Please contact me for book recommendations. Nothing makes me happier than finding the right book for the right person! Until further notice, no charge for this service (though donations appreciated).

Traditional, Church-Related Resources:

Kathryn Greene-McCreight – Darkness is my Only Companion: A Christian Response to Mental Illness
Amy Simpson – Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission
Kenneth C. Haugk – When and How to Use Mental Health Resources: A Guide for Stephen Ministers, Stephen Leaders and Church Staff
Sue Mocker – The Hope Factor: Discovering the Light through Your Pain
Joanie Hileman – Miracles: 32 True Stories
Ruth Haley Barton – Invitation to Solitude and Silence

Out of the Box Christian Resources:

Francis S. Collins – A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief: The Language of God
Cynthia Bourgeault – The Heart of Centering Prayer
James Finley – Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God



Kay Redfield Jamison – An Unquiet Mind
Elyn Saks – The Center Will Not Hold
Meri Nana-Ama Danquah – Willow Weep for Me: A Black Woman’s Journey through Depression
Jyl Lynn Felman – Cravings
Stewart D. Govig – Souls Are Made of Endurance: Surviving Mental Illness in the Family
Susan Gregg-Schroeder – In the Shadow of God’s Wings: Grace in the Midst of Depression
Dan and Sue Hanson – Room for J: A Family Struggles with Schizophrenia
David Hilfiker – Not All of Us Are Saints and Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen
Albert Y. Hsu – Grieving a Suicide: A Loved One’s Search for Comfort, Answers and Hope
William (Bill) and Lucy Hulme – Wrestling with Depression: A Spiritual Guide to Reclaiming Life
Nancy Mairs – Plaintext: Deciphering a Woman’s Life, Remembering the Bone House, Ordinary Time: Cycles in Marriage, Faith and Renewal, Waist-High in the World: A Life Among the Nondisabled and A Troubled Guest: Life and Death Stories
Martha Manning – Undercurrents: A Therapists Reckoning with Her Own Depression
Henri J. M. Nouwen – The Inner Voice of Love: A Journey through Anguish to Freedom
Sharon O’Brien – The Family Silver: A Memoir of Depression and Inheritance
Parker J. Palmer – Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
Lizzie Simon – Detour: My Bipolar Road Trip in 4-D
Lauren Slater – Welcome to My Country: A Therapist’s Memoir of Madness and Prozac Diary
Tracy Thompson – The Beast: A Journey through Depression
Dan Weisburd – The Journal of the California Alliance for the Mentally Ill

Alternative Frames to Human Suffering and Overcoming (Not Explicitly Christian – Some offer Alternative Faiths):

Cyndi Dale – Energetic Boundaries
Carolyn Myss – Why People Don’t Heal, and How they Can
Louise Hay – You Can Heal Your Life
Brene Brown – Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way we Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Gabrielle Bernstein – May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness
Jill Bolte Taylor – My Stroke of Insight
Michael A. Singer – The Unteathered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself
Thomas Moore – Care of the Soul
Clarissa Pinkola Estes – Women Who Run With the Wolves
John Bruna – The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life: The Essence of Mindfulness
Sharon Salzberg – Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience
Pema Chodron – Anything by Pema Chodron
McKay and Fanning – Self-Esteem

Traditional Frames to Overcoming Human Suffering:

Charles L. Whitfield –  Boundaries in Relationships: Knowing, Enjoying and Protecting the Self
Charles L. Whitfield – Healing the Child Within: Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families
Stephen C. Hayes – Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life


Child Sexual Abuse:

Ellen Bass and Laura Davis – The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse