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Kate Bowler


Kate Bowler

Kate Bowler is an associate professor of the history of Christianity in North America at Duke Divinity School. She completed her undergraduate degree at Macalester College, received a master’s of religion from Yale Divinity School, and a PhD at Duke University.

She is the author of BLESSED: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel, the New York Times bestselling memoir EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON: And Other Lies I’ve Loved, and THE PREACHER'S WIFE: The Precarious Power of Evangelical Women Celebrities.

On her popular podcast, "Everything Happens," she talks with people about what they have learned in difficult times and why it is so difficult to speak frankly about suffering. She has appeared on the TED stage, NPR and "Today," and her writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post and Time. She lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband, Toban, and son, Zach.

Kate Bowler

Books by Kate Bowler

by Kate Bowler - Memoir, Nonfiction

It’s hard to give up on the feeling that the life you really want is just out of reach. A beach body by summer. A trip to Disneyland around the corner. A promotion on the horizon. Everyone wants to believe that they are headed toward good, better, best. But what happens when the life you hoped for is put on hold indefinitely? Kate Bowler believed that life was a series of unlimited choices, until she discovered, at age 35, that her body was wracked with cancer. In NO CURE FOR BEING HUMAN, she searches for a way forward as she mines the wisdom (and absurdity) of today’s “best life now” advice industry, which insists on exhausting positivity and on trying to convince us that we can out-eat, out-learn and out-perform our humanness.