I have a new post on her.meneutics in response to Amy Chua’s controversial essay in last week’s Wall Street Journal: “Why I Don’t Want to be a Chinese Mother.” It begins:  Amy Chua’s essay for The Wall Street Journal, “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior,” sprinted across media outlets and the blogosphere, prompting responses at Motherlode, The San Francisco…

I’ve been thinking all week about MLK Day. I want to write something that honors Dr. King and not only remembers his legacy but continues it in some way. And yet every time I try, I find myself at a loss for words. I feel inadequate. My knowledge of (and respect for) Dr. King comes…

I reviewed and recommended Emily Colson’s book, Dancing with Max, a few months back. It is a memoir about Colson’s son Max, who has autism. Last week, Colson wrote a guest post for her.meneutics about including individuals with autism in church communities. For stories about the gift these individuals bring, and a few strategies for inclusion,…

On January 2nd, I had a series of strong contractions. They lasted over a minute each, and they came regularly, every ten minutes, for over an hour. It was 11 p.m. I called the doctor. She said, “If they get closer together and increase in intensity, come on in.” And then the contractions stopped. The…

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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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