Tuesday, November 8, 2011

"A Good and Perfect Gift" by Amy Julia Becker

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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