Thin Places

This is the final post in a series about spiritual transformation:  At this point in my life, I can say, “I was transformed,” in the sense that there is no going back. I’ve been changed in a permanent way. But I would also say that I am still in the process of being transformed. The…

In response to a reader’s questions, the following post shares my personal story of spiritual transformation: For me, there was an actual moment of transformation, and there was a long process as well. When I was in high school, I had a sickness/eating disorder that left me wondering whether God was real. I’d grown up…

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.…

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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