Tuesday, December 2, 2014

small talk by amy julia becker

Almost every day, one of Amy Julia’s children says something or asks something that prompts her to think more carefully: “Why Mommy crying?” (Marilee, when the family learned a young boy had died of cancer); “Booful, Mommy” (“Beautiful, Mommy,” as Penny proclaimed just as Amy Julia was looking in the mirror and critiquing her post-pregnancy body in her head); “What lasting mean?” (William, when he heard a song in church about God being an everlasting God). These conversations deepen her relationships with her children, but they also deepen and refine her own understanding of what she believes, why she believes it, and what she hopes to pass along to the next generation.

Small Talk is a narrative based upon these conversations. It is not a parenting guide. It does not offer prescriptive lessons about how to talk with children. Rather, it tells stories based upon the questions and statements Amy Julia’s children have made about the things that make life good (such as love, kindness, beauty, laughter, and friendship), the things that make life hard (such as death, failure, and tragedy), and what we believe (such as prayer, God, and miracles).

Amy Julia explores three parts—body, mind, spirit—as she moves in rough chronological order through the basic questions her kids asked when they were very young to the intellectual and then spiritual questions of later childhood. It invites other parents into these same conversations, with their children, with God, and with themselves. Moving from humorous exchanges to profound questions to heart-wrenching moments, Amy Julia encourages parents to ask themselves—and to talk with their children about—what matters most.

 Amy Julia Becker

Amy Julia Becker is the author of 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, 2011), named one of the Top Ten Religion Books of the Year by Publisher's Weekly, and Penelope Ayers: A Memoir (2008).

A graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, Becker blogs regularly for Christianity Today at Thin Places ( Her essays about faith, family, and disability have appeared on the Motherlode blog of The New York Times, USA Today,,, The Christian Century, Christianity Today, The Huffington Post, and Amy Julia lives with her husband Peter and three children, Penny, William, and Marilee in western CT. Find out more at

My Review

Small Talk

By: Amy Julia Becker

First book I have read by Amy but will look into others.  Great title for the book. This book is full of just that small talk. You can pick up this book and read and put it down if you have to and come back to it. The book is divided up into small sections. excellent book for those raising a family.  I loved all the conversations with the kids and their view on things. From Christmas and santa clause to dying and being in heaven.  If only we had the faith of a child. I know I have thought to myself  with my own kids saying things to me and thinking I never thought of it like that.  I think as a adult I tend to think to much when if I thought as a child be so much simpler. I think we make it hard for ourselves. Liked how Amy wrote this with biblical backing. I think any parent would be bless reading this book.  I know I really enjoyed it. It made me laugh and shed a few tears. Even if you don't have children right now at home, as a adult it can help also. 

I hope you enjoyed this book review as much as I did.  If you would like to read it I will be giving away one copy. Just enter below. 

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