Traumatology: Recovering from Trauma and Abuse


Arterburn, Stephen and Becky Johnson.  Understanding and Loving a Person with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:  Biblical and Practical Wisdom to Build Empathy, Preserve Boundaries, and Show Compassion.  David C. Cook, 2018.

Brauns, Chris.  Unpacking Forgiveness:  Biblical Answers for Complex Questions and Deep Wounds.  Crossway, 2008.

Cloud, Henry and John Townsend.  Boundaries:  When to Say Yes, How to Say No.  Zondervan, 2008.

DeGroat, Chuck.  When Narcissism Comes to Church:  Healing Your Community From Emotional and Spiritual Abuse.  Forward by Richard J. Mouw.  IVP, 2020.

Groenewald, Alphonso.  “‘Trauma is Suffering that Remains’:  The Contribution of Trauma Studies to Prophetic Studies.”   Acta Theologica 26/Supplement (2018):  88–102.

Herman, Judith.  Trauma and Recovery:  The Aftermath of Violence — From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror.  Basic Books, 2015.

van der Kolk, Bessel A.  The Body Keeps Score:  Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.  Penguin, 2014.

Levine, Peter A.  Healing Trauma:  A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body.  Sounds True, 2008.

Maier, Byran. Forgiveness and Justice:  A Christian Approach.  Kregel Publications, 2017.  (See our book review here.)

McKnight, Scot and Laura Barringer.  A Church Called Tov:  Forming a Goodness Culture That Resists Abuses of Power and Promotes Healing.  Forward by Tish Harrison Warren.  Tyndale Momentum, 2020.

Oakley, Lisa and Justin Humphreys.  Escaping the Maze of Spiritual Abuse:  Creating Healthy Christian Cultures.  SPCK Publishing, 2019.

Schaefer, Frauke C. and Charles A. Schaefer, eds.  Trauma & Resilience:  A Handbook:  Effectively Supporting Those Who Serve God.  Condeo Press, 2012.

Walker, Pete.  Complex PTSD:  From Surviving to Thriving:  A Guide and Map for Recovering from Childhood Trauma. An Azure Coyote Book, 2013.

Warner, Megan, Christopher Southgate, Carla A. Grosch-Miller, and Hilary Ison, eds.  Tragedies and Christian Congregations:  The Practical Theology of Trauma. Explorations in Practical, Pastoral and Empirical Theology. Routledge, 2020.