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Amy Julia Becker is the author of White Picket Fences: Turning toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege (NavPress, October 2018), Small Talk: Learning From My Children About What Matters Most (Zondervan, 2014), 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 (2008). A graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, her essays about faith, family, and disability have appeared on the Motherlode blog of The New York Times, USA Today, ABCNews.com, Theatlantic.com, The Washington Post Online, The Christian Century, Christianity Today, and The Huffington Post. She is a big fan of frozen yogurt, ...more

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Should we edit the genetic makeup of our kids if we can? How do birds and salmon and lobsters figure out how to navigate thousands of miles without the aid of GPS? Genetic editing and animal navigation…I have one recommended podcast and one essay to offer in this hodgepodge of AJB Recommends: 

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The Good Lord Bird by James   McBride
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I love James McBride, and I wanted to love this book, even though I had been told that it was not his best. (My favorite, by the way, is Song Yet Sung. I also loved Deacon King Kong. He is most well known for The Color of Water, and he won the Nation ...more
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If you enjoy literary fiction, this book should be next on your list. Bennett is a masterful storyteller. She takes us through decades and across the country and into the lives of characters we grow to love. The Vanishing Half is the story of twin gi ...more
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The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer
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I honestly like John Mark Komer’s speaking style more than his writing style, BUT that same style makes it easy to read what he has to say. He’s highly relatable and certainly I needed to read a book like this. He does a great job of identifying the ...more
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Reforesting Faith by Matthew Sleeth
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There’s a lot of great information in this book. It’s easy to read with great stories and anecdotes along the way. And it certainly convinced me that trees are a significant theme throughout the Bible. But I wanted Sleeth to do more with the ways we ...more
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Jesus and John Wayne by Kristin  Kobes Du Mez
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For anyone who wants to understand how a religious movement became a political force, Jesus and John Wayne will at least begin to help piece together the story of evangelicalism, masculinity, militarism, and consumerism within American Christianity. ...more
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A Children's Bible by Lydia Millet
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The Deeply Formed Life by Rich Villodas
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Plenty of pastors write books on spiritual formation, and many of them are quite good and practical and helpful. This one is no exception as far as being well-written and accessible and pastoral in tone and content. But what does stand out is that Vi ...more
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“Prayer is one of the few spiritual practices that is pointless unless God is real. Meditation calms the body whether or not there's a spiritual being receiving our deliberate breathing and clear mind. Reading sacred texts aligns us with the wisdom of our ancestors whether or not it was divinely inspired. Church attendance connects us to the needs of our community. Fasting cleanses the body of toxic substances. Resting on Sundays allows us to let go of stress and worry. But prayer? Taking time to pour out our needs and our anxieties, demanding change, confessing sin, crying out for help - all of these things depend upon the existence of God, and specifically the existence of a God who hears and responds to our cries. Prayer in the face of insurmountable problems is an admission of weakness and need. Prayer is a commitment to a better future, a sign of faith that the world will one day be made right. Prayer is an act that emerges out of helplessness. Prayer is an act of hope.”
Amy Julia Becker, White Picket Fences: Turning toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege

“Dweck's research demonstrates that virtually every person can grow in areas of perceived weakness, as long as they assume growth is indeed possible.”
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“Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.”
William Martin, The Parent's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents




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