Marilee Fuller Becker was born at 11:16 a.m. on January 30, 2011. She weighs 7 pounds 1 ounce and is 20 inches long. We were very glad to finally meet her. So far, she is eating and sleeping well, and we are grateful. Penny and William came to visit yesterday in the hospital, just five…

Before I offer a post (check back tomorrow) in response to a new prenatal test for Down syndrome, I want to clarify some terms. Prenatal screening and prenatal diagnosis are not the same. Prenatal screening comes in a few different forms, but in each case, a blood test, often combined with an ultrasound, provides a…

What does it mean to care about “the poor”? What does it look like to put love and care and compassion into action? And what would motivate anyone to do this? Tim Keller’s newest book, Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just is the best book I’ve ever read about putting Christian faith into…

In this month’s Atlantic, Andrew Bacevich writes about the military-industrial complex in “The Tyranny of Defense, Inc.” Becevich writes, “By diverting social capital from productive to destructive purposes, war and the preparation for war deplete, rather than enhance a nations strength.” He quotes a speech by President Eisenhower: “Every gun that is made, every warship…

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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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