Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved

Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved

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 a A divinity professor and young mother with a Stage IV cancer diagnosis explores the pain and joy of living without ce...

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Title:Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved
Author:Kate Bowler
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:178 pages pages

Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved Reviews

  • Karol
    Mar 11, 2018
    Have you ever wondered why bad things happen? Are you at a loss about what to say to friends going through a hard time? For me this book comes as close to explaining the unexplainable as anything I?ve read. It?s real, it?s incredibly moving, and I couldn?t stop reading it. ...
  • Irene
    Sep 20, 2018
    At 35, Kate Bowler is married to her high school sweet heart, the mother of a one year old, teaching at a prestigious university, celebrating the publication of her first book and diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. Her scholarly background is in the Christian movement known as the Pr...
  • Elizabeth
    Jul 18, 2018
    ...But most everyone I meet is dying to make me certain. they want me to know, without a doubt, that there is hidden logic to this seeming chaos. Even when I was still in the hospital, a neighbor came to the door and told my husband that everything happens for a reason. "I'd love t...
  • Canadian
    Feb 09, 2018
    Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I?ve Loved is a propulsive memoir about a young woman?s sudden, dramatic diagnosis of stage-four cancer after months, possibly years (the timeline is fuzzy), of inexplicable symptoms and innumerable, pointless appointments with medi...
  • Jodi
    Apr 17, 2018
    There were a few take aways - life lessons if you will - that I will carry with me after reading this book. 1. Live in Ordinary Time: I am extremely guilty of always planning - the next project, the next vacation, the next meal etc. I need to stop more often and enjoy this moment, th...
  • Julie Ehlers
    Mar 21, 2018
    Sorry to have to say this, but Everything Happens for a Reason is a mess. This short book is a memoir of Kate Bowler's Stage IV colon cancer and how her diagnosis flies in the face of the "prosperity gospel"?the notion espoused by some Christians that as long as you believe in God an...
  • Nicole
    Jun 15, 2018
    Two things surprised me about this memoir. 1) The author, who is a professor of divinity, did not talk about Jesus, faith, salvation, Scripture, or heaven and 2) the author stayed pretty surfacey and vague throughout the book. I suppose she was referring to her anger about her cancer d...
  • Riva Sciuto
    Feb 13, 2018
    At thirty-five years old, Kate Bowler returns home from the doctor one day with a Stage IV cancer diagnosis. This disrupts her entire universe, forcing her reevaluate her longstanding belief that God has a plan for all of us and that everything happens for a reason. This is particularl...
  • Victoria
    Apr 07, 2018
    I read most of this book through tears. There were definitely some ugly-cry moments and also laugh-out-loud moments. I listened to Kate Bowler?s Fresh Air interview before I started this, and so I could hear her voice clearly as I was reading. A beautiful book on faith in the absence...
  • Michael
    Mar 16, 2018
    Prior to reading this book, it was recommended to me by one of my good friends. We were discussing how we love to believe all the cliches such as: "Everything happens for a reason." Needless to say, I was very excited to read this, and by doing so, this has become my favorite book I re...
  • Lormac
    Jun 11, 2019
    Kate Bowler is a theology professor at Duke Divinity School, so she is probably better equipped than I am to consider how people react to their impending deaths, and what death should mean to a religious person. When Bowler was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she experienced the reacti...
  • Lisa Lewton
    Mar 03, 2018
    Kate Bowler is a delightful human being. Very real, honest, and insightful about the stupid things people say to those who suffer. The appendix is the best part with very practical suggestions about what not to and what to say. ...
  • Victoria
    Jan 31, 2018
    I received an ARC from the publisher for review. This book was a bit heart-wrenching, the story of Kate Bowler's cancer diagnosis and grappling with her own mortality. I have to rate it a little lower because the narrative style was jarring to me - Bowler skipped around so much that I ...
  • Samantha Mitchell
    Feb 18, 2018
    I feel like I get to be honest here. I don?t have to feel bad for this woman (although, I do), but I do feel like I can judge in a more non-biased view given my own Stage IV diagnosis. Every cancer memoir or article that is published is going to influence people?s view about our il...
  • steph
    May 13, 2018
    Eh. It's not the best cancer/facing death memoir I've read in the last few years but its certainly not the worst either. Kate's thoughts were a bit all over the place but I still enjoyed her voice. She had a few good quotes/realizations about living and dying but I probably wouldn't...
  • Rebecca
    Aug 29, 2017
    This was the 2018 title I was most looking forward to reading, and it didn?t disappoint. I devoured it in one day. It combines two of my niche interests: medical (especially cancer) memoirs, and the prosperity gospel, a dubious theology I grew up with in the Pentecostal church my par...
  • Heather Fineisen
    Oct 09, 2017
    You know you connect with an author when you finish reading their work and immediately look for more. I just ordered Blessed, Bowler' s book on prosperity religion. Everything Happens for a Reason references Blessed but focuses on the Author's cancer diagnosis and treatment. Many good ...
  • Suzy
    Feb 28, 2018
    I was drawn to this book because I've noticed that there seems to be a widespread belief that we are completely in control of our destinies. Think of all the articles and books that tell us what to eat, how much exercise to get, what to invest our money in, etc, etc to live a long and ...
  • Julie
    Apr 23, 2018
    Kate Bowler's own story of a terminal diagnosis and the road she's traveled amongst good intentions while fighting for her life and her faith. Beautiful, raw, inspiring, and convicting. ?What would it mean for Christians to give up that little piece of the American Dream that say...
  • Lisa
    Mar 27, 2018
    This book is all I can think about right now?the mix of scholarship and faith and personal trauma. I share so many friends in common with her and so it seems close. I respect so much her persisting and not ?skipping to the end?. Her resistance to making meaning except that ?tru...
  • Dustin
    Feb 26, 2018
    This is the book I needed to read right now. Perhaps I'm not a fully objective reviewer. My mom passed away recently and I wanted to read something that discussed grief, but also the cliches that Christians bandy about. Bowler does a great job at telling her story and owning it, while ...
  • Cherie Lowe
    Dec 29, 2017
    This book should be required reading for anyone who will die or knows someone who will die. Hint: that's all of us. Kate Bowler reminds us of the thin thread of mortality, struggling through the doubts and questions any person of faith considers when contemplating the meaning of life a...
  • Kate
    Apr 25, 2018
    This is the lowest rating I?ve ever given a book on Goodreads, and one of the few books I?ve read in my life that I can say I truly despised. It?s remarkable to me that someone who had a terminal illness could be so disparaging, dismissive, and disrespectful of medical providers ...
  • Liz
    Feb 17, 2018
    A portion of this book was striking in its special way of describing mundane aspects of life and how meaningful they are when you?ve got a terminal illness. However, its narrative style was absolutely jarring and so hard to follow. Also, I felt that a huge portion of the book was not...
  • Adrienne
    Jan 21, 2019
    I really thought about my rating: even going so far to read a range of reviewers comments. I was sure I must be missing something. But 2 stars it is. Kate is diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. Predictably and understandably she seeks to answer the 'why' question: as well as possible...
  • Kimiya Roudgar
    Jan 20, 2019
    Extremely honest. Although it could've been better written. ...
  • Ginny
    Feb 12, 2018
    Please read this. It will wreck you in a good way. ...
  • Davita
    Feb 07, 2018
    I started this book in the waiting room at the dentist, which was a mistake, in part because I?m always about to cry at the dentist and also because the dentist does not deserve to witness my deep wonder. So I did what any reasonable person should and finished this book at home i...
  • Bill Gates
    May 21, 2018
    I spend my days asking ?Why?? Why do people get stuck in poverty? Why do mosquitoes spread malaria? Being curious and trying to explain the world around us is part of what makes life interesting. It?s also good for the world?scientific discoveries happen because someone insiste...
  • Renee Godding
    Mar 27, 2019
    ?God, I am walking to the edge of a cliff. Build me a bridge. I need to get to the other side.? Oh man... I don't know how to rate this just yet. Everything Happens for a Reason is Kate Bowlers memoirs of her experiences after being diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. As ...