Small Talk: Learning From My Children About What Matters Most
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In Small Talk, Amy Julia Becker delves into the "big questions" children ask, the thoughts they provoke, and the laughter, investigation, and soul-searching that follow, for parent and child alike. 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 parents to learn from day-to-day conversations with their own children. This eloquent parenting book is about they big questions little hearts ask.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310339367
ISBN-13: 9780310339366

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Almost every day, one of Amy Julia’s children says something or asks something that prompts her to think more carefully:  “What ‘lasting’ mean?” William wonders when he hears a song about God being an everlasting God. "If the children who died went to heaven, then why are we sad?” Penny asks, when she passes by a funeral for a victim of the Sandy Hook shootings. "I don't wanna' get 'tized!" says Marilee about baptism. 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 moves in rough chronological order through the basic questions her kids asked when they were very young  to the more intellectual and spiritual questions of later childhood. Small Talk 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.

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  1. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Humor and Reverence, Insights and Outbursts!
    November 9, 2014
    Sufficient in Jesus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Amy 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.
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