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Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved (udgave 2019)

af Kate Bowler (Forfatter)

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"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 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 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 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. On the page, Kate Bowler is warm, witty, and ruthless, and, like Paul Kalanithi, one of the talented, courageous few who can articulate the grief she feels as she contemplates her own mortality"--… (mere)
Medlem:theeccentriclady
Titel:Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved
Forfattere:Kate Bowler (Forfatter)
Info:Random House Trade Paperbacks (2019), Edition: Reprint, 208 pages
Samlinger:Read
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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Oh man, I really liked this one (big thanks to my friend Martha Lynn for recommending it!). Kate Bowler is a church history professor at Duke Divinity School who in 2015, after some run arounds and misdiagnoses, was told she had stage 4 colon cancer. She was 35, had a young son, and was at the start of a promising career. Then everything stopped. After being rushed into surgery and being told she had a very slim chance of living more than a few months, she was ultimately accepted into a clinical trial that gave her a sliver of hope (and, spoiler alert, she is still alive! Yay! Reading books about people living with stage 4 cancer who have since died is a real bummer when you are living with stage 4 cancer yourself).

Bowler is Christian and Canadian, and grew up surrounded by Mennonites, even though she wasn't one herself. She went on to study (and write a dissertation on and then book about) prosperity gospel churches that believe that God will give you wealth and health and a good life if you only have enough faith (and conversely, if you are sick or poor, that probably means you are doing something wrong). Her faith, her family, her research, and her Canadian-ness all play a role in how she dives into the terminal illness world. And, because she is a writer, about a year into her cancer experience, Bowler wrote an article that was published in the New York Times which went viral and ultimately morphed into this extremely readable book.

All this may sound very grim, but Bowler is a hilarious writer who does a masterful job of balancing the profound, the heartbreaking, the inspirational, and the extremely hilarious aspects of living with advanced cancer. While she is personally Christian and has her own understanding of what that means, she has an open and curious approach to faith (and a beautiful way of explaining both her own faith and the religious experiences of other people), that make this an appealing book for Christians, non-Christians, and the non-religious alike. As someone who works in theological education and spends a lot of time with Seminary faculty, this perspective on faith that is both personal and intellectual, open and grounded, is something I'm really drawn to. I can also totally get behind her funny and faithful decision to take up cursing for Lent.

On a serious side, Bowler has an ability to perfectly distill some of the feelings and frustrations that I have encountered as well with this life changing diagnosis. As she lives from scan to scan, hopeful that the trial she is on can extend her life at least until some new treatment is discovered and approved, she writes “God, I am walking to the edge of a cliff. Build me a bridge. I need to get to the other side.” YES. And her description of The Minimizers, The Teachers, and The Solutions People as "the three life lessons people try to teach me that, frankly, sometimes feel worse than cancer itself" is now underlined, circled, and starred in my copy of the book.

Obviously the content of this book is more personal to me than it may be to a casual reader, but since this was a bestseller, I'm guessing you will like it too. If nothing else, grab a copy and check out the appendices listing some things to NEVER say to someone going through a terrible time, and some very helpful alternatives. She is spot on and the kind of writer that feels like a friend when you turn the last page of her book. ( )
  kristykay22 | May 22, 2021 |
Life crisis meets religion as this woman talks about her bout with cancer and struggle with faith. ( )
  LivelyLady | Apr 9, 2021 |
A beautiful and powerful memoir of a prospertity gospel professor. ( )
  christineanne | Jan 4, 2021 |
Bowler is a divinity professor at Duke who was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, and who happened to write her dissertation on the health and wealth Gospel. This is her story and insights on death, sorrow, and how we relate to God through it all.

She's deeply honest, smart, and funny. I both laughed out loud and teared up many times. (I did the audiobook, and was delightfully surprised she read it herself. So you get to hear her not only the emotion in her voice, but also her Canadian accent.)

For any who have struggled with theodicy, or sorrow, or sickness, or to move perhaps one step closer in accepting our mortality, I recommend it. ( )
  nrt43 | Dec 29, 2020 |
Kind of like reading someone's diary rather than a final draft of a book. It's unexpectedly funny in places, but mostly rambling and disjointed. She seems to have wanted to make a point about comparing her Mennonite background with the "prosperity gospel" she built her PhD work on, but that point never coalesces.

There's unexpected (dark and dry) humor in the book. There are some moments where she spits out the raw truth that makes all the well-wishers cringe because it's stark and raw. The best part might be the first appendix, the one were she lists things NOT to say to someone facing a crisis. And I agree with her that the words "At least...." should be stricken from the language. I think the one she missed -- maybe she hasn't experienced it -- is when someone tries to appropriate the patient's condition. You have to wonder how many times someone has wanted to say, "Hey, guess what? This isn't about YOU."

But I digress....

I'm blaming Bill Gates for this one. Many times I find gems on his book blog, books I would never have heard of otherwise or thought to read. Like this one -- I can't think of any other reason I would have picked up a book marketed as "Christian memoir" or with the phrase "prosperity gospel" in it. I'm not sorry I read this one, but I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as Bill Gates did. Book clubs will probably love it. ( )
  Yaaresse | Dec 5, 2020 |
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"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 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 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 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. On the page, Kate Bowler is warm, witty, and ruthless, and, like Paul Kalanithi, one of the talented, courageous few who can articulate the grief she feels as she contemplates her own mortality"--

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