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Books from Stephen Ministries

Stephen Ministries St. Louis develops and publishes books on a variety of topics. These books can be used as caring resources for congregations, equipping tools within your Stephen Ministry and other ministry settings, and references for personal study and growth. Click any book or title to learn more about it.

A set of four short books to send to a grieving person at four crucial times during the first year after a loved one dies. Each book focuses on what the person is likely experiencing at that point in grief—offering understanding, empathy, compassion, and hope.

Empathy is a skill virtually anyone can learn or improve, and The Gift of Empathy empowers readers to do just that. This book takes an in-depth look at how empathy can strengthen relationships and enhance communication, equipping readers with practical insights they can use in all areas of life.


Cancer—Now What? is a book to give to those with cancer and their loved ones, helping them navigate the medical, emotional, relational, and spiritual challenges that cancer brings. This caring, how-to resource, written in a warm, conversational style, provides helpful information, practical ideas, and hope-filled encouragement.

For anyone who has ever felt unsure how to address another person’s suffering, Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart offers practical guidance and common-sense suggestions for how to care and relate in ways that hurting people welcome—while avoiding the pitfalls that can add to their pain.


Christian Caregiving—a Way of Life is an insightful how-to guide for caring and relating in distinctively Christian ways. Readers learn how to rely on God as the Curegiver, open the door to spiritual care, make the best use of the tools of their faith, and more.

In Joy Comes with the Morning, a Care Classic, William Kinnaird shares with readers about his own “dark night of the soul” and reassures them of Christ’s love in the midst of life crises. This new edition provides 42 updated devotions, affirming and encouraging both those going through a time of darkness and those who care for them.


Antagonists in the Church offers essential help for dealing with antagonists—individuals who persistently cause harmful conflict—and for preventing future antagonistic attacks so the church can most effectively carry out its mission. When used with the available Study Guide, this book can become a course or small group study.

Leader Killers applies the principles from Antagonists in the Church to leadership in the business world and social sectors. It provides practical strategies to identify antagonists, deal with them effectively, and create an anti-antagonist culture in the organization, protecting morale and productivity.


Other Books on Effective Caring and Relating