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No Cure for Being Human
No Cure for Being Human | Kate Bowler
Life is a chronic condition. The New York Times bestselling author of Everything Happens for a Reason asks how to go on living when the life you know changes beyond recognition. We all know, intellectually, that our time on earth is limited. What would we change if we knew it viscerally? Kate Bowler was thirty-five when she was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. Now that she's responded to immunotherapy Kate has to figure out how to make a new life between CT scans. Before she got sick, she'd accepted the very American idea that life was an endless horizon of possibilities. Now she has to figure out what to do within the limits of the time she has left. In No Cure for Being Human, Kate, hailed by Glennon Doyle as "the Christian Joan Didion," looks at the ways she has tried to wring meaning from her remaining time through anecdotes that range from the hilariously absurd--as when she attempts to rid the hospital gift shop of its copies of prosperity gospel guru Joel Osteen's Your Best Life Now to the seriously painful. Breaking down time into efficient segments--"gather round and watch how this woman can take a solitary moment and divide it into a million uses!"--trying to live in the moment, weighing the meaning of work, and learning to discover what "enough" feels like, Kate asks one of the most fundamental questions of all: How do we create meaning in our lives as we race against the clock?
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Jenken1998
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Well this was beautifully written, heartbreakingly hopeful and thought provoking. A memoir of a young Mom battling cancer. A look at the toxic positivity / hustle culture after a devastating diagnosis from the authors perspective. Really got me thinking about taking things for granted and what really matters to me. 5 🌟 read for me. And boy oh boy can she write 😍

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AileenRR
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Kind of a sequel to, but also a deepening of Everything Happens…

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Viji
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We live and we are loved and we are gone.

Viji Oh boy, here we go 😞 8mo
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CRR
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I enjoyed this book and was led to thinking deeply while reading it. In her battling with cancer the author offers much to consider. I found it thoughtful, honest, and encouraging.

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Ang203l
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Ending the year the same way I began!

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KS1805
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“The truth of this pandemic is the truth of all suffering: that it is unjustly distributed.”

So much of her experience resonates with our experience. The pandemic brought home the stark reality that we can not control all things, that suffering is universal. But as middle class Americans, we can pretend otherwise. Cancer forces you to face your mortality but also grab all the joy from each moment.

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MaureenMc
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kate Bowler‘s life is amazing, & her insights are thoughtful and thought-provoking. Would have included this one on my best of 2021 list if I‘d finished it in time. 😊

Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍❤️ Lovely picture 9mo
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Kangaj1
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My Nov reads - in general, the larger the book, the more I loved it.

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Mpcacher
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I did not know what to expect when I found and advance copy of this book in my pile, but I am glad I gave it a read. Bowler chronicles her cancer diagnosis and treatment and has many words of wisdom about both the medical system and the lies our culture feeds us. This is a great read and I will be passing it on to a friend who is going through something similar (although with a better prognosis). The appendix about clichés was also wonderful.

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Gosh, this was a tough, but ultimately, uplifting read. Bowler is open and honest about her experiences with stage 4 colon cancer. Very reflective, and at times terrifying, yet her dark humor and quick wit reiterate what an effective defense/coping mechanism maintaining a sense of humor can be. Bowler thoughtfully touches on faith, ambitions and limitations, and generally being freaking human.

jessjess Definitely adding this to the list as it hits home for me 11mo
Cinfhen I‘m not ready to read this but I‘m noting it down for a #FutureRead 11mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen I think you‘ll enjoy it when the time comes. 💚 11mo
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sebrittainclark
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4.5/5

I loved Everything Happens for a Reason, so I was super excited to read No Cure for Being Human. Bowler talks more about her experiences with time and reflection. It goes more in depth to her experience with cancer and the decisions she had to make when a new future of survival opened up to her. It's a wonderful story that reminds you that being human comes with both the tragic and the wonderful.

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