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The Soul Care Collective is committed to bringing you the best Wesleyan resources designed to encourage individuals in personal soul care and to equip them to care for others within the context of their own vocations. Sometimes, a topic that is of particular interest to you may not be adequately covered in a series of articles. For that reason, we have added the best books, sites, and articles here for you to find additional help with whatever you may need. Check back often, as we will continue to populate this list with the best resources we find. They are arranged topically for your convenience.

Marriage and Relationships

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Dr. Sue Johnson
Love and Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
A Lasting Promise: A Christian Guide to Fighting for Your Marriage by Scott Stanley, Daniel Trathen, Savanna McCain and Milt Bryan
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert by John M. Gottman
Boundaries in Marriage by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Parenting and Caring for Children and Adolescents

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids by Lawrence Shapiro and Robin Sprague
Managing Emotional Mayhem: The Five Steps to Self Regulation by Becky Bailey
I Love You Rituals by Becky Bailey
The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel Siegel, M.D.
Joining Children in the Spiritual Journey by Cathy Stonehouse
Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn Proofing Today’s Young Children by Kristen Jenson and Gail Poyner
Godly Play: An Imaginative Approach to Religious Education by Jerome Berryman
(For Clinicians)
Treating Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents by Margaret Blaustein and Kristine Kinniburgh
Creative Interventions for Children of Divorce by Linda Lowenstein
Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children by Linda Lowenstein
Mending the Soul by Steven Tracy
In the Shadow of the Net: Breaking Free of Compulsive Online Sexual Behavior by Patrick Carnes, David Delminico and Elizabeth Griffin

Mental Health and Emotional Issues

The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kilk, M.D.
Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
Beyond the Deception of Depression: What the Bible Taught Me by Martha O’Reilly
Wounds that Heal: Bringing Your Hurts to the Cross by Stephen Seamands
Suicide: Pastoral Responses by Loren Townsend
Helping People Through Grief: A Sensitive Guide to Know How and When to Share Your Concern with People in Crisis and Pain by Delores Kuenning
Rhythms of Restoration: Practicing Grief on the Path to Grace by Laura Beach
The Wounded Heart: Hope for Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse by Dr. Dan Allender

Spiritual Formation

A Seven Day Journey with Thomas Merton by Esther de Waal
Seeking God: The Way of St. Benedict by Esther de Waal
The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen
Behold the Beauty of the Lord: Praying with Icons by Henri Nouwen
Dark Night Journey by Sandra Cronk
Present Perfect; Finding God in the Now by Gregory Boyd
The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard
Immortal Diamond by Richard Rohr
Gift and Giver; The Holy Spirit for Today by Craig Keener
The Relational Soul: Moving from False Self to Deep Connection by Richard Plass and James Cofield
The Deeper Journey by M. Robert Mulholland
Solitude: A Return to the Self by Anthony Storr
Listening to God: Using Scripture as a Path to God’s Presence by Jan Johnson
Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons by Jan Richardson
The Means of Grace: Traditioned Practice in Today’s World by Andrew Thompson
Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard Foster
Practicing His Presence by Brother Lawrence
Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation by Ruth Barton
The Wisdom of the Desert by Thomas Merton

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