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Facing death, 35-year-old Kate Bowler continues her life’s work in documenting the American prosperity gospel

Photo from Kate Bowler’s first book, Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel, available from Oxford Press

In the Sunday Times, author Kate Bowler, who recently published ‘Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel”, shares the tragic news that she was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer shortly after finishing her book. Her work was focused on illuminating and understanding the ideas behind the prosperity gospel; the idea that ‘everything happens for a reason’ and that people receive Earthly blessings in […]

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The time that is left: Facing death at 37

Thirty-seven-year-old neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi died on March 9 of lung cancer. In the approximately two years since his diagnosis, he continued to practice, to teach at Stanford and to write about how his lives as doctor and as patient intersected (Kalanithi had bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature and earlier in his life planned to be a writer).

In his essays, “How Long Have I Got Left?” for The New York Times Sunday Review (January 2014) and “Before I Go,” […]

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