Last fall, I had the opportunity to preach a sermon at the Church of the Good Samaritan. In it, I look at the verse Matthew 5:48: “Be perfect, as your heavenly father is perfect.”  Here’s a teaser in case you’re interested in hearing more:  …When I consider the “perfect” version of me, I automatically start…

From the looks of the photo, we’ve got it all under control. Happy kids. Happy dad. Happy mom holding the camera. But it’s totally deceptive.  I took this picture a few days ago, just after my first attempt to corral all three kids by myself from 5:00-6:00 in the evening. Up until then, I hadn’t…

I tend to think of Christian books as existing on a spectrum, with heavy theology on one end (that’s the I-should-try-to-understand-it-but-might-end-up-falling-asleep-end) and inspirational spirituality on the other end (that’s the easy-reading-that-feels-good-but-may-or-may-not-be-theologically-accurate-end). The Missional Mom by Helen Lee offers the best of both words: it is theologically rich and easy to digest all at the same…

Christmas is over, but having a newborn is always a reminder of the reality of the gift of life. By reality, of course I include the wonder and sweetness and joy, but also the sleeplessness and crying and mess of it all. After William was born, I wrote a reflection that still holds true. I…

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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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