Kate Bowler's latest book Have a Beautiful, Terrible Day! is packed with bite-size reflections and action-oriented steps to help us get through the day, be it good, bad, or totally mediocre. The book is a devotional for the people who don't have magical lives that always work out for the best.
Bowler composed these meditations during a season of chronic pain and understands how every day can be an obstacle course. She encourages us to develop our capacity to feel the breadth of our experiences. The better we are at identifying our highs and lows, the more resilient we become.
Like modern-day psalms, Bowler's spiritual reflections look for the ways we can expand our capacity for courage, love, and honesty—while discovering divine moments with God.
Kate Bowler is the associate professor of the history of Christianity in North America at Duke Divinity School, The New York Times best-selling author of Everything Happens for a Reason (and Other Lies I've Loved) and Good Enough: 40ish Devotionals for a Life of Imperfection, and host of the Everything Happens Podcast.
Her other books include Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel, The Preacher’s Wife: The Precarious Power of Evangelical Women Celebrities, No Cure For Being Human (and Other Truths I Need to Hear), and The Lives We Actually Have: 100 Blessings for Imperfect Days with Jessica Richie.