Small Talk Learning From My Children about What Matters Most

As a mother of three kids who are constantly keeping me on my toes, I am in always in amazement over the amount of things that they teach me each day. There isn’t a day that goes by that they don’t bring me back down to the realities of what life is really supposed to be all about. This is especially true of my youngest one, Zeva. It seems the younger the kids are the more they can teach us because the realities of life haven’t touched them as much yet. When I was given the chance to review Small Talk: Learning From My Children about What Matters Most by Amy Julia Becker from Flyby Promotions in exchange for a blog review I was ready to dive into reading it with an eagerness.

About Amy and Her Small Talk Book

When I started reading her book, it is just like reading an inside story of her life, but in a complete book form. I am grateful that Amy share her family’s story with us in this book. Each chapter leaves us with something that her kids have taught her that is well worth remembering.

As you can see from this short video clip, she has broken this book down into three parts. The first one is about holding on in life while she covers many different topics with some of them being prayer, Christmas, and heaven. The second section is about letting go with some of the topics being laughter, happiness, and God. The last section is about growing up with some of the topics being grace, forgiveness and tragedy.

My Review

I would say that this book is really a pleasure to read. I would recommend it for any parents who are like me and feel like on most days that they are sinking into what feels like a big pool of the “quick sand of life.” This book is encouraging and up lifting. When I take the time to pay attention to my own kids, I do see her points that kids really can teach some really powerful lessons in life. My kids are the reason why I do make sure to enjoy as many aspects of my life as I can.

Win Your Copy

One lucky winner will receive the chance to win a copy of the Small Talk: Learning From My Children about What Matters Most to read themselves. In order to win, you need to fill out the Giveaway Tools form completely doing everything I’ve asked of you in this form. Please be sure to check out the Terms & Conditions portion of the form as well.

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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I'm Crystal. I'm married to Dale, and mother to Johnny.Some might say that my life is perfect because I get to do all the cliché wife things like cooking, cleaning, and decorating - but there's more! I also have many hobbies including needlework (crochet), sewing, and reading. My son's education is important, so we homeschool him together.

47 comments on “Small Talk Learning From My Children about What Matters Most”

  1. this seems like a book we all could enjoy reading – grandparents, aunts and uncles, and those who are in Children’s Ministry – as a way to stay connected to the beauties, chuckles, fears and uncertainties of parenting…

    My husband and I are removed from immediate connection with kids right now; our kids are grown, we have no grandkids (yet), and we are traveling full-time in our RV for the next 18 months, so we aren’t able to participate with a church family. I WANT to be reminded of how scary and joyful those times were, because that’s a way to connect with both those online, and those people we meet who are “in the midst”.

    Thanks for the review!

    • This book will help you remember that stage of childhood for sure. I’m glad that you want to remember it and stay connected with all generations.

  2. This one sounds good! I am curretly reading (listening to audionbooks) of a few good ones. I will have to put this on my list to check out. I just deiscovered overdrive and checking out audiobooks right from my phone from the library, so i am doing better with keeping up with my reading!!
    Thanks for linking up! #SHINEbloghop

    • You’re more than welcome. I have a really awesome book review and giveaway going live on Sunday for another parenting style book that I’m confident you’ll really love. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting.

    • This book is actually a lot of pleasure to read. I think every parent feels like they are sinking in quicksand from time to time.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  3. Now this sounds like a good read. Being a parent there are a lot of times I feel I’m sinking in quick sand. I hope I win so I get a chance to read this book and find inspiration. #ProductReviewParty

  4. This book seems like a good reminder for us to really listen to our children. Their perspective on life is quite often really profound. Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday! What an excellent book!

  5. I learned from my son that kids don’t need to have a lecture; just tell them whatever it is and move on with love. thx

  6. They teach me all the time not to judge people. Kids (and dogs) love everybody no matter their skin color, how much money they have, or what kind of clothes they wear. It’s beautiful.

  7. Mine teach me the simple things are best. We can have as much fun tickle fighting, reading and drinking hot chocolate and snuggling under blankets together as we can going on a trip.

    • You are so right, this is such an important lesson that many parents tend to forget. I know that there are times when I think I’m not giving my kids enough materialistic items and trips, but then they shower me with loads of love and smiles over just spending time with them.

  8. When I was upset about my daughter being disabled her sister said: But mom she doesn’t know she’s different.

    • That is a great thing to learn out of life. Many times we don’t realize how many people don’t know what unconditional love really feels like.

  9. My stepdaughter constantly reminds me that a mother/daughter relationship isn’t always about blood.

    • This a valuable lesson for sure. The little things do tend to make a huge difference both for the positive and the negative. However, it’s good to never stress over the small things to much.

  10. When my oldest child was about 3 we were shopping in a second handstore and a nun was going through some bins of linens–Kellie asked me “what is that” I told her it is a nun– and she says’ Mommy it is a something –what is that?? ‘ I said well, she works for God– Kellie with the biggest beam on her face says ” OH Mommy she’s and Angle” all I could do was giggle to myself and the nun just smiled warmly at Kellie

  11. Thanks for your insights on this book and sharing at The Southern Special. Please join us again Tuesday beginning at 7:00am.

    • You’re welcome. I’m glad you stopped by and checked out this book review. Thanks for the invitation to come by your link up again.

  12. My daughter loves to share. She recently went to a harvest party. She played games, and won tickets for prizes. She won a couple of specific prizes specifically to give to Operation Christmas child. So sweet!

    • That is totally adorable! Sounds like she’s been taught the value of giving verses receiving. Thank you for sharing that about your daughter.

  13. Great review Crystal. I am always amazed at my children’s perspective. It’s a wonderful blessing.

    Thank you for sharing this with salt & Light


  14. Oooh, this sounds like a great read. I’ll have to add it to my list!

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely week.


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