Amy Julia Becker

Amy Julia Becker is the author of A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations and a Little Girl Named Penny (Bethany House), named one of the Top Books of 2011 by Publisher's Weekly, and Penelope Ayers: A Memoir. Her next book, Small Talk: Learning from my Children about What Matters Most (Zondervan) will be published in October of 2014. A graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, she blogs regularly for Christianity Today about faith, family, disability, and culture. She is also the author of two ebooks, the forthcoming What Every Woman Needs to Know About Prenatal Testing: Insights from a Mom who has Been There, and Why I Am Both Spiritual and Religious. Her essays have appeared in the Motherlode blog of the New York Times, the Atlantic online, First Things, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Hartford Courant, The Christian Century, Christianity Today, The Huffington Post, and Parents.com. Amy Julia lives with her husband Peter and three children, Penny, William, and Marilee, in western Connecticut.

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Weekly Roundup 3.28.14

Weekly Roundup 3.28.14

What to read this weekend: articles on faith, Down syndrome, and cohabitation In case you haven't noticed, every week on Friday I offer a list of blogposts and articles you might enjoy over the weekend on the topics I try…
Weekly Roundup 3.14.14

Weekly Roundup 3.14.14

Two stories--one sad, one hopeful-- of disability, plus faith and culture If you only have time to check out two articles this week, I highly recommend the first two--both related to disability. One is the hard and sad story of…

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podcasts and covid-19

I’ve been listening to two different types of podcasts lately in this time of the COVID-19 crisis. One, podcasts that report and analyze news, politics, and current events. And two, podcasts that offer some spiritual insight into this COVD-19 moment. (There’s also another set of more self-help podcasts that are offering lots of good material right now. For those, I’m listening to Rhythms for Life and All Things Life.) 

Today, Good Friday, I wanted to recommend three episodes of spiritual podcasts I’ve appreciated in this season of COVID-19:

Praxis Podcast

First, Andy Crouch recorded an interview a few weeks ago in which he talked about how to mourn what needs to be mourned in this moment while also holding out hope for redemptive possibilities. This is a podcast designed for leaders, but as Andy points out, any adult who is leading a household (i.e. home-schooling) right now, could benefit from thinking about these things.

Transforming Center Podcast

Second, Ruth Haley Barton recorded an interview about spiritual leadership during this time. She emphasized pausing before reacting as she watched so many church leaders rush into action. In my opinion, now is a moment for leaders to step up, take action, and even work harder than usual, but I also appreciate the wisdom in Barton’s exhortation to pause, listen, pray, and even wait before acting right now.

For the Life of the World Podcast

Finally, Miroslav Volf offers a theological reflection on fear. There’s lots to chew on in this episode, but I was most struck by his comments on the pandemic/infectious nature of fear as well as his point that instead of trying to eliminate all danger, we need to learn how to cultivate courage.

I hope these words will bless you and strengthen you, as they did me. 

…………

Want to read more? Here are some suggestions:

If you haven’t already, please subscribe to receive regular updates and news. You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and you can subscribe to my Love is Stronger Than Fear podcast on Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify, as well as other platforms.

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I’ve been listening to two different types of podcasts lately in this time of the COVID-19 crisis. One, podcasts that report and analyze news, politics, and current events. And two, podcasts that offer some spiritual insight into this COVD-19 moment. (There’s also another set of more self-help podcasts that are offering lots of good material right now. For those, I’m listening to Rhythms for Life and All Things Life.) 

Today, Good Friday, I wanted to recommend three episodes of spiritual podcasts I’ve appreciated in this season of COVID-19:

Praxis Podcast

First, Andy Crouch recorded an interview a few weeks ago in which he talked about how to mourn what needs to be mourned in this moment while also holding out hope for redemptive possibilities. This is a podcast designed for leaders, but as Andy points out, any adult who is leading a household (i.e. home-schooling) right now, could benefit from thinking about these things.

Transforming Center Podcast

Second, Ruth Haley Barton recorded an interview about spiritual leadership during this time. She emphasized pausing before reacting as she watched so many church leaders rush into action. In my opinion, now is a moment for leaders to step up, take action, and even work harder than usual, but I also appreciate the wisdom in Barton’s exhortation to pause, listen, pray, and even wait before acting right now.

For the Life of the World Podcast

Finally, Miroslav Volf offers a theological reflection on fear. There’s lots to chew on in this episode, but I was most struck by his comments on the pandemic/infectious nature of fear as well as his point that instead of trying to eliminate all danger, we need to learn how to cultivate courage.

I hope these words will bless you and strengthen you, as they did me. 

…………

Want to read more? Here are some suggestions:

If you haven’t already, please subscribe to receive regular updates and news. You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and you can subscribe to my Love is Stronger Than Fear podcast on Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, and Spotify, as well as other platforms.

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Today, Good Friday, I wanted to recommend three episodes of spiritual podcasts I’ve appreciated in this season of COVID-19:

Praxis Podcast

First, Andy Crouch recorded an interview a few weeks ago in which he talked about how to mourn what needs to be mourned in this moment while also holding out hope for redemptive possibilities. This is a podcast designed for leaders, but as Andy points out, any adult who is leading a household (i.e. home-schooling) right now, could benefit from thinking about these things.

Transforming Center Podcast

Second, Ruth Haley Barton recorded an interview about spiritual leadership during this time. She emphasized pausing before reacting as she watched so many church leaders rush into action. In my opinion, now is a moment for leaders to step up, take action, and even work harder than usual, but I also appreciate the wisdom in Barton’s exhortation to pause, listen, pray, and even wait before acting right now.

For the Life of the World Podcast

Finally, Miroslav Volf offers a theological reflection on fear. There’s lots to chew on in this episode, but I was most struck by his comments on the pandemic/infectious nature of fear as well as his point that instead of trying to eliminate all danger, we need to learn how to cultivate courage.

I hope these words will bless you and strengthen you, as they did me. 

…………

Want to read more? Here are some suggestions:

If you haven’t already, please subscribe to receive regular updates and news. You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and you can subscribe to my Love is Stronger Than Fear podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify, as well as other platforms.

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Today, Good Friday, I wanted to recommend three episodes of spiritual podcasts I’ve appreciated in this season of COVID-19:

Praxis Podcast

First, Andy Crouch recorded an interview a few weeks ago in which he talked about how to mourn what needs to be mourned in this moment while also holding out hope for redemptive possibilities. This is a podcast designed for leaders, but as Andy points out, any adult who is leading a household (i.e. home-schooling) right now, could benefit from thinking about these things.

Transforming Center Podcast

Second, Ruth Haley Barton recorded an interview about spiritual leadership during this time. She emphasized pausing before reacting as she watched so many church leaders rush into action. In my opinion, now is a moment for leaders to step up, take action, and even work harder than usual, but I also appreciate the wisdom in Barton’s exhortation to pause, listen, pray, and even wait before acting right now.

For the Life of the World Podcast

Finally, Miroslav Volf offers a theological reflection on fear. There’s lots to chew on in this episode, but I was most struck by his comments on the pandemic/infectious nature of fear as well as his point that instead of trying to eliminate all danger, we need to learn how to cultivate courage.

I hope these words will bless you and strengthen you, as they did me. 

…………

Want to read more? Here are some suggestions:

If you haven’t already, please subscribe to receive regular updates and news. You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and you can subscribe to my Love is Stronger Than Fear podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify, as well as other platforms.

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