A Cry For Justice

Awakening the Evangelical Church to Domestic Violence and Abuse in its Midst

Books by Topic: Recovery and Healing

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Mending the Soul: Understanding and Healing Abuse

by Steven Tracy.

Released From Shame:  Moving Beyond the Pain of the Past

by Sandra D. Wilson.  Shame is an wicked ally of abuse.  Writing from a Christian perspective, Wilson teaches us about shame, about its causes, and how to be free from it.

The Judas Syndrome: Why Good People Do Awful Things

by George Simon Jr. Has a more overtly Christian tone than his two previously published books.

He Loves Me Not?: How to Break the Cycle of Painful Relationships

by Joanne Robinson.  For Christian women preparing for dating and marriage relationships and those recovering from a break up or divorce.

The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violence

by Gavin de Becker.  Helps you recognize early warning signs that someone may be dangerous.

The Emotionally Abusive Relationship:  How to Stop Being Abused and How to Stop Abusing.

by Beverly Engel.  This book addresses the victim who is also an abuser.  [Note: not a Christian book]

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

by Malcolm Gladwell.  This book does not address abuse, but it will help you to pay attention and give more credit to your intuition.

My Single Mom Life: Stories and Practical Lessons for Your Journey

by Angela Thomas. Read a recommendation of this book here.

How to Avoid Falling in Love with a Jerk: The Foolproof Way to Follow Your Heart Without Losing Your Mind

by Dr. John Van Epp.   Helpful for those entering new relationships.

What Doesn’t Kill Us: The New Psychology of Posttraumatic Growth

by Stephen Joseph.

The books that follow under this line have not yet been categorized in order of how strongly we recommend them.

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Trauma and Recovery:  The Aftermath of Violence-from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror. 

by Judith Herman. The author draws on her own cutting-edge research in domestic violence as well as on the vast literature of combat veterans and victims of political terror, to show the parallels between private terrors such as rape and public traumas such as terrorism. The book puts individual experience in a broader political frame, arguing that psychological trauma can be understood only in a social context.  Meticulously documented and frequently using the victims’ own words as well as those from classic literary works and prison diaries, Trauma and Recovery is a powerful work that will continue to profoundly impact our thinking.

Shame & Guilt: Masters of Disguise

This book describes how debilitating shame is created and fostered in childhood and how it manifests itself in adulthood and in intimate relationships.

BIFF: Quick Responses to High Conflict People, Their Hostile Emails, Personal Attacks and Social Media Meltdowns.

by Bill Eddy.  Written by president and co-founder of High Conflict Institute, Eddy created the BIFF response to protect you and your reputation by responding quickly and civilly to people who treat you rudely — while being reasonable in return.  BIFF stands for Brief, Informative, Friendly, and Firm.  This little book gives over 20 examples of BIFF responses for all areas of life — plus additional tips to help you deal with high-conflict people anywhere.



  1. ruth8318

    What do you all think about the secular book “The Body Keeps Score”?

    • Hi Ruth8318, I have never had time to read Bessel Van Der Kolk but I know his work on trauma is highly respected by professionals who work in the field of trauma and recovery.

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