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Anxiety & Fear
Good Reads

The Anxiety Cure by Dr. Archibald Hart (2001)

Dr. Hart explores anxiety and the roles played by brain chemistry, physiological responses, and patterns of thinking—and he compassionately offers steps for holistic healing.

The Anxious Christian: Can God Use Your Anxiety for Good? by Rhett Smith (2012)

Whether worried about work, finances, marriage, or any other life concerns, God can use your fear for spiritual growth. Smith suggests looking at anxiety as a catalyst to help you become all the Lord intends.

Anxious for Nothing: God’s Cure for the Cares of Your Soul by John MacArthur (2012)

There’s no end to the number of reasons we could be anxious in life. But MacArthur explores Scripture to explain how to release those concerns to God’s care and rest in His peace.

*Curated by Focus on the Family 

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Bipolar
Good Reads

Mood Swings by Paul Meier, M.D., Stephen Arterburn, M.Ed., and Frank Minirth, M.D. (2000)

Learn the physiological influences of bipolar-related disorders, and find hope through medical, spiritual, and lifestyle intervention.

Grace for the Afflicted by Matthew S. Stanford (2017)

Each day men and women diagnosed with mental disorders are told they need to pray more and turn from their sin. Mental illness is equated with demonic possession, weak faith, and generational sin. As both a church leader and a professor of psychology and behavioral sciences, Matthew S. Stanford has seen far too many mentally ill brothers and sisters damaged by well-meaning believers who respond to them out of fear or misinformation rather than grace.

*Curated by Focus on the Family

Depression
Good Reads

Turning Your Down Into Up by Dr. Gregory L. Jantz with Ann Mcmurry

If you feel you will never get out of depression, Dr. Gregg Jantz has one word for you: hope. Gregg believes that since every person’s path into depression is unique, every path out will be unique as well. And healing is possible.

5 Keys for Dealing with Depression by Dr. Gregory L. Jantz (2006)

How many “bad days” can you have in a row before those “bad days” become something more that just feeling down? Dr. Gregory Jantz gives you practical ways to recognize the signs of depression. Using five time-tested keys, this book will take you through a “whole person” and biblical approach to healing, so that you can overcome depression.

The Freedom from Depression Workbook by Dr. Les Carter and Dr. Frank Minirth (1996)

This workbook features a 12-step plan to define and identify depression, understand the physical and mental factors of depression, and develop keys to lasting change.

Beauty in the Browns: Walking with Christ in the Darkness of Depression by Paul Asay

Beauty in the Browns author Paul Asay understands what it means to live as a Christian with depression. He offers hope and help to those suffering from mental illness as well as those trying to help them.

Understanding and Loving a Person with Depression by Stephen Arterburn, M.Ed. and Brenda Hunter, Ph.D. (2017)

This encouraging guide will help you hold on to hope while broadening your understanding of depression and its treatment. Dr. Brenda Hunter has been a caregiver for someone with depression and has also struggled with depression herself.

*Curated by Focus on the Family

Trauma & PTSD
Good Reads

Understanding and Coping With Trauma by Gail Schra · Focus on the Family online booklet

Trauma can affect all of us, resulting in emotional distress and shock that can overwhelm our abilities to cope—potentially leading to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Learn the symptoms of trauma and how to find help toward healing.

Recovering from Losses in Life by H. Norman Wright

Life is marked by a variety of losses, says certified trauma specialist H. Norman Wright. Some are life-changing, such as leaving home, the effects of natural disasters or war, the death of a loved one, or divorce. Others are subtle, such as changing jobs, moving, or a broken friendship. But whether readers encounter family, personal, or community disaster, there is always potential for change, growth, new insight, understanding, and refinement.

When War Comes Home by Chris Adsit, Rahnella Adsit, and Marshéle Carter Waddell

Offered through Cru Ministries This resource provides a biblical framework with advice from counselors and medical professionals for addressing the struggles of war, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Understanding and Loving a Person with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by Stephen Arterburn, M.Ed. and Becky Johnson

As someone who suffered from PTSD herself, Becky Johnson knows what is most helpful on the path to recovery. Becky teams up with Stephen Arterburn to offer:

– Insight into what is happening in the brain
– Background on treatments such as EMDR
– Ideas on what to say and what not to say
– Suggestions for calming a loved one during a PTSD episode

*Curated by Focus on the Family


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