Good and Perfect Gift, A by Amy Julia Becker
Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny

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An Honest, Hopeful Look at Unexpected Challenges

Challenging surprises often lead to unexpected joy. Amy Julia opens eyes and softens hearts as she brings readers into her own story of disappointment turned to blessing. This is a journey of discovering strength through weakness, and the author learns to embrace the face that we are all dependent on God and one another. This books will inspire readers who appreciate beautiful writing coupled with deep insights about life and faith.

"Amy Julia Becker has the courage and grace to tell the truth. Whether you are a parent or not, whether the children in your life are 'typical' or not, this story will shake you, change you, and encourage you."--Andy Crouch, author, Culture Making
 

About Amy Julia Becker

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Amy Julia Becker is the author of Penelope Ayers: A Memoir, which critic Andy Crouch included in his list of the best books of 2009. She graduated from Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, and writes regularly for Motherlode, the parenting blog of The New York Times. Her essays have appeared in First Things, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Christian Century, ChristianityToday.com, Bloom, and other venues. Amy Julia lives in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, with her husband and three children.
 
Published September 1, 2011 by Bethany House Publishers. 243 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Becker (Penelope Ayers: A Memoir), a Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary graduate, knows how to grab a reader's heartstrings as she writes about her journey as a new mom to Penny, her first child, who has Down syndrome.

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Patheos

They write, “Religion books aren’t necessarily prized for their writing quality, but A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny by Amy Julia Becker is a happy exception.” Rachel Simon, author of the bestselling novel, The Story of Beautiful Girl, says, “A Good and...

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Patheos

Among other things, they write: Becker (Penelope Ayers: A Memoir), a Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary graduate, knows how to grab a reader’s heartstrings and never let go as she writes about her journey as a new mom to Penny, her first child, who has Down syndrome… Becker’s...

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Patheos

A friend remarked a number of years ago that writing a memoir has three stages–living the story, writing the story, and then sending the story out into the world.

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Patheos

Though an exploration of her faith is an important part of her story, a parent does not have to share her faith to gain perspective from reading this thoughtful, eloquent story of self-reflection and growth.

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Patheos

Beautifully written, A Good and Perfect Gift is the gift of an honest story that points us to the good and perfect God.

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Englewood Review of Books

It is only after the family is called and mother recovering that the life changing words are uttered, “The doctors think Penny has Down syndrome.” And so begins A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny, the memoir of Amy Julia Becker, mother of Penny.

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