The holidays can feel like one long exercise in anticipation. Presents, time with family, relaxation — it’s all just out there, waiting to be grasped.
But what happens when anticipation turns into apprehension — when the life you hoped for is put on hold, maybe indefinitely?
Kate Bowler believed that life was a series of better-best choices, only to find that she was stuck in a cancerous body at age 35. In her new, instant New York Times bestselling book, “No Cure for Being Human,” Bowler searches for a way forward as a contrast to the often-absurd self-help industry, which offers exhausting positivity, trying to convince us that we can out-eat, out-learn and out-perform our humanness.
With humor and unflinching honesty, she grapples with her cancer diagnosis, her ambition and her faith and searches for some kind of peace with her limitations in a culture that says that anything is possible.
Bowler talks with host Kerri Miller about her book, her life today and how hope is better than anticipation.
Kate Bowler is an author and a historian. Her new book is “No Cure for Being Human (And Other Truths I Need to Hear).”
Use the audio player above to listen to their conversation.
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