Recommended Reading


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  • Go Pro by Eric Worre
  • EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey

For Survivors of Sexual Abuse

  • On the Threshold of Hope [book & workbook] by Diane Langberg, PhD
  • The Wounded Heart: Hope for Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse [book & workbook] by Dan B. Allender, PhD.
  • Escaping the Shadows, Seeking the Light: Christians in Recovery from Childhood Sexual Abuse by Connie Brewer
  • What to Do When You Find Out . . . Your Wife Was Sexually Abused: With Discussion Guide by John Courtright & Dr. Sid Rogers

For Counselors of Survivors of Sexual Abuse

  • Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Diane Langberg, PhD
  • Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Healing Through group Work Beyond Survival by Judy Chew
  • Jingles Lost Her Jingle: A Princess Finds Truth After Sexual Abuse by Tammy Kennedy

Commercial Sexual Exploitation & Sex-trafficking

  • Renting Lacy: A Story of Americas Prostituted Children by Linda Smith
  • Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd
  • The Slave Across the Street by Theresa Flores
  • A League of Dangerous Women: True Stories from the Road to Redemption by Mary Frances Bowley
  • The White Umbrella: Walking with Survivors of Sex-Traficking by Mary Frances Bowley
  • From Rubble to Royalty: Findy God’s Love in the Ruins, by T. Kennedy
  • Rape for Profit Documentary [Film] with Eric Esau

Mental Illness


  • The Anxiety Cure: You Can Find Emotional Tranquility & Wholeness by Dr. Archibald Hart

          Traumatic Stress

  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind & Body in the Healing of Trauma by Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk


  • The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness by Dr. Elyn R. Saks
  • The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness by Lori Schiller & Amanda Bennett
  • An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison

Child Abuse (Biographies)

  • Dorie: The Girl Nobody Loved by Doris VanStone with Erwin Lutzer
  • No Place to Cry: The Hurt and Healing of Sexual Abuse by Doris VanStone with Dr. Erwin Lutzer
  • A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer
  • The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer
  • A Man Named Dave by Dave Pelzer

Behavioral Issues & Foster Care

  • All books by Casey Watson

Spiritual Growth & Encouragement

  • Lessons I Learned in the Dark by Jennifer Rothschild
  • Becoming Myself: Embracing God’s Dream of You by Stasi Eldredge
  • My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
  • The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
  • Joni: An Unforgettable Story by Joni Eareckson Tada
  • A Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God’s Sovereignty by Joni Eareckson Tada
  • The God I Love by Joni Eareckson Tada
  • I’m not Wonder Woman but God Made Me Wonderful by Sheila Walsh
  • When God Intervenes by Dabney Hedegard
  • Believing God Bible Study by Beth Moore
  • Covenant Inductive Bible Study by Precept Ministries International [Kay Arthur]
  • The Kinsman Redeemer Inductive Bible Study by Precept Ministries  International [Kay Arthur]

“Feel Good” Fiction

  • Yada Yada Prayer Group Series by Neta Jackson
  • House of Hope Series by Neta Jackson
  • Anything written by Francine Rivers: Especially: Redeeming Love 
  • Anything written by Karen Kingsbury: Especially: Oceans Apart
  • The Mitford Series by Jane Karon
  • The Seasons Series by Beverly LaHaye & Terri Blackstock
  • Books by Beverly Lewis

Bible Verses

  • God will bring beauty from the ashes. Isaiah 61:3
  • “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV
  • God promises your ending will be so much better than your beginning! Ecclesiastes 7:8 NIV
  • “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 NIV
  • “For God has not given us the spirit of fear: but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 AKJV
  • “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 NIV
  • “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16, NIV


1 thought on “Recommended Reading”

  1. You might want to read Randy Alcorn’s work on theodicy, “If God is Good: Faith in the midst of suffering and evil” I found it to be very helpful in explaining why, “bad things” happen. I don’t know if you are familiar with Alcorn, but I saw that you recommend some work from Joni Eareckson Tada so I figured you might be like minded on some theological issues.


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