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Small Talk: Learning From My Children About What Matters Most Paperback – October 28, 2014
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About the Author
AMY JULIA BECKERwrites about faith, family, and disability for Parents.com, theNew York TimesMotherlode blog, TheAtlantic.com,The Huffington Postparents page, and inChristianity Today,The Christian Century, and numerous other publications. Her first book,A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny, was named one of the "Top Ten Religion Books of 2011" byPublishers Weekly. Amy Julia lives in western Connecticut with her husband and three children.
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Top Customer Reviews
Like many parents, Becker quickly learned that children can be a gift, a blessing, and, sometimes, a prophetic presence. "For a long time, I though my children were a distraction from the work God was doing in my life and in the world around me. I am starting to realize they are the work God is doing in my life." Becker is at her best when reflecting on how to communicate spiritual truths to her children. When she attempts to communicate theological ideas, simplifying and and clarifying for her preschoolers, she turns the questions to herself, clarifying for herself what she really believes and why.
I especially enjoyed Becker's writing about her daughter Penny, who has Down syndrome. When doctors discussed Down syndrome with her, it was always a list of "everything defective, disabled, and broken about" Penny. But over time, she "went from thinking about her as my disabled daughter to my daughter, [she] started to realize she was no more broken than anyone else. . . . Some of what I had assumed was evidence of brokenness--a lower IQ than a typical child, a longer time learning to walk--was simply evidence that she, too, is a human being dependent on others to grow and enjoy the world.Read more ›
Yes, she shared about her relationships with each other three children have become deeper by discussion life – and all the changes and people that come with it. But she also uses conversations and moments with her children to reflect on what God is doing around her.
I’ve long been a fan of memoirs, but “Small Talk” gave me a chance to pause in the middle of my own chaos and remember how God shows up among all those words my own kids speak. And I know it will do that for other people – regardless of how old their kids are or whether they have kids of their own.
This is not a parenting guide, but an easy book for busy moms of younger aged children to pick up as they find free moments. It provides continual encouragement and reflection points to ponder long after reading. I was challenged by this book to slow down and reflect on my own life that threatens to move faster than I can keep up, and to record conversations, comments my kids make, and moments where God teaches me through them. Each child is so unique and offers ways to learn and to grow myself as they grow, if only I take the time to slow down and see them as the gift they are.
This quote summed it up nicely for me:
“I slow down. Not because I have suddenly become obedient out of a sense of guilt. But because I finally have my listening ears on – out of an eagerness to hear. And so I bend toward the still small voice of the Spirit, who has been whispering to me all along.”
As moms, our children can help us to really hear. But we just have to take the time to listen. I believe this book will help challenge moms everywhere to do this, and the results will be beautiful.
I have received a free copy of Small Talk: Learning from My Children About What Matters Most from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I recently purchased Small Talk and I absolutely LOVE IT! Amy Julia Becker’s writing is so encouraging! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stephanie O. Hubach
Amy Julia is a wonderful writer. Don't ever miss one of her books!Published 3 months ago by Allen Hornthal DDS
I would read anything from Amy Julia Becker. She is insightful and thoughtful. This book is easy enough to sit and read in a couple sittings and deep enough to take each chapter to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michael
it was very insightful and well written. i would recommend it to to anyone who interacts with children.Published 11 months ago by stuart dow
I received it as a baby gift and read it a few pages at a time (while baby is sleeping on my chest). Read morePublished 12 months ago by L. S.
Small Talk by Amy Julia Becker is a nonfiction book about Amy's experiences with her children and what she has learned from them. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tiffany
This memoir-style book follows Amy Julia’s journey through several years of parenting two, then three, children, including one of whom has Down Syndrome. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Caroline