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WPC Recommended Resources - Books

Books
Many of these books are available through the CMDA bookstore. (Quotation marks indicate that the review is quoted from the book jacket. All books listed are recommended based on the personal experience of WPC leadership or conference speakers.)

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Resource Categories

Abortion

Finances

Mental Health

Spiritual & Personal Growth

Balance & Stress Management

For You or Your Patient

Parenting

Suffering & Grief

Biographies

Human Trafficking

Racial Disparities/Racial Reconciliation

Understand Your Spouse

Child Abuse & Trauma

Infertility & Adoption

Science & Faith

Writing/Publication

Faith in Your Career

Marriage & Sex

Singleness

 

Abortion

  1. Forbidden Grief by Theresa Burke and David Reardon – “For more than thirty years, our nation has argued about abortion. In that time, over 30 million women have had one or more abortions. While the political battle rages, little has been done to address the emotional needs of those who struggle with feelings of grief, shame, guilt, and feeling judged by others.”
  2. The Four Steps to Healing by Martha Shuping, MD and Debbie McDaniel – “If you or someone you care about has experienced the pain of unresolved grief after abortion, you know how hard it can be to find help….The Four Steps to Healing sheds new light on an issue that has touched the lives of many but is talked about by few….Filled with practical suggestions, prayers and stories of hope, it is a resource for those who want to be healed and for those who want to help.”

Balance & Stress Management

  1. Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives by Richard Swenson – From popular CMDA physician and author Richard Swenson. “This book is for anyone who yearns for relief from the pressure of overload. The benefits can be good health, financial stability, fulfilling relationships, and availability for God’s purpose. Reevaluate your priorities, determine the value of rest and simplicity in your life, and see where your identity really comes from.”
  2. In Search of Balance by Richard Swenson, MD – “Dr. Swenson offers not only important organizing principles for making sense of our priorities but also scores of practical tips for finding rest and contentment in a world that emphasizes materialism and busyness. His advice is grounded in the daily realities we all experience, but his wisdom has been honed by the big-picture perspective of an exhaustive study of the stresses of modern life.”
  3. Adverse Events, Stress and Litigation by Charles and Frisch 2005 Oxford University Press - "The book educates physicians about the legal steps they can expect and provides information on how lawyers think and work to help defendants. The book also covers the controversial topic of disclosure."
  4. Overcoming Secondary Stress in Medical and Nursing Practice by Robert J Wicks 2006 Oxford University Press - "Like most of Wicks' works, this book is easily accessible, presented with real-life examples and interviews, and packed with practical self-help advice. For those who wish to pursue any particular themes touched on in this guide, there are plenty of links to follow."
  5. Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald – “One of the great battlegrounds of the new century is within the private world of the individual. The values of our Western culture incline us to believe that the busy, publicly active person in ministry is also the most spiritual. In Ordering Your Private World, Gordon MacDonald equips a new generation to live life from the inside out, cultivating the inner victory necessary for public effectiveness.”
  6. Women Who Do Too Much by Patricia Sprinkle – “Are you tired of being all things to all people? Are you overwhelmed by busyness, guilt, and stress? Women Who Do Too Much has already helped thousands of high-pressured women depressurize.”
  7. When Women Long for Rest: God’s Peace for Your Overwhelmed Life by Cindi McMenamin – “An invitation for women to find their quiet place at God’s feet—a place where they can listen to Him, open their hearts to Him, and experience true rest.”
  8. When You’re Running on Empty: Hope and Help for the Overscheduled Woman by Cindi McMenamin – “Many Christian women give of themselves relentlessly. In the midst of their many responsibilities they get tired, yet there’s simply no time to stop and become refreshed. What can a woman do when she’s running on empty? Cindi McMenamin shares how women can renew their energy and passion and press on.”
  9. The Virtuous Woman: Shattering the Superwoman Myth by Vicki Courtney – “Does the woman in Proverbs 31 make you feel like a sluggard? For years Christian women have struggled to understand what the Proverbs 31 woman was all about….Vicky Courtney believes that this passage is not in the Bible by accident and that a virtuous woman is a rare find in today’s world.”
  10. Working Families by Joy Jordan-Lake – “Who hasn’t heard a lot about juggling, balancing, and surviving? Navigating parenthood and professional life is all those things. But amidst the struggle, a life of kids, careers, and busy-craziness can be a privilege–and a tremendous reward. Working Families shows you how.”

Biographies

  1. Rebekah Ann Naylor, MD: Woman Surgeon in Changing Times by Camille Hornbeck – Dr. Naylor became a surgeon at a time when women didn’t do so. Then she went to the mission field as a single woman, likewise at a time when this wasn’t done. Her story is a testament to God’s call on an individual life and how He can impact the world through us if we are willing.
  2. Vision for God by Margaret Brand, MD with Dr. James L. Jost – Dr. Brand and her late husband Paul Brand, MD served on the mission field in India, where God used them to impact the lives of Indian people suffering from leprosy. This biography tells that part of the story, but it also vulnerably demonstrates the challenges of being a wife, mom, doctor, and missionary.
  3. The Transforming Power of Story by Elaine Eng, MD and David Biebel – “This book demonstrates, through multiple true life stories, how sharing one's story, especially in a group setting, can bring hope to listeners and healing to the one who shares. As Christians believe that "history" is "His story," we also believe that the smaller personal stories of our lives contribute to the larger story of God's grace and healing power throughout history and beyond. Designed for group use, individuals facing difficulties will find this book greatly encouraging. Any reader will find it inspirational.”
  4. Lone Woman: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell, the First Woman Doctor by Dorothy Clarke - “The fascinating true story of Elizabeth Blackwell the first woman doctor (in America)”

Child Abuse & Trauma

  1. Too Scared to Cry by Lenore Terr, MD – “When children witness or experience sudden, shocking events, how do they assimilate the horror?...The stories here will break your heart, but Terr's advice for aiding traumatized children can help counter the blows of a violent world.”
  2. Treatment of Child Abuse edited by Robert M Reece, MD
  3. Outgrowing the Pain by Eliana Gil, PhD – “This much-needed book pinpoints the typical problems abused children experience when they become adults. The information is presented in a friendly and thorough manner for victims and professionals.”

Faith in Your Career

  1. Practice by the Book by Eugene Rudd, MD and Al Weir, MD – A guide for Christian physicians as they live, serve, and minister in the profession to which God has called them. Covers many practical topics and includes devotionals and Scriptures.
  2. The Call by Os Guinness – “Why am I here? What is God's call in my life? How do I fit God's call with my own individuality? How should God's calling affect my career, my plans for the future, my concepts of success?... According to Guinness, "No idea short of God's call can ground and fulfill the truest human desire for purpose and fulfillment." With tens of thousands of readers to date, The Call is for all who desire a purposeful, intentional life of faith.”
  3. Jesus, MD by David Stevens, MD and Gregg Lewis – “Jesus--the ultimate doctor. His touch extended grace to the sick and sinful of ancient Palestine and left a miracle in its wake. And his ministry hasn't ceased. Today, he looks for willing hearts and hands through which he can heal a needy world.”

Finances

  1. God’s RX for Your Finances – study guide available through CMDA
  2. Debt Free Living by Larry Burkett – “This updated resource will teach the consumer about the origin of most financial troubles and help him or her break the 'debt cycle.' Debt-Free Living is a necessary resource to battle the temptation and trappings of debt that are weighing you down.”
  3. Master Your Money by Ron Blue – “Finally...a financial planning book that presents concepts in an easy-to-understand format. Do you know if you have enough? Do you know how much is enough? If you can't answer these questions, The New Master Your Money is for you. Ron Blue extracts principles from God's Word and applies them to your financial portfolio. Ron's professional experience in financial planning will be an asset to you and to your family for generations to come. This new edition includes important updates and new content you won't want to miss.”

For You or Your Patient

  1. New Light on Depression by Dave Biebel and Harold Koenig – “What is depression really? A psychological disorder? An emotional problem? A case of negative self-talk? Whether you need a lifeline to cling to, knowledge to clear confusion, help determining the next step, or strength to help a loved one, New Light on Depression offers hope and healing.”
  2. Why ADHD Doesn’t Mean Disaster by Dennis Swanberg and Diane Passno – “Why A.D.H.D. Doesn't Mean Disaster gives parents of children with A.D.H.D. just what they need: a strong dose of encouragement from fellow parents who have children with A.D.H.D., support for valuing the benefits of having a child with an attention disorder, and just the right amount of practical medical advice needed for understanding.”
  3. Focus on the Family Complete Guide to Caring for Aging Loved Ones (Tyndale) – “Whether you're preparing for the responsibility or are in the midst of caring for an elderly loved one, this complete guide from Focus on the Family provides the practical information you need—and a spiritual and emotional lifeline.”
  4. When Your Doctor Has Bad News by Al Weir, MD – “A medical doctor with a pastor's heart, Dr. Weir knows from experience that it's the patient's focus, not the diagnosis, that indicates whether one will slip into despair and hopelessness or have the courage to live each day fully. Resilience of spirit can powerfully influence recovery and healing, and within our crisis, the choices we make are important. When Your Doctor Has Bad News offers no easy answers, no quick outs. But it does equip you to weather the storm you are facing and emerge whole again.”

Human Trafficking

WPC has adopted human trafficking, particularly the trafficking of women and children, as its major focus of support. We support efforts to end human trafficking in several meaningful ways:

  • Monetary - We collect an offering at every WPC conference which supports a human trafficking ministry.
  • Educational - Several of our involved members lecture widely on the issue of human trafficking.
  • Hands-on ministry – We co-sponsor an annual mission trip with GHO (CMDA’s short-term missions arm) to House of Hope (Nicaragua), a vocational rehabilitation center and shelter for women rescued from sex trafficking.
  1. Restavec: From Haitian Slave Child to Middle-Class American by Jean-Robert Cadet - "This autobiography of a young man who escaped the most foreboding of circumstances and raised himself up by his own bootstraps will appeal to a wide range of readers... His courage in dealing with and overcoming a wretched existence in Haiti and the dehumanizing effects of racism in the United States will stimulate much reflection on the nature of these two societies."
  2. Not for Sale by David Bastone – An overview of human trafficking around the globe, including sex trafficking, child soldiers, factory workers, and others. Difficult to read emotionally, but very educational and motivational.
  3. The Slave Across the Street by Theresa Flores – A harrowing autobiography of an American teen’s experience with sex trafficking the U.S.
  4. Terrify No More by Gary Haugen – “Haugen, president of the Christian humanitarian organization International Justice Mission, peoples this account of IJM's efforts to rescue young girls from forced prostitution in Svay Pak, Cambodia, with larger-than-life heroes and villains. Written with the aid of communications consultant Hunter, the story, played for all its terrible drama, tells of girls sold into sex slavery by their families or tricked into it by the promise of legitimate work.”

Infertility & Adoption

  1. The Infertility Companion by Sandra Glahn, ThM and William Cutrer, MD – “An all-encompassing guide for the Christian infertility patient. Where other books fall short, this 'companion' aids the patient not only with the physical and emotional aspects of this journey, but also helps answer the tough spiritual and ethical questions that arise in a couple's desire to conceive.”
  2. The Complete Book of International Adoption by Dawn Davenport – “Davenport, an attorney, has firsthand experience with international adoption; she's the mother of four children, one of whom was adopted from Korea. An attorney and avid researcher, Davenport leaves no stone unturned as she guides parents through the adoption process….She also delves into emotional issues...”
  3. Stepping Stones by Bethany Christian Services – “The Stepping Stones newsletter offers information, encouragement, and support to couples facing fertility challenges. Stepping Stones is published bimonthly by Bethany Christian Services.”
  4. The Strength of Mercy by Jan Beazely – “In a world where suffering and injustice abound, we yearn for evidence that God has not forgotten His children, that He knows each one by name. We, long, too, to know that God guides and directs our lives, that He desires to use each of us in His plan to bring light to the nations. This is the life-changing message of The Strength of Mercy. Within these pages, you'll witness God's compassion as He leads a family to Romania in search of one special child. You'll see His interest and involvement as He orchestrates a dramatic series of events that would bring help and hope to abandoned children around the world. And your faith will be bolstered by this powerful, modern-day example of how God speaks to us...and asks us to risk for Him.”

Marriage & Sex

  1. For Women Only by Shanti Feldhahn – “What's going on in there? Ever been totally confused by something your man has said or done? Want to understand his secret desires and fears, his daily battles that you know nothing about? In a woman-to-woman conversation you’ll never forget, Shaunti Feldhahn takes you beneath the surface into the inner lives of men. This book is about the things we just don’t ‘get’ about guys.”
  2. A Celebration of Sex by Douglas Roseneau - Dr. Douglas Rosenau is a licensed psychologist, and a Christian sex therapist who has for the past seventeen years used his training in theology and counseling to help Christian couples enrich and reclaim God's wonderful gift of sexuality within marriage. A Celebration of Sex answers specific, often unasked questions about sexual topics, presents married couples with detailed techniques and behavioral skills for deepening sexual pleasure and intimate companionship, and is an excellent tool for premarital education.
  3. Intimacy Ignited by Linda Dillow and Lorraine Pintus - "A masterful interpretation of the Song of Solomon, this book makes marital sex exciting, freeing, healing, and romantic."
  4. The 5 Love Needs of Men and Women by Gary and Barbara Rosberg – “Gary and Barbara Rosberg, a dynamic husband-and-wife team, share surprising new research about the unique needs of men and women. In this popular book (over 15,000 sold in hardcover), Gary talks to women, and Barbara talks to men about the top five love needs of men and women. Readers will discover how truly unique men and women are. The Rosbergs' honesty, vulnerability, and practical suggestions inspire couples to new levels of sacrificial, Christlike love.”
  5. The 5 Sex Needs of Men and Women by Gary and Barbara Rosberg – “A perfect follow-up book to the Rosbergs' widely read book 5 Love Needs of Men & Women. The 5 Sex Needs provides a straightforward and candid look at the different sex needs that both men and women bring to a marriage.”
  6. Secrets of Eve by Archibald Hart – “Offers a fuller comprehension of female sexuality that will help bridge the gap between the sexes and strengthen our resolve to celebrate God's design for our sexuality.”
  7. You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation by Deborah Tannen – “Ever been baffled by his behavior, perplexed by his posturing, unnerved by his missed understanding? You're not alone. As a sociolinguist, Deborah Tannen's focus is not just on language, but on how communication styles either facilitate or hinder personal interactions.”
  8. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman – “Marriage should be based on love, right? But does it seem as though you and your spouse are speaking two different languages? New York Times bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman guides couples in identifying, understanding, and speaking their spouse’s primary love language—quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, or physical touch.”
  9. Finding the Hero in your Husband by Julianna Slattery – An excellent resource for strong, assertive women who seek to understand what it means to be a godly wife without sacrificing or compromising their God-given personalities.
  10. Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More than to Make Us Happy? by Gary Thomas - “Your marriage is more than a sacred covenant with another person. It is a spiritual discipline designed to help you know God better, trust him more fully, and love him more deeply. Scores of books have been written that offer guidance for building the marriage of your dreams. But what if God's primary intent for your marriage isn't to make you happy . . . but holy? And what if your relationship isn't as much about you and your spouse as it is about you and God?”
  11. Sacred Influence: How God Uses Wives to Shape the Souls of their Husbands by Gary Thomas – “If you're sick of all the ways you've tried to bring about change in your marriage---the silent treatment, nagging, one-way discussions, or pleading---it's time to set aside those broken methods for a Christ-based approach. This book demonstrates how women can inspire, influence, and help their husbands move in positive directions. Replacing your plan of action with God's leads to a marital transformation where both partners are moving in sync, the way God intended.”
  12. Married but Not Engaged: Why Men Check Out and What You Can Do to Create the Intimacy You Desire by Paul and Sandy Coughlin – “Frustrated over your stalled marriage? Tired of enduring a less-than-satisfying relationship with your husband? Feeling anger or guilt about wanting more from your passive "nice guy"? Paul and Sandy Coughlin understand the life you're leading, because once Paul was a Christian Nice Guy husband and Sandy was his frustrated wife. Their freeing message will help you understand the inner life of your emotionally detached husband as well as what you can do--and shouldn't do--to create a more satisfying relationship. They'll help you understand the forces that make men passive, how to handle issues of anger, respect, and resentment, and learn practical ways to nurture intimacy.”
  13. Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs – “Based upon Ephesians 5:33 and extensive biblical and psychological research, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs reveals the power of unconditional love and unconditional respect and how husbands and wives can reap the benefits of marriage that God intended.”
  14. Fighting for Your Marriage by Howard Markman, Scott Stanley, and Susan Blumberg – “This book can help you and your partner beat the odds and master the skills that can prevent marital distress and divorce.”

Mental Health

  1. New Light on Depression by Dave Biebel, DMin and Harold Koenig, MD – “What is depression really? A psychological disorder? An emotional problem? A case of negative self-talk? Whether you need a lifeline to cling to, knowledge to clear confusion, help determining the next step, or strength to help a loved one, New Light on Depression offers hope and healing.”
  2. Healing the Wounds: A Physician Looks at His Work by David Hilfiker – “Hilfiker details the frustration, stress, and fear of failure inherent in the practice of medicine and the fact that medical schools overlook the emotional and human side of the physician during training. He explores why misunderstandings occur between doctor and patient and makes suggestions for what might be done to improve the relationship.”
  3. Martha, Martha: How Christians Worry by Elaine Eng, MD – Dr. Eng “bridges the rift between psychology and theology [to educate] the Christian community in recognizing anxiety disorders….uses fictional narratives in tandem with current psychiatric diagnostic information to help the reader understand anxiety disorders and how they may manifest in personal or church life.”
  4. Fatal Flaws: Navigating Destructive Relationships with People with Disorders of Personality or Character by Stuart Yudofskey – “Captures the rapidly increasing body of clinical and research information about people with severe and persistent personality and character disorders…. Written for an unusually broad audience, from mental health students and trainees of all disciplines, to highly experienced clinicians, to patients who suffer from or are in destructive relationships with people with personality disorders.”
  5. The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse by David Johnson and Jeff Van Vonderen – “The authors address the dynamics in churches that can ensnare people in legalism, guilt, and begrudging service, keeping them from the grace and joy of God's kingdom.”
  6. Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men by Lundy Bancroft – “This fascinating investigation into what makes abusive men tick is alarming, but its candid handling of a difficult subject makes it a valuable resource for professionals and victims alike.”
  7. Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman – “When Trauma and Recovery was first published in 1992, it was hailed as a groundbreaking work. In the intervening years, Herman’s volume has changed the way we think about and treat traumatic events and trauma victims….[It] brings a new level of understanding to a set of problems usually considered individually. Herman 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.”
  8. The Dance of Anger by Harrich Lerner - "’Anger is a signal and one worth listening to,’ writes Dr. Harriet Lerner, in her renowned classic that has transformed the lives of millions of readers. While anger deserves our attention and respect, women still learn to silence our anger, to deny it entirely, or to vent it in a way that leaves us feeling helpless and powerless. In this engaging and eminently wise book, Dr. Lerner teaches women to identify the true sources of our anger and to use anger as a powerful vehicle for creating lasting change.”
  9. EMDR by Francine Shapiro – “EMDR, or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, is a new, nontraditional, very short-term therapy for treating trauma victims that utilizes rhythmical stimulation such as eye movements or hand taps. Shapiro, a clinical psychologist and fellow at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, Calif., who developed the approach, reports cases in which as few as three 90-minute EMDR sessions have relieved patients' disabling anxiety.”
  10. Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy by Ken Pargament – “From a leading researcher and practitioner, this volume provides an innovative framework for understanding the role of spirituality in people's lives and its relevance to the work done in psychotherapy. It offers fresh, practical ideas for creating a spiritual dialogue with clients, assessing spirituality as a part of their problems and solutions, and helping them draw on spiritual resources in times of stress. Written from a nonsectarian perspective, the book encompasses both traditional and nontraditional forms of spirituality. It is grounded in current findings from psychotherapy research and the psychology of religion, and includes a wealth of evocative case material.”
  11. Eating Disorders: A Guide to Medical Care and Complications by Philip Mehler, MD and Arnold Anderson, MD - “An excellent guide to the medical issues connected with eating disorders.”
  12. Medical Management of Eating Disorders by C. Laird Birmingham – “This text is designed to provide all health professionals with the practical information they need to treat patients with anorexia nervosa and related eating disorders. A user-friendly structure allows the reader to access information on the basis of physical complaint. The book is divided into five sections, each consisting of a case, discussion of the topic and a summary of key points.”

Parenting

  1. Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas – “Parenting is a school for spiritual formation---and our children are our teachers….Instead of discussing how parents can change their kids, Sacred Parenting turns the tables and demonstrates how God uses our kids to change us.”
  2. Mom, Everyone Else Does! by Sharon Hersh and Nancy Rue – “Many parents believe the best they can do is to teach their daughters right from wrong and hope for the best. But there is more that you can do. Because while peer pressure may be the biggest influence for girls who choose to use substances, parental involvement is the single most important factor for those who decide not to.”
  3. God’s Design for Sex Book Series by Carol Nystrom and Brenna Jones – “It's never too early to begin giving your child a practical understanding of his or her unique, beautiful body and why God designed it to be exactly the way it is.” Each book addresses age appropriate aspects of sex, with the first book beginning at age 3 to 5 years.
  4. A Chicken’s Guide to Talking Turkey with Your Kids About Sex by Kevin Leman, PhD – “What are you going to communicate to your kids about sexual issues, knowing that they are sexual creatures today? Your kids need you to talk with them about sex. No one else will do.”
  5. Focus on the Family Complete Book of Baby and Child Care (Tyndale) – “An extensive child-care volume with full-color illustrations, photos, and foreword by Dr. James Dobson. Developed and approved by the Physicians Resource Council, this volume covers everything from preparing for parenthood to your child's adolescent years.”

Racial Disparities/Racial Reconciliation

  1. My First White Friend by Patricia Raybon - Newspaper columnist, writer and NPR commentator Patricia Raybon admits that she hated whites for years. She even tried unsuccessfully to whip up a similar rage in her parents. But anger got her nowhere. Eventually, in the philosophies of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi, she found an alternative: forgiveness. The first part of the book is a series of essays on the life experiences of herself and her father, and the racial history of the country; it ends with "Letter to My First White Friend," a grateful acknowledgment of a white girl at her mostly white high school. In part two of the book, further essays explore the process of moving beyond hate, and the new world it has opened up for Raybon.
  2. Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare by Institute of Medicine, 2003.
  3. National Standards on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services – Final Report by US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, 2001.
  4. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman – “Lia Lee was born in 1981 to a family of recent Hmong immigrants, and soon developed symptoms of epilepsy. By 1988 she was living at home but was brain dead after a tragic cycle of misunderstanding, overmedication, and culture clash: "What the doctors viewed as clinical efficiency the Hmong viewed as frosty arrogance." The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is a tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions, written with the deepest of human feeling. Sherwin Nuland said of the account, ‘There are no villains in Fadiman's tale, just as there are no heroes. People are presented as she saw them, in their humility and their frailty--and their nobility.’”
  5. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot – “From a single, abbreviated life grew a seemingly immortal line of cells that made some of the most crucial innovations in modern science possible. And from that same life, and those cells, Rebecca Skloot has fashioned in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks a fascinating and moving story of medicine and family, of how life is sustained in laboratories and in memory. Henrietta Lacks was a mother of five in Baltimore, a poor African American migrant from the tobacco farms of Virginia, who died from a cruelly aggressive cancer at the age of 30 in 1951. A sample of her cancerous tissue, taken without her knowledge or consent, as was the custom then, turned out to provide one of the holy grails of mid-century biology: human cells that could survive--even thrive--in the lab. Known as HeLa cells, their stunning potency gave scientists a building block for countless breakthroughs, beginning with the cure for polio. Meanwhile, Henrietta's family continued to live in poverty and frequently poor health, and their discovery decades later of her unknowing contribution--and her cells' strange survival--left them full of pride, anger, and suspicion. For a decade, Skloot doggedly but compassionately gathered the threads of these stories, slowly gaining the trust of the family while helping them learn the truth about Henrietta, and with their aid she tells a rich and haunting story that asks the questions, Who owns our bodies? And who carries our memories?”

Science & Faith

  1. Not Just Science: Questions Where faith and Natural Science Intersect (Zondervan: Editors Dorothy Chappell and E. David Cook) – “This book argues that it is possible for our study of the natural world to enhance our understanding of God and for our faith to inform and influence our study and application of science….Not Just Science fills a gap in the discussion about the relationship between faith and reason.” One of the contributing authors, Jennifer Wiseman, PhD, spoke at the 2010 WIMD conference.
  2. More Than Meets the Eye by Richard Swenson, MD – Both the book and the DVD by the same title celebrate the evidence of God’s handiwork throughout creation.

Singleness

  1. Revelations of a Single Woman: Loving the Life I Didn’t Expect by Connally Gilliam – “Turning our culture's Sex in the City worldview completely upside down, Revelations of a Single Woman celebrates God's enticing, life-giving promises, even when life takes you down a path you didn't plan for.”

Spiritual & Personal Growth

  1. Ruthless Trust by Brennan Manning – “We suffer from the disease of melancholy, the sickness of self-hatred, the darkness of doubt. Yet, author Brennan Manning sees the place of our worst despair as a tangible starting point for the remedy: a ruthless trust in God. In his sequel to The Ragamuffin Gospel, Manning pries us loose from our shame, our mistakes, and our doubts and encourages us to let go and trust God--ruthlessly.”
  2. The Search for Significance by Robert McGee – “Robert McGee's best-selling book has helped millions of readers learn how to be free to enjoy Christ's love while no longer basing their self-worth on their accomplishments or the opinions of others.”
  3. Changing For Good by Prochaska, Norcross, Diclemente - “From deep within the ore, great changes must be made to reveal the hidden diamond. Similar hard work is just as essential in changing human behavior, especially addictive behavior….Espouses a sound therapeutic approach based on the authors' years of professional work with people in all sorts of damaging behavioral patterns, including smoking, overeating, alcohol abuse, and toxic relationships.”
  4. Sit, Walk, Stand by Watchman Nee - “An inspiring look at Ephesians, opening our eyes to the process of Christian living and maturity in three words: Sit our position in Christ; Walk our life in the world; Stand our attitude toward the Enemy.”
  5. Grace For Grace by Watchman Nee – “In this volume Watchman Nee presents first the series of parables dealing with the new and the old. He then proceeds to show what grace does to us as seen in the blood of Jesus, and how grace draws us into communion with God.”
  6. The Journey of Desire by John Eldredge and Kelly Ryan Dolan – “Sometimes it seems we just can't get what we want. Circumstances thwart our best-laid plans. We struggle to live a heartfelt life. Worst of all, says Eldredge, the modern church mistakenly teaches its people to kill desire (calling it sin) and replace it with duty or obligation (calling it sanctification). As a result, at best Christians tend to live safe, boring lives of resignation. At worst, their desire eventually breaks out in destructive ways such as substance abuse, affairs, and pornography addictions. In The Journey of Desire, Eldredge invites readers to rediscover God-given desire and to search again for the life they once dreamed of.”
  7. Prayer: Does it Make Any Difference? by Philip Yancey – “Yancey strikes a moving chord with this book that is more full of yearning and wonder than it is of easy answers. Prayer, he writes, is our partnership with God, our chance to join forces with God's power to confront suffering and evil head-on. Yancey is candid about his nagging sense of failure in prayer, but the book is suffused with a cautious hope; he writes of his growing confidence and joy as his prayer life has deepened from a spiritualized to-do list to a conversational communion with God. The key, Yancey writes, is that prayer is a window into knowing the mind of God, whose kingdom is entrusted to all of us frail, selfish people on earth.”
  8. Inside Out by Larry Crabb – “You don't have to pretend you've got it all together . . . when you don't. You don't have to pretend your best relationship deeply satisfies . . . when it doesn't. You don't have to pretend your struggle with sin is a thing of the past . . . when it isn't…That's because real change is possible only when you face the realities of your internal life and let God mold you into a person who is free to be honest, courageous, and loving.”
  9. When God Pursues a Woman’s Heart by Cindi McMenamin – “Within the heart of every woman is the desire to be pursued, cherished, and loved. When God Pursues a Woman’s Heart invites women on a personal journey of discovery that looks at the many ways God loves them, and how He shows that love.”
  10. The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges – “What does holiness look like? For starters, it doesn't look anything like perfection. And it doesn't necessarily look like victory. Mostly, it consists of effort, prayer, grace, and obedience. "Scripture speaks of both a holiness we have in Christ before God, and a holiness we are to strive after," writes the author. We can ignore neither Christ's role nor our own if we are to successfully pursue holiness.”
  11. Peacemaking Women: Biblical Hope for Conflict Resolution by Tara Barthel and Judy Dabler – “As professional Christian conciliators, Barthel and Dabler have seen individuals struggle with addiction, friendship and sexual sin; they've seen churches on the verge of schism, looming lawsuits and businesses gone awry. Now they apply principles of reconciliation and peace specifically to women.”
  12. How to Find Your Mission in Life by Richard Bolles – “In this intimate treasury of wit and wisdom, Richard Bolles, author of the job-hunting bible: What Color Is Your Parachute?, explores the spiritual aspects of finding one’s place in the work world.”
  13. A Resilient Life by Gordon McDonald – “At a young age, Gordon MacDonald recognized that he had inherited a "quitter's gene," and because of this-and an influential track coach-he began a lifelong quest for answers. "Why," he had to ask, "do some people finish what they start, persevere in moments of adversity, push themselves in the direction of their potential, and often make their greatest contributions in the latter half of life? Why do others expect to retire from life when they reach their senior years?" The key element in those who don't quit is resilience. Those who have it, MacDonald insists, have gathered all the lessons from life-successes and failures-to build a foundation of strength and character, preparing them to face anything.”
  14. Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman – “In a barren wilderness, L. B. Cowman long ago discovered a fountain that sustained her, and she shared it with the world, Streams in the Desert -- her collection of prayerful meditations, Christian writings, and God's written promises--has become one of the most dearly loved, best-selling devotionals of all time since its first publication in 1925. Filled with insight into the richness of God's provision and the purpose of His plan, this enduring classic has encouraged and inspired generations of Christians.”
  15. Going Public with Your Faith by William Peel, PhD and Walt Larimore, MD – “How to take evangelism out of the religious box and weave it into your life at work In every part of the world, people are looking for spiritual answers and resources as never before. But you don't need to travel to some exotic foreign mission field to find hungry hearts. You spend hours every day in the most strategic place of impact in the world---your workplace. Going Public With Your Faith offers a proven model for evangelism that respects the unique relationships you have with your coworkers, clients, or customers. It shows how you can be authentic instead of artificial when sharing what you believe, build trust with even the most skeptical person, and cultivate caring connections with those who have not yet come to a saving faith in Christ.”
  16. I Told the Mountain to Move by Patricia Raybon – “In her search for a more authentic prayer life, award-winning author, journalist, and educator Patricia Raybon set out to learn the secrets of prayer, searching for a connection with God that could transform her life and impact others. In I Told the Mountain to Move, Raybon reflects on her upbringing in a strict, churchgoing family, her departure from her childhood faith, and her struggle to return to God in adulthood. This wonderfully written book reaches across racial, denominational, and cultural lines, as Raybon discovers that prayer is a deliberate discipline that draws the prayer warrior into a life-changing relationship with God.”

Suffering & Grief

  1. Where is God When it Hurts by Phillip Yancey – “Using examples from the Bible and from his own experiences, Yancey looks at pain---physical, emotional, and spiritual---and helps us understand why we suffer. Where Is God When It Hurts? will speak to those for whom life sometimes just doesn't make sense. And it will help equip anyone who wants to reach out to someone in pain but just doesn't know what to say.”
  2. Joni, Joni Eareckson: Her Story, or Joni’s Story by Joni Eareckson Tada – Paralyzed in a diving accident as a teenager, Joni’s honest grappling with pain and suffering give us new insight into God’s mercy and grace.
  3. A Christian Approach to Overcoming Disability by Elaine Eng, MD – “Learn how faith and psychological insight can combine to help Christians overcome physical disabilities.”
  4. Shattered Dreams: God's Unexpected Pathway to Joy by Larry Crabb - “’Shattered dreams,’ writes Dr. Larry Crabb, ‘are never random. They are always a piece in a larger puzzle, a chapter in a larger story. The Holy Spirit uses the pain of shattered dreams to help us discover our desire for God, to help us begin dreaming the highest dream.’ To help you understand this neglected truth in the deepest and most helpful way, author and counselor Larry Crabb has written a wise, hopeful, honest, and realistic examination of life’s difficulties and tragedies. He wraps insights around the bold story of Naomi in the Bible’s book of Ruth.”
  5. A Place of Healing by Joni Eareckson Tada – “Just as I said to God years ago when I was first injured, I find myself praying, Lord, I can’t live like this for the rest of my life! This ongoing urgency has forced me to look back on familiar scriptures and examine them from new angles. Does God miraculously intervene in the lives of all who pray for release from migraine headaches, multiple sclerosis, cancer—or, in my case, chronic pain? And if not, why not?”
  6. Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn’t Show Up Like You Thought He Would? by Pete Wilson – “What do you do with a shattered dream? Or an unmet expectation? What do you do when your life isn't turning out the way you thought it would? What do you do when you have to turn to Plan B? In Plan B pastor and author Pete Wilson uses real life stories of disappointments and hurts along with the biblical stories of men and women like David, Joseph, and Ruth to help readers come to grips with the truth that they will face situations that in themselves they are completely unable to handle but that in them God is simply trying to get them to surrender their plans so that they can receive His.”
  7. When God Doesn’t Make Sense by James Dobson, PhD – “Every person who lives long enough will eventually encounter circumstances that are difficult to explain theologically. From years of counseling experience, Dr. James Dobson offers assurance of God's constant care, even when human suffering is beyond our comprehension.”

Understand Your Spouse

  1. Wild at Heart by John Eldredge – “If Christian men are going to change from a pitiful, wimpy bunch of "really nice guys" to men who are made in the image of God, they must reexamine their preconceptions about who God is and recover their true "wild" hearts….Eldredge throws down the gauntlet--men are bored; they fear risk, they refuse to pay attention to their deepest desires. He challenges Christian men to return to authentic masculinity without resorting to a "macho man" mentality.”
  2. Why Men Hate Going to Church by David Murrow – “Just 35% of American men say they attend church weekly…and women make up more than 60% of the typical congregation on a given Sunday. Murrow contends that the church caters to women, children and the elderly by creating a safe, predictable environment. This alienates anyone fond of risk taking, including young men and women, but men are affected most.”
  3. For Men Only by Shanti Feldhahn – “Women: complicated and impossible to understand? Do you love and want to please the woman in your life, but just can’t seem to figure her out? That was before For Men Only. Now at your fingertips is the tool that will unlock the secret to her mysterious ways.”
  4. No More Christian Nice Guy by Paul Coughlin – “Christian nice guys aren't always so nice. In the name of appearing Christian by being agreeable, they can lie, keep secrets, manipulate, duck responsibility, and much more. Using the biblical model of Christ as his example of a real man, Coughlin shows men how to become both gentle and bold.”

Writing/Publication

  1. On Writing Well by William Zinsser – “On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet. Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, business, sports, the arts or about yourself in the increasingly popular memoir genre, On Writing Welloffers you fundamental priciples as well as the insights of a distinguished writer and teacher. With more than a million copies sold, this volume has stood the test of time and remains a valuable resource for writers and would-be writers.”