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Everything Happens For A Reason; And other lies I’ve loved


London-born Kate Bowler, a 35 year old theology professor, is thriving in her job, married to her first love and besotted with her newborn son. Everything in her life seems to point towards ‘blessing’.

Then she is diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer.

What does it mean to die, she wonders, in a society that insists everything happens for a reason?

Savagely funny, warm and profound, this memoir reveals how in dying an exceptional young woman learns to live as never before.

‘A heartbreaking, surprisingly funny memoir about faith and coming to grips with your own mortality’ Bill Gates

Kate Bowler is an Assistant Professor at Duke Divinity and a graduate of Yale Divinity

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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?


Kate Bowler is an Assistant Professor at Duke Divinity and a graduate of Yale Divinity

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