A GOOD AND PERFECT GIFT: Faith, Expectations and a Little Girl Named Penny (Bethany House) is a spiritual memoir that chronicles Amy Julia Becker’s journey through her daughter Penny’s first years of life. Top of her class at Princeton, Amy Julia Becker always imagined that her children would turn out just like her. So when her daughter Penny entered the world with Down syndrome, Becker had to rethink everything.
Beyond tackling the day-to-day whirlwind of doctor visits, child development experts, insulting comments from well-meaning friends and even her own prejudices, Becker comes face to face with terrifying emotions. Worry that Penny would die early or that she wouldn’t be able to live on her own. Sorrow over the thought that Penny might not know deep love from another person. And her darkest fear, that Becker herself wouldn’t know how to love her daughter.
But love—love from Penny, love from her husband, love from friends, and love from God—finds a way to pick Becker up out of her fear and into faith. Instead of being a parent crippled by control and expectations, she finds freedom and joy in loving Penny and watching her thrive in who she was perfectly created to be.
A Good And Perfect Gift is more than just a narrative that spans the first two years of Amy Julia Becker’s new life with Down syndrome. From the initial dark moments in the hospital to the light and laughter Penny brought into the family, it is a story of a remarkable little girl who surpassed expectations. It is the story of a young couple coming to terms with their first-born child being different than they anticipated, and eventually receiving that child as a precious gift. It should appeal to any reader who wonders how grief can be transformed into joy.
What Every Woman Needs To Know About Prenatal Testing: Insight From A Mom Who Has Been There
Advances in prenatal testing have resulted in more women than ever before being tested for atypical chromosomes and other conditions, sometimes without the women’s full knowledge of the testing process and its implications. In this brief guide, parenting expert Amy Julia Becker walks potential mothers through some questions to ask before they offer their consent for testing:
- What is prenatal testing? What can it tell me?
- What information do I want, and why?
- What would I decide to do if prenatal testing led to a prenatal diagnosis?
Sensible and reassuring, this book should be on the e-nightstand of every woman who is or wishes to become pregnant.