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Books and Curriculum

The resources recommended below are what helped Pam as she walked her journey of recovery from depression, anxiety, etc., to health and wellness. She also includes more recent resources that she has become familiar with since her recovery and that she recommends to individuals she counsels now.


For disordered eating:

Andersen, A., Cohn, L., & Holbrook, T. (2000). Making weight: Men’s conflicts with food, weight, shape & appearance. Carlsbad, CA: Gurze.

Anonymous (1989). Take it off and keep it off: Based on the successful methods of overeaters anonymous. Chicago: Contemporary.

Arterburn, S., & Lamphear, V. (1979, 1980, 1982). Gentle eating workbook. Nashville: Nelson.

Baker, C. (1995). Fed up: college students & eating problems. New York: Bold.

Gaesser, G. A. (2002). Big fat lies: The truth about your weight and your health (Updated ed.). Carlsbad, CA: Gurze.

Gaesser, G. A., & Kratina, K. (2000). Eating well, living well when you can’t diet anymore: A guide to help you reach your personal health goal. Parker, CO: Wheat Foods Council.

Glennon, W. (2000). 200 ways to raise a boy’s emotional intelligence: An indispensable guide for parents, teachers, and other concerned caregivers. Berkeley: Conari.

Greene, B. (2002), Get with the program: Getting real about your health, weight, and emotional well-being. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Hirschmann, J. R., & Munter, C. H. (1988). Overcoming Overeating. New York: Ballantine.

Hirschmann, J. R., & Zaphiropoulos, L. (1993). Preventing childhood eating problems: A practical, positive approach to raising children free of food & weight conflicts. Carlsbad, CA: Gurze.

Homme, M. (1999). Seeing yourself in God’s image: Overcoming anorexia and bulimia. Chattanooga: Turning Point.

McGraw, P. C. (2003). The ultimate weight solution: The 7 keys to weight loss freedom. New York: Free Press.

Minirth, F. B.., Meier, P. D., Hemfelt, R., Sneed, S., & Hawkins, D. (1990). Love hunger: Recovery from food addiction. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Owens (aka, Orgeron), P. K. (2009). Exploration Linking Self-Reported Disordered Eating and Wellness in Undergraduate Health Students. Morehead State University, Morehead, KY (To download PDF file, click here.)

Roth, G. (1984). Breaking free from compulsive eating. New York: Penguin.

Shamblin, G. (2000). Rise above: God can set you free from your weight problems forever. Nashville: Nelson.

Shamblin, G. (1997). The weigh down diet. New York: Doubleday.

Skorusa, J. (2002). Staying healthy God’s way: Unlocking God’s power for health, happiness, & prosperity. Longwood, FL: Xulon.


For codependent relationships:

Beattie, M. (1989). Beyond codependency and getting better all the time. San Francisco: Harper & Row.

Beattie, M. (1987). Codependent no more. USA: Hazelden.

Springle, P. (1990). Close enough to care, helping a friend or relative overcome codependency. Houston & Dallas, Texas: Rapha & Word.


For self-esteem/self-worth problems:

Baldwin, S. C. (1989). If I’m created in God’s image why does it hurt to look in the mirror?: A true view of you. Lynnwood, WA: Aglow.

McGee, R. S. (1998). The search for significance. Dallas: Word.

Minirth, F. B., & Meier, P. D. (1994). Happiness is a choice: The symptoms, causes, and cures of depression (2nd ed.). Grand Rapids: Baker.

Omartian, S. (1991). A step in the right direction: Your guide to inner happiness. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Stanley, C. (1999). Our unmet needs. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Warren, N. C. (1997). Finding contentment. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.


For recovery from sexual abuse, alcoholic parents, & other dysfunctional families:

Allender, D. B. (1990). The wounded heart: Hope for adult victims of childhood sexual abuse. Colorado Springs: NavPress.

Arterburn, S., & Felton, J. (1991/1992). Faith that hurts faith that heals: Understanding the fine line between healthy faith & spiritual abuse. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Carnes, P. (1993). A gentle path through the twelve steps (2nd ed.). Minneapolis: CompCare.

Frank, J. (1987). A door of hope: Recognizing & resolving the pains of your past. San Bernardino, CA: Here’s Life.

Hemfelt, R., Minirth, F., & Meier, P. (1989). Love is a choice: Recovery for codependent relationships. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Middleton-Moz, J., & Dwinell, L. (1986). After the tears: Reclaiming the personal losses of childhood. Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications.


For overcoming sexual/relationship inhibitions:

Arterburn, S. (1992). Hand-me-down genes and second-hand emotions. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Donovan, M. E., & Ryan, W. P. (1989). Love blocks: Breaking the patterns that undermine relationships. New York: Penguin.

LaHaye, T. & B. (1976). The act of marriage: The beauty of sexual love. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

McGee, R. S., Graddock, J., & Springle, P. (1990). Your parents and you: How our parents shape our self-concept, our perception of God and our relationships with others. USA: Rapha & Word.


For wives (women's issues, autobiographies of survivors, etc.):

Horton, M., & Byrd, W. (1984). Keeping your balance: A woman’s guide to physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Dallas: Word.

Leman, K. (1987). Women who try too hard: Breaking the pleaser habits. Grand Rapids: Fleming H. Revell.

Norwood, R. (1985). Women who love too much: When you keep wishing and hoping he’ll change. New York: Pocket/St. Martin’s.

Omartian, S. (1986). Stormie. Eugene, OR: Harvest House.

Omartian, S. (1997). The power of a praying wife. Eugene, OR: Harvest House.

Tirabassi, B. (1997). Let faith change your life. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Walsh, S. (1996). Honestly. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Recommended Resources to Overcome Disordered Eating


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