Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Small Talk By Amy Julia Becker Book Review + Giveaway 12/7 US/CAN


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.


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.


As a parent of 2 girls, there are moments when my daughters ask me a simple question and I would have to stop doing what I'm doing and ponder about the question they asked me. Sometimes, I am at a loss for words on how I should explain to them what they're asking. There are times when I overhear them talking about "God" and my 6 year old daughter would lecture my 3 year old daughter about "God". Most of the time, I would listen to them talking with each other and marvel at how they answer each others questions with ease and innocence. At times, their conversations and questions makes me rethink of my own faith and my own views in life.

The book Small Talk by Amy Julia Becker is a very nice must-read for everyone who has a child. I love how she tackles her children's questions. I've picked up some ways on how I'll answer my daughters next time they ask me questions about random things in life.

Let me share with you some of my daughters' questions:

From my 6 year old daughter: 

"Mom, if you die will you go to heaven? Will I see you again?" - When she asked me this, she was teary-eyed. Maybe she heard this at school since we don't talk about death at home.

"Mom, is God real?"- I told her that God is up in the heavens watching and guiding us. She may not see Him but He is there watching over us.

"Mom, why do we go to mass?" - Well, I think all kids get bored when they attend mass because I'll be honest, I was bored to death when I was a kid. I told her that it's the time to give thanks and praise to God who made sure that we are healthy the whole week, we had food to eat and to be thankful for all the blessing we received.

From my 3 year old daughter:

"Mom, is Santa real?" - She heard this from her sister who learned it from school so she was asking me about it. I told them that Santa is present in their hearts. She may not understand it fully yet but in due time, she'll understand it more.

I recommend this book to parents and soon-to-be parents because I learned a lot from this book. I have 2 girls already but I am glad I read this book because it taught me new ways to answer my daughters' questions.

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  1. I would love to win this to gift to my son who has a 4 year-old daughter. I think he would really enjoy it, especially since it deals with questions that kids ask all the time, but we have no easy answers for.

  2. I learned that this discusses the "big questions" that children ask. I'd like to read it myself.

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