Books Read


Making a Place for Ourselves: The Black Hospital Movement 1920-1945 by Vanessa Northington Gamble

Yellow Wife: A Novel by Sadeqa Johnson

What the Negro Thinks by Robert R. Moton

Emotional Agility by Susan David

The Human Face of Karate by Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura

Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life by Henri Nouwen

With Open Hands by Henri Nouwen

Falling Out of Grace by Sobonfu Some

The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health by Rheeda Walker

Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington


Knowing Christ Crucified by M. Shawn Copeland

Mandela: An Audio History by Radio Diaries

A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J. Gaines

Black & Buddhist by Pamela Ayo Yetunde and Cheryl Giles

Private Bodies, Public Texts by Karla FC Holloway

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Hunt (Audio)

Grace, Eventually by Anne Lamott

South to America by Imani Perry


Notes on Grief by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Breaking the Chains of Psychological Slavery by Na’im Akbar

Know Thy Self by Na’im Akbar

Light from Ancient Africa by Na’im Akbar

The Community of Self by Na’im Akbar

Tomorrow’s Child by Rubem Alves

The Death of Race by Brian Bantum

Redeeming Mulatto by Brian Bantum

Making a Way Out of No Way by Monica Coleman

Enfleshing Freedom by M. Shawn Copeland

The Isis Papers by Frances Cress Welsing

Sexuality and the Black Church by Kelly Brown Douglas

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

In My Father’s House by Ernest J. Gaines

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines

All About Love by bell hooks

The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James

Bad Blood by James H. Jones

Black Psychology edited by Reginald L. Jones (majority portion)

Terror and Transformation by James W. Jones

The Dance of Intimacy by Harriet Lerner

Understanding an Afrocentric World View by Linda James Myers

Seeking the Sakhu by Wade W. Nobles

The Spirituality of African Peoples by Peter J. Paris

Connected Teaching by Harriet L. Schwartz

Racism and Psychiatry by Alexander Thomas & Samuel Sillen

Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil by Emilie M. Townes

The Psychology of Blacks by Joseph White and Thomas Parham


Survival & Liberation by Carroll Watkins Ali

Our Home Is Over Jordan by Homer C. Ashby, Jr.

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

The Craft of Research by Booth et. al

Liberating Our Dignity, Saving Our Souls by Lee H. Butler, Jr.

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

A Womanist Pastoral Theology Against Intimate and Cultural Violence by Stephanie Crumpton

Pastoral Care and Social Conflict by Pamela Couture and Rodney Hunter

Care for the Mental and Spiritual Health of Black Men by Nicholas Grier

In Living Color by Emmanuel Lartey

Christian Theology in Practice by Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore

Pastoral Care, Health, Healing, and Wholeness in African Contexts (Mucherera & Lartey, eds)

African Psychology by Wade Nobles

Pastoral Care in Context by John Patton

Embodiment and the New Shape of Black Theological Thought by Anthony Pinn

Caring for Souls in a Neoliberal Age by Bruce Rogers-Vaughn

African American Grief by Paul C. Rosenblatt and Beverly R. Wallace

Self, Culture, and Others in Womanist Practical Theology by Phillis Isabella Sheppard

Navigating the Deep River by Archie Smith, Jr.

Raging with Compassion by John Swinton

Disciplines of the Spirit by Howard Thurman

Women, Ethics, and Inequality in U.S. Healthcare by Aana Marie Vigen

Too Heavy A Yoke by Chanequa Walker-Barnes

The Orthodox Way by Bishop Kallistos Ware


Breaking the Chains of Psychological Slavery by Na’im Akbar

Know Thy Self by Na’im Akbar

The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey by Muhammad Ali & Hana Yasmeen Ali

Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer by Maya Angelou

Our Home Is Over Jordan by Homer U. Ashby, Jr.

African American Slave Medicine: Herbal and Non-Herbal Treatments by Herbert C. Covey

Domesticating Organ Transplant: Familial Sacrifice and National Aspiration in Mexico by Megan Crowley-Matoka

Critical Race Theory: An Introduction by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic

What’s Faith Got To Do With It? Black Bodies/Christian Souls by Kelly Brown Douglas

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson

Working Cures: Healing, Health, and Power on Southern Slave Plantations by Sharla M. Fett

Addicted to Christ: Remaking Men in Puerto Rican Pentecostal Drug Ministries by Helena Hansen

Introducing Black Theology of Liberation by Dwight N. Hopkins

Interviewing for Qualitative Inquiry: A Relational Approach by Ruthellen Josselson

In Living Color: An Intercultural Approach to Pastoral Care and Counseling by Emmanuel Y. Lartey

Heavy by Kiese Laymon

The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America by Ethan Michaeli

Introducing Womanist Theology by Stephanie Mitchem

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

The Lost Landscape: A Writer’s Coming of Age by Joyce Carol Oates

Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet Washington

Race Matters by Cornel West

Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment, and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words by David Whyte


The Dream is Freedom by Sarah Azaransky

Humane Insight: Looking at Images of African American Suffering and Death by Courtney R. Baker

The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear by William Barber and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality by Pauline W. Chen

Pastoral Care in Historical Perspective by William A. Clebsch and Charles R. Jaekle

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Black Theology and Black Power by James H. Cone

The Ground Has Shifted: The Future of the Black Church for Post-Racial America by Walter Earl Fluker

A Preface to Pastoral Theology by Seward Hiltner

Passed On: African American Mourning Stories, A Memorial by Karla FC Holloway

Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church by Barbara A. Holmes

Tragic Soul-Life: WEB DuBois and the Moral Crisis Facing American Democracy by Terrance Johnson

Is God A White Racist: A Preamble to Black Theology by William R. Jones

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors

Why We Can’t Wait by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pastoral Theology in An Intercultural World by Emmanuel Lartey

Anger: Discovering Your Spiritual Ally by Andrew D. Lester

Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology by Pamela D. Lightsey

The Racial Contract by Charles Mills

Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins: Learning from the Psychology of Ancient Monks by Dennis Okholm

Balm by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Pastoral Theology and Care: Critical Trajectories in Theory and Practice and by Nancy R. Ramsey

Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform by Tommie Shelby

Lynched: The Power of Memory in a Culture of Terror by Angela D. Sims

The Relational Self: Ethics and Therapy from A Black Church Perspective by Archie Smith, Jr.

A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History by Jeanne Theoharis

Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman

Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil by Emilie M. Townes

Breaking the Fine Rain of Death: African American Health Issues and a Womanist Ethic of Care by Emilie M. Townes

In a Blaze of Glory: Womanist Spirituality As Social Witness by Emilie M. Townes

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael W. Twitty

Too Heavy A Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength by Chanequa Walker-Barnes

Reverend Addie Wyatt: Faith and the Fight for Labor, Gender, and Racial Equality by Marcia Walker-McWilliams

Transforming Our Painful Emotions: Spiritual Resources in Anger, Shame, Grief, Fear, and Loneliness by Evelyn Eaton Whitehead & James D. Whitehead

Pastoral Care in the Black Church by Edward P. Wimberly


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

My Grandfather’s Blessings

The Inward Journey

Men We Reaped

Ancient Laws and Contemporary Controversies

On Christian Doctrine

Biblical Interpretation Then and Now

Natural Symbols

Symbols of the Sacred

The Eclipse of the Biblical Narrative

Truth and Method

Worship as Meaning


Dark Continents

Brain, Symbol, and Experience

Do No Harm

Interpretation Theory

Unformulated Experience

Practicing Safer Texts

Theology of Culture

Liturgy and Hermeneutics

The Gifts of Imperfection

Identity Formation, Agency, and Culture

Pedagogy of the Oppressed

On Critical Pedagogy

Teaching to Transgress

Educating for Redemptive Community

Critical Pedagogy Primer

The Skillful Teacher