BROADLY ACCESSIBLE AND SOLUTIONS ORIENTED: O’Donnell and Baskette appeal to a wide range of parents seeking practical suggestions, and targets the growing number of parents who aspire to science-friendly, positive Christian parenting but are put off by traditional Christian advice.
MEDIA AND SPEAKING APPEAL: Reverend Baskette preaches in several “big-steeple” churches with an average attendance of 100-800 people and has been a keynote speaker at several conferences.
TACKLES HOT TOPICS: Authors tackle tough topics parents face when rearing children, including sexual behavior, money, and self-regulation and addiction.
MARRIES RELIGION AND SCIENCE: Child psychologist Ellen O’Donnell’s robust background in positive parenting practices pairs with Rev. Molly Baskette’s teachings on spiritual formation, marrying integrity and research with Christian spirituality to offer strong, practical solutions.
“I’ve lost count of the number of parents who ask for resources about raising kids in a more progressive faith, but this one truly stands out among a handful of my faves. . . . This is a very practical book, and it’s helpful not just for parents of young kids but those of us with kids in middle school, high school, and beyond. It talks about social justice, money, God, ethics, bullying, disabilities, sexuality, boundaries, and bodies while also featuring real-life examples and first-person stories. It’s a keeper for me, and I’ll be recommending it often.”—Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist
and Miracles and Other Reasonable Things
“Groundbreaking, profound, frank, and friendly, Bless This Mess is itself a blessing. While reading it, I laughed out loud and teared up. If you are struggling with how to talk to your child about God, goodness, money, sex, gender, drugs, and death, then Reverend Baskette and Dr. O’Donnell are here to help! They will introduce you to the latest research on child development and best practices in parenting, blended with a spirituality that is both inclusive and particular.”—Wendy Mogel, PhD, author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee