I have a new post at her.meneutics, “How Many Kids Should We Have?” written in response to the recent TIME cover article about only children. It begins:  “One and Done,” Lauren Sandler’s Time cover story this week, offers a series of reasons why many parents in the West are choosing to have only one child. First, the…

I wrote a short post last week about spiritual deserts (“When God Feels Far Away“). Over the weekend, a stream of comments came in, from people sharing experiences of pain, suffering, joy, answered prayer, and questions for God. People wrote about losing their jobs, battling cancer, a child using drugs, family issues, physical disabilities, depression,…

(I wrote this last Friday but forgot to publish it. Oops!) Christianity Today’s cover article on adoption, “Abba Changes Everything” is a powerful personal testimony of adoption that links the experience of adopting a child to the theological significance of God’s adoption of us as sons and daughters.  I’d also like to recommend, in a…

Penny was six months old. I was reading Time Magazine, and there was an article about Carolyn Bergeron and Sujeet Desai, two adults with Down syndrome getting married. I frowned. For one thing, I didn’t like the idea of Penny, and people like Penny, being so different that their marriages would make the national news. But…

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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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