Recommendations

We have provided a list of books, DVD’s and videos that have been reviewed by a representative of Mending the Soul and are recommended by Mending the Soul as additional resources for abuse education.

Abuse-Related Books, DVDs and videos

*Alsdurf, James and Phylis Alsdurf. Battered into Submission: The Tragedy of Wife Abuse in the Christian Home. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 1989. This is an excellent overview of domestic violence, and one of the few written by evangelicals.

Adams, Carol and Marie Fortune, eds. Violence against Women and Children: A Christian Theological Sourcebook. New York: Continuum, 1995. This is a very significant collection of almost three-dozen essays by liberal Christian scholars. While evangelicals will take great issue with many of the assertions (in particular the claim that the orthodox view of the substitutionary atonement of Christ is the central reason for the oppressiveness of Christianity), these are essays which cannot be ignored by anyone wanting to do an in depth theological assessment of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

* Allender, Dan. The Wounded Heart: Hope for Adult Victims of Sexual Abuse, rev. ed. NavPress, 1995. This is an excellent counseling resource for adult victims of abuse. A companion workbook is available.

*Bancroft, Lundy. Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2002. Lundy is considered one of the foremost professional experts on domestic violence and abusive men. This is a very insightful secular analysis of the thoughts and behaviors of abusive men.

Bancroft, Lundy and Jay Silverman. The Batterer as Parent: Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence on Family Dynamics. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2002.

Barnett, Ola, Cindy Miller-Perrin, and Robin Perrin. Family Violence across the Lifespan: An Introducation. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1997. This is an excellent introductory textbook to family violence.

* Barshinger, Clark and Lojan LaRue. Haunted Marriages: Overcoming the Ghosts of Your Spouse’s Childhood Abuse. InverVarsity, 1995.

* Bell, Roy and Stanley Grenz. A Betrayal of Trust: Sexual Misconduct in the Pastorate. InterVarsity Press, 1995. This is a superb treatment of sexual abuse among the clergy, and should be read by every pastor.

Briere, John N. Child Abuse Trauma: Theory and Treatment of the Lasting Effects. NewBury Park, CA: Sage, 1992. This is a readable, but well researched treatment of childhood abuse by one of the nation’s leading secular experts. It is written for counselors and other child abuse professionals.

Brownmiller, Susan. Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1975. This is a classic feminist treatise on the history of rape and male abuse of sexual power. While evangelicals will reject Brownmiller’s radical anti male conclusions, her analysis of the historical problem is as insightful as it is disturbing.

Butler, Sandra. Conspiracy of Silence: The Trauma of Incest. Volcano, CA: Volcano Press, 1978. This is a classic, non technical treatment of incest.

Carnes, Patrick. The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships. Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications: 1997. In this excellent non technical book, Carnes explains the concept of a trauma bond, how it happens to trauma victims, and how victims can break the cycle.

Chu, James. Rebuilding Shattered Lives: The Responsive Treatment of Complex Post-Traumatic and Dissociative Disorders. New York : John Wiley and Sons, 1998. This is a very helpful book for therapists who treat trauma victims.

*Clark Kroeger, Catherine and James Beck, eds. Healing the Hurting: Giving Hope and Help to Abused Women. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998.

*_______. Women, Abuse, and the Bible: How Scripture Can Be Used to Hurt or Heal. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1996. This is one of the few substantial treatments of abuse and the Bible. It contains a wealth of helpful material written from an egalitarian perspective.

*Clark Kroeger, Catherine and Nancy Nason Clark. No Place for Abuse: Biblical and Practical Resources to Counteract Domestic Violence. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2001.

*Cooper-White, Pamela. The Cry of Tamar: Violence Against Women and the Church’s Response. Minneapolis: Augsburg/Fortress, 1995. This is a very thorough account of violence against women by a liberal Episcopalian priest.

Courtois, Christine A. Healing the Incest Wound: Adult Survivors in Therapy. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1988. This is a classic text for professionals on counseling incest survivors.

Courtright, John and Side Rogers. What to Do When You Find Out Your Wife Was Sexually Abused. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994.

Crippen, Jeff and Anna Wood. A Cry for Justice: How The Evil of Domestic Abuse Hides in Your Church! Calvary Press Publishing, 2012

Deblinger, Esther and Anne Hope Heflin. Treating Sexually Abused Children and Their Nonoffending Parents : A Cognitive Behavioral Approach. Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage, 1996.

Ferree, Marnie. No Stones: Women Redeemed from Sexual Shame. Longwood, FL, Xulon, 2002. This is an excellent book for women struggling with shame from sexual brokenness caused by sexual addiction, abuse, and promiscuity.

Figley, Charles, ed. Trauma and Its Wake: The Study and Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. New York : Brunner/Mazel, 1985. This is a classic technical treatment of post-traumatic disorder for professionals.

Fisher, Antwone Quenton. Finding Fish: A Memoir. New York: HarperCollins, 2001. This is a very inspirational account of a man who experienced horrendous physical, sexual, and neglect abuse in childhood, and yet who as an adult experienced great healing.

* Finkelhor, David. Sexually Victimized Children. New York: Free Press, 1979. This is a classic treatment of sexual abuse by one of the most respected secular experts on the subject.

Fortune, Marie. Sexual Violence: The Unmentionable Sin. Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim Press, 1983. This is a widely read pastoral treatment of sexual violence by a leading authority on sexual abuse. Fortune is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, and writes from a liberal Christian perspective.

Freyd, Jennifer. Betrayal Trauma: The Logic of Forgetting Childhood Abuse. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1997. This is a significant work on abuse and traumatic amnesia by a Professor of Psychiatry whose own mother helped found the False Memory Syndrome Foundation. Amazingly, this book is a very objective account of the scientific evidence.

*Hancock, Maxine and Karen Burton Mains. Child Sexual Abuse: A Hope for Healing. Wheaton, IL: Harold Shaw, 1987. This is an excellent book to help victims of abuse find healing. It reflects a solid Evangelical world view, and integrates biblical principles very well.

Hegstrom, Paul. Angry Men and the Women Who Love Them: Breaking the Cycle of Physical and Emotional Abuse. Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 1999. This is an excellent basic overview of domestic and emotional abuse written by a pastor who for several years abused his wife.

*Heitritter, Lynn and Jeanette Vought. Helping Victims of Sexual Abuse: A Sensitive, Biblical Guide for Counselors, Victims, and Families, rev. ed. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2006. This is one of the best books on sexual abuse from a decidedly Christian perspective. It includes a discussion of the types of sex offenders, signs of abuse, incestuous families, and steps for victims to find healing and victory.

*Herman, Judith Lewis. Father-Daughter Incest, 2nd ed. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000. This is one of the best secular books on incest in print. Herman is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

*_______. Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence–from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror, 2nd. ed. New York: BasicBooks, 1997. This is a landmark secular treatment of trauma. It is essential reading for professionals who want to understand the long-term impact of physical and sexual abuse.

*Holderread Heggen, Carolyn. Sexual Abuse in Christian Homes and Churches. Scottsdale, PA: Herald, 1993. This is an excellent book which covers a wide range of sexual abuse issues related to the local church, including congregational responses to abuse, making worship sensitive to survivors, preventing sexual abuse, religious beliefs and abuse, and the factors related to abuse. It should be noted that the author writes from a staunchly egaligtarian perspective.

Jacobson, Neil and John Gottman. When Men Batter Women: New Insights into Ending Abusive Relationships. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998. In this book, two of the country’s most highly respected marital therapy researchers share insights from a landmark study of 200 abusive couples. In particular, they discovered two distinctive types of batters they call the “pit bulls” and the “cobras.”

*Katz, Jackson. The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, 2006. This is an incredibly balanced book on violence against women. Katz is balanced and solution oriented. He emphasizes that violence against women is a men’s issue and one men must get involved in.

Kearney, Timothy. Caring for Sexually Abused Children: A Handbook for Families and Churches. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2001.

*Leberg, Eric. Understanding Child Molesters. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1997. This is an excellent comprehensive, but non-technical treatment of child molesters. It was written to help lay people understand the mindset, patterns, and behavior of sex abusers. Leberg has also included detailed sections on sex crimes and the legal system. Case studies are used to illustrate his various points.

*Loseke, Donileen, Richard Gelles, and Mary Cavanaugh, eds. Current Controversies on Family Violence, 2nd. ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2005. This is a great graduate level textbook which gives essays from opposing viewpoints on various family violence topics.

Mandt Langberg, Diane. On the Threshold of Hope: Opening the Door to Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse. Wheaton: Tyndale, 1999. This is an excellent basic overview of sexual abuse. The author is a Christian psychologist, and writes from a decidedly Christian perspective. This would be an excellent resource to give an adult who has just disclosed that they had been sexually abused.

Miles, Al. Domestic Violence: What Every Pastor Needs to Know. Philadelphia: Fortress, 2000.

Morrison, Marianne. Sins of the Father. Boise: Pacific Press, 1993. This is a very disturbing first hand account by the woman whose husband and son were molested by a family member who molested dozens of neighbors, grandchildren, and church children over a period of 35 years. The book chronicles the way families and churches conspire to excuse and cover up abuse.

Nason-Clark, Nancy. The Battered Wife: How Christians Confront Family Violence. Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox, 1997.

Nomme Russell, Mary. Confronting Abusive Beliefs: Group Treatment for Abusive Men. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1995. This is a very readable secular treatment guide for those who work with physically abusive men. It presents a unique model for exploring and challenging the beliefs that influence abusive behavior.

*Pleck, Elizabeth. Domestic Tyranny: The Making of American Social Policy against Family Violence from Colonial Times to the Present, 2nd ed. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2004. This is a very disturbing, pioneering work which documents how pervasive family violence has been in American history.

*The Rave Project– http://www.theraveproject.org. RAVE is an initiative that seeks to bring knowledge and social action together to assist families of faith impacted by abuse. It is an Evangelical ministry with excellent resources for pastors and abuse survivors. Nancy Nason Clark, a Christian sociologist and abuse expert, helps to direct this project.

Reducing the Risk. This is a video and workbooks to guide local churches in setting up child protection policies. It can be obtained through Brotherhood Mutual or call 704-841-8066.

Ridings, K.C. Facing the Brokenness: Meditations for Parents of Sexually Abused Children. Scottsdale, PA: Herald Press, 1991. This is an excellent resource for parents. It is very practical, covers a wide range of issues, and has good integration of Scripture.

Roberts, Barbara Not Under Bondage.  Ballarat, Maschil Press, 2008.  This book, written by a survivor of domestic abuse, explains the scriptural dilemmas of abuse victims, carefully examines the scriptures and scholarly research, and shows how the Bible sets victims of abuse free from bondage and guilt.

Rothschild, Babette. The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2000. This is one of the best readable overviews of the somatic (bodily) impact of trauma. It is written for therapists, but is valuable for other audiences.

*Russell, Diana. Rape in Marriage, 2nd ed. Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1990. This is one of the most significant studies of martial rape in print.

*_______. The Secret Trauma: Incest in the Lives of Girls and Women. New York: Basic Books, 1986. This is a landmark book on incest based on a careful, large-scale study that demonstrated that the prevalence and consequences of incest have been greatly underestimated.

*Salter, Anna. Predators, Pedophiles, Rapists, and Other Sex Offenders: Who They Are, How They Operate, and How We Can Protect Ourselves and Our Children. New York: BasicBooks, 2003. This is a fantastic non-technical overview of sex offenders by one of the nation’s leading secular experts.

*_______. Transforming Trauma: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1995.  This is one of the best secular textbooks in print on the treatment of sexual abuse. Salter has vast experience with both abuse victims and abusers. This book covers a wide range of topics, including the characteristics of sex offenders, the deviant cycle, apology and forgiveness in the cycle of child molestation, and the cognitive and emotional effects of sexual abuse.

_______. Treating Child Sex Offenders and Victims: A Practical Guide. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1988.

Smedes, Lewis. Shame and Grace: Healing the Shame We Don’t Deserve. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1993. This is a masterful Christian treatment of shame.

TED talk by Leslie Morgan Steiner, “Why domestic violence victims don’t leave” at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1yW5IsnSjo. This is a terrific 16 minute video by a very articulate DV survivor and gives great insight into the common question of why abused women don’t “just leave.”

Terr, Lenore. Unchained Memories: True Stories of Traumatic Memories, Lost and Found. New York: BasicBooks, 1994. This is an extremely readable account of trauma, abuse, and memory by a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California Medical School.

* Tracy, Steven. Mending the Soul: Understanding and Healing Abuse. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005. This is a comprehensive, practical treatment of all forms of abuse. It integrates biblical, theological principles with social science research. A companion healing workbook is available from Mending the Soul Ministries.

*van Dam, Carla. Identifying Child Molesters: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse by Recognizing the Patterns of the Offenders. New York: Haworth Maltreatment and Trauma Press, 2001. This is an invaluable resource for parents, educators, and children’s workers.

van der Kolk. Psychological Trauma. Washington DC: American Psychiatric Press, 1987. This is a technical treatment of trauma for physicians and therapists by one of the world’s foremost trauma experts.

Walker, Lenore. The Battered Woman. New York: Harper & Row, 1979. This is a classic text on domestic violence. Walker also deals with sexual abuse of women.

*Whitfield, Charles. Memory and Abuse: Remembering and Healing the Effects of Trauma. Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications Inc., 1995. This is one of the best academic overviews of the complex subject of memory and abuse. Whitfield is a highly respected physician.

*Ziegler, Dave. Traumatic Experience and the Brain: A Handbook for Understanding and Treating Those Traumatized as Children. Phoenix, Acacia, 2002. Ziegler has worked as a psychologist with severely traumatized children and adolescents for many years in inpatient treatment programs. He offers an excellent overview of the impact of trauma on the developing brain. He also gives helpful implications for care givers.