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Best Books for Healing from Domestic Abuse: 10 Expert Picks

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A top 10 list of books for healing from domestic abuse. Begin your domestic violence recovery with Wind Haven's recommended reading list.

Take off on a peaceful journey of healing and recovery. Create a setting that exudes tranquility and comfort, allowing you to embark on a path of self-discovery. This list of top 10 books for healing from domestic abuse provides a jumping-off point. These books have been reviewed and used by our advocacy staff and survivors, and have been highly beneficial for healing and recovery.

#1 Book for Healing from Domestic Abuse

I was sexually, mentally, emotionally, and verbally abused by my father as far back as I can remember until I left home at the age of 18. He did many terrible things…some of which are too distasteful for me to talk about publicly. But I want to share my testimony because so many people have been hurt, and they need to realize that someone has made it through their struggles so they can have hope.– Joyce Meyer

Healing the Soul of a Woman: How to Overcome Your Emotional Wounds

Healing the Soul of A Woman: How to Overcome Your Emotional Wounds

Internationally renowned Bible teacher Joyce Meyer draws on her own history of healing from domestic abuse to show women how Christ’s redeeming love heals emotional wounds and brings joy to life.

#2 Book for Healing from Domestic Abuse

During my childhood, I was abused sexually, emotionally, verbally, and physically. Many of you have also been abused, or you deal with someone in your life who comes from an abusive background.– Joyce Meyer

Beauty for Ashes: Receiving Emotional Healing

Learn how God’s grace can help you heal from domestic abuse and emotional wounds in this spiritually uplifting guide to living a beautiful, healing, and fulfilling life.

#3 Book for Healing from Domestic Abuse

New York Times best-selling author, columnist for The Washington Post, speaker on work/family balance, domestic violence survivor, and successful corporate executive, Leslie Morgan Steiner breaks the silence on abuse and domestic violence.

Crazy Love

At 22, Leslie Morgan Steiner seemed to have it all: good looks, a Harvard diploma, a glamorous job in New York City. Plus a handsome, funny boyfriend who adored her. But behind her fa ade of success, this golden girl hid a dark secret. She’d made a mistake shared by millions: she fell in love with the wrong person.

#4 Book for Healing from Domestic Abuse

Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend explain how to set healthy boundaries with our parents, spouses, children, friends, co-workers, and even ourselves. (Read the article What Are Healthy Boundaries? to learn more.) 

Boundaries: When to Say YES, When to Say NO, To Take Control of Your Life

Do you feel like your life has spiraled out of control? Have you focused so much on being loving and unselfish that you’ve forgotten your own limits? Do you find yourself taking responsibility for other people’s feelings and problems? In Boundaries, Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend share the lessons they’ve learned in their years of practicing psychology and studying the patterns and practices that support clear biblical boundaries. You’ll learn the ins and outs of setting the boundaries that will transform your daily life.

#5 Book for Healing from Domestic Abuse

Domestic violence survivors, advocates, and DV ministers, Steph & Sarah Grace, share the insights they’ve learned throughout their healing from domestic abuse on recognizing the red flags of unhealthy and abusive relationships, as well as the green flags for a healthy one.

Relationship Detox: Before You Date Again: Red Flags vs Green Flags

Relationship Detox: Before Your Date Again - Red Flags & Green Flags Devotional

In every relationship, it’s essential to pay attention to the signs that guide us toward a healthy and lasting connection. Our devotional provides valuable insights into the dynamics of relationships, offering a biblical perspective on identifying potential challenges and positive indicators.

#6 Book for Healing from Domestic Abuse

I’ve been where you are. I care deeply about the women we serve because I know firsthand what it’s like to be in a difficult and destructive relationship.– Leslie Vernick

The Emotionally Destructive Marriage: How to Find Your Voice and Reclaim Your Hope

Something Has to Change… You can’t put it into words, but something is happening to you. Your stomach churns, your heart aches, and the tension in your marriage is making you feel weary and a little crazy. The constant criticism, disrespect, cruelty, deceit, and gross indifference are eroding your confidence and breaking your spirit. For any woman caught in an emotionally destructive marriage, Leslie Vernick offers a personalized path forward.

#7 Book for Healing from Domestic Abuse

I’ve been where you are. I care deeply about the women we serve because I know firsthand what it’s like to be in a difficult and destructive relationship.– Leslie Vernick

The Emotionally Destructive Relationship: Seeing It, Stopping It, Surviving It

Many, including many in the church, have not addressed this form of destruction in families and relationships because it is difficult to talk about. With godly guidance and practical experience, Vernick offers an empathetic approach to recognizing an emotionally destructive relationship and addresses the symptoms and the damage with biblical tools. Readers will understand how to: Reveal behaviors that are meant to control, punish, and hurt. Confront and speak the truth when the timing is right. Determine when to keep trying, and when to get out. Get safe and stay safe. Build an identity in Christ.

#8 Book for Healing from Domestic Abuse

Dr. Henry Cloud and John Townsend are strong proponents of getting connected in good, safe relationships. It is the underlying ingredient of having a healthy, maturing life.

Safe People: How to Find Relationships That Are Good for You and Avoid Those That Aren’t

Safe People will help you discover why good people can get tangled in bad relationships, how to avoid repeating your own mistakes, and how to pick safe, healthy people for the friends you make and the company you keep.

#9 Book for Healing from Domestic Abuse

Are you emotionally healthy? It seems there are a lot of people who aren’t, and I used to be one of them. Because I grew up in a very unstable, angry atmosphere and was abused by my father for years, I became a miserable, angry, controlling adult and didn’t know how to have healthy relationships.– Joyce Meyer

Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind

Break free from patterns of negative thinking with the help of Joyce Meyer’s New York Times bestselling classic, offering readers the chance to change their lives and live freely and confidently in God’s truth. Our outward behavior is only a reflection of our inner thoughts. Broken relationships, harmful habits, and low self-worth do not align with the life God wants for you.

#10 Book for Healing from Domestic Abuse

Dr. John Townsend is a business consultant, leadership coach, and psychologist.  He has written over 30 books, selling 10 million copies, including the New York Times best-selling Boundaries series, Leading from Your Gut, Handling Difficult People, and People Fuel.

Beyond Boundaries: Learning to Trust Again in Relationships

For when your trust has been broken: discover how to set firm boundaries again, how to connect deeply without being hurt, and how to safely grow your most intimate relationships. Painful relationships violate our trust, causing us to close our hearts. But to experience the freedom and love God designed us for, we eventually have to take another risk. In this breakthrough book, bestselling author Dr. John Townsend takes you beyond the pain of the past to discover how to re-enter a life of intimate relationships. 

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