Basic Info for New Readers Who Read About Me in the Hartford Courant

Hartford  Courant columnist Rick Green featured me and my book, No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Faith in an Age of Advanced Reproduction, in a column in today’s paper. He and I had a long and far-ranging conversation last week; I am grateful for his time and attention, and the way he brought in larger questions about the increasingly difficult choices that parents-to-be face as prenatal testing grows.

The photo accompanying the Courant column. Is it just me, or do Daniel and Leah (in back) have a sort of Addams family look to them? Need to tell them to lighten up a bit...

In the hope that some Courant readers will find their way to my blog this week, looking for more information on me and my book, here are a few links especially for new readers:

For more information about me and my story, read my “About” page here or visit my web site.

For more information about No Easy Choice (including ordering info, endorsements, and reader reviews), visit its Amazon page. For links to additional reviews and other things I have written, visit the “Publications” page of my web site.

For information on upcoming events where I will be speaking and/or reading from the book, visit the “Events” page of my web site. And please keep in mind that I am always looking for more speaking opportunities—book groups, parent groups, church groups, libraries, classes focused on topics such as ethics and contemporary issues, etc.

Finally, Rick asked me many questions that didn’t make it into his column, including two that I fleshed out in a couple of blog posts last week:

Who should read my book? And why?

Why did I write a “wishy-washy” book? “Wishy-washy” is my word, and I’m using it tongue in cheek. The question is why I wrote a book focused on raising lots of questions and encouraging conversation around reproductive technology, rather than writing a book that states clearly whether I think use of such technology is good or bad, and why. The answer to this question says a lot about me, my story, my book, and my goals as a writer.


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About Ellen Painter Dollar

Ellen Painter Dollar is a writer focusing on faith, parenting, family, disability, and ethics. She is the author of No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Faith, and Parenthood in an Age of Advanced Reproduction (Westminster John Knox, 2012). Visit her web site at for more on her writing and speaking, and to sign up for a (very) occasional email newsletter.

  • Rachel Stone

    Okay, I’m dying laughing about your Addams family comment. Daniel and Leah *do* look a bit serious, especially in contrast to the joyful couch potatoes. I love family pictures where there’s contrast. In my favorite one of our family, everyone has a different look and is looking in random directions…

    • Rachel Stone

      and very nice column!

  • Tim

    Ellen, it looks like that column did a good job representing what you’ve been saying here in the two recent posts about yoru book. I especially like the quotes from you at the end, acknowledging the brokenness of the world and teh need for healthy conversation. One thing I try to keep in mind when I see even the healthiest of people (like we’ll see during the Olympics this summer) is that they are nowhere near the prime physical specimens God originally intended us to be, nor what we will be in the new creation.

    Thanks for keeping this conversation going, Ellen. Nicely done.


    P.S. Aubry at My Offerings posted today a guest piece I did on how God sees us for who we really are: I hope you get a chance ot read it.

    • Ellen Painter Dollar

      Thanks Tim. And your post is on my “to read” list for tomorrow a.m. Thanks so much for the link!

      • Tim

        Thanks Ellen. I’d love to hear what you think. I’m really new to this blogging stuff and am thankful for whatever feedback I can get.