No Cure for Being Human: And Other Truths I Need to Hear

No Cure for Being Human: And Other Truths I Need to Hear

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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?

It's hard to give up on the feeling that the life you really want is just out of reach. A beach body by summer. A trip to Disneyland around the corner. A promotion on the horizon. Everyone wants to believe that they are headed toward good, better, best. But what happens when the life you hoped for is put on hold indefinitely?

Kate Bowler believed that life was a series of unlimited choices, until she discovered, at age 35, that her body was wracked with cancer. In No Cure for Being Human, she searches for a way forward as she mines the wisdom (and absurdity) of today's "best life now" advice industry, which insists on exhausting positivity and on trying to convince us that we can out-eat, out-learn, and out-perform our humanness. We are, she finds, as fragile as the day we were born.

With dry wit and unflinching honesty, Kate Bowler grapples with her diagnosis, her ambition, and her faith as she tries to come to terms with her limitations in a culture that says anything is possible. She finds that we need one another if we're going to tell the truth: Life is beautiful and terrible, full of hope and despair and everything in between--and there's no cure for being human.

Title:No Cure for Being Human: And Other Truths I Need to Hear
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780593230770
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    No Cure for Being Human: And Other Truths I Need to Hear Reviews

  • Jenny Lawson

    I was a little afraid to read this because Kate is my friend and I was worried I wouldn't like it since inspirational memoir isn't always for me but I absolutely adored it and wanted to buy it for eve...

  • Gretchen Rubin

    A beautiful, candid, insightful memoir (not available until September). I love the work of Kate Bowler—both her book Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved and her podcast Everyt...

  • ?Misericordia? ?????? ????

    Q:Some are written by spiritual guides promising to reveal God’s single plan and purpose for my life. “Trust God and the path will reveal itself.” Other books call for wild action. There are oce...

  • Literary Redhead

    At 35, Kate Bowler was happily married, mother of a toddler, Duke Divinity School associate professor, and a highly respected author. She felt blessed and that life would continue to bring good things...

  • StMargarets

    Memoir of a young cancer patient and how the aftermath of so many procedures and treatments has taken her to a whole new territory. The fear of knowing she's on uncertain ground (she's in 'indefinite'...

  • Basic B's Guide

    Kate, can we be friends?So honest and raw and so meaningful to me. I have tears in my eyes and can’t help but feel lifted up in hope and peace....

  • Susie  Meister

    It’s everything you imagine a Kate Bowler book will be. Life lets us down sometimes, but Kate hasn’t yet. My god, she’s good. ...

  • Frosty61

    It's very hard to review memoirs since it feels like evaluating someone's life somehow. Evaluation isn't my intention. I simply want to write down how the book affected me at this point in my life. Th...

  • Trish Ryan

    This was a tough one to review, because in other circumstances I would say that this memoir reads as if the author did not have enough distance - emotionally or chronologically - to sort through her e...

  • Katharine

    I'm a big fan of Kate Bowler's podcast, Everything Happens, and knew this was a book I needed to read. While there are a few religious overtones here and there (I'm not one to read religiously based b...