Contributed By: Jené Watson


Bibliotherapy is based on the idea that books can play an important part in helping people to cope with trauma and varied life challenges. What follows are religious and secular titles that can be found in the GCPL catalog. This curated list is intended as literary antidote to the spate of global violence in recent headline news. And, in the spirit of the classic children’s book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, please stay tuned for a future blog post about how to contribute a paper crane to a display at the Peachtree Corners Branch. Click here for the titles below and many more!


About Grief (Marasco and Shuff)

All About Love: Favorite Selections from In the Spirit on Living Fearlessly (Taylor)

Awakening Kindness: Finding Joy Through Compassion for Others (Khechog)

Belonging: A Culture of Place (hooks)

Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer (Angelou)

Christian Mystics: 365 Readings and Meditations (Fox)

Controversy and Hope: The Civil Rights Photographs of James Karales (Cox)

The Creativity Cure : A Do-It-Yourself Prescription for Happiness (Barron)

The Cushion in the Road: Meditation and Wandering as the Whole World Awakens to Being in Harm’s Way (Walker)

Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm (Hanh)
God in Action: How Faith in God Can Address the Challenges of the World (George)

Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society (Hanh)

Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation (Rieder)

Healing Your Grieving Soul: 100 Spiritual Practices for Mourners: Spiritual
Activities to Help You through Your Loss (Wolfelt)

Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers (Lamott)

Hope for Every Moment: 365 Inspirational Thoughts for Every Day of the Year (Jakes)

In a Single Garment of Destiny: A Global Vision of Justice (King)

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust (Ilibagiza)

My Spiritual Journey: Personal Reflections, Teachings and Talks (Dalai Lama)

Notes of a Native Son (Baldwin)

On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes (Horowitz)

One Buddha Is Not Enough: A Story of Collective Awakening (Hanh)

Peace Begins Here: Palestinians and Israelis Listening to Each Other (Hanh)

Profiles in Humanity: The Battle for Peace, Freedom, Equality, and Human Rights (Cohen)

Remnants: A Memoir of Spirit, Activism and Mothering (Harding and Harding)

Stunned By Grief: Remapping Your Life When Loss Changes Everything (Brizendine)

Surviving Survival: The Art and Science of Resilience (Gonzales)

Ten Prayers that Changed the World: Extraordinary Stories of Faith that Shaped the Course of History (Isbouts)

The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World (Tutu and Tutu)

There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem (Dyer)

The Truth About Grief: The Myth of Its Five Stages and the New Science of Loss (Konigsberg)

This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement (Kelen)

To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings (O’Donohue)

To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement (Hunter-Gault)

Visions of a Better World: Howard Thurman’s Pilgrimage to India and the Origins of African American Nonviolence (Dixie and Eisenstadt)

Well Being: The Five Essential Elements (Rath and Harter)

Your Faith Walk: Wisdom and Affirmations on the Path to Personal Power (Editors of Essence)