Reading provides many of us with ideas, concepts and perspectives to understand our complex world. The Trinity Mental Health Wellness Team has put the following list together as an example of books and topics that we think will provide you with information and perspective. As with other parts of the mental health journey, books are not a substitute for treatment, but they can provide you aid on your journey that your church family wishes to share with you. If you have books to add to this list, please feel free to share them with us. This list will be periodically updated.

The categories that these books are listed under are not designed to be anything more than guide posts.

Bipolar Disorder:

  1. An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison,
  2. The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know by David Miklowitz
  3. If Your Adolescent Has Depression or Bipolar Disorder: An Essential Resource for Parents by Dwight L. Evans M.D. and Linda Wasmer Andrews


  1. Overcoming Depression One Step at a Time by Michael Addis and Christopher Martell
  2. The Upward Spiral – Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression by Alex Korb, PhD
  3. What Happy People Know by Dan Baker, PhD
  4. Unstuck by James S. Gordon, MD
  5. The Resiliency Factor by Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatte
  6. I Don’t Want to Talk About It — Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression by Terrance Real
  7. Why Are You So Sad? A Child’s Book About Parental Depression by Beth Andrews


Pediatric Depression and Anxiety:

For Parents:

  1. Worried No More: Help and Hope for Anxious Children by Aureen Pinto Wagner Ph.D
  2. Freeing Your Child from Anxiety: Powerful, Practical Solutions to Overcome Your Child’s Fears, Worries, and Phobias by Tamar E. Chansky
  3. What to do when your Child has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Strategies and Solutions by Aureen Pinto Wagner Ph.D.
  4. If Your Adolescent Has an Anxiety Disorder: An Essential Resource for Parents (Adolescent Mental Health Initiative) by Edna B. Foa and Linda Wasmer Andrews
  5. The Explosive Child by Ross Greene

For Kids

  1. Wemberly Worried (for small children) by Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
  2. A Boy and a Bear: The Children’s Relaxation Book by Lori Lite (Author)
  3. What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety by Dawn Huebner (Author)

For Couples/Relationships

  1. Getting the Love You Want (20th Anniversary Edition) by Harville Hendrix
For Difficult Conversations
  1. Difficult Conversations- How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen
  2. The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t by Robert I. Sutton
  3. Parenting From the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive, by Dan Seigel & Mary Hartzell
  4. How to Talk so Kids Will Listen…And Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish 5. The Explosive Child,: A New Approach For Understanding And Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children by Ross W. Greene PhD
  5. I Would Listen to My Parents If They Would Just Shut Up by Anthony Wolf
    Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say it, and When to Listenby Wendy Mogel Ph.D.
    Website – Public Conversations Project which facilitates respectful dialogue among strong proponents of opposing views.


Specific Books recommended by members of Trinity

  1. When Things Fall Apart – Heart advice for difficult times by Pema Chodron
  2. When God interrupts: finding new life through unwanted change by M. Craig Barnes
  3. Kitchen Table Wisdom by Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen
  4. The Anatomy of Hope by Dr. Jerome Groopman
  5. Let Your Life Speak by Parker J. Palmer
  6. How to Want What you Have by Timothy Miller, PhD
  7. The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
  8. I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help! How to help someone with mental illness accept treatment by Xavier Amador
  9. Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions: Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Help Your Child Regulate Emotional Outbursts and Aggressive Behaviors by Pat Harvey, ACWS LCSW-C
  10. .Almost Depressed: Is My (or My Loved One’s) Unhappiness a Problem (The Almost Effect) by Jefferson Prince, MD & Shelley Carson, Ph.D
  11. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  12. Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being by Martin E. P. Seligman
  13. Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness by Matthew S. Stanford