Tuesday, December 2, 2014

SmallTalkReview & Giveaway

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About the book: Softcover / 230 pages

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.

About the author:
Amy Julia Becker writes about faith, family, and disability for Parents.com, the New York Times Motherlode blog, TheAtlantic.com, 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.

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFiRKM19JZY (<— please share!)

Amy’s Website: http://amyjuliabecker.com

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My Thoughts:

This was a great book , and when you read it you can learn a lot.  It kind of made me realize what my kids are saying to me.  They pick up on so much from you as a parent, society, the TV, and the school system.  From the birth of our Children to when they finally just stop believing we tell them about Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, but at what age and why do really really tell them about Jesus Christ's birth and  being crucified on the cross for our sins to only rise from the dead 3 days later?
These are things that Amy's children ask her about and get her thinking about the true meanings in life and she breaks things down to how she explained it to them.   This was a really great guide on helping me explain things to my girls that are 6 and 10 and my son that is 16.  Not just Santa Claus but also everyday life and happenings. 

How do you explain to your child about ISIS and the Ferguson protests?  I asked my niece what she thought of these things and I was astounded by her response, to say the least.  She repeated what she heard on the TV even though I know she was raised differently.  Now don't get me wrong, I believe that we have to have our opinion on things and that we MUST stand for what we believe in.  Otherwise we too will do just as she has done and just repeat verbatim what we have heard rather it is right or wrong. 

In this book these are things that Amy's kids have said to her to make her think on a much deeper level and how to explain it to them not only so that they understand but I think so that me, you, and herself also understand better.   It is a really great book and I have one to share with one of my readers.  If you would like to win all you have to do is leave a comment telling me one thing one of your Children, nieces, nephews, Grandchildren, etc has said to you to make you think on a deeper level? 
This contest will end on 12/ 9 at 12 midnight EST.  Share with your friends, the more we have involved the more interesting it will be!