Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler (Credit: Franklin Golden/Random House)
Nothing is fair. The meritocracy is a myth. Bad things happen to good people.
Most of us pretty much know this already. Yet we are also instinctively hopeful, can-do creatures, who like to think that if we can just crack the code somehow, we can prosper and avoid suffering. For some, that wishfulness takes the form of vision boards and dog-earing “The Secret.” For others, it’s striking bargains with God.
Kate Bowler is a Duke Divinity School professor with a Christian background. She was also, until recently, perhaps best known as an expert on prosperity gospel teachings and author of a book on the subject called “Blessed.” Then in 2015, at the age of 35 and with a young son, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer.
Today, Bowler is still alive, cautiously surviving on treatments including immunotherapy, and has a new memoir of her experiences with the down-to-earth title “Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved.”
As a fellow Christian and member of the Stage 4 club, I …read more