LIBRARY: Books That Helped Me Grow


I KNOW, I was set Free!

Knowledge of God and His love for all His creation sent His Son to die for all humanity. Our need for one another is more significant than we believed from our ancestors that war is won by hate and bloodshed. War is won through knowledge, humility, mercy, grace, compassion, and God’s perfect love.

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Proverbs 1: 3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, and equity; 4 To give stability to the straightforward, knowledge and discretion. 5 A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: 6 To understand a proverb, the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. 7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.  

Proverbs 1:3-8

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When the Past is Present by David Richo PhD

Church History, Volume Two by John D. Woodbridge, Frank A. James lll

Our Mothers, Ourselves by Henry Cloud, John Townsend

Addiction, Attachment, Trauma, and Recovery by Oliver J. Morgan

Books That Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life by Rufus J. Fears

The Road Back to Me by Lisa A. Romano

The Codependency Manifesto, Lisa A. Romano, 2020

The Reason For God, Timothy Keller 2008

The Emotionally Destructive Marriage by Leslie Vernick

The Self-Driven Child by Ned Johnson, William Stixrud PhD

The Soul of Shame by Curt Thompson

The Mindful Therapist by Daniel J. Siegel

James W. C. Pennington

James Pennington is my favorite Teacher of all time. When I read his harrowing story about his quest for Freedom and his letter to his former slave master, I was torn by the idea that I too and others of minority decent were and are being cheated from receiving an education.

(Paraphrased) “I can forgive you for what you have done to my family and myself, however, what I cannot forgive is that you stole my education.

The Fugitive Blacksmith by James W.C Pennington

American to the Backbone, the Life of James W. C. Pennington by Christopher L. Webber, 2011

One day I had to give a presentation in my communication class. I had no idea what I would talk about until the night before. So I looked through my bookshelf and saw the book that saved my life. It was called Free Indeed. One young African American student sat in the back row; he did not know me personally, nor had we ever had any conversations. I was much older than everyone in the class, including my Professor. So when I stood in front and gave my presentation, I started with the introduction, “Black History, and the man who saved my life.” The young man had no interest in the class; he was an athlete, and the course was required. However, when he heard me begin to speak, he moved from the back to the front row, giving his undivided attention to an older white/Hispanic woman.
I began with the statement that I was not African American; however, I felt like my life was similar to slavery before reading the story about James Pennington. I shared my upbringing as being conditioned by my caretakers to be a maid from a very young age, and education was never a priority. I also shared that my husband at the time would not allow me to return to school to further my education, nor was he supportive of my youngest daughter’s desire to go to college and pursue her education. I told the class I was the sole supporter of my family, but I was not allowed to handle the finances; I was lucky to have a few dollars on hand. However, one day a friend of mine invited me to go with her to the bookstore. While she bought a particular book, I stood before the store to wait for her. I didn’t have much cash on me but a couple of dollars. As I looked around, I noticed a book called Free Indeed in a bin full of older books on sale for .99cents. God placed that book before me because my deepest desire was to return to school. After buying the book, I hid it in my purse and read it when my ex-husband was not around. I cried after reading the letter James wrote to his ex-slave master about stealing the one thing every child deserved: the right to have an education. I shared with the class how James gave me the courage to fight for my children’s education and mine. I shared that no matter how ignorant I felt standing before the class gave this presentation, I would persevere no matter who my adversaries were. The young man in the front row stared at me with tears. He asked me where he could buy this book. I gave to him and told him never to forget where his roots came from and to live a life worthy of his ancestors who fought for his Freedom.

A Survey of the Old Testament by Andrew E. Hill, John H. Walton

The New Testament by Bart D. Ehrman

Apologetics at the Cross by Josh Chatraw, Mark D. Allen

Universe Next Door by James W. Sire

The Lost World of the Flood by Tremper Longman lll, John H. Walton

The Theology of Biblical Counseling by Heath Lambert

Codependent No More by Melody Beattie

Necessary Endings, Henry Cloud 2010

The Power of the Other, Henry Cloud 2016

Changes That Heal, Henry Cloud 2002

The Codependent Therapy: Recovery Guide to Relationship Codependency, Melody Cloud, Henry Beattie 2019

Anatomy of the Soul by Curt Thompson MD

Daring Greatly by Brene’ Brown

Rising Strong, Brene’ Brown Ph.D, 2015

Emotional Intellegence: How to Use Nonviolent Communication by Avery Wright

Psychology of Human Behavior by Avery Wright

The Neuroscience of Change by Kelly McGonigal

Rewire Your Anxious Brain by Catherine M. Pittman PhD, Eliabeth M..

Boosting Your Emotional Intelligence by Jason M. Satterfield, Children’s Books

Boundaries, Updated and Expanded Edition by John Townsend, Henry Cloud

Children’s Books by Lisa Rene Delgado (You would have copy link to your browser:

How People Grow By Henry Cloud, John Townsend, 2001

People Fuel, by John Townsend 2019

Beyond Boundaries, John Townsend 2011

Never Go Back, Henry Cloud 2014

Safe People: How to Find Relationships That Are Good for You, Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend, 2009

Boundaries In Dating,Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend 2000

Never Go Back, Henry Cloud, 2014

When to Walk Away: Finding Freedom from Toxic People, Gary Thomas, 2019

The Body Keeps Score By Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D. 2015

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy by David Clark

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Neuro Tribes, The Legacy of Autism, and the Future of Neurodiversity, by Steven Silberman, 2016

The Reason I Jump By Naoki Higashida, 2016

Mindsight by Daniel J. Seigel

Parenting From the Inside Out by Daniel J. Siegal, Mary Hartzell 2013

The Whole- Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegal M. D, Tina Payne Bryson 2012

How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen by Joanna Faber, Julie King, 2017

How to Keep Your Brain Young by H. Norman Wright

Recovering from Losses in Life by H. Norman Wright

The Complete Guide to Crisis & Trauma Counseling, H. Norman Wright, 2019

A Theology of Biblical Counseling, Heath Lambert, 2017

The Rewired Brain, Free Yourself of Negative Behaviors and Release Your Best Self, 2016, Dr. SKI CHILTON, Dr. Margaret Rukstalis, A.J. Gregory

Embracing the Shadow, David Richo 2018

The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle 2000

Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception, Peter M. Vishton, The Great Courses

EMDR, Francine Shapiro, Margot Silk Forrest, 2020

The Entitlement Cure, Dr. John Townsend, 2015

No More Faking Fine, Esther Fleece, Louie Giglio, 2017

The Yes Brain, Daniel Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson, 2018

It’s Not My Fault, Henry Cloud, John Townsend, 2010

Grace for the Afflicted, Matthew S. Stanford 2017

Forgiving What You Can’t Forget, Lysa TerKeurst, 2020

9 Things You Simply Must Do to Succeed in Love and Life, Henry Cloud, 2022

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12 Christian Beliefs That Can Drive You Crazy, Henry Cloud, John Townsend, 2009

Univited, Lysa TerKeurst, 2022

Narcisstic Abuse, Debbie Brain 2019

Behavioral Therapy, Christopher Rance 2020

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The Lost Art of Listening, Second Edition, 2016

13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do, Amy Morin 2017

Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview, J.P. Moreland, William Lane Craig, (2017)

Defending Your Faith, R.C Sproul 2008

Systematic Theology, John Frame 2019

Resilient, Rick Hanson Ph.D, Forrest Hanson 2018

Biology of Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality by Robert Sapolsky, The Great Courses

Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela 1995

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou 1969

Why You Are Who You Are, by Mark Leary: The Great Courses

Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, by Mark Leary: The Great Courses

The Addictive Brain, by Thad A. Polk: The Great Courses

The Power of Self Compassion, Laurie. J. Cameron, 2020

Nueroscience of Every Day Life, The Great Courses

Mind-Body Medicine, Jason M. Satterfield: The Great Courses

The Science of Mindfulness, Ronald Sieglel: The Great Courses

The New Testament, Bart D. Ehrman: The Great Courses

Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking, Steven Novella, The Great Courses

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Jason M. Satterfield: The Great Courses

Finding God by Larry Crabb,1993


I don’t recommend using these as weapons. I use these to help me grow.

I love this ladies, Dr. Ramani, and Lisa Romano; talk about TRUTH TELLING! I’ve watch all their videos as well for breaking the cycle of codependency.

Again, every video shared here has given me hope, and encouragement. I hope you watch them for healing YOURSELF.

My Favorite Podcast

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I listen to Jack Graham’s Bible in a Year everyday. I love how he makes the stories come to life, in our time. I see God has a Mighty Just God, and Father who dearly loves us, provides, and protects us. I listened from the Beginning. I hope you do too!

The very first book I read was the Emotionally Destructive Marriage; I sat in my car for an hour and cried uncontrollably. Leslie continues helping me grow since.

Dr. Phil is the tough guy who can rock you right out of your complacency! I need someone like him to get me off my butt!

Lysa and I have so much in common, she gave me hope when my hope was gone. I hope she encourages you as well.

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