A Good and Perfect Gift

Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny

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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 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.

Selected as one of the top 10 best religion books of 2011 by Publishers Weekly


"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, editorial board, Books and Culture

"It takes faith to turn an unmet expectation into something delightfully exceptional, and Amy Julia Becker learned to do just that when Penny was born. Poignant and powerful, the world needs more stories of inspiration like this one!"
--Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center

The Author

  1. Amy Julia Becker

    Amy Julia Becker

    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...

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"Awe inspiring, courageous and honest, I could not put this book down until I reached the final page... Amy Julia shares the beauty of her daughter Penny, the person that she is, not just the diagnosis the professionals speak over her daughter. This book touched my life in ways I never envisaged. I recommend this book for everyone." --Jayne Hounsome, Christian Marketplace Magazine (U.K.)