Oct. 8, 2021

Fresh Take: Kate Bowler on the Truths We Need To Hear

Kate Bowler was blindsided by a Stage IV cancer diagnosis at the age of 35, forcing her to make peace with her limitations in a culture that wants to sell us exhausting positivity. Kate explains what she’s learned about living her “best life now.”

Kate Bowler is an associate professor at Duke's Divinity School. She lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband and son. Her new book is No Cure For Being Human (And Other Truths I Need To Hear).

At the age of 35, Kate was blindsided by a Stage Four cancer diagnosis. It forced her to make peace with her limitations in a culture that would rather believe that anything is possible. Kate says that our modern advice industry offers us "exhausting positivity," trying to convince us that we can out-eat, out-learn and out-perform our humanness. But as Kate explains in this interview, she's accepted that her "best life now" is one lived with courage and kindness.

Find NO CURE FOR BEING HUMAN– and books by all the guests on this podcast– in our Bookshop store.

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