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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 difficult 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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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 difficult 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.

    Kelly Corrigan: Here's to the Happies

    Kelly Corrigan: Here's to the Happies

    As we approach the New Year, we might need a minute to look backward. What even happened this year? Who was I? What went well? What didn't? Before we start making those New Year’s Resolutions, maybe we could have a second of honesty together.  
    This week is about celebrating the fact that alongside some of our painful, horrifying moments, we did experience moments of levity and joy and pure delight. In our personal lives, in our inner circle, during our 9-5s, and one real Zinger bonus round that really takes the cake. 
     In this bonus crossover episode, Kate and Kelly Corrigan discuss: 

    Their own personal happies, including the joy of birthdays as a reset button 

    How being reabsorbed into other people’s stories and problems makes us feel less alone 

    The satisfaction that comes from totally immersing yourself in learning, what Kelly refers to as intellectual humility

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    Looking for some short spiritual reflections and blessings? Check out GOOD ENOUGH: 40ish Devotionals for a Life of Imperfection. Available wherever books are sold.
    Introducing THE LIVES WE ACTUALLY HAVE: 100 Blessings for Imperfect Days (releasing February 14, 2023). Learn more, pre-order, and receive a free pennant, here.
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    • 54 min
    Kelly Corrigan: Cheers to the Crappies

    Kelly Corrigan: Cheers to the Crappies

    This time of year can be rough. Somehow we are supposed to wrap it up or feel complete, but, more often than not, we can look back at a year that, well, sucked. 
    Rather than just showing you the shiny parts of life, today is your permission to Cheers to The Crappies. Kelly Corrigan (of Kelly Corrigan Wonders and Tell Me More) and I are exchanging our crappiest moments: in our personal lives, in our inner circle, during our 9-5, and one real Zinger round that takes the cake. 
    In this bonus crossover episode, Kate and Kelly discuss: 

    Their own personal crappy lows of the year—like managing chronic pain, endless parental worries, and walking with a friend through divorce

    Kate’s strong policy against gratitude as a shellac to suffering

    Why talking about pain can be so tricky and sometimes it can’t be fixed by love alone


    This episode is for if you aren’t feel warm and fuzzy about this past year and you want a minute to say: Wow. That really didn’t go well. This isn’t getting better. I’m really disappointed or heartbroken or hurt… still. So here’s to a moment of very crappy honesty, my dears. You, in all your problems and hopes and unmet expectations are worth listening to.
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    Looking for some short spiritual reflections and blessings? Check out GOOD ENOUGH: 40ish Devotionals for a Life of Imperfection. Available wherever books are sold.
    Introducing THE LIVES WE ACTUALLY HAVE: 100 Blessings for Imperfect Days (releasing February 14, 2023). Learn more, pre-order, and receive a free pennant, here.
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    • 54 min
    Liz Gilbert: Why Your Creativity Matters

    Liz Gilbert: Why Your Creativity Matters

    The indomitable Liz Gilbert (of EAT, PRAY, LOVE fame) joins Kate for a live conversation on the courage to create. Listen as Liz helps us expose our exhausting American need to make everything useful and lets us embrace beauty as a way of really living.
    In this episode, Kate and Liz discuss: 

    Why we stop ourselves from being creative 

    How we are all capable of making anything (badly! medium-well!) 

    But how our creativity is best if it is for no reason whatsoever (not for impact or legacy or money or acknowledgement) 

    How curiosity quiets fear and control


    CW: some spicy adult language
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    Introducing THE LIVES WE ACTUALLY HAVE: 100 Blessings for Imperfect Days (releasing February 14, 2023). Learn more, pre-order, and receive a free pennant, here.
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    • 51 min
    Bryan Stevenson: Love Mercy

    Bryan Stevenson: Love Mercy

    Bryan Stevenson (founder of the Equal Justice Initiative) is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable among us.
    In this episode, Kate and Bryan discuss: 

    The hope that motivates Bryan in this slow, sometimes frustrating work of justice

    What it means to be a ‘stonecatcher’ (and why it serves both the one being condemned and the one doing the condemning)

    The power of forgiveness, maybe especially toward those who don’t deserve it


    CW: discussion of slavery, lynching, and other racist violence, death row
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    No Cure for Being Human (And Other Truths I Need to Hear) is now available in PAPERBACK. Order your copy, today.
    Looking for some short spiritual reflections and blessings? Check out GOOD ENOUGH: 40ish Devotionals for a Life of Imperfection. Available wherever books are sold.
    Introducing THE LIVES WE ACTUALLY HAVE: 100 Blessings for Imperfect Days (releasing February 14, 2023). Learn more, pre-order, and receive a free pennant, here.
    Leave us a voicemail and who knows? We might even be able to use your voice on the air: 919-322-8731

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Season of Waiting (And Waiting... And Waiting...)

    The Season of Waiting (And Waiting... And Waiting...)

    We are going to practice the season of Advent together. Download a free Advent guide, here.
    At the end of today's episode, we asked you what your traditions were for remembering the people who we've lost. Share yours on my Instagram or Facebook account. Whether it is the 1st or 4th or 22nd year without someone you love, the holidays can be especially difficult. We need practical ways to bring their memory into our special days. Making family recipes. Playing their favorite song. Putting their ornaments on the tree. Traditions that keep their love alive year after year after year.
    What traditions does your family practice to honor and remember your loved one each year? Share yours on Instagram or Facebook.
    Thank you for sharing your heartbreak and hope with us all. Bless you as you navigate another year dear one. You aren't doing it alone.
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    No Cure for Being Human (And Other Truths I Need to Hear) is now available in PAPERBACK. Order your copy, today.
    Looking for some short spiritual reflections and blessings? Check out GOOD ENOUGH: 40ish Devotionals for a Life of Imperfection. Available wherever books are sold.
    Introducing THE LIVES WE ACTUALLY HAVE: 100 Blessings for Imperfect Days (releasing February 14, 2023). Learn more, pre-order, and receive a free pennant, here.

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    • 21 min
    Fred Penner: Music That Makes Us

    Fred Penner: Music That Makes Us

    Fred Penner is a Canadian sensation whose television show and hit songs like “The Cat Came Back” was part of so many of our childhoods. But what few of us knew was how much he understood the pain of growing up. He lost his alcoholic father and his 12-year-old sister in the same year. He turned to music. And his gentle wisdom and songs have invited us—children and adults alike—to stay curious and kind in a hard world.
    In this episode, Kate and Fred discuss: 

    Music as the language of the heart 

    How to speak to the heart of a kid

    Plus, we get to hear Fred sing some of his favorite songs


    I have so many memories singing along to Fred’s music as a kid and felt so lucky to get to speak to him today. 
    CW: alcoholism, death of sibling
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    Find Kate on Instagram or Facebook or Twitter.
    Subscribe to receive blessings in your inbox every week.
    No Cure for Being Human (And Other Truths I Need to Hear) is now available in PAPERBACK. Order your copy, today.
    Looking for some short spiritual reflections and blessings? Check out GOOD ENOUGH: 40ish Devotionals for a Life of Imperfection. Available wherever books are sold.
    We are going to practice the season of Advent together. Download a free Advent guide, here.
    Introducing THE LIVES WE ACTUALLY HAVE: 100 Blessings for Imperfect Days (releasing February 14, 2023). Learn more, pre-order, and receive a free pennant, here.

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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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3.6K Ratings

3.6K Ratings

chuffed99999 ,

Fan for life

I’ve been through the sudden death by heart attack of my young husband, then cancer (2 kinds!), then the loss of my mother. I love how Kate talks about tragedy, grief, pain, loss but also transcendent love and joy, solo and with her guests. Her talks with all the others I follow are a joy: Brene, Liz, Glennon…just gonna put this here: please have Padraig OTuama on EH! The two of you together - wow.

Mommamader ,

Liz Gilbert and Kate Bowler podcast was INCREDIBLE!

I didn’t stay up with the podcasts over the holidays, so I was so grateful when Kate posted a reminder on Facebook today about the conversation she had with Liz…the trailer piqued my interest. And WOW! The discussion on perfectionism and the link to fear was transformational for me as I deal with anxiety. Thank you for giving me a new perspective! And, as always, Kate’s honesty and beautiful language speak as so dearly to my heart❤️

alicat06 ,

Wonderful podcast

Kate is amazing! I love her humor and laugh as well as her unwavering gentleness that comes through in evey podcast. Kate’s voice is so calming and i wish i could listen to her read me a bedtime story every night so i could fall asleep to it!

I love the topics and stories told - i have chronic pain and health issues and i feel so seen and loved when i listen to her speak.

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