Time has an article this week, “Good News About Grief” that debunks some of the myths about grieving. It counters the standard Elixabeth Kubler-Ross “Five Stages of Grief” paradigm, and suggests that we don’t grieve in stages, we don’t need to express our grief, grief is harder on men, grief has an ending point, and…

A few months back, Ike Ditzenberger, a young man with Downsyndrome, scored a 51-yard touchdown for his high school football team. It made the national news. In fact, he reportedly got a movie contract out of themoment. More recently,

“Can I hold my daughter please?” My wife Margie delivered our daughter Chloe on May 16th, 2003. I was in my twentieth year as a Police Officer, and I knew there was something not right in the doctor’s look and voice. Chloe aspirated during her entry into the world, and as they cleared her lungs…

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…


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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