Margot Starbuck’s new book, Unsqueezed: springing free from skinny jeans, nose jobs, highlights and stilettos, couldn’t have come at a better time. First, there was Penny’s question at dinner a few weeks back. “Mom, why do you have bruises on your face?” “What do you mean?” “There,” she pointed under my left eye, “and there,”…

Last Sunday, Penny got in the car after church and said, “Mom, why does that lady walk with a cane?” “Well, Pen, you know how you wear glasses?” “Yes.” “Why do you wear glasses?” “To help me see.” “Well, that lady uses a cane to help her walk.” “Oh. But why does that lady walk…

Becky Dawson is a full time mother and educator for her son (8) and daughter (4). She is working on a Professional Editing Certificate from the University of California, Berkeley, and writes on the topics of special needs, interactions in the medical world, and her growth and interactions with her Maker as seen through Christian…

Penny was sitting on the potty. “Where’s the new shirsh?” she asked. I wrinkled my forehead. “The new shirt?” She shook her head, with a little smile. “No. The new shirsh.” “Skirt?” This time, a grin. “No, Mom!” she said, in a tone of false exasperation. “The new shirsh!” She said the word slowly, with…

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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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