No Cure for Being Human: (And Other Truths I Need to Hear)

No Cure for Being Human: (And Other Truths I Need to Hear)

by Kate Bowler (Author)

The bestselling author of Everything Happens for a Reason (And Other Lies I’ve Loved) asks, how do you move forward with a life you didn’t choose?It’s hard to give up on the feeling that the life you really want is just out of reach. A beach body by summer. A trip to Disneyland around the corner. A promotion on the horizon. Everyone wants to believe that they are headed toward good, better, best. But what happens when the life you hoped for is put on hold indefinitely? Kate Bowler believed that life was a series of unlimited choices, until she discovered, at age 35, that her body was wracked with cancer. In No Cure for Being Human, she searches for a way forward as she mines the wisdom (and absurdity) of today’s “best life now” advice industry, which insists on exhausting positivity and on trying to convince us that we can out-eat, out-learn, and out-perform our humanness. We are, she finds, as fragile as the day we were born. With dry wit and unflinching honesty, Kate Bowler grapples with her diagnosis, her ambition, and her faith as she tries to come to terms with her limitations in a culture that says anything is possible. She finds that we need one another if we’re going to tell the truth: Life is beautiful and terrible, full of hope and despair and everything in between—and there’s no cure for being human.

No Cure for Being Human: (And Other Truths I Need to Hear) is a poignant and thought-provoking memoir by Kate Bowler, a young seminary professor and cancer survivor. In this deeply personal and reflective work, Bowler explores the complexities of faith, mortality, and the search for meaning amidst suffering.

Bowler's journey begins with a devastating diagnosis of Stage IV colon cancer at the age of 35, a diagnosis that upends her life and forces her to confront her own mortality. As she navigates the challenges of treatment and the uncertainty of her future, Bowler finds herself questioning her faith, her relationships, and her understanding of the world.

With honesty and vulnerability, Bowler shares her innermost thoughts and feelings as she grapples with the reality of her illness. She reflects on the beauty and fragility of life, the importance of human connection, and the power of faith to both sustain and challenge us in times of crisis.

No Cure for Being Human is a powerful meditation on the human condition, a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, and a reminder that even in the face of adversity, we can find hope, meaning, and purpose.

Bowler's writing is both insightful and deeply moving, as she delves into the complexities of faith, suffering, and the human experience. She offers a unique perspective on the challenges of living with a terminal illness, and her insights are both profound and universally relatable.

In sharing her story, Bowler invites readers to reflect on their own lives, to confront their own fears and uncertainties, and to embrace the beauty and fragility of the human experience. No Cure for Being Human is a must-read for anyone seeking meaning and purpose in the face of adversity, and a powerful reminder of the enduring power of the human spirit.


224 pages