The Lives We Actually Have - Kate Bowler

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The Lives We Actually Have

100 BLESSINGS FOR IMPERFECT DAYS

RELEASING ON FEBRUARY 14, 2023 

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Warm and witty blessings found within the struggles of our shared humanity, from the New York Times bestselling authors of Good Enough

Warm and witty blessings found within the struggles of our shared humanity, from the New York Times bestselling authors of Good Enough

Blessed are you, the strange duck.
You with the very intense hobbies.
Or the collection of movies or mugs or sneakers.
You with the hometown or home team that makes you very, very proud.
You, my dear, in all your intricacies . . .  are a marvel.

We live in a world that demands relentless perfection. Happy marriages and easy friendships. Bucket-list-level adventures and matching family photos. But what if your actual life doesn’t feel very #blessed? Might our regular lives be worthy of a blessing too? Even an average Tuesday? 

New York Times bestselling authors Kate Bowler and Jessica Richie offer creative, faith-based blessings that center gratitude and hope while acknowledging our real, messy lives. Formatted like a prayer book, The Lives We Actually Have is an oasis and a landing spot for weary souls, with blessings that focus on the full range of human moments: garbage days, lovely days, grief-stricken days, and even (especially) completely ordinary days. These heartfelt blessings are a sanctuary for anyone who needs a chance to exhale when we feel everything from careworn to restless, devasted to bored. Let’s have a reminder that we don’t have to wait for a perfect life when we can bless the lives we actually have..

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Kate Bowler

is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Everything Happens for a Reason (And Other Lies I’ve Loved), No Cure for Being Human (And Other Truths I Need to Hear), and Good Enough, as well as Blessed and The Preacher’s Wife. She is the host of the popular podcast Everything Happens. A Duke University professor, she earned a master’s degree in religion from Yale Divinity School and a PhD from Duke University.

Jessica Richie

is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Good Enough, the executive director of the Everything Happens Project at Duke Divinity School, and the executive producer of the Everything Happens podcast. She received her MDiv from Duke Divinity School.

“Kate Bowler is the only one we can trust to tell us the truth. Bowler is a prophet and her new offering is another true gift to the world. This book will open minds and warm hearts.”

GLENNON DOYLE

Author of the #1 NYT Bestseller Untamed

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