What I’ve Learned Through Penny (in Six Minutes)

I had a lovely conversation with Susie Larson for Moody Radio last Friday. Somehow in six minutes she got me to talk about being a perfectionist in college, the freedom Penny has offered to me as a mother, where is God in the midst of suffering, and what it means to receive one another as gifts. Click here to listen to the interview.

While we’re at it, I’ve seen a few reviews of A Good and Perfect Gift recently. In one, Danielle Tumminio writes for the Huffington Post:

A child like Penny is a prophetic child, one that causes Becker and, in turn, the reader, to reconsider what it means to be “disabled.” She challenges our culture to think more about how we have treated “disabled” people in the past and how we can do better to embrace difference in the future. And perhaps most powerfully, she challenges us to remember that whatever we do, we do in the image of God, the same image, in fact, in which God has fashioned us.

Read more at “What a Little Girl Named Penny Can Teach Us About Faith and Disability

Another blogger, Lisa Littlewood, writes:

[Amy Julia's] book is as much about her spiritual journey as it is about motherhood. About how our spiritual journeys can become confusing when we’re not sure how to reconcile our circumstances with our Christian faith…when the two things don’t seem to make sense together. It’s about those times when life doesn’t go as we had planned and we’re not sure we like the fact that it might be going just as God had planned…

Read more at “Giving Thanks for the Unexpected

Finally, I figured I’d take this time to mention that I send out a monthly newsletter that includes blog highlights from the previous news, a few photos, and a calendar of recent events. If you’d like to subscribe, go to my website at amyjuliabecker.com, scroll down on the right and click on “Join Amy Julia’s Mailing List.”

About Amy Julia Becker

Amy Julia Becker writes and speaks about family, faith, disability, and culture. A graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, she is the author of Penelope Ayers: A Memoir, A Good and Perfect Gift (Bethany House), and Why I Am Both Spiritual and Religious (Patheos Press).

Comments

  1. shoshanah leibowitz says:

    I could not have agreed more. Children with disabilities have more talents then we will ever know. I truly believe they can understand and do things we cannot do. The only difference is they have difficulties communicating the way they feel.
    I cannot speak for everyone, but I know that with my sister we treat her like every other child because she should be given a chance. After all she is a child first and her disability is secondary.
    http://livingwithdownsyndrome.blogspot.com/


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