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 ( 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.