Wendy Thomas Russell is the author of Relax, It's Just God: How and Why to Talk to Your Kids About Religion When You're Not Religious. A former newspaper reporter, she writes an online parenting column for the PBS NewsHour and is the co-founder of an independent publishing company called Brown Paper Press.


The Business

In 2014, Russell founded a small publishing house with fellow author Jennifer M. Volland. The mission of Brown Paper Press is to engage readers on topics of contemporary culture through quality writing and thoughtful design. For more information on the press, head over to Brown Paper Press or visit them on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

The Book

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Relax, It's Just God: How and Why to Talk to Your Kids About Religion When You're Not Religious was released in March 2015 — four years after Russell began a blog of the same name. Reviewers, readers and even a few celebrities have said some nice things about the book, and she is exceptionally grateful to each and every one of them.

The Column

Russell writes a parenting column for the PBS NewsHour, where she has weighed in on a number of controversial issues — including the use of timeouts as a form of discipline and the use of behavioral charts in elementary-school classrooms. Several of her "Holiday Cheatsheets" also have appeared in the column. For a full list of parenting columns, click here.


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