Peter and I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. We did way back when, in the early dating years, when we were teenagers. But we soon decided it was simply an opportunity to support Hallmark, and we decided to celebrate the joys of our relationship throughout the year. We’re fortunate enough to have a weekly date night,…

I have a new post at her.meneutics: “The State of Sex.”  It begins: When it comes to attitudes about sex in America, I often find myself somewhere between cynical and hopeless. I read statistics about 95 percent of adults losing their virginity before marriage. I look at the magazine rack in the grocery store and…

It is a struggle for me to know how to describe our 5-year old daughter Penny, who has Down syndrome. On the one hand, I want to tell skeptical strangers that she’s smart, and I want to back up that loaded word with proof of her accomplishments. I want to describe how she asks, “Mom,…

I used to get emails from an organization–I think it was called “Save Darfur”–and those emails arrived about once a week. For a time, I read them and did nothing in response to their content. Then I started deleting them without opening them at all. Then I unsubscribed from their email list. Even with a…

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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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