- Author Bio
Pairing modern psychology with liberal Christian spirituality, Dr. Ellen O’Donnell and Rev. Molly Baskette deliver a clear and compelling modus operandi for making family life work—one rooted in research on parenting and Christian values, peppered with personal stories and a heavy dose of humor.
When authors Ellen O’Donnell and Molly Baskette became parents, they read lots of books on parenting—many of them great. But when it came to practical suggestions that would help their family spiritually and psychologically, they came up short. Together, they sought out brainstorming actionable steps to help their families in ways that weren’t being discussed in parenting books. This book is the fruit of their brainstorming and discussions.
In Bless This Mess, readers will gain tools as they learn how to talk to kids about money, bodies, God, ethics, disability, and difference; how to stress less (really); how to embody an ethic of service to others; how to live a practice of deep generosity and gratitude; and, most of all, how to stop being so afraid all the damn time, as we raise our kids in an increasingly chaotic and often scary world. Both Christian spirituality and modern science can help us parent more fearlessly in an age of anxiety. With real-life examples and strategies to address the challenges of raising a toddler, preteen, or teenager, Bless This Mess guides parents of children at all stages of their development.
Readers will shed stress with this resource they can turn to again and again for practical guidance as their children grow and the family encounters new challenges. Most important, readers will not feel alone, as they peruse relatable stories and are reminded of the companionship of God in their parenting journey.
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.
Marketing: Cross promotion with First Church Berkeley UCC
Social media campaign with posts from key influencers
Create book-specific website with landing page including book jacket/retailer links
Buzz mailings to developmental psychology organizations and parenting support groups
Outreach to progressive churches
Publicity: National and regional radio campaign
National review and feature attention
Author Social Media: @reverendmolly
“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