Kate Bowler

In A Nutshell

 Diagnosed with Stage IV cancer at age 35, Duke Divinity professor Kate Bowler is reexamining her perspective on the "prosperity gospel" -- the belief that good things happen to good people. 

About Kate

After being diagnosed with Stage IV cancer at age 35, Duke tenured professor and author Kate Bowler launched a national conversation about why it feels so difficult to speak frankly about suffering. She delves into how we live and cope with pain and suffering in Everything Happens for a Reason (and other lies I’ve loved), a NYT bestselling memoir, and in her popular podcast, Everything Happens. She is also the author of Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel, which received widespread media and academic attention as the first history of a movement based on divine promises of health, wealth, and happiness. She has appeared on NPR and The TODAY Show, Amanpour & CO, as well as in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and TIME Magazine. Her work has also been praised by a wide variety of religious and political publications, from liberal print media to conservative talk radio.

Learn More

Everything Happens for a Reason (and Other Lies I've Loved). Random House. 2018.

The Everything Happens Podcast: In warm, insightful, often funny conversations, Kate Bowler talks with people about what they've learned in dark times.

Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel. Oxford. 2013.

What to Say When You Meet the Angel of Death at a Party.” The New York Times. 2018.

Death, The Prosperity Gospel, and Me.” The New York Times. 2016.

Q&A with Kate Bowler on the TEDMED Blog.

Recommended Resources

Watch: Kate Bowler and her memoir ‘Everything Happens for a Reason’ on Amanpour & CO

Listen: A Stage-4 Cancer Patient Shares The Pain And Clarity Of Living 'Scan-To-Scan' on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross

Bill Gates’ Summer Read: Everything Happens for a Reason by Kate Bowler

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Terrible, Thanks for Asking Podcast hosted by Nora McInerny

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Becoming Human by Jean Vanier

Call to Action

To find all of Kate Bowler’s work, visit katebowler.com and listen to the Everything Happens podcast.
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