Often we find that our children say the most profound things that speak truth into our lives or we find ourselves as adults wishing we had the simple faith and trust that our children seem to have mastered. In fact, as parents, I think we often learn as much from our children as they ever learn from us. Because of this, I was excited to be able to take part in reviewing a new book from Amy Julia Becker called Small Talk: Learning from my Children About What Matters Most.
In Small Talk, Becker goes through a roughly chronological look at some of the topics that her children have had questions or ideas about that affect her own ideas about life, God and what it means to be a Christian. For example, in the life of her daughter, Becker noticed that her daughter, who has some hearing problems didn’t always seem to listen well. However, when Becker started taking note of when her daughter was having difficulty listening, she found that her daughter had trouble listening when she was tired and when she was distracted. However, as Becker puts it:
But most of all, she didn’t listen very well when she had her mind set on something else and my words got in the way of her desire. She didn’t listen well when she didn’t want to hear what I had to say.
Becker would internalize this with when God was trying to send her a message to slow down, and even though she acknowledged that she had heard it and she even struggled with what this meant for her life, career and goals. In the words of Becker:
But even when I hear from God the second time, I want to ignore those words. Like my daughter, I try to pretend it’s not active disobedience. I’m not kicking and screaming. Just walking away….Walking away, as if I can’t hear.
This is just one of the many meaningful examples I could share with you from Becker’s book. She goes through the different processes and growth that she’s had as a mom and as a person while teaching and learning from her children about the things in life that are important. This is not just a book that is about Becker and her children. This is an invitation to learn from the small ones that God has placed into your care.
In all honesty, I had expected it to be light reading and trite, but instead I found myself challenged and in much thought over the words that Becker has written and the example that her children have been in her life as she sorts through her faith and her relationships. The chapters are short, but the material is deep and meditative. This book has gained a permanent place in my collection, and I intend to spend more time pondering her wise words and the wise words of the other authors that she quotes in her beautiful epitaphs.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the book, she has an awesome book trailer where she explains her intent and goals in writing the book. You can order here and visit Becker’s website to read more about her book and her other writing projects.
And now, if you’re in the United States or Canada, you have an opportunity to win a copy of this beautiful book. Just leave me a comment. It can be a simple “Hi!” or some beautiful things that you have learned from your own children. Giveaway will end November 21, 2014.
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