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Christian Psychology Books

Introduction to Psychology and Counseling Christian Psychiatry
Introduction to Psychology and Counseling by Meier, Minirth, Wichern, and Ratcliff, Grand Rapids: Baker, 1991. Christian Psychiatry by Minirth and Byrd, Old Tappan: Revell, 1990.

Psychotherapies Analyzed

These two books are excellent.

Modern Psychotherapies Psychotherapy in Christian Perspective
Modern Psychotherapies by Jones and Butman, Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1991. Psychotherapy in Christian Perspective edited by David Benner, Grand Rapids: Baker, 1987.

Counselor Handbooks

There is now DSM-IV-TR that is used. There is a DSM-IV Case Book that helps flesh out the manual. The First Interview is excellent for keys to interviewing a new person. The Skilled Helper gives a good overall approach to counseling. The Complete Adult Psychotherapy Treatment Planner is great for helpful treatment plans. Also helpful is The Clinican's Thesaurus by Edward L. Zuckerman, Ph.D.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM Case Book
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders by American Psychiatric Association. DSM-IV Case Book by American Psychiatric Press.
The Skilled Helper The Skilled Helper: A Systematic Approach to Effective Helping by Gerard Egan, Pacific Grove: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co. 1990.
The First Interview The Complete Psychotherapy Treatment Planner
The First Interview: Revised for DSM-IV by James Morrison, New York: Guilford Press, 1993. He also wrote DSM-IV Made Easy, 1995. The Complete Adult Treatment Planner by Jongsma and Peterson, New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2nd ed. 1999.

Understanding Yourself

Most of us want to change things that we really can not change. Learn what we can and can not change. See what your emotional intelligence is (offsite quiz).

What You Can Change and What You Can't Emotional Intelligence
What You Can Change & What You Can't by Martin Seligman, Ph.D., New York: Knorf, 1994. Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, New York: Bantam Books, 1995.


Feeling Good - The New Mood Therapy Feeling Good by David Burns, M.D. Revised, 1999. This is an excellent book. He has a workbook to go along with his book entitled The Feeling Good Handbook, New York: Plume, 1989. 

Controlling Anger

For women an excellent book is Dance with Anger by Harriet Lerner. An excellent book that covers all types of anger see Anger: The Misunderstood Emotion by Carol Tavris, New York: Touchstone Books, 1989. 

Stress and Relaxation

The Relaxation Response The Relaxation Response by Herbert Benson, MD is an excellent book. He has a sequel entitled Beyond the Relaxation Response showing how faith in a healing power works. There is a good workbook entitled, The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook by Davis, Eshelman, and Mckay.

Positive Thinking

The best book on positive thinking is Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman. 

Love and Marriage

For woman, The Dance of Intimacy by Harriet Lerner is excellent. A great book about love is The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm. Another great book is Men Are From Mars, Women are From Venus by John Gray, Ph.D. He also has written Mars and Venus in the Bedroom: A Guide to Lasting Romance and Passion.


The best child raising book is To listen to a Child by T. Berry Brazelton, MD He is called "America's baby Doctor." He has also written Infants and Mothers, Toddlers and Parents, and his latest is Touchpoints: Your Child's Emotional & Behavioral Development. Another interesting book is Kid Think by Dr. W. Lee Carter.

For teenagers, the best book is Between Parent and Teenager by Haim Ginott. More up to date is All Grown Up and No Place to Go by David Elkind, and You and Your Adolescent by Steinberg and Levine. 


A good book on a family systems approach is The Family Crucible by Napier and Whitaker, New York: Harper & Row, 1978. Another good book is Back to the Family by Ray Guarendi which charts the characteristics of a healthy family. 


The Boys and Girls Book about Divorce by Richard Gardener is an excellent book written for children to help them cope with their parent's separation or divorce.


A good book on caring for the elderly is The 36-Hour Day by Mace and Rabins. It's Better to Be Over the Hill than Under It: Thoughts on Life over Sixty by Eda LeShan is another good book dealing with aging.

Death and Dying

An excellent book is How to Survive the Loss of a Love by Colgrove, Bloomfield, and McWilliams. From a spiritual perspective is When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold Kushner. The classic book is On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. She gives five stages that people go through when dying. 1. Denial and isolation 2. Anger 3. Bargaining 4. Depression 5. Acceptance. 

Worry and Anxiety

The best book on this is Anxiety Disorders and Phobias by Aaron Beck and Gary Emery. 


An excellent book is You Just Understand: Women and Men in Conversation by Deborah Tannen. People Skills by Robert Bolton is another good book, as well as Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving in by Fisher and Ury. 

Happiness and Fulfillment

A good Christian book on this is The Search for Significance by Robert McGee. Another good book is The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck, also Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl. 


One of the most popular books is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey. There are several other good books, Peace, Love, and Healing by Bernie Siegel, How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life by Alan Lakein, and Overcoming Procrastination by Ellis and Knaus.


An old but good book is Advice from a Failure by Jo Coudert. There is a good workbook entitled Ten Days To Self-esteem by David Burns, MD

Healing from Abuse

The Courage to Heal is an excellent guide for women survivors of child sexual abuse. There is also a separate workbook that goes with the book. For battered wives there is the excellent book entitled The Battered Woman by Lenore Walker.

The Courage to Heal The Battered Woman's Survival Guide

The Courage to Heal by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis, New York: HarperCollins, 1992.

The Battered Woman's Survival Guide by Jan Statman, Dallas: Taylor.

Dealing with Drugs & Alcohol

Taking Control Addiction and Grace
Taking Control by Minirth et al. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1988. Addiction & Grace by Gerald G. May, MD New York: HarperCollins, 1988. 

Adult Development

Seasons of a Man's Life by Daniel Levinson is an excellent book charting the stages a man usually goes through in this life. 

Career Development

The best book is What Color Is Your Parachute by Richard Bolles. 

Surviving Schizophrenia

Surviving Schizophrenia Schizophrenia
Surviving Schizophrenia by E. Fuller Torrey, MD New York: Harper & Row, 1988. Schizophrenia: Straight Talk for Family and Friends by Maryellen Walsh, New York: Quill, 1985.

Medical References

There are several good medical references that one should have at home. The Pill Book by Bantam Books is good for identifying pills and their affects. Major problems can occur when one takes more than one medication at the same time. The pills can interact and cause serious side effects. Having some home medical guide can be very helpful like The Columbia University College of Physicians Complete Home Medical Guide. There is Dr. Koop's Self-Care Advisor. He also has a web site at