Towards Peace

Safe spaces to connect with your own spirituality, with your sense of God and your journey Towards Peace

A selection of books that can be ordered, for anyone seeking to understand the complexity of the spiritual impact of abuse by clergy/religious, and the role that spirituality can play in healing from trauma.

Spiritual Healing after Clergy/Religious Abuse

Grant, R. Healing the Soul of the Church: Ministers facing their own childhood abuse and trauma.  Click here (Grant’s website) or here (Amazon) for information about how to order this book.

McMackin, Keane & Kline (2009) Understanding the Impact of Clergy Sexual Abuse: Betrayal and recovery. Oxon (England), USA & Canada: Routledge.

  • Recommended chapter: ‘Problem and Solution: The spiritual dimension of clergy sexual abuse and its impact on survivors’ by Pargament, Murray-Swank & Mahoney.

Rauche, M. (2009) Healing the Soul after Religious Abuse: The Dark Heaven of Recovery. Wesport, CT: Praeger.

Sanderson, C. (2013) The Spirit Within: A One in Four handbook to aid recovery from religious sexual abuse across all faiths. Catford (England): One in Four.

Trauma & Grief

Dass-Brailsford, P. (2007) A Practical Approach to Trauma: Empowering Interventions. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Herman, J. (1997) Trauma and Recovery: The aftermath of violence – from domestic abuse to political terror. New York: Basic.

Kirmayer, L.J., R. Lemelson & M. Barad (2007) Understanding trauma: Integrating Biological, Clinical, and Cultural Perspectives. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Mitchell, K.R. & H.E. Anderson (1983) All of our losses, all of our griefs: Resources for pastoral care. Philadelphia, PA: The Westminster Press.

Worden, J.M. (1991) Grief counselling and grief therapy: A handbook for mental health practitioners (Second Edition). London: Routledge.

Interdisciplinary Understanding: Psychology, Spirituality, Theology & Sociology

Crisp, B. (2010) Spirituality and Social Work. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing.

Graham, L.K. (1992) Care of persons, care of worlds: A Psychosystems approach to Pastoral Care and Counseling. Nashville: Abingdon.

Griffith, J.L. & M.E. Griffith (2002) Encountering the sacred in psychotherapy: How to talk with people about their spiritual lives. New York: The Guilford Press.

Kalsched, D. (2012) Trauma and the Soul: A psycho-spiritual approach to human development and its interruption. Routledge.

Pargament, K. (1997) The Psychology of Religion and Coping: Theory, Research, Practice. New York: The Guildford Press.

Rambo, S. (2017) Resurrecting Wounds: Living in the Afterlife of Trauma. Texas: Baylor University Press.

Rambo, S. (2010) Spirit and Trauma: A theology of remaining. Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press.

Rizzuto, A. (1979) The birth of a living God: A psychoanalytic study. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago.

Swinton, J. (2001) Spirituality and Mental Health Care: Rediscovering a ‘forgotten’ dimension. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Walker, Courtois & Aten (2014) Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapy for Trauma. APA.

Post-Traumatic Growth

Grant, R. The Way of the Wound: A spirituality of trauma and transformation.  Click here (Grant’s website) or here (Amazon) for information about how to order this book.

Grant, R. Growth through Adversity: Coming out the other side of illness, trauma and loss.  Click here (Grant’s website) for information about how to order this book.

Janoff-Bulman, R. (1992) Shattered assumptions: Toward a new psychology of trauma. New York: The Free Press.

Joseph, S. (2011) What doesn’t kill us: The new psychology of post traumatic growth. New York: Basic Books.

Tedeschi, R.G. and L.G. Calhoun (1995) Trauma and Transformation: Growing in the Aftermath of Suffering. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Werdel, M.B. & R.J. Wicks (2012) An introduction and guide: Primer on posttraumtic growth. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


Exploring a Theology of Safeguarding Children 

A compendium of Views written on behalf of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland 2022

 Michael Drennan SJ (2021) See God Act – The Ministry of Spiritual Direction   Messenger Publications