Author

Kate Bowler

Associate professor, author, podcast host

Kate Bowler is an associate professor of American religious history at Duke Divinity School. Bowler has written widely in scholarly journals such as Religion and American Culture and popular venues such as CNN, The Huffington Post, and The Globe and Mail.

She detailed her experience with Stage IV cancer in the bestselling memoir, "Everything Happens for a Reason (and Other Lies I've Loved)” and “No Cure for Being Human (and Other Truths I Need to Hear).” She co-wrote, with Jessica Richie, a book of spiritual reflections called “Good Enough: 40ish Devotionals for a Life of Imperfection.” They have a forthcoming book, “The Lives We Actually Have: 100 Blessings for Imperfect Days,” which will be published in February 2023.

Bowler hosts the popular podcast “Everything Happens,” and was a guest on the Faith & Leadership podcast, “Can These Bones.

Her book, “Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel,” traced the rise of Christian belief in divine promises of health, wealth and happiness. She also wrote "The Preacher’s Wife: Women and Power in American Megaministry," about celebrity Christian women in American evangelicalism.

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