Recommended Books

The recommended books have been selected to add to the dialogue and understanding of sexual trauma. Content is not endorsed by Last Battle. If you have a book that you would like to recommend, please click here.

We Believe You
Annie C. Clark and Andrea L. Pino
We Believe You, authored by Annie C. Clark and Andrea L. Pino, who are the main subjects of The Hunting Ground, the film and founders of End Rape On Campus. This inspiring read includes stories from women who have endured sexual violation on every kind of college and university—large and small, public and private, highly ranked and less so. They share experiences of trauma, healing, and everyday activism, represent a diversity of races, economic and family backgrounds, gender identities, immigration status, capacities, and loves. Theirs is a bold, irrefutable sampling of voices and stories that should speak to all.

Miss America by Day: Lessons Learned from Ultimate Betrayals and Unconditional Love
Marilyn Van Derbur
Ms. Van Derbur stirs the reader to understand the oppression and horror she endured growing up sexually victimized by her father in every way possible from the age of 5 years to 18 years of age. She became one of America’s first Miss America’s and eventually traveled the difficult road to healing as an adult. She stands as one of our country’s great heroes, as she currently advocates for the prevention of childhood sexual abuse (provided in her book), and speaks on behalf of the many abused and hurting children throughout the world. 

Integrity: The courage to meet the demands of reality
Henry Cloud, Ph.D.
Dr. Cloud shares that the complexity of building a life of character is simplified by looking out for others and what is in their best interest—his version of integrity.

The Wounded Heart: Hope for adult victims of childhood sexual abuse
Dan Allendar, Ph.D.
Written from a Christian psychological perspective, this seminal work educates and supports the healing of the adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse.

The God-Shaped Brain: How Changing Your View of God Transforms Your Life
Timothy Jennings, M.D.
This effort by Dr. Jennings provides a way to see how God has created our neurology with a need for Him. As we develop our faith in Him, Dr. Jennings shows how our brains are given a greater capacity to heal.

Fearless Daughters of the Bible: What you can learn from 22 women who challenged tradition, fought injustice and dared to lead 
J. Lee Grady
This author shows—with fresh insight and scholarly knowledge—how God has been redeeming and interweaving the strength of women as depicted in the Bible.

Change Your Brain Change Your Life
Daniel Amen, M.D
Dr. Amen is an inspired psychiatrist who seeks ways to educate the reader on the workings, the needs and the potential for healing of our brains. In this work you are able to see SPECTs or pictures of the brains of those who are suffering with particular mental disorders and illnesses. He is a mental health advocate and truly sees that the brain, an organ like any other organ in the body, deserves our study, attention and respect. 

Relaxation Revolution: The Science and Genetics of Mind Body Healing
Herbert Benson, M.D.
Dr. Benson is a Harvard-based practitioner who discusses the ways mindfulness practices help heal the DNA by wiping it clean through meditation that takes only 20 minutes per day and a handful of months.

On the Threshold of Hope: Opening the Door to Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Diane Mandt Langberg, Ph.D.
This is a compassionate guide for survivors offered through the expertise of a highly-skilled and well-known Christian psychologist. 

I thought it was just me (But it isn’t)
Brene Brown, Ph.D., L.C.S.W
Dr. Brown discusses the strength and other life benefits that come from vulnerability. She has grown my understanding of just how life-giving being available to the facts of who we are can be.

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook
Edmond Bourne, Ph.D. 
As a handbook should be, this is the bible of workbooks. As such, it is packed with resources and tools for people who seek ways to practically engage in the assessment and treatment of their anxiety.

The Betrayal Bond: Breaking free of exploitive relationships
Patrick Carnes Ph.D.
This is a distinctly insightful gift to therapists and other professionals who desire a thorough knowledge of the neurobiological and social consequence of sexual violation. I use this book nearly every day in my work with traumatized clients.   

Necessary Endings: The employees, business, and relationships that all of us have to give up in order to move forward
Henry Cloud, Ph.D.
This book breaks down ways to identify those who are wise, foolish and evil and ways to handle these people personally and professionally. He talks about ways to prune that which does not produce in our lives and graft ourselves to that which does.

Boundaries: When to say yes, how to say no to take control of your life
Henry Cloud, Ph.D. and John Townsend, Ph.D.
I cannot imagine where my life would be without this book. This was the first book of its kind, to my knowledge. These authors show the Biblical reality of boundary setting among friends, spouses, family and work. This book is packed with Scriptural support for their thought process.

Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture
Mary E. DeMuth
This is a practical book for parents who want to raise their children aware of the truth of God and his deliverance and grace, in balance with the reality of the world. This has been an inspiring read for parents who want to engender faith that helps their children succeed among those who don’t have faith. Adding to this she provides qualifying personal revelations to her and her family’s adaptation in France, where they are missionaries.

Reformed Means Missional: Following Jesus into the world
Boz Tchividjian, J.D. and S.T. Logan, Ph.D. (editor)
“Worship and Children: A missional response to child sexual abuse.” Mr. Tchividjian writes from the perspective of a seasoned prosecuting attorney and Christian shepherd and visionary who cares as sincerely for children as I have ever seen. He sees children as the first citizens of the church, referring to them as “lambs” not as children. He shows Jesus’ heart for children.

Captivating: Unveiling the mystery of the woman’s soul
John and Stasi Eldredge
There is a well-trod path between this book and my (Mary Ellen Mann’s) soul. To this fact, I have quoted them many times in my book, Battle Scars of the Princess Warrior. The Eldredge’s identify the great spiritual war on the soul and body of a woman, and calls the female reader to understand that she is a warrior in this war. Staci Eldredge openly shares her journey of faith through the many years of confusion and pain she endured, especially in her first 20 plus years of life.

Get Motivated!: Overcome Any Obstacle, Achieve Any Goal, and Accelerate Your Success with Motivational DNA
Tamara Lowe 
Ms. Lowe has bolstered my understanding of how people are motivated differently. Just as we have different love languages, preferences with food, schedules, and spending habits, we also have differences with how we are motivated. Knowing how one is motivated can fill a need whether in a work or home relationship.

The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience.
Martin Seligman. Ph.D.
This book is a great resource for parents looking for researched methods of preventing depression in children. 

The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook
Glenn Schiraldi, Ph.D.
This book provides tangible and practical tools for therapists and those who suffer the pain of post-traumatic stress. 

The Sociopath Next Door: The ruthless versus the rest of us
Martha Stout, Ph.D.
This is a must-read for anyone headed off to college, to a work environment; or to anyone recovering from the onslaught left in their life because of the sociopath’s total disregard for the basic honor and decency that belongs to anyone made by the hand of God.

How We Love
Milan and Kay Yerkovich
Pairing theological insights and psychological attachment theory, the authors define the five ways people love their significant other. They also offer a workbook that provides individual knowledge on ways to grow your insight about early life circumstances and ways to overcome those messages given in childhood. They also provide communication ideas and other practical tools marriages may need to progress.

Anatomy of the Soul
Curt Thompson, M.D.
Dr. Thompson, a Christian psychiatrist, provides an introspective read on the many ways the brain and body are meant for attachment, integrity, care and empathy.

Invisible Girls: The truth about sexual abuse
P. Feuereisen, Ph.D.
Dr. Feuereisen has provided clearly outlined ways sexual abuse happens to too many young girls, and the subsequent devastation. She features well over 50 survivors’ testimony of recovery from this preventable social ill. She runs an underground support system specifically for girls under 18 years old in need of safety from the predators in their lives. At the end of her book, you will find a comprehensive list of support and resources for survivors and those who support them.

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