Here are some books that I have found helpful. I will keep adding to this list. Please comment on what you have been reading and if it is helpful.
Coping with the Emotional Maelstrom – Trauma & Stress
Conquering Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, by Victoria Lemle
Beckner and John B. Arden, Fair Winds Press, 2008.
Dark Nights of the Soul: A Guide to Finding Your Way Through Life’s
Ordeals, by Thomas Moore, Gotham Books, 2004.
Writing to Heal: A Guided Journal for Recovering from Trauma and
Emotional Upheaval,by James W. Pennebaker, New Harbinger
Overcoming Trauma and PTSD, by Sheela Raj, New Harbinger
The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook: A Guide to
Healing, Recovery, and Growth, by Glenn R. Schiraldi, McGraw-Hill,
The PTSD Workbook, by Mary Beth Williams and Soili Poijula,New
Harbinger Publications, 2013.
Wrestling with Responsibility
Fire in the Soul: A New Psychology of Spiritual Optimism, by Joan
Borysenko, Warner Books, 1993. [Also helpful for coping and for
Man’s Search for Meaning, by Victor Frankl, Pocket Books, 1963.
When Bad Things Happen to Good People, by Harold S. Kushner,
Avon Books, 1981.
Imperfect Control: Our Lifelong Struggles with Power and
Surrender, by Judith Viorst, Simon & Schuster, 1999.
Transforming Trauma to Growth
Writing Down your Soul: How to Activate and Listen to the
Extraordinary Voice Within, by Janet Conner, Conari Press, 2009.
What Doesn’t Kill Us: The New Psychology of Posttraumatic
Growth, by Stephen Joseph, Basic Books, 2013.
Living a Life That Matters, by Harold S. Kushner, Anchor Books,
Thriving Through Crisis: Turn Tragedy and Trauma into Growth and
Change, by Bill O’Hanlon, The Berkley Publishing Group, 2004.
Experiences of Other CADI’s
Fatal Moments: The Tragedy of the Accidental Killer, by Gwendolyn
Gilliam and Barbara Chesser, Lexington Books, 1991.
Shattered: A Tragedy of Drinking and Driving, by Dawn Day.
Available as a Kindle e-book on Amazon.com.
The Blessing: A Memoir, by Gregory Orr, Council Oak Books, 2002.
A Podcast with Gregory Orr, who discusses his experience with an accidental shooting: http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2014/09/26/accidental-shooting-orr
Half a Life, by Darin Strauss, McSweeney’s, 2010.
American Wife, by Curtis SIttenfeld, Random House, 2009 [Note that this is a novel, not a memoir, but it’s so well-realized that I include it here]
For Family & Friends
Healing Conversations: What to Say When You Don’t Know What to
Say, by Nance Guilmartin, Jossey-Bass, 2002.
When Someone you Love Suffers from Posttraumatic Stress: What
to Expect and What you can Do, by Claudia Zayfert and Jason
DeViva, The Guilford Press, 2011.
From the Washington Post (October 2, 2009) by Steve Hendrix, With Suicides, Train Engineers Long Haunted by Horror, Helplessness: https://www.pressreader.com/usa/the-washington-post/20091002/282853662000331
After the Crash, by Edward B. Blanchard and Edward J. Hickling,
American Psychological Association, 2003 (Technical, written for a
The Road to Forgiveness, by Bill and Cindy Griffiths. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2010.