"Rethinking Perfection" Brown Bag Lunch March 29

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Monday, March 19, 2012

The Center for Reconciliation, Women’s Center and Chaplain’s Office will host a brown bag lunch on “Rethinking Perfection” with author Amy Julia Becker March 29 at 12:20 p.m. in 0013 Westbrook.

Becker is a graduate of both Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary. Her recent book, A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny, was named one of the top religion books of 2011 by Publishers Weekly. Becker will read from her book and speak about how God used her daughter Penny, who was born with Down syndrome, to challenge her perfectionism and help her rethink her idea of “perfection.”

Shortly after Penny’s birth, Becker wondered “Can she live a full life without ever solving a quadratic equation? Without reading Dostoyevsky? I’m pretty sure she can. Can I live a full life without learning to cherish and welcome those in this world who are different from me? I’m pretty sure I can’t.” A Good and Perfect Gift chronicles Becker’s transformation as her love for Penny led her to rethink what it means to be a whole and full human being. 

Amy Julia Becker writes about theology, disability, family, and culture. In addition to her books, Becker has written several essays that have appeared in The New York Times, First Things, The Christian Century, ChristianityToday.com, The Huffington Post, and Parents.com.  An excerpt from Becker’s book and a recent Faith and Leadership interview with Becker are available online.

 For more information email Dayna Olson-Getty or call (919) 660-3593.