A Good Enough Advent + Christmastide

A Free 40-Day Companion to Read, Reflect, and Pray

Dear Friend

Time and again, we are reminded of how precious life is. One moment, we are on the upswing—buoyed by our self-reliance and our success. But the next moment, the foundations of our lives are shaken—by divorce or disease, natural disaster or a global pandemic. We are reminded once again that life is so beautiful and life is so hard. For everyone.

And still, in the midst of the chaos swirling in our inboxes, our hearts, and our calendars, the long dawn of Advent begins, the time when we prepare for the great inversion: God coming to Earth in the form of a human baby. Advent is the season to feel the immensity of what we’ve gained and what we’ve lost

Our hope and prayer is that this Good Enough Advent Companion will be a way for you to make the very act of waiting, holy. And as we anticipate Christ’s birth together, may we experience the stubborn hope of Christmas, joy in the midst of sorrow, a love that knows no bounds, and a transcendent peace amid a world on fire.

Jesus can’t be born soon enough.

Onward together,

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— An entry to read from Good Enough

— A scripture to read and reflect on, based on that day’s theme

— Little checkboxes to indicate what you’ve read

— Reflection questions that are meant to be all-play — accessible whether you are practicing Advent solo or using this book with your church, in a book club, or around the dinner table with your family.

— A prayer to close your time

Good Enough

40ish Devotionals for a Life of Imperfection

A compassionate, intelligent, and wry series of Christian daily reflections on learning to live with imperfection in a culture of self-help that promotes endless progress.

Written gently and with humor, Good Enough is permission for all those who need to hear that there are some things you can fix—and some things you can’t. And it’s okay that life isn’t always better. In these gorgeously written reflections, Bowler and Richie offer fresh imagination for how truth, beauty, and meaning can be discovered amid the chaos of life.

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Good Enough: 40ish Devotions for a Life of Imperfection gives permission for all those who need to hear that there are some things you can fix—and some things you can’t. And it’s okay that life isn’t always better.
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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