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On Healing 


The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma, by Bessel van der Kolk, reprint edition (New York: Penguin, 2015).


Healing Victims of Sexual Abuse, by Paula Sandford (Lake Mary, FL: Charisma House, 2009).


Healing the Wounded Heart: The Heartache of Sexual Abuse and the Hope of Transformation, by Dan Allender (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2016). (A workbook is also available.)


Journey to Heal: Seven Essential Steps of Recovery for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, by Crystal M. Sutherland (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel, 2016).


Mending the Soul: Understanding and Healing Abuse, by Steven R. Tracy (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2008).


The Mystery of Marriage: Meditations on the Miracle, by Mike Mason, 20th edition (Sisters, OR: Multnomah, 2005).


Not Marked: Finding Hope and Healing after Sexual Abuse, by Mary DeMuth, 1st edition (Rockwall, TX: Uncaged Publishing, 2015).


The Post-Traumatic Growth Workbook: Coming through Trauma Wiser, Stronger, and More Resilient, by Richard G. Tedeschi and Bret Moore, workbook edition (Oakland, CA: New Harbinger, 2016).


Suffering and the Heart of God: How Trauma Destroys and Christ Restores, by Diane Langberg, 1st edition (Greensboro, NC: New Growth Press, 2015).


Threshold of Hope: Opening the Door to Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse, by Diane Langberg (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale, 2014). T


The Wounded Heart: Hope for Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse, by Dan Allender, new edition (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2018). (A workbook is also available.)


On Forgiveness


The Art of Forgiving: When You Need to Forgive and Don’t Know How, by Lewis B. Smedes, 5th edition (New York: Ballantine Books, 1997).


Choosing Forgiveness: Turning from Guilt, Bitterness and Resentment Towards a Life of Wholeness and Peace, by John Sandford and Paula Sandford (Lake Mary, FL: Charisma House, 2007).


Forgiving What You Can’t Forget: Discover How to Move On, Make Peace with Painful Memories, and Create a Life That’s Beautiful Again, by Lysa TerKeurst (Nashville, TN: Nelson Books, 2020). (This book on marital unfaithfulness and restoration shares many principles about forgiveness that also apply to sexual abuse.)


On Shame


ShameLifter: Replacing Your Fears and Tears with Forgiveness, Truth, and Hope, by Marilyn Hontz (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale, 2009).


The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe about Ourselves, by Curt Thompson (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2015).


On Sexuality


God, Sex, and Your Marriage, by Juli Slattery (Chicago, IL: Moody, 2022).


The Pursuit: Reframing Purity as a Relationship, Not an Accomplishment, by Josh Livingston and Dan Martin (Austin, TX: Fedd Books, 2021).


Rethinking Sexuality: God’s Design and Why It Matters, by Juli Slattery (New York, Multnomah, 2018).

Sexpectations, by Dr. Carol Tanksley (Minneapolis, MN: Baker Publishing Group, 2024)


What Are You Waiting For? The One Thing No One Ever Tells You about Sex, by Dannah Gresh (Colorado Springs, CO: WaterBrook, 2011).




Prey Tell: Why We Silence Women Who Tell the Truth and How Everyone Can Speak Up, by Tiffany Bluhm (Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, 2021).


We Too: How the Church Can Respond Redemptively to the Sexual Abuse Crisis, by Mary DeMuth (Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 2019).


What Is a Girl Worth? My Story of Breaking the Silence and Exposing the Truth about Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics, by Rachael Denhollander (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House, 2019).


Words, by Ginny L. Yttrup, 2nd edition (Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing, 2011). (This novel offers a fictionalized account of childhood sexual abuse.)

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