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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)." Find her online at @katecbowler.

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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)." Find her online at @katecbowler.

    Susan David: Toxic Positivity

    Susan David: Toxic Positivity

    Do you ever feel a pressure to be positive? Harvard psychologist and bestselling author of Emotional Agility, Dr. Susan David studies the psychological skills critical to thriving in times of complexity and change. Spoiler alert: we don’t need to force ourselves to think happy thoughts. Perhaps there is a better way.
    In this conversation, Kate and Susan discuss: 

    The relationship between prescriptive happiness and religion

    What it means to bottle or brood your feelings

    Better strategies to handle difficult emotions

    How to get unstuck from our feelings


    This is the permission you were looking for to feel the full range of your human experience—the good and the bad, the beautiful and the terrible. 
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    • 37 min
    Stanley Tucci: Small Pleasures, Simple Joys

    Stanley Tucci: Small Pleasures, Simple Joys

    Stanley Tucci is a total foodie—of course, he starred in Julie and Julia and brought us the mouth-watering CNN special, Searching for Italy. But when he was diagnosed with oral cancer, his ability to enjoy food might be ruined permanently. 
    In this conversation, Kate and Stanley discuss,

    How familiar recipes remind us of home—even if we’re far away

    Why it’s okay to be picky about what we eat (Especially bread. He has a lot of homicidal opinions about how bread should be eaten.) 

    The practical difficulties with eating that often accompanies an illness and treatment

    The anger that comes with great loss

    And the joy of bringing people together around the table


    When life gets small, so often our pleasures dry up. But perhaps it is in that smallness that we might compress our attention, to discover the small joys and simple pleasures that make a life well-lived. 
    CW: cancer, death of a spouse 
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    • 41 min
    Philip Yancey: The Scandal of Grace

    Philip Yancey: The Scandal of Grace

    Philip Yancey is well-known for his bestselling books like What's So Amazing About Grace and Disappointment with God. But behind all of that spiritual wisdom was a family secret: his sick father left the hospital against the doctor's advice, trusting in God to heal him. He wasn’t healed. Out of this experience, Philip has wrestled with deep questions of faith, doubt, and suffering. 
    In today's conversation, Philip and I discuss: 

    What it was like growing up in Christian fundamentalism 

    Being wounded by the church

    The cost of unforgiveness

    The mystery and hunger of grace


    This conversation forced me to wonder about how grace works. Perhaps grace, as Philip would say, is a scandal. Because it forces us to think about a love that is unearned, undeserved, and unmerited. All we know sometimes, is that WE need it. 
    So, blessed are we who live here. In this mystery—this scandal—of grace.
    CW: polio, abuse
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    • 38 min
    No Cure For Being Human (And Other Truths I Need to Hear)

    No Cure For Being Human (And Other Truths I Need to Hear)

    The bestselling author of Everything Happens for a Reason (And Other Lies I’ve Loved) asks, how do you move forward with a life you didn’t choose?
    In this episode, Kate reads an excerpt of No Cure for Being Human (and Other Truths I Need to Hear) — her new memoir that releases TODAY!
    We all wish we could boil our life down to simple formulas. Easy-to-grab mantras that tell us how to live. Things like: You only live once! or What doesn't kill you makes you stronger! or just Think Positively! I guess I'll just have to make lemonade out of all those lemons I've been given. But what about when you realize life isn't a series of choices?
    More often than we'd like to imagine, things come apart, and what we thought was in our control just isn't anymore. We have to learn to live here. Outside of formulas, outside of cliches, outside of easy steps. We all have to learn to be human, again today.
    No Cure for Being Human mines these formulas to find something that is truer, gentler, and maybe a little bit more honest.
    Like how all the modern-day-stoics tell you to BE PRESENT! It seems so simple, right? In response to all that is out of control, we should zero in on what is in our control. But the consequences of only living in the present is that we might ignore the past or put a wall around the future. And there is so much wisdom there. Until, of course, it forces us to put too much of our lives on hold in the suspended animation of now, so that's what I thought I might talk to you about today. 
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    • 21 min
    Tony Hale: Gentleness for Our Awkward, Anxious Selves

    Tony Hale: Gentleness for Our Awkward, Anxious Selves

    What if we never fit in? Or always miss the script that everyone else seems to so easily understand? From Arrested Development’s Buster Bluth to Veep’s Gary Walsh or Toy Story 4’s Forky, Emmy Award Winning actor Tony Hale is an expert in awkward. 
    In this episode, Kate and Tony talk about:

    How acting is an act of empathy

    What it feels like to feel outside of the Acceptable People

    Having grace for our most awkward moments


    This conversation will offer you a little gentleness for our awkward selves, our in-pain selves, our out-of-step selves, our misunderstood selves. Bonus: it will also make you laugh.
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    • 44 min
    Antoni Porowski: Tastes Like Love

    Antoni Porowski: Tastes Like Love

    What kind of food tastes like love to you? Food has a beautiful way of making us feel less lonely in our pain or in our isolation or in our grief. Star of Netflix’s Queer Eye, Antoni Porowski understands the power of a delicious meal to bring us together and remake us with love. 
    In this episode, Kate and Antoni discuss:

    How food transcends time and distance and can remind you of who you are

    Antoni’s biggest cooking mistake (and how it might give us all a little permission to fail and try again)

    How food can help us to grieve

    What NOT to do when you deliver food to people who are going through a tough time

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    Find me on Instagram or Facebook or Twitter.
    Be sure to subscribe to my weekly email for bits of wisdom, prayers, free downloads, and more.
    Oh! And I have a brand-new book coming out on September 28th called No Cure for Being Human (And Other Truths I Need to Hear). Pre-order your copy today and receive a FREE 18" navy blue pennant. Learn how by clicking here.
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    • 43 min

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