Christians divide the Bible into two sections, the Old and New Testaments. (Note: I continue to refer to the Old Testament by its traditional name within the church rather than the more contemporary designation, “The Hebrew Scriptures.” I do this because although the Jewish people consider the Old Testament books Scriptural, they collect them in…

A new friend of mine recently wrote me about miracles. In her words:   I don’t understand God–and by extension, Jesus–as a miracle worker…So, where Jesus does something miraculous (loaves and fishes, curing the sick) I found myself discounting the miracle, almost knee-jerk, and trying to figure out what could be going on in “real…

I’m not very good at saying thank you. Take, for instance, when someone has invited me to speak. To stand up in front of the crowd and say thank you to the host seems unnecessary to me. Perfunctory. Fake. I’d rather indicate my gratitude by sending a note after the fact. But I’ve been convinced…

When Charlie was born… before Charlie… because of Charlie… I could write a seemingly endless stream of thoughts all sharing a common thread. The themes might vary, but the main subject–my son Charlie–remains constant.  Over three years ago I had little to say on the subject of disabilities, yet alone Down syndrome. It wasn’t until…

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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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