Women’s Bible Study Will Read ‘Everything Happens for a Reason’ Starting at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 17, the Women’s Bible Study led by Canon Katie Churchwell will begin a nine-week book and Bible study of Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved, by Kate Bowler, along with scripture.
Please buy or borrow the book and read it in advance. Here’s an excerpt from a review written by Canon Katie for the May issue of Fidelia magazine; (click here to read the full review). Brutal and beautiful: This is Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved. Author Kate Bowler captures the reader with honesty, humor, and raw emotion as she dives into her story: how to live life in the midst of dying; how to love others when about to say goodbye. Kate and her family had surmounted many obstacles to reach the point of what felt like “happily ever after”: relatively good health, enough money in the bank, the birth of their son. As a professor at Duke Divinity School, 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. She was feeling blessed. Then she was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. She confronts cancer, death, and dying, the good will of family and friends, and even the ill will of strangers head on as she opens herself in her writing.
If you are looking at your own fears of “what if” and need a guide for the journey: read this book. If you need a theology check on just what it means to be healed, saved, or blessed: read this book. This book is for those who know life isn’t fair, those who have raised their cry to God in the darkest hours of the night and felt the dawn of the new day, or at least have hope for a new light. This book is for those who know that life can suck, but have hope anyway