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Other Books on Effective Caring and Relating

Note: Several of the books listed here are part of the Stephen Ministries Care Classic® series—highly esteemed and well-loved books on Christian caring and relating that were previously out of print. Stephen Ministries has republished each as a Care Classic® for the benefit of this and future generations.

Caring for Those Who Are Hurting

Books to Read—and to Share

  • ReCreatable: How God Heals the Brokenness of Life—reminds us that in Christ we have redemption, but sometimes our lives and relationships still reflect our own brokenness more than God’s glory. In ReCreatable, author and pastor Kevin Scott guides us in finding Christ’s healing for our brokenness, as we accept the invitation to become more fully mature human beings—people who reflect God’s glory in faith, hope, and love. This spiritual growth resource is great for personal or group study. Each chapter includes questions for personal reflection, ideas for next steps, and a small group discussion guide.

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  • The Promise of Hope: Coping When Life Caves In—offers a message of encouragement to those who are struggling with life’s difficulties. From the depths of his own brokenness, author William Kinnaird assures readers that, no matter how lonely they feel or how deeply they grieve, they never walk alone: God is always there beside them. The author combines teachings from the Bible, his personal experience, and the thinking of great teachers such as C.S. Lewis and Paul Tournier to express powerful Christian truths. A Care Classic®.

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  • Joy Comes with the Morning: The Positive Power of Christian Encouragement—affirms and encourages those who are facing a life crisis and those who are called to care. Author William Kinnaird confesses his “dark night of the soul,” embraces readers who may be facing times of darkness themselves, and reassures them that Christ’s love is present with them in their experience. He also shows readers how they can become a source of hope and encouragement for others. A Care Classic®.

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  • Yes, Lord—charts author Dona Hoffman’s journey through cancer as she struggled with her intense desire to live and her dread over getting well only to die another day. The compassion and encouragement of her loved ones helped her to continue to seek God—“Yes, Lord” became her faithful response to the agony of pain, fear, and despair. In this deeply moving collection of poetry, journal entries, and letters, Dona’s honesty, courage, love, faith, and humor encourage both those who suffer and those who provide care. A Care Classic®.

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  • Cries of Faith, Songs of Hope: Prayers for the Times of Our Life—collects prayers addressing many different kinds of needs; each prayer is accompanied by a short story, a reflection, a Scripture passage, or a hymn stanza to clarify its meaning. Author John Gugel draws on his experiences of caring as a pastor and of battling Parkinson’s disease. The book includes prayers for Christians during tough times, reflecting the Biblical psalms of lament, as well as prayers giving voice to longings and uncertainties from deep within the heart.

 

A Book to Guide Your Care

  • The Quest for Quality Caring: Improve Your Ability to Relate to Others—weaves the basic principles of lasting, caring relationships into a delightful story about a koala bear’s personal quest to discover the meaning of “koala-ty” care. As the koala takes his worldwide trek, author Kenneth C. Haugk lays out 23 characteristics of quality caring and identifies 8 behaviors that are the opposite of caring. Enjoyable reading with an enriching purpose, this book is suitable for anyone from older elementary school readers to adults.

 

Sharing Your Faith

  • Me, an Evangelist? Every Christian’s Guide to Caring Evangelism—presents an engaging story about a reluctant evangelist while exploring the principles and practices of sharing our faith in daily life. Author Bill McKay teaches Christians how to express God's Good News in ways that others welcome. Biblical and practical, this book shows how to joyfully, comfortably, and naturally live and share the love of Jesus with others.

    The book is also used in the Caring Evangelism course.

 

Relating to Inactive Members

 

Relating Assertively

  • Caring Criticism: Building Bridges Instead of Walls—meets a challenging topic head on: giving and receiving criticism. Combining Christian love and Biblical principles, pastor and psychologist William Diehm shares practical, down-to-earth advice on how to offer criticism in ways that are helpful and non-threatening, how to receive criticism without taking offense or feeling crushed, and how to respond positively to criticism. A Care Classic®.

    This book makes a natural follow-up to Speaking the Truth in Love.