This past month, I had two posts published in other venues: “Who Decides Defective?” an op-ed about a new method of in-vitro fertilzation, published in the Hartford Courant.  I also had another post on Motherlode, “A Spiritual Defense of Gift-Giving,” about the ways to celebrate materialism at Christmastime.  Happy New Year, everyone! 

In November, I saw a speech given by a high school senior about the use of the word “retarded.” It’s passionate but composed, thought-provoking but easy to understand, compassionate but critical. And it will be hard to watch without dabbing your eyes. “Spread the Word to end the Word.” 

This past fall, I wrote a series called “Questions for Jesus,” where I looked at a different Biblical passage in which people ask Jesus questions. My favorite post of the bunch comes from Mark 4, where the disciples ask Jesus, “Don’t you care if we drown?” This post relates my own experiences in the early…

In August, I asked myself, “Does it make a difference to follow God?” or am I living the life of a practical atheist? Also in August, on the website of Christianity Today, I had an article, “The Gift of Grief.” It discusses changes to the psychological understanding of grief as well as a Christian response…


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,, and Bloom, among other online venues.

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