Small Talk

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1-9239fd6071Small Talk: Learning From My Children About What Matters Most
Written by Amy Julia Becker
Published by Zondervan
October 28, 2014
240 pages
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After becoming a mom, did you feel a little lost? People all of a sudden have all this advice to give you about what to feed your baby, what not to feed your baby, what kinds of diapers to use, how to get them to sleep, and on and on, like you didn’t just get that business degree not so long ago. Do all these opinions matter in the grand scheme of things? What really matters? There is no book that teaches you these life skills of being a parent. I mean, sure there are parenting books that have techniques and methods, but if you have ever known more than one person, you know that all people are different and unique, kids included. How will someone else, who is not you, know how to parent your child, who is not their child? How will they know best how to love our children? Our children are always learning and growing, and so in the same way, we are also learning and growing. They come to us with their problems and questions. To be honest, it is sometimes annoying, especially when I don’t have the answer, am I right? :p But when we slow down enough to really hear them and listen to them, we discover more about ourselves and the world around us than they are discovering about themselves and the world around them.

For a long time, I thought 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. They are the invitation to give, to receive, to be humbled, to grow. They are the vehicles of grace. – p.13

When was the last time you had a conversation with your kids? What did you talk about? From beauty and kindness, tragedy and disability, prayer and miracles, and everything in-between, Amy Julia shares these conversations she has with her kids, and how that deepened her relationships with them. They helped her to understand more deeply what she believes and what God is doing in her own life. She invites us to have these same conversations with our own kids. What are some big questions your little kids are asking? Whether the questions and answers are simple or complex, we are always learning and growing, so why not learn and grow together with our kids.

71Q75i-bbWL._UX250_Amy Julia Becker writes about faith, family, and disability for, the New York Times Motherlode blog,, The Huffington Post parents page, Christianity 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 by Publishers Weekly. Amy Julia lives in western Connecticut with her husband and three children.

One lucky reader will win a copy of the book Small Talk. Giveaway ends Sunday, December 7th. (Giveaway open to US residents ONLY. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing what you talk to your kids about. For extra entries, tweet about the giveaway, share on Facebook, or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments to each extra entry with link to entry if possible.

– Joyce

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