Last week at school, Penny attended her first bridal shower, for one of her teachers. She came home talking to our nanny all about it. They decided to make a card. Penny instructed: “Mom in a white dress. Dad in a ‘cedo.’ And a church. And on the inside write, ‘Thanks for getting married’.” I…

I was intrigued by the ethics of “freeganism,” profiled by Jack Halpern in the New York Times Magazine: “The Freegan Establishment.”  Here is a community of people who attempt to get everything for free–food, clothes, even mansions. It is an act of protest against a culture of waste. The most arresting line: “In his book “Waste:…

A friend of mine once looked on my bookshelf and said, “Spinach salad.” “Excuse me?” “You read spinach salad books,” she said. “Not brussel sprouts, which are good for you but hard to swallow. Not junk food. But books that are both tasty and good for you. Like spinach salad. With no bacon.” She had…

A few years ago, I learned the word “codependent.” It came with an explanation: “It’s when, instead of basing your feelings upon yourself, you base them upon another person. It’s like you wake up in the morning, put a thermometer in your spouse’s mouth, and then decide how you feel based upon the thermometer’s reading.”…

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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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