“No! William! I’m having it!” It’s a fairly common refrain in our house. William has something. Penny grabs it. William cries and grabs it back. Penny reprimands. I intervene. I wrote a few weeks back about “ Don’t Grab,” but around the same time I was struck by the relevance of another word I use…

A few articles that might be of interest: Nicholas Kristof, of the New York Times, writes about the recent case of a nun in Arizona who was excommunicated because she supported the decision of a pregnant mother-of-three to terminate her pregnancy when she discovered that the pregnancy would likely cause her own death due to…

At the moment, my bedside table is stacked high with books. Novels and Memoirs: Deep Creek by Dana Hand, Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann, Reading Jesus: A Writer’s Encounter with the Gospels, by Mary Gordon… Poetry: Sinners Welcome, by Mary Karr, Otherwise by Jane Kenyon, Theology and Ethics: Neither Beast nor God:…

I started this blog a few years ago, although I only began writing regularly last summer. The initial intentions for this space remain the same, however, and so I would like to introduce this space with the initial post from July, 2008 (with the caveat that the photo at the left is of the Caribbean,…

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Amy Julia Becker

Amy Julia Becker writes about theology, disability, family, and culture. Two major life experiences have shaped her writing and her faith—caring for her mother-in-law as she battled cancer and welcoming her daughter Penny into the world after she was diagnosed at birth with Down syndrome. Both experiences expanded and enriched her understanding of what it means to be human and to receive each and every person as a gift.  A graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, she is the author of Penelope Ayers: A Memoir, and the forthcoming A Good and Perfect Gift (Bethany House). Her essays have appeared in First Things, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Christian Century, ChristianityToday.com, and Bloom, among other online venues.

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