The week started with Valentine’s day, and a post called “The Gift of Being Single.” A reader responded with a helpful critique of my comments, and I posted her remarks in another post, “Is It Really A Gift to Be Single?” This post also received comments, including a comparison between being married and childless to…

One of my earliest prayers for Penny was that she would have friends. Back then, when she was an infant, I hadn’t read the studies that said many individuals with intellectual disabilities experience depression as a result of loneliness. I didn’t have statistics on hand that proved the need for friendships as much as, if…

For those of you keeping track at home, I usually run the Perfectly Human posts on Wednesday afternoons. But I’m posting Mica May’s reflection about her son Jackson today because it is Jackson’s second birthday! Happy Birthday Jackson! my jackson. this afternoon you wanted so badly to get up on the piano bench. you have…

I wrote a post yesterday called “The Gift of Being Single.” One reader emailed me in response to the post, as a challenge to some of my thoughts, and I asked her if I could reprint her thoughtful and gracious words. Her email read as follows:  I wanted to respond to today’s post about singleness. I’m…

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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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