A few months back, Ike Ditzenberger, a young man with Downsyndrome, scored a 51-yard touchdown for his high school football team. It made the national news. In fact, he reportedly got a movie contract out of themoment. More recently,

“Can I hold my daughter please?” My wife Margie delivered our daughter Chloe on May 16th, 2003. I was in my twentieth year as a Police Officer, and I knew there was something not right in the doctor’s look and voice. Chloe aspirated during her entry into the world, and as they cleared her lungs…

I have a new post at her.meneutics: “Blessed are those with Alzheimer’s.” It begins:  Americans are living longer and longer. For many individuals, this comes as good news, and yet for the larger culture, it brings social change, significant increases in health-care costs, and a higher prevalence of diseases such as Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s…

I was in a restaurant last week with Peter. I’ve mentioned before that I am very pregnant. For a woman who barely approaches the five foot mark, there’s really just not much room for a baby. So my stomach is a remarkable vision of a full-term pregnant woman. Still, it surprised me when not one,…


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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