I watched an interview this morning with Dr. Brian Skotko of the Children’s Hospital in Boston and Dr. Lachlan Forrow, Director of Ethics at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The interview centers around the new blood test that can detect a fetus with Down syndrome prenatally in a non-invasive manner during the first trimester of…

Do you ever avoid reading/watching/thinking about something because you just don’t feel like dealing with it? I’d rather, for instance, ignore the gas mileage of our new Toyota Sienna (aka the Swagger Wagon), especially in comparison with the Prius we’ve been driving for the past two years. I’d like to pretend that clutter in our…

Between last week and this morning, I’ve been posting a series of reflections upon spiritual transformation. The following is my response to this morning’s question about how we can be transformed: Transformation isn’t under our control. And transformation comes through external forces–like taking a job or meeting a spouse or having a baby. But when…

Last week, I referenced an ongoing conversation with a reader about whether or not Christianity can inspire us (“Where Do You Go For Inspiration?” and “I Need Transformation More than Inspiration“.) I responded with the thought that Christianity offers to transform us instead. She wrote back: “I bet most of us experience inspiration to be fleeting.…

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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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