Expecting Adam, by Martha Beck. Sure, Martha Beck is on the kooky end of the spirituality spectrum, but she’s a fantastic writer, and this memoir of her accidental pregnancy in which her baby was diagnosed in utero with Down syndrome, never fails to move me. It’s a story of letting go and receiving the gift…

I’m undecided on the question of gay marriage. In fact, there are aspects of the debate that are blurry enough in my mind and heart that I’m not even willing to try to articulate my point of view. But I try to keep educating myself on the issue–politically, legally, and theologically, and Andrew Sullivan’s blogpost:…

When I was a little girl, I picked up an assumption that once I reached a certain age–say thirty or so–I wouldn’t be able to change anymore. I guess my parents seemed like fixed entities, and I figured I would be too. Plus there was that saying I heard all the time, “You can’t teach…

“It doesn’t seem like you enjoy time with our children,” my husband said. Ouch. That’s an exact quote. And that alone would be bad enough, but layer on top of it my interpretation: “You are a bad mother. You don’t love our children.” It turned into a series of conversations. And in the end (many…

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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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