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By: Nicola Gibson

Worldliness isn't just a sin, but naturally changes us till we become shallow, vaporous, brittle, and miserable. In response to worldliness, Jesus calls for spiritual substance: courage, flexibility, and resilience through the process of 'discipleship'. This book teaches the why and how behind becoming disciples of substance in a vaporous world.

By: Timothy Keller

Forgiving anyone in a meaningful way is one of the hardest things a person has to do. Forgiveness is an essential skill, a moral imperative, and a religious belief that cuts right to the core of what it means to be human. This book shows why it is so important and how to do it, explaining in detail the steps you need to take in order to move on without sacrificing justice or your humanity.

By: St. Augustine

The Confessions is a spiritual autobiography, covering the first 35 years of Augustine's life, with particular emphasis on Augustine's spiritual development and how he accepted Christianity. It is divided into 13 books which contain Augustine's life story, explore memory, and give detailed interpretations of the first chapter of Genesis.

By: Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.

This book covers recent scientific studies that show how trauma reshapes both the body and brain, compromising sufferers' capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. It then explores various treatments and life activities that can be done to recover from the trauma by reshaping the brain.

By: Dr. Dan B. Allender & Dr. Tremper Longman III

All emotion--whether positive or negative--can give us a glimpse of the true nature of God. God wants us to recognize our negative emotions and dark desires as the cry of our soul to be made right with Him. Beginning with the Psalms, Cry of the Soul explores what Scripture says about our darker emotions and points us to ways of honoring God as we faithfully embrace the full range of our emotional life.

By: Jay Stringer

This book addresses why boken sexuality, abandonment, trauma, violence and the sex industry creates shame, undesirableness, guilt, and addictions. It teaches how to learn to love and care for yourself, healthy conflict resolution, and creating healthy boundaries. It is good for those seeking self help or for those ministering to sexually broken people.

By: Adam Mabry

By looking at Habakkuk, Job, David, Jesus, and his own experience, Adam Mabry examines the heart of lament - how to cry out to God in desperation from a place of faith and hope. This teaches how to hold on to faith, keep trusting, and rediscover joy when God seems silent, slow, unfair, different, or wrong.

By: Staven R. Tracy

This book is a comprehensive approach to understanding and treating every form of abuse for: ministry staff, small group leaders, youth workers, educators, and counselors. Healing of abuse doesn't come from ignoring or minimizing the problem but by fully understanding the nature and ramifications of abuse and allow God's grace to touch the heart's deep wounds.

By: Dr. Henry Cloud

As a precursor to his other book, Boundaries, Dr cloud talks about how bonding and boundaries work together to create helthy relationships, heal inner pain, and grow emotionally. He works through four development tasks: bonding to others, separating from others, integrating good and bad in our lives, and taking charge of our lives.

By: Larry Crabb

This book addresses the addictive nature in all of us, how we give into temptation and let it control our lives. Larry Crabb responds to this addictiveness with the lesson of waiting. Until we learn to eagerly await a heaven that will satisfy all our longings, we will be prone to satisfy those longings in other ways.

By: Steve Cuss

Although the title implies this is just for leaders, this is helpful for most anxiety, especially relational anxiety. Steve Cuss provides tools to manage anxiety and develop the capacity to notice anxiety in yourself and in the relationships around you.

By: Larry Crabb

Using his lifelong experience as a psychotherapist and his biblical knowledge, Larry Crabb provides a simple approach to deep wounds we have: the need for intimate mini-communities in our lives and churches.

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Anesis Therapy Center

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Madison Trauma Therapy

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