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“Raising a Child with Down Syndrome

Isn’t as Hard as I Feared


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| Praise and Reviews |


“Amy Julia Becker gets to the heart of our most valuable moments with our children – the ones in which we laugh, cry, and marvel at the unex- pected revelation of truth and joy in our everyday lives. Small Talk reveals how talking with our children about the most important things in life actually ends up growing us up just as much, if not more, than them.”

Gabe and Rebecca Lyons

Cofounders of Q and authors of The Next Christians and Freefall to Fly, respectively


“Small Talk is a gift to parents who long to connect with their children about the joys and everyday rituals that sustain us, as well as about the griefs that capsize our hearts. Amy Julia Becker is an astute observer; she watches and names how, along with her children, she is maturing and coming to understand the world and her place in it. Thoughtful, wise, and engaging, Becker’s work inspires me to live with intention and keep alert to the presence of God. Highly recommended.”

Jennifer Grant

Author of Love You More, MOMumental, Disquiet Time, and Wholehearted Living


“Amy Julia Becker does big things in Small Talk, delighting and challenging readers with stories of conversations with her kids’ and the thoughts on life, love, and God that follow. Small Talk is a must-read for anyone who’s ever learned about the bigness of life from the smallest of folks – or anyone who wants to.”

Caryn Rivadeneira

Author of Broke: What Financial Desperation Revealed about God’s Abundance and producer and host of Midday Connection on Moody Radio


Small Talk goes far beyond trite observations that our children teach us patience or rekindle wonder. Amy Julia Becker offers readers a nuanced exploration of how loving her children through significant moments and hard questions has stretched and deepened her own understanding of what matters most and why. Small Talk offers wisdom that even the cynical and the exhausted can grab on to as we go about this bewildering business of raising children.”

Ellen Painter Dollar

Author of No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Faith in an Age of Advanced Reproduction