Small Talk by Amy Julia Becker is a book with thoughts and conversations I deeply can relate with. Amy’s words and Christ centered insight to the conversations with her children are like a breath of fresh air. She took something that perhaps many of us don’t take a second thought about and reflected upon how it grew her.
Questions and conversations in this book vary quite a bit as it often does coming from children. Some topics being easy to answer and others sometimes take a little more time to process an answer or reply. Her insight is encouraging and I feel like I am reading a letter or journal entry from a good friend.
This book dare I say can be a challenge. It’s not just cute questions and simple replies. The author digs deep and I believe can grow any families relationship. There’s a verse in Bible that talks about having a Child like faith. What better way to understand Christ’s will for our lives than through our own children. We like children have to accept that we don’t have all the answers and that in order to thrive and be blessing to others we need to depend fully on God as a child would their parent. God is our heavenly father. Sometimes I feel like as adults we can miss that.
I believe this book can offer deep insight & reflection. I laughed. I cried. I felt convicted. I felt refreshed. This book is a must read for any parent.
About the Book: Every day, one of Amy Julie Becker’s children says something that prompts her to think about life in a new way. “Mom, does Santa love me?” William asks, after his mother explains the meaning of Christmas…In a chat with her dad about the children who died in the Sandy Hook shootings, Penny asks, “Did they go to heaven?” …”You was a jerk, Mommy?” asks Marilee one morning in the car.
These conversations deepen Amy Julia’s relationships with her children, but they also refine her understanding of what she believes and what God is doing in her own life.
In Small Talk, Amy Julia draws from the wisdom and curiosity of those young voices to reflect on beauty and kindness, tragedy and disability, prayer and miracles. As she moves through the basic questions her kids posed when they were very young to the more intellectual questions of later childhood, she invites us to learn from our own day-to-day conversations with the children in our lives.
This eloquent parenting memoir is about the big questions little hearts ask, the thoughts their words provoke, and the laughter and soul-searching their honesty brings—to adult and child alike.