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Troubled Minds
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Emotions: Living Life in Colour
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‘A Book of Sparks: a Study in Christian MindFullness’
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Mirror Image
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Praying with the Grain
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Psyche's Exile
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Starting Over
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Coming to Peace With Psychology
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A psychiatrist discovers the life changing power of god
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Finding Hope and Meaning in Suffering
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Beyond Chaotic Eating
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Beyond Singleness
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Beyond The Edge
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Running on Empty
Allie's personal story of how she overcame anorexia and bulimia and her addiction to exercise illustrates clearly how she used food and sport to mask her inner pain. She tells how psychology helped with some of the symptoms More ...
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The path of loneliness
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I want a Christian psychiatrist
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Starved: Mercy for eating disorders
Mercy Ministries have written this book as a unique approach to dealing with the root of many eating disorders. Contains many testimonies and advice on where to go for help. It is part of their 'Mercy for...' series. More ...
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The Pastoral Care of People with Mental Health Problems
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The road less travelled
A new psychology of hope, love and spiritual values. One of the classics. More ...
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Christian Escape from the Jungle of Depression
Reviewed by the counselling team at Bradford Abundant Life Centre as: the best book we have ever read on this subject and would recommend it to sufferers, carers, counsellors, and indeed anyone who wants to understand more about the effects of depresion More ...
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Mercy for eating disorders
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