Kate Bowler – Everything Happens for a Reason

The premise of this narrative is as follows: Kate Bowler is a Christian, and religious belief is a big part of her life. She is a 30-something theology professor in an American college (Duke Divinity School). She also has bowel cancer, and she is trying to come to terms with her (possibly imminent) death, even as she undergoes chemotherapy and carries on married life with a young son.

The irony is that her area of academic interest is the prosperity gospel characteristic of mid-western USA. This proclaims that you are rewarded for good deeds in this life, and that if … Read more...

Stephen Kuusisto – Planet of the Blind

Although Stephen Kuusisto was born functionally blind, it took him thirty five years to fully admit it. Planet of the Blind narrates his convoluted journey to that admission. It tells the story with memorable encounters, and with vivid images and metaphors that reflect Stephen’s adult role of poet and teacher of creative writing.

Born with ‘Blindness of Prematurity’ in the New Hampshire of 1955, Stephen Kuusisto could see light and colour but was, in legal terms, blind. He had strabismus, leaving him cross-eyed, and one eye darted around out of control (nystagmus). His mother, partly it would appear from guilt, … Read more...