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Life isn't always bright and shiny, as Kate Bowler knows. Kate is a young mother, writer and professor who, at age 35, was suddenly diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. In, warm, insightful, often funny conversations, Kate talks with people about what they've learned in dark times. Kate teaches at Duke Divinity School and is author of Everything Happens for a Reason (And Other Lies I've Loved) and No Cure for Being Human (And Other Truths I Need to Hear). Find her online at @katecbowler.

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    • 4.8 • 59 Ratings

Life isn't always bright and shiny, as Kate Bowler knows. Kate is a young mother, writer and professor who, at age 35, was suddenly diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. In, warm, insightful, often funny conversations, Kate talks with people about what they've learned in dark times. Kate teaches at Duke Divinity School and is author of Everything Happens for a Reason (And Other Lies I've Loved) and No Cure for Being Human (And Other Truths I Need to Hear). Find her online at @katecbowler.

    David Brooks & Kate Bowler: Never, Ever Enough

    David Brooks & Kate Bowler: Never, Ever Enough

    How do we reach for wisdom instead of self-help solutions? Much to their embarrassment, New York Times columnist David Brooks and Kate Bowler often find their books in the “Self-Help section.” David sat down with Kate at the historic Sixth & I Synagogue in Washington, D.C. to talk about her book, No Cure For Being Human, and the twisty-turny journey of living without easy answers. 
    In this live, funny and poignant conversation, David and Kate discuss:

    If a life is ever complete

    How to define hope if it isn’t just a type of optimism

    The limits of stoicism

    What I wish healthcare professionals would do instead


    And you cannot miss David’s unplanned pun at the beginning. It was so bad and so funny and nothing can be better. 
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    • 46 min
    Sarah Sentilles: Loving a Stranger

    Sarah Sentilles: Loving a Stranger

    We're often given a story of birds and bees where two people fall in love and out of their love blooms a perfect little creature. But far too often and for far too many, that isn’t the case. 
    Writer Sarah Sentilles always knew she wanted to be a mom, so she entered into the foster system with the hope of adopting. But the process was not as simple as she had anticipated. 
    In this conversation, Kate and Sarah discuss,

    How every child we welcome into our lives are strangers to be discovered

    The personal cost of impersonal (and often cruel) bureaucracy 

    How we must choose love, even if it costs us everything


    Perhaps family is bigger, wider than we've been told. It is a story of belonging and loss and courageous love. And perhaps it involves learning to love a stranger.
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    • 43 min
    Cindy McCain: A Special Kind of Brave

    Cindy McCain: A Special Kind of Brave

    What does courage look like in the face of the impossible? Cindy McCain had a front row seat to history, as wife of Arizona Senator and presidential candidate John McCain. In this conversation, Kate and Cindy discuss:

    The two-for-one careers that cost both spouses

    John McCain the Stand-Up-Comedian (and how humor is the best medicine...but also real medicine is probably better)

    What it was like to grieve on a public stage and her best advice for those experiencing loss


    Together, we will discover how courage comes in many forms. The big and bold. The small and steady. Those who look pain and fear directly in the eye. Kate ends with a Blessing for the Brave. Perhaps, we can all gain a bit more courage after listening to this one.
    CW: glioblastoma, death of a spouse, addiction
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    • 37 min
    Richard Rohr: Learning to Hold On, Learning to Let Go

    Richard Rohr: Learning to Hold On, Learning to Let Go

    Life is painful. Period. But are there some aspects of our faith or our posture toward the world that can change how we experience it? 
    Father Richard Rohr is everyone’s favorite preacher of love. Love for each other. Love from God. 
    In this conversation, Kate and Richard talk about:

    How great love and great suffering can move us into a new stage of life 

    The spirituality of subtraction

    Making room for mystery of joy and suffering

    His secret to staying present to God


    Together, might we all learn when to hold on and when to let go.
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    • 38 min
    Alexi Pappas: Staying Awake to Our Pain

    Alexi Pappas: Staying Awake to Our Pain

    When she was a child, Alexi Pappas lost her mother to suicide. So when Alexi faced a season of deep depression she knew had to find a different way forward. That’s when her training as an Olympic runner became invaluable. 
    In this conversation, Kate and Alexi discuss,

    The difference between stress and trauma

    The discipline—and joy—of sheer effort

    Good pain vs. bad pain and how to stay inside the uncomfortable for a bit longer 

    The highs and lows of realizing your dreams

    How viewing mental illness as an injury not only destigmatizes depression, but offers tangible next steps toward healing


    Too often professional athletes fall into the pure motivational speaker category. But this conversation with Alexi gently threads the needle about what is possible if you stay a little longer in uncomfortable situations when even getting out of bed feels like a win. 
    There is so much wisdom we can glean from Alexi’s discipline and willpower.
    CW: suicide, depression, mental illness
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    • 43 min
    Jerry Sittser: Life After Loss

    Jerry Sittser: Life After Loss

    How do you move forward after an incalculable loss? 
    Jerry Sittser lost his wife, young daughter, and his mom in one horrific accident. But even as his world stopped, the world kept spinning. He had to learn how to parent his three surviving children in the wake of such grief. 
    Now, thirty years after the accident that upended his life, Kate and Jerry discuss:

    Finding honesty about the pain you can never unknow 

    Why it isn’t possible to protect our kids from the tragedies of life

    How to stop counting or comparing people’s grief

    Why we cannot explain our suffering with simple formulas and shallow theology

    Whether miracles can solve our pain


    This conversation is an Everything Happens Masterclass on learning to live alongside the reality of lives that come apart for no reason we can explain. 
    CW: deaths of family members
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

Clohmb ,

I love this show.

It helps me navigate life, whether spiritual or not, and it brings much depth to a otherwise rather shallow world. Thank you to Kate and her wonderful guests!

gielyna ,

My Favourite Podcast

It’s so sooo good for the heart and soul. It encourages us listeners to lean in to the spaces that are hard, and awkward and confronting. To listen, without judgement, and live life with open hands and an open heart.

kateengland ,

So lovingly real

Stumbled upon this podcast and now am hooked. It’s such a relief not to hear ‘do more, be more, try harder’ I love that it’s fine to be not your best and to talk about pain and suffering in an open and honest way. Thank you Kate and team x

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