Personal Resources for Crisis/Trauma
A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss by Jerry Sittser. Loss came suddenly for Jerry Sittser. In an instant, a tragic car accident claimed three generations of his family: his mother, his wife, and his young daughter. While most of us will not experience such a catastrophic loss in our lifetime, all of us will taste it. And we can, if we choose, know as well the grace that transforms it.
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis. Written after his wife’s tragic death as a way of surviving the “mad midnight moment,” A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis’s honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss.
Shattered Dreams 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. 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.
Too Small to Ignore: Why the Least of These Matters Most by Wess Stafford and Dean Merrill. The time has come, argues Dr. Wess Stafford, for a major paradigm shift: Children are too important and too intensely loved by God to be left behind or left to chance. Children belong to all of us and we are compelled to intervene on their behalf. We must invest in children–all across the world.
Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith Herman. This book 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 others, 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.
Trauma and Resilience: A Handbook by Charles A Schaefer, PhD (author) and Frauke C Schaefer, MD (editor). The author of this book desires to come alongside those who suffer as they serve God. He brings together theological perspectives; personal stories; and spiritual, psychological, community, and medical resources.