Reading Small Talk Podcast with Amy Julia Becker

Reading Small Talk Podcast with Amy Julia Becker

Season One of the Reading Small Talk with Amy Julia Becker podcast is an abridged audio version of Small Talk. Each week, I’ll read one chapter in hopes that these stories and thoughts will encourage those of you who are at home with little ones in thi?


10: Love
Jul 9 • 17 min
Love for my children may begin and even end with sentiment, but the middle place of patience and dirt and sweat and kindness and wet beds—the middle place is filled with action and hard work. With agape. With something that comes from God and returns us…
9: Laughter
Jul 2 • 11 min
Exhaustion filled our house. I was close to giving up on prayer altogether. Instead, I started to pray for laughter. For a long time, in fact, this was my only consistent prayer for our family. Laughter comes as an invitation to look for God’s presence…
8: Happiness
Jun 25 • 9 min
In the Beatitudes, Jesus singles out the people we would least expect to call blessed. They are the ones who know themselves to be dependent on God. The ones who don’t have it all together. If true happiness, as Jesus tells us, is being out of control,…
7: Listening
Jun 18 • 16 min
I often need to slow down in order to listen to God. And while the past several months have forced many of us to slow down, am I listening? In today’s episode I talk about how my children taught me to have listening ears, not a listening defined by…
6: Waiting
Jun 11 • 16 min
We’ve endured a season of waiting as a nation these past few months. Waiting for stores and schools and churches to open up. Waiting for hugs and handshakes. Waiting for “normal” life to return. Today’s episode describes a few of the surgeries Penny…
5: Sin
Jun 4 • 12 min
This episode isn’t really about sin. It’s about mistakes. And limits. And crying out for what we need. And the ways we can understand our belovedness once we understand our neediness. It’s about all the opportunities every day gives us to admit our…
4: Prayer
May 28 • 16 min
Is it even possible to pray if you are the parent of small children? In this chapter, Amy Julia remembers the way prayer unraveled and came back together again as she moved from a time of quiet, devotional prayer to the more unruly prayer of little…
3: Beauty
May 21 • 14 min
Have you ever looked in the mirror and felt old? Have you noticed the lines on your face or the extra roll around your middle? This chapter explores that all-too-common experience. Instead of looking with critical eyes at ourselves, what if we looked…
2: Rest
May 14 • 16 min
Doctors and psychologists agree that rest is one of the most important things for our physical and emotional health and well being. Spiritual advisors would probably argue that the same is true for the health of our souls. Of course, life with young…
1: Failure
May 7 • 13 min
When our kids were little, I failed at gardening. I had ideas about what it meant to be a good mom, which included a vegetable garden and hand-crafted Halloween costumes. I thought I would inherit domesticity along with the hormones that come with…
Introducing the Reading Small Talk Podcast!
Apr 27 • 5 min
Almost every day, one of Amy Julia’s children says something or asks something that prompts her to think more carefully: “What ‘lasting’ mean?” William wonders when he hears a song about God being an everlasting God. “If the children who died went to…