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Relax, It's Just God: How and Why to Talk to...
by
 
Wendy Thomas Russell

Winner of Silver Medal in Parenting from
the 2016 Independent Book Publishers Awards

“A gem of a book... This singular book with a clean style and respectful approach is recommended for all libraries.”
Library Journal (starred review)

“A wealth of information for secular or mixed-religion families preparing for the God talk with kids.”
Kirkus Reviews

"An eminently frank, personal, honest, and informative exploration of how to approach religion and secularism with your children. Rich with sociological data, engaging case studies, and a plethora of helpful techniques and strategies, this thoughtful book should be warmly welcomed by that growing population of Americans who are raising their kids without religious faith or involvement." — Phil Zuckerman, author of Living the Secular Life: New Answers to Old Questions

"Relax, It's Just God is a thought-provoking entry in the expanding category of secular parenting advice."  The Humanist Magazine

"Wendy is a strong, funny, articulate new voice in secular parenting."  Dale McGowan, author and editor of Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion

"If only we all could have a mother with the approach to religious literacy described in Relax Its Just God. Wendy Thomas Russell conducted a fascinating survey of parents for this important book, and the results deserve wide discussion... 'Relax It's Just God' is a friendly and wise and highly readable guide to teaching children about religion so they can respond with openness and intelligence." — Robert Tulip, Booktalk.org

"Wendy Thomas Russell never shies from the big questions. Her fresh, funny take on non-religious parenting is a much-needed addition to the secular landscape, and her book is an invaluable resource for parents who are raising kids without religion."  Katherine Ozment, author, Grace Without God: The Search for Meaning, Purpose & Belonging in a Secular Age

"'Relax: It's Just God' is valuable for so many reasons. The book offers helpful timelines for how to talk to kids about religion at every age and includes a handy appendix with the Cliffs Notes version of each major religion of the world, along with ways to observe their holidays in a secular way. The book's full of useful tools that you and your kids can use when confronted by religious peers and well-meaning family members.Best of all, it handles a potentially heavy topic with a lighthearted sense of humor, giving the reader the sense that we really can relax about it."  True Parent Magazine

"Since first encountering her work, I have been ceaselessly impressed by Wendy's dedication to showing non-religious and religious parents alike a more compassionate way to approach religious differences. Hers is a vital voice in the world today."  Chris Stedman, author of Faitheist: How and Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious

"One of the best things I've read in years."  Karen Loethen, co-host of The Secular Parents Broadcast

"Wendy is remarkably versatile, expert at explaining the inexplicable (say,God), compassionate, refreshingly effortless with language, tireless in her investigations and research and, finally, a joy to read. If I were to take it upon myself to create a new publication, on the first day I would hire Wendy Thomas Russell, and on the second day I would rest. — Tim Grobaty, columnist, Long Beach Press-Telegram

— Brown Paper Press

A rapidly growing demographic cohort in America, secular parents are at the forefront of a major and unprecedented cultural shift. Unable to fall back on what they were taught as children, many of these parents are struggling, or simply failing, to address issues of God, religion and faith with their children in ways that promote honesty, curiosity, kindness and independence. The author sifts through hard data, including the results of a survey of 1,000 nonreligious parents, and delivers gentle but straightforward advice to both non-believers and open-minded believers. With a thoughtful voice infused with humor, Russell seamlessly merges scientific thought, scholarly research and everyday experience with respect for a full range of ways to view the world. Wendy Thomas Russell seamlessly merges scientific thought, scholarly research, and everyday experience in a book that gives nonreligious and progressively religious parents a toolkit to assist with their unique and complex issues. Among the topics included in the book: How to talk to kids about death without the comforts of religion; how to talk to kids about your beliefs without indoctrinating them into your way of thinking; how to navigate touchy issues with extended family members and religious friends; what to do if your child gets threatened with hell; what to say (and what not to say) so that your child will feel both capable and free to make up his or her own mind about what to believe. Interspersed throughout the book are anecdotes from Russell's own experience, providing both inspiration and plenty of comic relief. And at the end is an invaluable Cheat Sheet to World Religions, along with a guide to popular religious holidays. Says True Parent Magazine: "'Relax: It's Just God' is valuable for so many reasons. The book offers helpful timelines for how to talk to kids about religion at every age and includes a handy appendix with the CliffsNotes version of each major religion of the world, along with ways to observe their holidays in a secular way. The book's full of useful tools that you and your kids can use when confronted by religious peers and well-meaning family members. Best of all, it handles a potentially heavy topic with a lighthearted sense of humor, giving the reader the sense that we really can relax about it."