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Thirty-five year-old Kate Bowler, a professor at the school of divinity at Duke, had finally had a baby with her childhood sweetheart when she began to feel jabbing pains in her stomach. She lost thirty pounds, guzzled antacid, and visited doctors for three months before she was finally diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer.

As Kate navigates the aftermath of her diagnosis, she pulls the reader into her life and her history - affectionately filled with a colourful retinue of friends, mega-church preachers, parents, and doctors - and shares her irreverent, laser-sharp reflections on faith, friendship, love, and death. She wonders why suffering makes her feel like a loser and explores the burden of positivity. Trying to relish the time she still has with her son and husband, she realises she must cure her habit of 'skipping to the end' and planning the next move.

An historian of the American Prosperity Gospel (the creed of the megachurches that promises believers a cure for tragedy, if they just want it badly enough) Kate finds that she craves these same 'outrageous certainties'. Why is it so hard to surrender when she knows there are no spiritual guarantees?
Currently the experimental immunology treatment she is undergoing is working, and studies suggest Kate has at least another year to live.


AUTHOR: Kate Bowler is an assistant professor in the school of divinity at Duke University. A graduate of Yale Divinity School, Bowler's first book was BLESSED: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel (OUP 2013). She lives in North Carolina with her husband and son.

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