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Dr. Jamie D. Kirkpatrick, PsyD, LMFT
"Helping you to discover your light"

Recommended Books

Obviously, this is not an exhaustive list and I may change or add to the list at times (yes, I am consistently working on it).
I make no representations as to quality, accuracy, or benefit of these books, however, my hope is
that you will find something here that is helpful for you. If you think a book should be on my list, let me know. My special recommendations are highlighted in Red.
(C): Christian bent; (S): Spiritual or Other Religious Bent; (Ph): Philosophical

  • The Divorce Recovery Workbook: How to Heal from Anger, Hurt, and Resentment and Build the Life You Want
   —Rye & Moore
  • Getting Past Your Breakup: How to Turn a Devastating Loss into the Best Thing That Ever Happened to You
   —Susan Elliott
  • Talking to Children About Divorce: A Parent's Guide to Healthy Communication at Each Stage of Divorce: Expert Advice for Kids' Emotional Recovery
   —Jean McBride, LMFT

Domestic Violence

Eating Disorders
  • Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder
   —James Lock
  • Eating Disorders: A Guide to Medical Care and Complications
   —Mehler & Anderson
  • Anorexia and other Eating Disorders: how to help your child eat well and be well: Practical solutions, compassionate communication tools and emotional support for parents of children and teenagers
   —Eva Musby

Emotional Pain
  • The Problem of Pain (C)              —C.S. Lewis 

  • The Family Patterns Workbook: Breaking Free From Your Past & Creating A Life of Your Own
   —Carolyn Foster

  • The Gift of Fear
   —Gavin De Becker
  • Embracing Fear: How to turn what scares us into our greatist gift
   —Thom Rutledge
  • The Mindfulness Workbook: A Beginner's Guide to Overcoming Fear and Embracing Compassion
   —Thomas Roberts, LCSW, LMFT
  • Unmasking Fear: Embracing the Gift We Were Given
   —Anthony Butto
  • The Good Fear: Abandon the Bad Fears that are Holding You Back, Embrace the One Fear that will Finally Set You Free
   —Preston Rentz

  G ambling
  • Gambling Addiction Recovery Workbook
   —C.W. Straaten
  • All Bets Are Off: Losers, Liars, and Recovery from Gambling Addiction
   —Arnie Wexler

  • the five people you meet in heaven
   —Mitch Albom
  • A Time to Grieve: Meditations For healing After the Death of A Loved One
   —Carol Staudacher
  • Talking About Death Won’t Kill You
   —Virginia Morris

  • Listening to Prozac
  —Peter Kramer

  Natural Health and Body
  • Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Back Pain        —Siegel, Urdang, , & Johnson
  • Life Extension Magazine
  • Un-Dieting: Un-Doing the Diet mentality...And Staying Fit Forever!             —Jaye-Brandt & Lipson-Burge
  • Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It
   —Dr. Josh Axe

  Parenting & Kids
  • The Authentic Parent: Developing Your Natural Gifts to Become the Parent You Always Wanted to Be
   —Dr. Jamie D. Kirkpatrick & Dominique Silvas
  • Beyond the Power Struggle        —Susan M. Campbell, Ph.D.
  • How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children: Meeting the Five Critical Needs of
    Children...And Parents Too!        
   —Gerald Newmark, Ph.D.
  • The O’Reilly Factor for Kids: A survival guide for American families            —Bill O’Reilly & Charles Flowers
  • Raising Resilient Children       —Robert Brooks, Ph.D. & Sam Goldstein, Ph.D.
  • Raising Self-Reliant Children In a Self-Indulgent World               —H. Stephen Glenn & Jane Nelsen, Ed.D.
  • Staying Connected to Your Teenager     —Michael Riera, Ph.D.
  • Your Child’s Emotional Health: The Middle Years               —Philadelphia Child Guidance

  • Self-Esteem
   —McKay & Fanning
  • 10 Days to Self-Esteem
   —David Burns

  Spirituality, Personal Growth & Philosophy
  • Churchill’s Black Dog, Kafka’s Mice: And other phenomena of the human mind
   —Anthony Storr
  • Embracing Each Moment: A Guide to the Awakened Life (S)
   —Anam Thubten
  • The Diary of Soren Kierkegaard (Ph)      —Soren Kierkegaard
  • The Doctor and the Soul (Ph)        —Viktor E. Frankl
  • The Four Agreements : A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom              —Don Miguel Ruiz
  • The Four Loves (C)             —C.S. Lewis
  • Good Poems             —Garrison Keillor
  • Man’s Search For Meaning (Ph)        —Viktor E. Frankl
  • Morning Sun on a White Piano (S)     —Dr. Robin R. Meyers
  • Paradise Lost (C)             —John Milton
  • Solitude (Ph)            —Anthony Storr
  • Telling Yourself The Truth      —William Backus & Marie Chapian
  • The Tao of Pooh (Ph)         —Benjamin Hoff
  • The Te of Piglet (Ph)         —Benjamin Hoff
  • The Unheard Cry for Meaning (Ph)    —Viktor E. Frankl
  • Walden                 —Henry David Thoreau
  • The Will to Meaning (Ph)        —Viktor E. Frankl
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance—Robert M. Pirsig
  • Reclaiming Virtue
   —John Bradshaw
  • The Last Lecture
   —Randy Pausch

  • The Bright Red Scream: self mutiliation and the language of pain               —Marilee Strong
  • Self Injury: Simple Answers to Complex Questions
   —Washburn, Aldridge, et al.
  • Self-Injury: When Pain Feels Good
   —Edward Welch
  • Freedom from Selfharm: Overcoming Self-Injury with Skills from DBT and Other Treatments
   —Gratz, Chapman, & Walsh
  • Stopping the Pain: A Workbook for Teens Who Cut and Self Injure
   —Lawrence Shapiro, PhD.

  • Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back
   —Kelly Farley
  • Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide
   —Kay Redfield Jamison
  • Suicidal Thoughts: How To Deal With And Overcome Suicidal Tendencies And Feelings 
   —D.C. Johnson     
  • Waking Up Alive             —Richard A. Heckler, PhD
  • Why Suicide?               —Eric Marcus


  Teens & Tweens
  • The Anger Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Deal with Anger and Frustration
   —Lohmann & Taylor
  • Ophelia Speaks: Adolescent Girls Write About Their Search For Self                
   —Sara Shandler
  • Girls on the Edge
   —Leonard Sax
  • Boys Adrift
   —Leonard Sax
  • Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America
   —Elizabeth Wurtzel
  • Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls                    
   —Mary Pipher, Ph.D.
  • Strategies for Teens               
   —Jay McGraw

  Trauma and Abuse
  • The Body Keeps the Score
   —Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
  • Because I Remember Terror Father I Remember You
   —Sue William Silverman
  • Getting Past Your Past
   —Francine Shapiro
  • The Courage to Heal            
   —Ellen Bass & Laura Davis
  • The Courage to Heal Workbook       
   —Laura Davis (Recommended for use with a
  • The Drama of The Gifted Child       
   —Alice Miller
  • Healing Crisis with Mind, Body, and Spirit    
   —Barbara Rubin Wainrib
  • I Never Told Anyone: writings by women survivors of child sexual abuse              
   —Ellen Bass & Louise Thornton
  • The Inner World of Trauma: Archetypal defenses of the personal spirit               
   —Donald Kalsched
  • Outgrowing the Pain: A book for and about adults abused as children             
   —Eliana Gil, Ph.D.
  • Trauma and Recovery: The aftermath of violence—from domestic abuse to political terror                  —Judith Herman, M.D.
  • Waking The Tiger: Healing Trauma      
   —Peter A. Levine
  • The Wounded Heart            
   —Dr. Dan B. Allender
  • Healing the Incest Wound
  • Miss America by Day: Lessons learned from ultimate betrayals and unconditional love
   —Marilyn van Derbur

  Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Lost in My Mind: Recovering From Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
   —Kelly Bouldin Darmofal
  • 101 Tips for Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury: Practical Advice for TBI Survivors, Caregivers, and Teachers
   —Kelly Bouldin Darmofal
  • The Traumatized Brain: A Family Guide to Understanding Mood, Memory, and Behavior after Brain Injury
   —Rao, Vaishnavi, & Rabins
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries: 101 Stories of Hope, Healing, and Hard Work
   —Newmark, Roy-Bornstein, & Woodruff
  • Life With a Traumatic Brain Injury: Finding the Road Back to Normal
   —Amy Zellner
  Addiction/Substance Abuse
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Alcoholics Anonymous: The Big Book
  • Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy (Fully Revised and Updated Fourth Edition)
   —Kuhn, Schwartzwelder, & Wilson
  • Daily Reflections: A Book of Reflections by A.A. Members for A.A. Members
  • Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
   —Sam Quinones
  • Happy Hours: Alcohol in a woman's Life
   —Devon Jersild
  • Living Sober
  • Losing Control, Finding Serenity: How the Need to Control Hurts Us and How to Let It Go
   —Daniel Miller
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • The Gifts of Acceptance: Embracing People And Things as They Are
   —Daniel Miller
  • The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love – Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits
   —Judson Brewer
  • The Miracle of Recovery: Healing for Addicts, Adult Children and Co-Dependents (C)
   —Sharon Wegscheider Cruse
  • The Opioid Epidemic Of America: What You Need Know About The Opiate and Opioid Crisis... And How We Can Heal From It
   —D.W. Graeme
  • This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life
   —Annie Grace
  • Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions
  • Quit Drinking: The Best Ways To Be Healthy, Happy and Motivated Without Alcohol
   —Susan Hollister


 Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • The Anger Habit: Proven Principles to Calm the Stormy Mind
   —Semmelstroth & Smith
  • The Dance of Anger: A Woman’s Guide to Changing the patterns of Intimate Relationships              —Harriet Lerner
  • The Exploding Self: The Creative and Destructive Nucleus of the Personality    —Joseph Redfearn
  • Aggression: Its causes, consequences, and control
   —Leonard Berkowitz
  • The Anger Workbook
   —Carter & Minirth
  • The Anger Workbook
   —Lorrainne Bilodeau

  Bipolar Disorder           
  • Touched With Fire             —Kay Redfield Jamison

  • The Dance of Connection: How to Talk to Someone When You’re Mad, Hurt, Scared, Frustrated, Insulted, Betrayed, or Desperate   —Harriet Lerner

 Chronic Illness

  • Codependent No More
   —Melody Beattie
  • Leaving the Enchanted Forest: The Path from Relationship Addiction to Intimacy
   —Liana Beckett

  • The Stranger In The Mirror
   —Steinberg & Schnall
  • The Osiris Complex
  • Amongst Ourselves
   —Alderman & Marshall
  • Where the Rivers Join
  • The Haunted Self
   —van der Hart & Nijenhui