- Christian Faith and Inspiration
Audience & Industry
- Colleges and Universities
- Faith-based Groups
- The Health Care Industry
Kate Bowler, associate professor of history of Christianity at Duke University, is author of New York Times bestselling Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved, and host of the popular podcast, Everything Happens. She has been featured in the New York Times, the TED Stage, the TODAY Show, NPR, and the Washington Post.
Kate speaks from both expertise and experience. She is a professor at Duke University who specializes in the belief that God blesses the faithful with health, wealth, and happiness… but then was diagnosed with stage IV cancer at age 35. She has a deep historical understanding of the cultural and social forces which make it difficult for Americans to talk about suffering and life after perfection.
She is also an adept podcast host whose episodes have reached over one million downloads which makes her excellent in Q&A formats. Her favorite part of any event is the question and answer period where she speak candidly and personally about real problems with real people.
Her TED talk quickly reached 2.5 million views due to her relatability, candor, and rapid fire wit. She is quick to laugh, helping people move through difficult topics in fun and accessible ways..
Kate Bowler at TEDMED on Studying the Prosperity Gospel
Kate Bowler at The Aspen Institute: Living As Before And After
Kate Bowler and the Washington Post on Living With Chronic Illness
Kate Bowler's Speech Topics
Life After Perfect
Kate Bowler, 35, was finally living the life she always wanted. She landed her dream job as a professor, married her high school sweetheart, and finally became a mom after years of infertility. She wanted to believe that all her hard work and dedication were finally paying off. After all, shouldn’t good things always happen to good people?
Then Kate received the sudden diagnosis that she had stage 4 cancer. From that moment on, she could no longer believe that life is what you make it. She began to use her training as a historian to understand our culture’s obsession with invincibility. We want to achieve our dreams and reach for what seems impossible. But the American myth of bootstraps and self-made people can only take us so far. We get sick. We get divorced. We no longer feel like we are capable of “living our best lives now.” What then?
With her characteristic wit and deep insight, Kate explores life after things come apart and what might be even better than being perfect: being human.
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