// Gold Medal Winner of the 2017 Next Generation "Indie" Book Award //
// Silver Medal Winner of the 2016 Independent Book Publishers Award //
"CONTAINS A WEALTH OF INFORMATION FOR SECULAR OR MIXED-RELIGION FAMILIES PREPARING FOR THE GOD TALK WITH KIDS."
For nonreligious parents looking to raise critically thinking, religiously literate, and highly tolerant children capable of making up their own minds about what to believe, Relax, It’s Just God: How and Why To Talk to Your Kids About Religion When You’re Not Religious is the secular equivalent of a godsend.
With a thoughtful voice infused with humor, author Wendy Thomas Russell seamlessly merges scientific thought, scholarly research, and everyday experience in a book that gives nonreligious parents a toolkit to assist with their unique and complex issues. Among other things, Relax, It's Just God teaches parents how to avoid indoctrination; communicate openly but kindly with religious relatives; confront and manage “religious baggage” so as to not hand it on to the next generation; talk about death without the familiar comforts of religious imagery; give kids a broad overview of various world religions; and show children how to practice true religious tolerance while also vaccinating them against the intolerance of others.
"In this gem of a book, journalist Russell explores religion from a nonreligious perspective, helping parents guide their children in a healthy, exploration-oriented direction without guilt, dogma, or indifference.... This singular book with a clean style and respectful approach is recommended for all libraries." -- Library Journal (starred review)
"Written for secular parents from a nonreligious perspective, this guide explores methods of teaching youngsters about God, religion and spirituality... Contains a wealth of information for secular or mixed-religion families
preparing for the God talk with kids." -- Kirkus Reviews
"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, 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
"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
"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, author, I'm Dyin' Here: A Life in the Paper