Marriage & Divorce

Sacred Marriage
by Gary Thomas

His Needs Her Needs
by W. Harley

Love Busters
by W. Harley

Love List
by Les & Leslie Parrott

When two become one
by MCluskey

No More Headaches
by Slattery

The 5 Love Languages
by Chapman

Sex-Starved Marriage
by M. Weiner-Davis

I do Again
by Scruggs

Spiritual Formation

The Grace of God
by Andy Stanley

by Philip Yancy

What’s so Amazing
about Grace
by Philip Yancy

Fresh Faith
by Cymbala

Wild At Heart
by John Elderidge

by Staci Elderidge

Who do you think
you are?
by Mark Driscoll

Not a Fan
by Kyle Idleman

by David Platt

The Circle Maker
by Mark Batterson

Not a Fan
by Kyle Idleman

Emotional Healing

by Henry and Cloud

Beyond Boundaries
by Townsend

Soul Healing Love
by Rodgers

On the Threshold
of Hope
by Diane Langberg

Soul Healing Love
by Rodgers

Daring Greatly
by Brene Brown

Healing is a Choice
by Stephen Arterburn

Addiction & Recovery

Celebrate Recovery

Every Man’s Battle
by Arterburn

Every Woman’s Battle
by Ethridge & Arterburn

When Good Men
are Tempted
by Perkins

Addicted to Love
by Arterburn

Dying for a Drink
by Anderson Spickard

Not my Child
Progressive and
Proactive approach
for Healing Addicted
Teenagers and
their families
by Dr Frank Lawliss


Driven to Distraction
by Edward Hallowell

Transforming the Difficult Child
by Glasser & Easley

The Asperkid’s (Secret) book of Social Rules


Boundaries with Teens
by Townsend

Sacred Parenting
by Gary Thomas

Transforming the Difficult Child
by Glasser & Easley

The Strong Willed Child
by Dr James Dobson

Raising Sons and Loving it
by Oliver


Special Care Series
by D. Manning only purchased at

Thoughts for the Holidays
by D. Manning purchased at

Books of Interest

by Malcolm Gladwell

In the Prescence of My Enemies
by Burnham

Let’s Roll
by Beamer

A Long way gone
by Ishmael Beah

Too Small to Ignore
by Dr Wess Stafford

Sonya's Reading List

What to read when..!

Every month I will feature a new book that I’ve read and recommend. I hope these are as inspiring to you as they have been for me. As I grow this page I will add categories of books for different life issues. Keep coming back for new book ideas.

Switch on your Brain by Dr. Caroline Leaf. I first heard Dr. Leaf at a Christian leadership conference earlier this year presenting her research, which she has now published in her book, Switch on Your Brain. Besides her South African accent that took me back to my roots, I was very impressed with her devout faith and recognition of God’s human design woven through her scientific presentation.

I have read a lot of brain research that bores me and reminds me why I stuck to working with people and not mice, but this book makes sense and it kept my attention. I have started using these techniques, which aren’t revolutionary, but formatted for someone who wants a how to guide of changing their thoughts. It’s cognitive therapy on scriptural steroids.

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Not A Fan by Kyle Idleman. This book has had a lot of exposure over the past few years so you may have already read it. Whether you have read in the past ,or just picking it up for the first time, it is a book worth a reread and can be an inspiration when you feel your spiritual life waning.

It challenges you from the first chapter by asking the question, “Am I a fan or a follower of Jesus?” His writing is frank and honest and may seem radical to our western Christianity, but it should make all of us pause and realign ourselves with God’s description of a Christ follower. If you want to challenge your faith and grow closer to God this is a book I would recommend.

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Daring Greatly by Brene Brown has to be my number one book of the year. I a, still rereading it and making notes. I heard Brene speak at Catalyst and rushed home and watched both of her Ted Talks and started devouring the book.

Yes, this sounds like I am exaggerating or getting a stipend for pushing her book, but I promise I’m not. What she shared in her talks and her books was revolutionary to me. Remember, I’m a therapist, so anytime you talk about vulnerability I want to listen. But Brene had such transparency in her writing that it intrigued me and gave her instant credibility with me. If you want to break down the walls around you and live authentically and genuinely in all your relationships this is a book for you. It is not for the faint-hearted. 

I love this book!

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Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst is a book I came across after hearing her speak at a Christian Leadership Conference. Now, I have learned after many years of attending conferences that I usually buy more books than I can read, and end up wishing I hadn’t wasted the money. So this time, I went against my usual book addiction and said, “no” to one more book.

However, several of the women I knew at the conference were intrigued by her talk and bought several of her books. Little did I know that I would hear about this book from several people over the next year. Something was telling me to read it. Finally, I gave in.  I bought the book, deciding ahead of time, it would be just another women’s book on dieting that would make me feel guilty and defeated. I was wrong! It was refreshing to read a book that said all the things I had been saying in my head for years about weight and health. Lysa is real, vulnerable and hope filled. She takes you on a spiritual journey to the depths of your cravings. It is written for women, but I recommend it for anyone who has struggled with weight loss and wants to deepen their spiritual relationship with God.

Here is one quote from her book: Unsettle me in the best kind of way. For when I allow your touch to reach the deepest parts of me – dark and dingy and hidden away too long – suddenly, a fresh wind of life twists and twirls and dances through my soul.

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The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson is a book that came to me at just the right time. I have read many books on prayer and learned everything from using acrostics to journaling prayers. This was the first time I have ever read about using circles to make requests of God. Sound weird? It’s not.

It’s actually exciting and refreshing. Mark challenges you to be specific and bold in your prayers so that you will know when God has answered them. I love this book. I love the concept. So many times we pray vaguely hoping our prayers will “cover it all” with God and we miss the specific intervention God has just performed for us. Read this one, you won’t be disappointed.

Quote from the book: The greatest moments in life are the miraculous moments when human impotence and divine omnipotence intersect – and they intersect when we draw a circle around the impossible situations in our lives and invite God to intervene.


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