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Everything happens for a reason : and other lies I've loved

Author: Kate Bowler
Publisher: London, SPCK Publishing, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Kate Bowler is a professor at Duke Divinity School with a modest Christian upbringing, but she specializes in the study of the prosperity gospel, a creed that sees fortune as a blessing from God and misfortune as a mark of God's disapproval. At thirty-five, everything in her life seems to point toward "blessing." She is thriving in her job, married to her high school sweetheart, and loves life with her newborn son.
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Genre/Form: Autobiography
Personal Narrative
Popular Work
Autobiographies
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Kate Bowler
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kate Bowler
ISBN: 0281079293 9780281079292
OCLC Number: 1057290968
Description: xviii, 178 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Diagnosis --
Object lesson --
Magic tricks --
Seasons --
Surrender --
Christmas cheer --
Certainty --
Restoration --
Ordinary time --
Appendix 1: Absolutely never say this to people experiencing terrible times: A short list. --
Appendix 2: Give this a go, see how it works: A short list.
Responsibility: Kate Bowler.

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Memoir by a young woman with a terminal illness, who contends with the terrifying fact that she is not the lynchpin of existence and life will go on.  Read more...

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