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Good and Perfect Gift, A: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    An amazing story!

    I loved how honest you were and how every word felt like you put your heart and soul into it, an account that will not soon be forgotton! And by the way, Penny really is cute!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2011

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    Dealing with Disappointment

    How would you react to the news that your new baby girl has Downs Syndrome? That is the news Amy Becker received about her daughter Penny. Was she disappointed? heart-broken? feeling alone? "A Good and Perfect Gift" answers all these questions and more as Mrs. Becker shares her innermost thoughts about the first years with her daughter. The honesty and openness with which she approaches the topic will let you come away with a realistic view of what happens when a "perfect" life is hit with disappointment. The journal entries are poignant and open, the information about Downs Syndrome eye-opening. Faith, courage, disappointment, heartache, and love are just a few themes of this wonderfully written, true story. This book ran me through the gamut of emotions. I cried, laughed, cheered, etc. finding understanding in the story of the Beckers and Penny. I appreciated the honesty Ms. Becker writes with, and her ability to bring me into her story. Parents everywhere can benefit from this story, especially when faced with the disappointments that can accompany parenthood. But, I think readers of all types can benefit from reading this book because life is full of disappointments and it is how we handle them and who we rely on, that shows what type of person we are. I received my review copy from Bethany House and thank them for it!

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  • Posted October 27, 2011

    Give Yourself "A Good and Perfect Gift"

    Disappointment. It's right up there with death and taxes on the "things you can count on life to hand you" list. You don't get the job, you lose the spouse, or, in the case of Amy Julia Becker, your daughter is born with Down Syndrome after the tests said she wouldn't be.

    "A Good and Perfect Gift" is a frank, honest and uplifting account of the first three years of Becker's life with her daughter, Penny. What makes this book tip the scales into excellence for me is that Becker makes no attempt to "pretty up" her story. This is no fairy tale but is a true, honest narrative that invites us to intimately follow the author through her process of grief, loss, disappointment and, finally, joy. Becker is candid in sharing her responses and her process and her difficulty relinquishing the dreams she had for her child.

    Becker also shares how she struggled with her faith during this time and I found myself turning corners down on bits of wisdom I wished to read again.

    I have a theory that everyone you see over a certain age actually has two lives...the one they live and the one they thought they would have that they contrast their life against. Not everyone has the same disappointments but disappointments come to everyone. "A Good and Perfect Gift" is a good and perfect gift as it packs honest emotion, compassion, and hope between its covers. With gift shopping time upon us, consider picking this as a gift (and buy yourself one, too!)

    A copy of this book was provided for my review by Bethany House.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2011

    Highly recommended. Loved this book..

    This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Beautifully written and very touching story. A must read for any parent.

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