Small Talk

Learning from my children about what matters most

The early years of parenting young children just about undo Amy Julia. In Small Talk: Learning from my Children about What Matters Most, she invites readers to join her in a journey of spiritual and personal transformation. This book of short chapters contains reflections prompted from her young children’s curiosity and comments about everyday life. Her three kids, including one who was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth, challenge her with questions and conversations about disability, grace, heaven, and even Santa Claus. Through the course of the story, Amy Julia moves from holding on tight to her life before children, to letting go of the structures that kept her life in order, to growing up herself. As she confronts her own limits and her own brokenness as an imperfect mom, Becker learns that limitations, properly understood, lead to love. 

For a long time I thought that 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.

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