I found out about the book Everything Happens for a Reason by Kate Bowler from @stylishlyshelby on Instagram! I always “save” insta posts about books and so I have a constant list of things to read.
I was very intrigued when I heard that it was a memoir about a college professor living with Stage IV cancer, Tuesdays with Morrie and The Last Lecture anyone? This book also talks about Mennonite Christianity and the Prosperity Gospel which I found very interesting.
While I enjoyed the story Bowler told, I did not enjoy the actual telling of it as much. She told stories out of order and would go on and on about the Prosperity Gospel when I really wanted to know more about her. Being Roman Catholic and never really hearing about the Prosperity Gospel and Mennonites I also found that learning about that area of Christianity was interesting but I didn’t pick up this book to learn about it. I wanted to hear how the Prosperity Gospel affected Bowler and her diagnosis.
The one take home message for me was about how to treat people with a terminal diagnosis. And the fine line between helpful and a nuisance. As a physical therapy student I found that aspect very interesting.
While I probably will not read this book again I found it to be a quick and interesting read.