A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny [NOOK Book]

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Sometimes Joy Shows Up When You Least Expect It

Things don't always go as planned--especially when it comes to our children. When her first baby, Penny, is given a frightening diagnosis, Amy Julia's world comes crashing down. Could she continue to trust God's goodness through what felt like personal tragedy? But challenging surprises often lead to unforeseen joy, and disappointments can turn into blessings. This wise and beautiful book is more...
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A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny

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Overview

Sometimes Joy Shows Up When You Least Expect It

Things don't always go as planned--especially when it comes to our children. When her first baby, Penny, is given a frightening diagnosis, Amy Julia's world comes crashing down. Could she continue to trust God's goodness through what felt like personal tragedy? But challenging surprises often lead to unforeseen joy, and disappointments can turn into blessings. This wise and beautiful book is more than a courageous story of raising a child against the odds--it is a journey through the unexpected ups and downs of life and the discoveries that come along the way.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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. The author keeps a journal in her early days as a mother, a time when her faith, her expectations, and her fears ran a gamut. Becker tells how impressed she has always been with intelligence, and now her little girl will lack this gift so important to Becker. Or would she? This beautifully written text explores how Becker and her husband deal with the news of having a child with a disability and the transformation they undergo as time passes. Each journal entry opens a new chapter of Penny's growth, and with every change in Penny comes a corresponding response of grateful joy in everyone else. Becker's work is introspective and theologically inquisitive, leading readers to ask the same questions this mother asks herself as her world tilted off its axis. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441233776
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 21,999
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

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.
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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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