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:Autobiography
ISBN:0399592067
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. ...
  • Sue
    Apr 04, 2018
    I highly recommend this book, as well as Kate Bowler's podcast "Everything Happens." The episode with Alan Alda is simply brilliant. Anyone who knows me at all, knows that I cringe when I hear someone say "Everything Happens for a Reason." I don't believe that for a minute, and neit...
  • Jessica
    Apr 18, 2018
    I loved this for throwing out all the tired cliches that we tell people when they are going through hard things. Life is hard. The best way to make it through is one day at a time while trying to stay present. One of my favorite quotes: "Nothing human or divine can map out this life." ...
  • Fr. Ted
    Feb 10, 2018
    Having survived lung cancer, a lobectomy, chemotherapy and an experimental chemo study, this book sounded interesting to me. I heard the author interviewed and thought I would read it. I would say her life and personality are quite different from mine - the author is a woman and extrov...
  • Jane
    Mar 07, 2018
    Bowler helps her readers become aware of how hurtful well-meant comments can be when we try to comfort those stricken by disease and tragedy. She skillfully traces the history of her fight with cancer. She places her book in the context of her expertise in the prosperity gospel movem...
  • Ashley Rae
    Mar 24, 2018
    Everything Happens for a Reason by Kate Bowler is a startling memoir about courage, hope, and one woman's reaction to receiving the news that she has stage IV colon cancer. First off, this book was emotionally hard to read! Kate is in her 30s and has a husband and child. I'm also i...
  • Canadian Reader
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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 Price
    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 Foster
    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 ...
  • Kate
    May 25, 2018
    3.5/5 This is a memoir telling of the author?s experience with stage four colorectal cancer and her faith. It was rather disjointed and I felt like the book jumped around in a disorganized way. ...
  • 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...
  • Kimberly Zimmerman
    Feb 08, 2018
    I just finished reading Kate Bowler's Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved, a memoir of her life before and with incurable Stage IV colon cancer. If you're like me and tend to shy away from books about terminal illness, you might think it will be a dark, depressin...
  • Liz Martin
    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...
  • Valerie O'loughlin
    Mar 27, 2018
    Sad and heartbreaking, yet witty and humorous at the same time, Kate Bowler writes about her Stage IV colon cancer diagnosis, her steps towards extending her life, and trying to reconcile her diagnosis with the Prosperity gospel. Her dark humor creates laugh out loud moments in narrati...
  • Ginny Tincher
    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...