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Kate Bowler has written a powerhouse of a book. It’s power lies in her authenticity about how she is experiencing her life. It is bold, hard-hitting … and tender as she engages her own humanity - and ours - with all of the messiness and beauty that the human experience encompasses.
Kate Bowler, the author, wrote a great book which has helped me cope with the very recent death of my son. She is a completely honest account of her diagnosis ant the various traumatic events which she had to endure. She was a woman with malignent cancer who was filled with optimism and a good sense of humour for many of her trials. One of the helpful things is at the end where she lists questions or comments one should never make to terminal patients. To the best of my knowledge, she is still alive and teaching as usual. There was much to help me as I was facing the death of my son, and now have experienced that death.
When horrible things happen, we are quick to look for a reason, desperate to understand why we, of all the people in the universe, should be so afflicted. Others are often too helpful in this regard, telling us that we sinned, or didn't eat the right kind of kale, or that God needed another angel.
Kate Bowler went from unthinking happiness, a great family and a great job, to being diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. There is no stage 5. How she dealt with this blow, and what she learned about suffering people, is the subject of this wonderful book. Read it and you will cry. And laugh out out loud. And understand better how to do with hurting people in your life. This is a classic.
When really awful things happen to you (and to most of us they do, at one time or another) it's just not helpful to hear the usual (and often theologically unsound) cliches that even good friends say with the best of intentions. Faith requires that we live with at least some uncertainty. Not everything can be explained, not everything is for a purpose, not everything has something to teach us. Some events are just too awful for words. No words are often more helpful in these situations.
Cannot say enough good things about this book. Kate beautifully intertwines memoir with her study on the prosperity gospel - the two mix together perfectly. It’s both lifegiving and heart wrenching at the same time. It’s a book you won’t be able to put down!