While washing the cheese grater tonight after dinner, a memory popped into my head. Flashback to high school, maybe age 16, in “Teen Living” class with several of my (Virginia) Beach-crazed friends. This particular memory was of the day when we made pasta with Bolognese sauce, topped with freshly grated cheese, and a green salad on…

I have an article here at beliefnet: “Five Ways to Welcome Laughter Into Your Home.” Hopefully it will help bring a little laughter into your day! It begins: It’s easy for our household to become grim. With two small children and another on the way, there are plenty of mornings like this past Saturday, when…

For the next few weeks, I am going to address a few questions about the Bible:  What is the Bible? Who decided what goes into the Bible and how did they decide? What is the Old Testament? What is the New Testament? How do I read the Bible today? Our culture exhibits a range of…

I’ve written before, from a different angle, about how disability is not as different from the norm as most of us think. There’s the spiritual reality that all of us are equally broken and equally beloved. There’s the emotional reality that, although some of us are more able to hide our need and vulnerability from…

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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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