Small Talk {Book review and giveaway!}

I love blogs. Reading blogs, looking at pictures on blogs. So, I was excited to read Small Talk by Amy Julia Becker. It reads just like a bunch of blog posts. Love! I talk more about it below!

About the book: Softcover / 230 pages
small talk book cover
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.
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About the author:
 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.
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What I thought: Well, like I mentioned above, I love how this book reads like a blog. Each chapter has a few different short stories that revolve around the same point and they all tie in together.
One of my favorite chapters was ‘laughter’. She talked about how she would pray for laughter instead of patience and such when in the midst of no sleep and other things that come with babies and little kids. That is one thing that I would have never thought to do! It definitely makes sense though. Everyone needs more laughter! 🙂
There are 15 review questions at the end of the book to have discussion or to think more about the book.
I really enjoyed this book and I saw parts of my life in the book too, especially when my kids were little, which made it very relatable for me.
Watch the trailer and get a feel of the book from the author herself!

If you like what you see, make sure you enter the contest to win your own copy of this book! 🙂


 Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
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