Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Review: 'A Good and Perfect Gift' by Amy Julia Becker
From the Publisher:
Challenging surprises often lead to unexpected joy. Amy Julia opens eyes and softens hearts as she brings readers into her own story of disappointment turned to blessing. This is a journey of discovering strength through weakness, and the author learns to embrace the face that we are all dependent on God and one another. This books will inspire readers who appreciate beautiful writing coupled with deep insights about life and faith. "Amy Julia Becker has the courage and grace to tell the truth. Whether you are a parent or not, whether the children in your life are 'typical' or not, this story will shake you, change you, and encourage you."--Andy Crouch, author, Culture Making
Of all of the books I've reviewed in the past, as a mother to a child with special needs, it's certainly safe to say that this is the book I can most relate to. In this memoir, Amy Julia, a perfectionist who put intelligence and academic accomplishments at utmost importance, has her 'perfect' world come toppling down when her child is born and is diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Amy Julia is very open with her struggles to accept this diagnosis and her struggles in faith afterwards. At points, it was so honest that at a few points, I wanted to personally shake her out of it. However, after her initial adjustments, I found many of the sentiments expressed to echo those I have said about having a child with Autism, and even quoting and finding comfort in the same bible verses I have. Many of the themes I have talked about on my blog, were also expressed in the book. While there were areas where I did not agree with her sentiments, in general, I could relate very well. I am a huge advocate for ending the use of the 'r word' and the book talks a bit of the hurt that comes with the use of that word, though I do wish that she would have discussed more. However, this was not a book about Down Syndrome, or the use of the word, but rather a personal journey to come to terms with an uncertain future and trusting that it is all a part of God's plan and will work out according to his will. I would recommend this book to any parent, regardless of whether your child is typical or has special needs because all children truly are 'a good and perfect gift'.
You can purchase this book here.
*I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.