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Friday, December 26, 2014

Small Talk Review and Giveaway

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Small Talk by Amy Julia Becker
 Disclosure: I received something of value from Family Christian.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.  Full policy here

I'm not going to beat around the bush, I'm going to come right out and say that I loved this book. It's exactly what this mommy needed, a change of pace in the literary world. So many books are filled with illicit language and sex. You will find none of that in this little charming book. 

Small Talk is a bunch of mini stories. The kind you would write nightly inside your journal. The author, Amy, bunched them together based on different topics. For example, one chapter was on beauty. She writes mini snippets about how she feels about herself and what her kids say about her. They're truly heartwarming. She learns to accept more of herself by listening to her kids comments about her beauty, instead of her own thoughts that play in her head. 

I love how she takes her children's beautiful wisdom and applies it to her life to change her outlook on things. One of my favorite quotes from that book is, "Part of helping my children grow up is denying them the happiness they think they deserve. Maybe God, as my Father, is doing the same for me. Maybe I'm growing up right alongside my kids." Isn't that a beautiful quote? I do feel like I am growing up right along with my kids. I have never been a mother before, just like they have never been kids. It's a huge learning process. The older I get the wiser I become and I hope my girls will feel the same way.

I fell in love with her daughter named Penny. Penny was born with Down syndrome. I just want to take that happy, sweet child and give her a big hug. The book talks about how heart broken she felt to learn there was something wrong with her daughter. Penny made her mom see everything in a different light and wrapped everyone around her little fingers. 

Amy Julia Becker has some other books that I would like to check out, since I enjoyed her writing. She writes for Huffington Post, parents.com, and Christianity Today, just to name a few. 

I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It's perfect for moms in general. You will feel like you're a part of Amy's family. It also makes you feel that you're not alone in motherhood. I love the scripture and how she applies it to her life. 

You can purchase Small Talk at Family Christian by clicking here.

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