“Everything Happens for a Reason (and other Lies I’ve Loved)” by Kate Bowler
I have always thought that asking questions of your faith, about how it is alive in you was the point of the Lenten Season. I just haven’t figured out how eating fish on Friday or giving up watermelon for the season would really have much of an impact of whether I loved or trusted God. I wonder how my faith can be real enough to help me parent meaningfully and love my neighbor in a way that is pleasing to God and helps me grow as a person. I am always looking for tools that will help me further or deepen my learning to love God with all my heart and mind and strength. I don’t think it is surprising that I found a conversation partner in a Divinity School Professor (assistant professor). It doesn’t surprise me that she is bright, witty and shares from the heart easily. But I am deeply grateful that she is a parent of a two (now three) year old and that she can write and speak from places of great joy and deep pain in her life. I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that this thirtysomething writer is facing the ravages of stage IV cancer treatment. But what does surprise me is that Kate Bowler can write, speak, blog and engage some of the toughest veneers that our cultures has to offer and invite us into a deeper, honest and unvarnished beauty that loving God can fill us with while we yet live in this challenging world.
So this Lenten Season, I invite you to walk this journey with me and with Kate Bowler as we read together her book about facing life, faith and the way the world is through her book “Everything Happens for a Reason: and Other Lies I have Loved.” So, Here is my challenge to you for Lent.
1) Get the book (Here, if that helps).
2) Join us in class. We’ll meet at Good Sam, right after Vespers (6:30 pm) for the five Wednesdays in Lent at 7:00 pm beginning February 21.
3) Check out Kate’s blog, you might actually enjoy her writing style.
4) And finally, bring your faith with you and be ready to further your journey of inviting God to walk with you through this challenging world as it is.
I am so excited to walk this walk with you. Here is a great motto for living in faith: Hard times are best endured together.