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The Resource Everything happens for a reason : and other lies I've loved, Kate Bowler

Everything happens for a reason : and other lies I've loved, Kate Bowler

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Everything happens for a reason : and other lies I've loved
Title
Everything happens for a reason
Title remainder
and other lies I've loved
Statement of responsibility
Kate Bowler
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • 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. - Publisher
  • 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 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
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bowler, Kate
Dewey number
  • 362.19699/40092
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
  • BV4910.33
  • RC280.C6
  • BT135
LC item number
  • B68 2018
  • B68 2018
  • .B68 2018
Literary form
non fiction
NLM call number
WI 529
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Bowler, Kate
  • Colon (Anatomy)
  • Cancer
  • Catastrophic illness
  • Life change events
  • Faith movement (Hagin)
  • Christian life
  • Christian life
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • RELIGION
Label
Everything happens for a reason : and other lies I've loved, Kate Bowler
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Ordinary time
  • Appendix 1:
  • Absolutely never say this to people experiencing terrible times: A short list.
  • Appendix 2:
  • Give this a go, see how it works: A short list
  • Diagnosis
  • Object lesson
  • Magic tricks
  • Seasons
  • Surrender
  • Christmas cheer
  • Certainty
  • Restoration
Control code
on1002043568
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xviii, 184 pages
Isbn
9780399592065
Lccn
2017011466
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1002043568
Label
Everything happens for a reason : and other lies I've loved, Kate Bowler
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Ordinary time
  • Appendix 1:
  • Absolutely never say this to people experiencing terrible times: A short list.
  • Appendix 2:
  • Give this a go, see how it works: A short list
  • Diagnosis
  • Object lesson
  • Magic tricks
  • Seasons
  • Surrender
  • Christmas cheer
  • Certainty
  • Restoration
Control code
on1002043568
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xviii, 184 pages
Isbn
9780399592065
Lccn
2017011466
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1002043568

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