Everything Happens for a Reason, and Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler

By the Rev. Carol Petty

At thirty-five, a perfectly healthy and happy Kate Bowler is on her way. She has her dream job teaching at Duke Divinity School, a storybook marriage to her high school sweetheart, and an adorable baby son. What more could a person want? What a person would not want is what she got: a diagnosis of stage IV colon cancer.

Bowler, with equal parts candor and humor, shares her story of shock, denial, anger, and acceptance. She explores the difficulty in accepting suffering that occurs with apparent randomness. It is often not “fair” or “reasonable,” however much we may want it to be. Yet God is somehow present in it all.

Bowler, though not cured, survives her initial encounter with cancer and experimental treatment to develop a ministry of encouragement, joy, and comfort, which can be found at https://katebowler.com/ Her podcast “Everything Happens” features knowledgeable and inspirational guests, and is produced as often as her health allows. She continues to teach, write, and enjoy her family. Kate Bowler will bless your life.