath Becomes Air,” are both excellent books but Kate Bowler offers additional hope that one can live with cancer. Not just survive.
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jasmine81
Mar 13, 2018

This was an honest look at the hard question of why people suffer and where God is when bad things happen. I've always struggled with the idea of "everything happens for a reason" and "Bad things that happen are a test from God" and what to say to people you just ache for, because they are going through such hard things. God sending or "allowing" bad things to happen is not the loving God I know! The author also explores the idea of "the prosperity gospel"; people who think they can control their lives by acting a certain way, and blaming bad things that happen, or being sick on "sins" (didn't that thinking end when Jesus came? Do we really believe that God punishes people by sending illnesses?) Such an important book to read.

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