No Cure For Being Human Gathering Guide & Discussion Questions

No Cure for Being Human (and Other Truths I Need to Hear) is a memoir for all of us who understand that we are more limited than we have realized. Those of us who are trapped by fragile bodies, commitments, dependents, geography, money, and circumstances (also, perhaps, a global pandemic). Everything is no longer possible.

Well, hello there!

When I was first diagnosed with Stage IV cancer, all I could imagine was survival. But as I kept living, I had to start imagining a different, impossible question—but how do I live now? How do we move forward when there is no going back?

This is a guide to gathering for conversation around the book, complete with invite template, group guidelines, and discussion questions. Use what works. Adapt what doesn’t. However you choose to use this guide, the invitation is this: let’s be human together. Because, together, we can learn how to build a beautiful life inside new limitations. Together, we can learn how to find hope and courage and beauty by setting aside the promises of self-help gurus and making peace with our beautiful, terrible finitude.


What to Expect:

Gathering Guide

When you sign up, you’ll receive a free gathering guide around No Cure For Being Human.

Discussion Questions

Inside will be discussion questions about the book.

Tips for Leaders

We also include tips for gathering for leaders.

No Cure for Being Human

(And Other Truths I Need to Hear)

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?

In facing down cancer, Kate, “a Christian Joan Didion” (Glennon Doyle), searches for hope without cheap optimism, and truth with room for mystery. We are as fragile as the day we were born, and we will need each other if we’re going to tell the truth: Life is beautiful and terrible, full of hope and despair and everything in between, but there’s no cure for being human.

Kate Bowler sitting in front of books

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Hi, I’m Kate. Let’s untangle our culture’s obsession with toxic positivity and self help, shall we?

I am a Duke professor, podcaster, and author with a single mission: giving you permission to feel human. (And letting you have whatever weird or boring hobbies you can’t explain to strangers. Do I love roadside attractions and exotic potato chip flavors? Yes. More than I should say.) 

I believe that the world would be a better place if we took apart the well-meaning clichés we use when life is hard. (What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger? Maybe what doesn’t kill you might try again tomorrow. 🙂 ) 

After years of being told I was incurable, I was declared cancer-free. But there’s no going back. I am forever changed by what I discovered: life is so beautiful and life is so hard. For everyone. 

My team at Everything Happens and I create free resources like this one with you in mind. We are determined to create a gentler world for everyone who wants to admit that they are not always “living their best life.” If that’s you, bless you. You’re in the right place.

Kate Bowler sitting in front of books