Everything Happens for A Reason

Everything Happens for A Reason

And Other Lies I've Loved

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Random House,, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780399592065
Characteristics: xviii, 178 pages ; 20 cm
Summary: A divinity professor and young mother with a Stage IV cancer diagnosis explores the pain and joy of living without certainty.


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Jun 05, 2018

This is outstanding in its truthfulness and accuracy but it is not a depressing read. It reminded me often of experiences that I had had and of people whom I met and the phoney optimism that seems to come with someone's cancer diagnosis..... all of those pink pom pom wavers. This lady has something to say and everyone should hear it. I found this book to be profound.

Apr 06, 2018

Well worth reading for anyone who has a friend or loved one who is living with cancer. I would add one other bit of advice that she overlooked. When people offer to help give them the opportunity to do so.
For those of us with cancer it is nice to see a book from a person who is living with it. “ The last Lecture,” and,” When Breath Becomes Air,” are both excellent books but Kate Bowler offers additional hope that one can live with cancer. Not just survive.
Richard Todd

laurendouglass Apr 03, 2018

This book had several stand out sentences that are still stuck in my head. Including --

When the author's friend, a pediatric oncologist, is described as:
"He knows what it is like to explode the world."

When the author is writing about her fixation on the future, even though she doesn't know how much future she has left:
"It was the sin of arrogance, of becoming impervious to life itself. I failed to love what was present and decided to love what was possible instead. I must learn to live in ordinary time, but I don't know how."

If you loved "When Breath Becomes Air", "The Bright Hour", "The Last Lecture", this book will speak to you.

Mar 13, 2018

This was an honest look at the hard question of why people suffer and where God is when bad things happen. I've always struggled with the idea of "everything happens for a reason" and "Bad things that happen are a test from God" and what to say to people you just ache for, because they are going through such hard things. God sending or "allowing" bad things to happen is not the loving God I know! The author also explores the idea of "the prosperity gospel"; people who think they can control their lives by acting a certain way, and blaming bad things that happen, or being sick on "sins" (didn't that thinking end when Jesus came? Do we really believe that God punishes people by sending illnesses?) Such an important book to read.


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