I had a lovely trip to Atlanta last weekend, giving me lots of time to read. Some of the highlights included: The cover article of The Economist: Why America Locks Up Too Many People. This article gives an overview of the ever-growing US prison population and argues for the injustice of the system, both to…

Imagine a feast. Actually, no. That would be too much. Imagine going to your favorite restaurant. Starting with your favorite soup and proceeding to eat the perfect amount of your favorite entrée, leaving just enough room for dessert. Or imagine a visit to the Louvre and being the only person in the room with the…

There were three pediatricians in our wedding party. One bridesmaid. Two groomsmen. So we have a nice list of friends to call whenever we have a question. I’ve asked them to talk me through the signs of dehydration, the best way to treat wheezing, the various questions to ask back when one doctor suspected Penny…

Jane Steen is a freelance commercial writer working on her first novel. She blogs at http://keepgoingyoufool.blogspot.com We’re a reading family. Not quite as much as we used to be, now that the Internet and our gadgets have stolen away so much of our attention. Yet walk into our house and you’ll see books–lots of them. My…

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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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