Building a Support Group Library

I have a small library for my evening support group and a large library available to my daytime group because it is at my office. For my evening group, I just usually put the books out in the middle of the tables (in between all the snacks!) and people can check out anything they want. I have cassette tapes of books and also soothing music. I have found a very nice CD of scriptures read aloud to quiet background music. It is called “Believe and Speak” available from Trinity House Publishing, P.O. Box 6582, Lubbock, TX 79493.

For a list of suggested reading on healing, illness and suffering click here.

Also please contact Dave Dravecky’s Outreach of Hope (www.OutreachOfHope.org) for some of their excellent, FREE books and resources to help you start a patient library.

I read or at least really skim everything I put in the library, especially books people want to donate, because I don’t want to have material which does not agree with what I believe is biblical theology or espouses the ever-popular New Age theology.

Here’s a list of all inspirational and humor books in my Patient Library at the office. (I also have selections for cancer education, nutrition and grief.)

Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook — Mathuna & Larimore, Drs.
Angels — Graham, Billy
Be Anxious for Nothing — Meyer, Joyce
Believe in Miracles, but Trust in Jesus — Rogers, Adrian
Bend in the Road — Jeremiah, David
Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend — Copen, Lisa
Blessings of Brokenness, The — Stanley, Charles
Boundaries — Cloud & Townsend Drs.
Breast Cancer Be-Attitudes — Baker, Sylvia Morgan
Breast Cancer Survivors’ Club — Shockney, Lillie
Can I Still Kiss You? — Russell, Neil
Cancer Conqueror, The — Anderson, Greg
Cancer Has Its Privileges — Clifford, Christine
Cancer Lives at Our House — Hoek, Beatrice
Cancer: A Medical & Spiritual Guide for Patients & Families — McDermott, Gerald & Fintel, William
Caregiver’s Survival Guide, A — Strom, Kay Marshall
Chicken Soup for the Christian Family Soul — Canfield, Jack
Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul — Canfield, Jack
Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul — Canfield, Jack
Comeback — Dravecky, Dave
Conquering Depression — Sutton & Hennigan
Coping with Cancer — Packo, John
Damaged but Not Broken — Burkett, Larry
Dear God, It’s Cancer — Fintel & McDermott, Drs.
Death and the Life Thereafter — Graham, Billy
Disappointment with God — Yancey, Philip
Do Not Lose Heart — Dravecky, Dave & Jan
Facing Cancer Together — Brown, Pamela
Faith Factor, The — Matthews, Dale Dr.
Finding the Light in Cancer’s Shadow — Eib, Lynn
For These Tough Times — Lucado, Max
Gentle Thunder, A — Lucado, Max
Getting Better, Not Bitter — Ladun, Brenda
Gift of Mourning Glories — Shaffer, Gloria
God of All Comfort — Gann, Judy
God You’re Looking For, The — Hybels, Bill
God, Medicine & Miracles — Fountain, Daniel
God’s Answers to Life’s Difficult Questions — Warren, Rick
God’s Most Precious Jewels are Crystallized Tears — Johonson, Barbara
God’s Power to Change Your Life — Warren, Rick
Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for people facing serious illness — Lynn & Harrold Drs.
He Cares New Testament with Psalms & Proverbs — Eib, Lynn
He Still Moves Stones — Lucado, Max
Healing — MacNutt, Francis
Healing Power of a Christian Mind — Backus, William Dr.
Healing Power of Prayer, The — Tolson & Koenig
Heaven — Alcorn, Randy
Heaven for Kids — Alcorn, Randy
Help Me I’m Depressed — Meyer, Joyce
Help Me I’m Stressed — Meyer, Joyce
Help Me I’m Worried — Meyer, Joyce
Holy Hilarity — Samra, Cal and Rose
Hope Again — Swindoll, Charles
Hope in the Face of Cancer — Givler, Amy
How to Help a Heartbroken Friend — Biebel, David Dr.
If God is So Good, Why Do I Hurt So Bad? — Biebel, David
Invisible Hand: Do all things really work together for good? — Sproul, R.C.
Journey Home — Bright, Bill
Journey into Day: Meditations for new cancer patients — Freeman, Rusty
Joy I’d Never Known, A — Dravecky, Jan
Life is Tough, But God is Faithful — Walsh, Shelia
Live Long and Die Laughing — Lowry, Mark
Mending Your Heart in a Broken World — Clairmont, Patsy
Mere Christianity — Lewis, C.S.
Mosaic Moments: Devotions for the Chronically Ill — Copen, Lisa
New Light on Depression — Koenig, Harold & Biebel, David
Ordinary People, Extraordinary Faith — Eareckson-Tada, Joni
Path through Suffering, A — Elliot, Elisabeth
Prayer Guide for the Broken-Hearted — Hammond, Michelle
Prayers Against Depression — Martin, Lance
Praying Through Cancer — Geist & Sorenson
Problem of Pain, The — Lewis, C.S.
Profiles of Courage — Dravecky, Dave & Jan
Purpose Driven Life, The — Warren, Rick
Quiet Knowing, A — Graham-Tchividjian, Gigi
Sky Edge: Mountaintop Meditations — Keller, W. Phillip
Someday Heaven — Libby, Larry
Spiritual Journey through Breast Cancer, A — Asti, Judy
Spirituality in Patient Care — Koenig, Harold
Splashes of Joy/Stick a Geranium — Johnson, Barbara
Stand by Me — Dravecky, Dave & Jan
Stick a Geranium in Your Cranium — Johnson, Barbara
Telling Yourself the Truth — Backus, William
There’s No Place Like Hope — Girard, Vickie
Twenty-third Psalm for Caregivers — Leal, Carmen
Twenty-two Non-Negotiable Laws of Wellness — Anderson, Greg
What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Say — Froehlich, Mary Ann
When a Patient Has Cancer — Harpham, Dr. Wendy
When God & Cancer Meet — Eib, Lynn
When God Doesn’t Answer Your Prayer — Sittser, Jerry
When God Doesn’t Heal Now — Keefauver, Larry
When God Doesn’t Make Sense — Dobson, James
When God Says No — Anderson, Leith
When God Weeps — Eareckson Tada, Joni
When God Whispers Your Name — Lucado, Max
When Life Becomes Precious — Babcock, Elsie
When Life Hurts — Yancey, Philip
When Someone You Love is Dying — Clark, David
When Tragedy Strikes — Stanley, Charles
When You Can’t Come Back — Dravecky, Dave
Where Is God When Bad Things Happen? — Palau, Luis
Where is God When It Hurts? — Yancey, Philip
Why? — Lotz, Anne Graham
Why Can’t I Make People Understand? — Copen, Lisa
Why God? — Swindoll, Charles
Will God Heal Me? — Dunn, Ron
With Healing Wings — Maurer, Marsha
You Gotta Keep Dancin’ — Hansel, Tim

I also have a few tapes, and my three favorites are:
Believe and Speak: 300 Confessions of Faith from the Word of God, Trinity House Publishing
The Healing Word of God: Prayer, Thanksgiving & Praise, Thomas Nelson Inc.
The Healing Word of God: Comfort, Peace & Hope, Thomas Nelson Inc.