Life Is So Beautiful, Life Is So Hard
(Kate Bowler)

“We must be cracked open to the pain of the world in order to begin to allow God’s kingdom to enter in, to redeem us, to redeem the world. It begins with that undoing.”

How have you seen God’s reign enter in the midst of the pain of the world?

This episode was written and recorded by Kate Bowler. It was produced by Rev. Jim Keat. Background tracks include Button Mushrooms and Delican’t by Podington Bear.

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Dr. Kate Bowler is an associate professor of the history of Christianity in North America at Duke Divinity School. She wrote the New York Times bestselling memoir, Everything Happens for a Reason (and other lies I’ve loved) (Random House, 2018) after being unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage IV cancer at age 35—a book Bill Gates lauds as “belonging on the shelf alongside other terrific books about mortality” and includes on his must-read list. Find about more about Kate, her books, and her incredible podcast at

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