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recommended books

Below is a list of our highly recommended books that our therapists often suggest to our clients.  However, please note that Holy Family Counseling Center cannot endorse all content found in these books but we have found them to be helpful tools in healing and recovery.

abuse

The Betrayal Bond
By: Patrick Carnes

abuse

Love without Hurt
By: Steven Stosny, PhD

Anger

The Anger Control Workbook
By: Matthew McKay & Peter Rogers

Anxiety

Getting Past Your Past:
Take Control of Your Life
with Self-Help Techniques
from EMDR Therapy 

By: Francine Shapiro

Co-Dependency

Codependency for Dummies
By: Darlene Lancer

Co-Dependency

Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself

By: Melody Beattie 

Co-Dependency

The Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions Workbook of Co-Dependents Anonymous
By: Co-Dependents Anonymous

Co-Dependency

Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions
By: Alcoholics Anonymous

Communication

Feeling Good Together: The Secret to Making Troubled Relationships Work
By: David D. Burns, MD

Grief

Living When a Love One has Died
By: Earl A. Grollmann

Grief

Grace Disguised
By: Jerry Sittser

Grief

Choosing to See
By: Mary Beth Chapman

Infidelity

Shattered Vows 
By: Debra Laaser

Infidelity

After the Affair: Healing the Pain & Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful 
By: Janis A Spring

Marriage

The 5 Love Languages:
The Secret to Love that Lasts
By: Gary Chapman

Marriage

The 7 Principles for
Making Marriage Work

By: John Gottman

Marriage

Captivating Revised and Updated:
Unveiling the Mystery of a
Woman’s Soul
By: John Eldredge and Stasi Eldredge

Marriage

Created for Connection:
Hold me Tight
By: Sue Johnson

Marriage

Good News About Sex & Marriage: Answers to Your Honest Questions about Catholic Teaching
By: Christopher West & Charles J. Chaput O.F.M.Cap

Marriage

Created for Connection:
The “Hold Me Tight” Guide
for Christian Couples
By: Sue Johnson

Marriage

If Only He Knew: A Valuable Guide to Knowing Understanding and Loving Your Wife
By: Gary Smalley

Marriage

Love Sense 
By: Sue Johnson

Marriage

Holy Sex! A Catholic Guide to
Toe-Curling, Mind-Blowing,
Infallible Loving

By: Gregory K. Popcak PhD

Marriage

Fascinating Womanhood
By: Helen Andelin

Marriage

The 7 Levels of Intimacy
By: Matthew Kelly

Marriage

Wild at Heart Revised and
Updated: Discovering the Secret
of a Man’s Soul

By: John Eldredge

Mindfulness

The Mindful Catholic
By: Gregory Bottaro

Men

Game Plan: A Man’s Guide to
Achieving Emotional Fitness

By: Alan Lyme & David J. Powell

OCD

Brain Lock: Free Yourself
from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior
By: Jeffrey M. Schwartz &
Beverly Bevette

OCD

The OCD Workbook
 Hyman, PHD,
LCSW &
Cherlene Pedrick RN

OCD

Understanding
Scrupulosity
By: Santa C SS R,
REV Thomas

Parenting

Parenting from the Inside Out 
By: Daniel Siegel

Parenting

Parenting Your Powerful Child: Bringing an End to the Everyday Battles 
By: Dr. Kevin Leman

Parenting

Strong Fathers, Strong
Daughters: 10 Secrets Every
Father Should Know 
By: Meg Meeker

SELF-ESTEEM/ WORTH

Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
By: Brennan Manning & Jon Foreman

SELF-ESTEEM/ WORTH


Life of the Beloved: Spiritual 
Living in a Secular World
By: Henri J. M. Nouwen

SELF-ESTEEM/ WORTH


His Princess Love Letters
from your King 

By: Sheri Rose Shepherd

SELF-ESTEEM/ WORTH


The Gifts of Imperfection

By: Brene Brown

Self-Esteem/ Worth

The Self-Esteem Workbook
By: Glenn R. Schiraldi

Sexual Addiction


Healing the Wounds of
Sexual Addiction
By: Mark Laaser, Gary Smalley
& Patrick Carnes

Sexual Addiction


No Stones: Women Redeemed
from Sexual Addiction
By: Marnie C. Ferree

Sexual Addiction


True Stories of Love
& Lust After Porn
By: Matt & Cameron Fradd

Suffering

Streams in the Desert
By: L. B. Cowman

Suicide

My Son, My Son
By: Iris Bolton

Suicide

No Time to Say Goodbye
By: Carla Fine

Temperaments


The Temperament
God Gave You
By: Art Bennett and Laraine Bennett

Temperaments


The Temperament
God Gave Your Spouse

By: Art Bennett and Laraine Bennett

Temperaments


Please Understand Me: Character and
Temperament Types

By:  David Keirsey & Marilyn Bates

Trauma

Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma 
By: Peter A. Levine & Ann Frederick

TRAUMA


Healing the Child Within

By: Charles Whitfield

trauma


The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body
in the Healing of Trauma

By: van der Kolk M.D., Bessel

Recommended Retreats

Holy Family Counseling Center would like to encourage you to spend time with Christ in prayer. We have listed a few retreat opportunities for you to consider. Retreat topics include topical retreats, marriage preparation, marriage enrichment, marriage repair, trauma and healing, unplanned pregnancy and post abortion healing retreats.  This list will continue to be updated with additional opportunities.

Topical retreats

Atlanta Retreat Society

Carmel Retreat Center Hoschton, Georgia
www.carmelretreat.org | Sautee, Georgia | P: 770-837-2798
Email : arsretreats@rcatlanta.org | www.rcatlanta.org

Casa Maria Convent Retreat House

P. 205-956-6760 | 3721 Belmont Road | Birmingham, AL 35210
Email: sclaremarie@sisterservants.com | www.sisterservants.org

Beloved Women’s Retreat

A day long retreat to rejuvenate women of all ages through a personal experience of God’s love
Email: melissa@lovedalready.com / www.LovedAlready.com

Monastery of the Holy Spirit

2625 Highway 212, SW | 3721 Belmont Road | Conyers, Georgia 30094-4044
P: 770-483-8705 | F: 770-760-098 | www.trappist.net | www.holyspiritmonasterygifts.com

Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center

6700 Riverside Drive, NW Atlanta, Georgia 30328 | P: 404-255-0503 | F: 404-256-0776 | F: 770-760-0989
www.ignatiushouse.org

Marriage Preparation Retreats

Three to get Married

A Marriage Preparation Course | www.rcatlanta.org

Archdiocese of Atlanta

Marriage Enrichment

25 hour Marriage Getaway

Your annual marriage check-up
Rome Georgia | www.rcatlanta.org

Georgia - Tennessee Worldwide Marriage Encounter

A weekend experience for married couples who want to recapture the closeness of their young relationship
In English | www.gatn-wwme.org | 678-242-9963
In Spanish | Contact Esteban and Gloria Nolasco | damanolasco@comcast.net | 770-425-1328

Marriage Repair

Retrouvaille

A Catholic ministry for couples in troubled marriages and for separated and divorced couples considering
reconciliation
www.Retrouvaille.org | atlanta@retrouvaille.org

Trauma and Healing

Trauma Recovery Group for Adults Living with Unresolved Trauma

Group in process | www.archatlanta.org | Sue Stubbs, MS, NCC
404-920-7554 | sstubbs@archatl.com

The Way Retreat for Women

3 day retreat for women who have suffered from abuse
www.archatlanta.org | Sue Stubbs, MS, NCC | 404-920-7554 | sstubbs@archatl.com

The Way Retreat for Men

3 day retreat for men who have suffered from abuse
www.archatlanta.org | Sue Stubbs, MS, NCC | 404-920-7554 | sstubbs@archatl.com

A Day of Healing for Parents and Adult Caregivers of the Abused

www.archatlanta.org | Sue Stubbs, MS, NCC | 404-920-7554 | sstubbs@archatl.com

Unplanned Pregnancy

Pregnancy Aid Clinic

Free and Confidential Services to include pregnancy tests, ultra sounds, pregnancy option discussion, pregnancy ongoing education, adoption referral and support, earn as you learn programs, STI testing for men and women and natural family planning classes. 

404-763-HELP (4357) English and Spanish | www.pregnancyaidclinic.com 

Northern Clinic | 281 S. Atlanta Street, Roswell, GA 

Southern Clinic |  531 Forest Parkway, Suite 100. Forest Park, GA

Birthright of Atlanta

Pregnancy center offering alternatives to abortion for those facing unexpected or challenging pregnancies by helping find solutions to difficult situations. They provide free pregnancy tests, abortion alternatives, pregnancy counseling, and other services in the greater Atlanta, GA area to help you make a workable plan for the future.

3424 Hardee Avenue | Atlanta, GA 30341
P: 404-796-8761 | 24/7 Helpline: 1-800-550-4900 | www.birthrightofatlanta.com

Post Abortion Healing Retreats

Rachel’s Vineyard

Rachel’s Vineyard weekends for healing after abortion are offered throughout the year in locations across the United States and Canada, with additional sites around the world. Rachel’s Vineyard is a ministry of Priests for Life.
www.rachelsvineyard.org

PATH is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer you a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing.
P. 404-717-5557 | pathjody@gmail.com | www.healingafterabortion.org

recommended Groups

Resources for Grief and Loss

Helpful Websites

For loss of a child, grandchild, or sibling

For suicide loss events and support groups