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Penelope Ayers: A Memoir Paperback – September 25, 2008
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A graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, Becker blogs regularly for Christianity Today at Thin Places (http://www.christianitytoday.com/amyjuliabecker/). 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 Christian Century, Christianity Today, The Huffington Post, and Parents.com. Amy Julia lives with her husband Peter and three children, Penny, William, and Marilee in western CT. Find out more at www.amyjuliabecker.com
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I could not have been more pleasantly surprised. This is a story that could be written about hundreds of families who deal with life and death. What a beautiful rememberance. Every family has members who can be kind, mean, thoughtful and hauty. In the end, something natural - like death- can bring all of them together and the trappings of life become so unimportant. There are many trappings within this family, but instead of coming away with some deep dark inside family secrets.....I finished the book, in tears with a much greater opinion of all of them. Seeing how they all went through the death of Penny, is has become so easy for me to see that they are just people, like the rest of us. I did not know Penny, but I know many "Penny's". Amy Julie told a wonderful story of Penny's life and death. Kudos. The family should be proud of how Penny will be remembered both in life and death. I will share this with family members over the years and hope they can better understand the process and the beauty of dying. Great Book!!!
My wife and I are lucky enough all our parents are still with us and with their health. But this is such a powerful glimpse, an inspiring, and affirming model of what it looks like to truly honor and love a parent through that final transition. It offers no canned advice or cliche, no list of to-dos, or corny five or six or seven keys to masterful care, or memorable acronyms of the must-dos of managing end of life logistics. Just story. And a powerful one at that. I recommend it highly.
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