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