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by Sylvia B. Bodell

Looking for a good summer read? Here’s what on the nightstands of our team

It's July. Time for outdoor grilling and lazy days. Summer is also a good time to grab a book whether you're headed to the mountains, beach or your favorite chair. Here are some good reads from our therapists - some for fun, clinical growth and spiritual growth. There are book recommendations for parents, children and teens, too. Get some insight into what inspires our team.

Tabitha Corbin, LCSW
Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown
"This was just healing to my heart, validating to my own emotional reactions and helpful as I engage with others," said Tabitha. "I just completed this – absolutely love it!"

Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents by Lindsay Gibson
"This is helpful for understanding attachment wounds and is for clinical growth," added Tabitha.

Habits of the Household: practicing the story of God in everyday family rhythms by Justin Whitmel Earley.
"Reading this to find the best ways to engage spiritually with my little girls."

Robin Howard, LPC
When Rabbit Howls by Truddi Chase
"This is a woman who suffered extreme abuse and 92 different personalities, and her autobiographical story," said Robin.

What My Bones Know by Stephanie Foo
"This is a story of overcoming complex trauma," added Robin.

The Blue Hills of God by Kreis Beall
"This is the co-founder of Blackberry Farm in Tennessee and her biography – it’s so good," said Robin.

Dr. Nathaniel Strenger
Reclaiming Conversation – the Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle
"Dr. Turkle is a licensed psychologist, author and faculty member at MIT. She studies the neurosocial impact of the tech boom and the rise of social media," said Dr. Strenger.

Gina Rees, LCSW
The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell
"It’s a good mystery with unexpected twists and turns," commented Gina.

Remember. The science of memory and the art of forgetting by Lisa Genova

Take What You Can Carry by Gian Sardar

Mara Estrada-Doster, LPC
Is God a Moral Monster? by Paul Copan and Simply Christian by N.T. Wright
"I'm currently reading more theology books than mental health books," said Mara. "But I have these mental health books on my list to read next."

  • Brainstorm by Dan Siegel
  • The Heart of Trauma by Bonnie Badenoch
  • The Soul of Desire by Curt Thompson

Nicole Everitt, LPC-S
Just Enough Light for the Step I'm On by Stormie O'Martian
"This is one of my books I am re-reading right now and it's a favorite," said Nikki. "I also love the series called If I Run by Terri Blackstock.

"Creative Correction by Lisa Whelchel is a book I suggest to parents having a hard time with discipline."

Alicia Villa, LPC-Associate
"Here are books I have really enjoyed and found to be educational and inspiring," said Alicia.

For parents:

  • Raising Good Humans by Hunter Clarke-Fields and Carla Naumburg

For children:

  • Breathing Makes It Better: A Book for Sad Days, Mad Days, Glad Days, and All the Feelings In-Between by Christopher Willard and Wendy O'Leary
  • The Big Feelings Book for Children: Mindfulness Moments to Manage Anger, Excitement, Anxiety, and Sadness by Sharon Selby

Audrey Hart, Practicum Student
Parenting from the Inside Out and The Whole-Brain Child by Dan Siegel
"I recommend these books for parents because he gives great insight into how to understand your child developmentally," said Audrey.

Try Softer by Aundi Kobler
This is a great mental health book addressing trauma and self-compassion towards ourselves.

Laurie Kendig, LCSW
Soda Pop Head and Wilma Jean the Worry Machine by Julia Cook
"These are two favorites that use fun characters and great illustrations to teach kids about managing anger and anxiety for kids in grades K-5," shared Laurie.

"For parents I often recommend Boundaries with Your Kids and Boundaries with Your Teens, both by Henry Cloud and John Townsend.

Codependent No More by Melody Beattie.
This tackles codependency and how to stop the cycle for adults.

Rachel James, LPC-RPT
Playful Parenting by Lawrence Cohen
"This books helps parents connect with their young kids through play," said Rachel.

Have a New Kid by Friday by Kevin Leman
Focuses on understanding behavior and connecting with your child.

Out of Sync Child by Carol Kranowitz
Helping your kid deal with their sensory processing disorder.

For children:
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Gary Rubinstein
How perfectionism is unachievable and learning to be imperfectly happy.

Have a favorite book? Please share and tell us why at

Happy reading!