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Publication Date: 2014
Almost every day, one of Amy Julias 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 Julias 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 partsbody, mind, spiritas 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 themselvesand to talk with their children aboutwhat matters most.
Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Humor and Reverence, Insights and Outbursts!November 9, 2014Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Amy Julia Becker has written a book that I will be returning to. As she tells us, this isn't a parenting book filled with how-to advice. It's a collection of observations and conversations, scenes and stories inspired by her three kids.
And she's sharing them with us, divided by topic. We get musings on Easter, Friendship, Baptism, Church, Prayer, and a dozen other topics.
We get to hear about Penny, the eldest Becker child, who shows her Mom how to celebrate Christmas with all her heart. (As we move toward Christmas 2014, this was one of my favorite chapters. I'd say most Christians have wondered whether we need to shun the American abundance to get the focus back on Jesus. Penny leads the way in redeeming the celebration- giving, receiving, and delighting in the lights, songs, and wonder.)
We get the funny story about William accidentally eating a pear slice with Balsamic vinegar and saying "Quick! Yuck in my mouth! Pray for me!"
(Nothing like a child to remind us- Pray whenever something bothers you, right away.)
We get the tender moment between Amy Julia and the baby, Marilee, as they bond on a car ride to a doctor's office. Together they turned a difficult day- with double ear infections-into a time of sharing and loving.
All the way, as we laugh and groan and grow with the Beckers, we're encouraged to really look at the kids of all ages around us.
What are they trying to tell us? What do they see that they want to share?
We're reminded to engage with the "little ones"- and at the end of day we're all "little ones."
And we're encouraged to lean into the Love that surrounds us, the Love that flows through our family and finds its source in our Heavenly Father.
Thank you to Flyby Promotions and Zondervan for my review copy.