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Book List



Good Grief, by Granger E. Westberg
This is my most highly recommended little book on the basics of the grieving process. It is clear, concise (which is very helpful during a time of grieving) and expands our understanding of HOW we grieve not only, but WHAT we grieve (beyond loss via death of a loved one, alone).
“An easy read that is EXTREMELY helpful.”


A Grace Disguised; How the Soul Grows Through Loss, by Gerald L. Sittser
Gerald shares his own painful process through ‘catastrophic loss’ in a way that is relevant and revolutionary for any deep loss we must navigate in life. The book is available with application questions at the end of each chapter, making it an excellent book to work through personally or process with others in a small group setting.
“A FANTASTIC book for those who are grieving!!”


The Supernatural Power Of Forgiveness; Discover How To Escape Your Prison of Pain and Unlock A Life Of Freedom, by Kris & Jason Vallotton
This read covers much more than the essential element of forgiveness, when facing the loss of betrayal in human relationships. It is a book about processing your pain all the way to freedom. Jason shares his own revelatory process, after a heart-wrenching divorce. Kris (Jason’s dad) shares how the whole family found their eventual way to peace and wholeness.
‘An EXCELLENT book on how to PROCESS PAIN!”


The Grief Recovery Handbook; The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses, by John W. James & Russell Friedman
These seasoned authors widen the lens to our entire lives losses, big and small, and help us understand the myths we’ve been taught that have NOT been helpful in navigating our grief. Definitely a HOW TO manual that will help you work through your own stuck places with grieving losses, new and old, in your life.
“I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book for learning to process your own life’s losses.”


Additional resources: other books used for this class, but not directly about processing grief:

The Adult Children of Alcoholics Syndrome; A Step-by-Step Guide To Discovery And Recovery, by Wayne Kritsberg
This book discusses the generational patterns and their affects of alcohol addiction, yet is relevant for processing any dysfunctional family pain. I find it’s explanation of ‘Chronic Shock’ especially brilliant, and insightful for those needing to understand ‘Compound Grief.’


Matters of the Heart, by Juanita Bynum, Ph.D.
Bynum has written an informative book about the human heart and it’s dynamics, physically, emotionally and spiritually. This book adds relevance to Solomon’s statement in Proverbs 4:23: “From the heart spring all the issues of life!’ In “A Grace To Grieve” I use her discussion of the physical heart and how it carries it’s memory code – so much so that the emotional memories are transferred to a new recipient when a heart transplant occurs.