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“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.
Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.” ~Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

Addiction & Recovery

A Hunger for Healing: The Twelve Steps as a Classic Model for Christian Spiritual Growth Keith Miller

Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions (Plus) Gerald May

Adult Children of Alcoholics Janet Woititz

Contrary to Love: Helping the Sexual Addict Patrick Carnes

Coyote Speaks: Creative Strategies for Treating Alcoholics and Addicts Jacques Rutzsky

Discussing Pornography Problems with a Spouse: Confronting and Disclosing Secret Behaviors Rory C. Reid & Dan Gray

Don’t Call It Love: Recovery From Sexual Addiction Patrick Carnes

Facing Codependence: What It Is, Where It Comes from, How It Sabotages Our Lives Pia Mellody

Facing Love Addiction: Giving Yourself the Power to Change the Way You Love Pia Mellody

Faithful and True Mark Laaser

False Intimacy: Understanding the Struggle of Sexual Addiction H.W. Schaumburg

It Will Never Happen to Me: Growing Up With Addiction As Youngsters, Adolescents, Adults Claudia Black

Love Hunger Frank Minirth

One Day at a Time in Al-Anon

Released from Shame: Moving Beyond the Pain of the Past Sandra Wilson

Rooted in God’s Love Dale Ryan & Juanita Ryan

Sex, Lies, and Forgiveness, Third Edition Jennifer Schneider & Burt Schneider

Sex Addiction Training Set     Dr. Mary Anne Fifield

Sexual Anorexia: Overcoming Sexual Self-Hatred Patrick Carnes

The Serenity Prayer Workbook     Dr. Mary Anne Fifield

The Twelve Steps for Everyone … who really wants them (Words to Live By) Jerry Hirschfield Ph.D.

Thorns in the Heart: A Christian Guide to Dealing with Pain Steven Stiles

Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia (P.S.) Marya Hombacher

Why Weight? A Guide to Ending Compulsive Eating Geneen Roth

Children

A Chair for My Mother Vera B. Williams (Age 4+)

A Kid’s Guide to African American History: More than 70 Activities Nancy I. Sanders (Age 6+)

All American Boys Jason Reynolds (Age 12+)

“Always Wear Clean Underwear!”: And Other Ways Parents Say “I Love You” Marc Gellman, Debbie Tille

Bud, Not Buddy Christopher Paul Curtis (Age 12+)

Chains Laurie Halse Anderson (Age 12+)

Early Sunday Morning Denene Millner, Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Age 2+)

Harry and the Terrible Whatzit Dick Gackenbach

Healing Stories: Picture Books for the Big and Small Changes in a Child’s Life Jacqueline Golding

I Can’t Talk About It: A Child’s Book About Sexual Abuse (Hurts of Childhood Series) Doris Sanford

Let the Circle be Unbroken Mildred D. Taylor (Age 6+)

My Body Is Private (Albert Whitman Prairie Books) Linda Walvoord Girard, Rodney Pate

Once upon a Family: Read Aloud Stories and Activities That Nurture Healthy Kids  Jean Grasso Fitzpatrick (Cross-cultural stories & activities for parents and children)

Red: A Crayon’s Story Michael Hall (Age 2+)

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Mildred D. Taylor (Age 12+)

Something Happened and I’m Scared to Tell: A Book for Young Victims of Abuse Patricia Kehoe

Sounder William H. Armstrong (Age 6+)

The Gold Cadillac Mildred D. TaylorMax Ginsberg (Age 6+)

The Hate U Give Angie Thomas (Age 12+)

Through My Eyes Ruby Bridges (Age 6+)

Timid Timmy  (building bravery) Andreas Dierssen

Amazing Grace Mary HoffmanCaroline Binch (Age 4+)

If Animals Could Talk Carla ButwinJosh Cassidy (Age 4+)

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Doreen RappaportBryan Collier (Age 4+)

Rosa Nikki Giovanni (Age 6+)

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt Deborah Hopkinson (Age 6+)

The Colors of Us Karen Katz (Age 2+)

The Story Of Ruby Bridges Robert ColesGeorge Ford (Age 6+)

The Way I Feel  (Help describe child’s emotions) Janan Cain

Up and Down the Worry Hill: A Children’s Book about OCD and its Treatments Aureen Pinto Wagner and Paul A. Jutton

We’re Different, We’re the Same (Sesame Street) Bobbi Kates, Joe Mathieu (Age 2+)

When God Made You Matthew Paul Turner, David Catrow (Age 2+)

When Mommy Is Sick Ferne Sherkin-Langer, Kay Life

Whoever You Are Mem Fox (Age 2+)

Your Anxious Child: How Parents and Teachers Can Relieve Anxiety in Children John S. Dacey, Lisa B. Fiore

Love, Intimacy & Marriage

After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful Janis Abrahms Spring, Michael Spring

As Iron Sharpens Iron Howard Hendricks, William Hendricks

Before You Say “I Do”®  H. Norman Wright, Wes Roberts

Before You Remarry: A Guide to Successful Remarriage  H. Norman Wright

Boundaries in Marriage Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend

Communication: Key to Your Marriage: A Practical Guide to Creating a Happy, Fulfilling Relationship H. Norman Wright

Couples Companion: Meditations & Exercises for Getting the Love You Want: A Workbook for Couples Harville Hendrix PhD

Do I Have to Give Up Me to Be Loved by You? (Second Edition) Jordan Paul, Margaret Paul

Feeling Good Together: The Secret to Making Troubled Marriages Work David D. Burns, M.D.

Getting the Love You Want, 20th Anniversary Edition: A Guide for Couples Harville Hendrix

Hiding from Love Dr. John Townsend

How Can I Be Sure?: Questions to Ask Before You Get Married Bob Phillips

How to Bring Out the Best in Your Spouse H. Norman Wright, Gary J. Oliver

How We Love Milan & Kay Yerkovich

If Only He Knew Gary and Norma Smalley

Intended for Pleasure: Sex Technique and Sexual Fulfillment in Christian Marriage Ed Wheat, Gaye Wheat

Intimate Allies Dan B. Allender

Intimate Partners: Patterns in Love and Marriage Maggie Scarf

Love for a Lifetime: Building a Marriage That Will Go the Distance James Dobson

Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts: Seven Questions to Ask Before and After You Marry Dr. Les Parrott III, Dr. Leslie Parrott

Sex, Lies, and Forgiveness, Third Edition Jennifer P. Schneider, Burt Schneider

The ADHD Effect on Marriage Melissa C. Orlov

The Art of Loving Erich Fromm, Peter D. Kramer

The Couples Guide to Intimacy Dr. Bill Bercaw and Dr. Ginger Bercaw

The Dance of Intimacy Harriet Lerner

The Fragile Bond: In Search of an Equal, Intimate and Enduring Marriage Augustus Y. Napier

The Gift of Sex: A Guide to Sexual Fulfillment Clifford L. Penner, Joyce J. Penner

The Joy of Being a Woman: …And What a Man Can Do Ingrid Trobisch

The Marriage Builder Dr. Larry Crabb

The Myth of the Greener Grass: Affair-Proof Your Marriage, Restore Your Love, Recover Your Dreams J. Allan Petersen

The Power of Empathy: A Practical Guide to Creating Intimacy, Self-Understanding, and Lasting Love in Your Life Arthur P. Ciaramicoli Katherine Ketcham

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert John M. Gottman, Nan Silver

The Triumphant Marriage: 100 Extremely Successful Couples Reveal Their Secrets Neil Clark Warren

Torn Asunder: Recovering from Extramarital Affairs Dave Carder, Duncan Jaenicke

Your Inner Child of the Past W Missildine

Parenting

Boundaries with Kids Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend

Compassionate Child-Rearing Robert W. Firestone

Divergent Realities: The Emotional Lives of Mothers, Fathers, and Adolescents Reed Larson, Maryse H. Richards

Good Sex: What (Almost) Nobody Will Tell You About Sex Jim Hancock, Kara Powell, Kara Eckmann Powell

Growing Up Again – Second Edition: Parenting Ourselves, Parenting Our Children Connie Dawson, Jean Illsley Clarke

How to Have Real Conversation With Your Teen: Tips from Veteran Youth Workers–With Teens of Their Own Ronald T. Habermas, David Olshine

How We Love Our Kids Milan and Kay Yerkovich

In Their Own Way: Accepting Your Children for Who They Are Jeffry Robert Zurheide, Karen Johnson Zurheide

Parenting Teens With Love And Logic (Updated and Expanded Edition) Foster W. Cline, Jim Fay

Power of a Parent’s Words H. Norman Wright

Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World: Seven Building Blocks for Developing Capable Young People H. Stephen Glenn, Jane Ed.D. Nelsen

Raising Your Spirited Child Rev Ed: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity Lauren F. Winner

The Hurried Child: 25th Anniversary Edition David Elkind

Touchpoints: Birth to 3: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development (Touchpoints) T. Berry Brazelton

Transforming the Difficult Child Howard Glasser, Jennifer Easley

What Kids Wish Parents Knew about Parenting Joe White

1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 (123 Magic) Thomas W. Phelan

Personal Growth

A Gift to Myself: A Personal Workbook and Guide to “Healing the Child Within” Charles L. Whitfield

Art of Understanding Yourself Cecil G. Osborne

Boundaries Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend

Changes That Heal: How to Understand the Past to Ensure a Healthier Future Dr. Henry Cloud

Daring Greatly Brene Brown

Discovered Self: The Search for Self-Acceptance Earl D. Wilson

Fully Human Fully Alive: A New Life Through a New Vision John Powell

Growing into Wholeness: Putting Body, Mind, and Spirit Back Together Randy Reese, Frank Minirth

Healing for Damaged Emotions (Personal Growth Bookshelf) David A. Seamands

Healing The Child Within: Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families Charles L. Whitfield M.D.

Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child John Bradshaw

How to Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy Earl D. Wilson

Intimate Connections David D. Burns

Intimate Strangers: Men and Women Together Lillian B. Rubin

Just Friends: The Role of Friendship in Our Lives Lillian B. Rubin

Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl

Necessary Endings Henry Cloud

You Can Be…: Emotionally Free Rita Bennett

Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life Gail Sheehy

Putting the Past Behind Les Carter

Safe People: How to Find Relationships That Are Good for You and Avoid Those That Aren’t Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend

Shyness: What It Is, What to Do About It Philip G. Zimbardo

The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self Alice Miller

Thorns in the Heart: A Christian Guide to Dealing with Pain Steven Stiles

Three Steps Forwards, Two Steps Back Charles R. Swindoll

Transformed Temperaments Tim F. LaHaye

When Your World Makes No Sense Henry Cloud

Why Am I Afraid to Love?: Overcoming Rejection and Indifference John Powell

Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am? Insights into Personal Growth John Powell

Why Do I Feel Guilty When I’ve Done Nothing Wrong? Ty C. Colbert

Relaxation, Meditation & Stress

Adrenalin and Stress Archibald D. Hart

Beyond the Relaxation Response Herbert Benson, William Proctor

How to Meditate: A Guide to Self-Discovery Lawrence LeShan

Seven Sacred Pauses: Living Mindfully Through the Hours of the Day Macrina Wiederkehr

The Relaxation Response Herbert Benson, Miriam Z. Klipper

The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook Martha Davis, Matthew McKay, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman

Single Life

How To Get A Date Worth Keeping Henry Cloud

Single and Human Ada Lum

The Art of Living Single Michael Broder

Spiritual Growth

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society Eugene H. Peterson

Adventure Inward: Christian Growth through Personal Journal Writing T Kelsey Morton

Any books by Max Lucado

Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth Richard J. Foster

Disappointment with God Philip Yancey (for those with crisis issues)

Dreams: God’s Forgotten Language John A. Sanford

Exploring Spiritual Direction Alan Jones

Evil: The Shadow Side of Reality John A. Sanford

Healing Body and Soul: The Meaning of Illness in the New Testament and in Psychotherapy John A. Sanford

Inside Out Lawrence J. Crabb

Intruders in Paradise John A. Sanford

Know What You Believe Paul E. Little (Basic Theology. Asking common questions that Christians have about their faith)

Ministry Burnout John A. Sanford

Mystical Christianity: A Psychological Commentary on the Gospel of John John A. Sanford

Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? Philip Yancey

Reaching: The Journey to Fulfillment Morton T. Kelsey

Soul Making: The Desert Way of Spirituality Alan W. Jones

The Divine Romance (Inspirational) Gene Edwards

The Jesus I Never Knew Philip Yancey (Understanding who Christ is)

The Kingdom Within: The Inner Meaning of Jesus’ Sayings John A. Sanford

The Lies We Believe Chris Thurman

The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God Brent Curtis, John Eldredge

The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society Henri Nouwen

Under the Unpredictable Plant: An Exploration in Vocational Holiness Eugene H. Peterson

Who Am I, God?: The Doubts, the Fears, the Joys of Being a Woman Marjorie Holmes