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Correctional Chaplaincy Book List

The following is a list of literature recommendations that some of the chaplains have found effective in their correctional ministry.  If you have any other resources that you would like to add, please email the Chaplaincy Department.  Please note that this list has merely been created for your convenience and for ministry ideas.  Although our office would like to be able to supply these resources, we are unable to do so at this time.

For a list of resources for correctional chaplains, click HERE

  • "Prison Ministry: Understanding Prison Culture Inside and Out" by Lennie Spitale
  • "Thinking About Jail and Prison Ministries: A Guide for the Lay Volunteer" by Larry Nielsen
  • "Ministry to the Incarcerated" by Henry G. Covert
  • "When Prisoners Return: Why We Should Care and How You and Your Church Can Help" by Pat Nolan and Chuck Colson
  • "God Behind Bars: The Amazing Story of Prison Fellowship" by John Berry
  • "Staying Well: Strategies for Corrections Staff" by Caterina Spinaris Tudor
  • "Games Criminals Play" by Bud Allen and Diana Bosta
  • "Inside the Criminal Mind" by Dr. Stanton E. Samenow, Ph. D. 
  • "The Crime Victim's book" by Morton Bard and Dawn Sangrey
  • "Woman on Death Row" by Velma Barfield
  • "Effective Jail & Prison Ministry for the 21st Century" by Thomas W. Beckner and Jeff Park
  • "Life Sentence" by Charles W. Colson
  • "Crime Fighter" by Frank Costantino
  • "Governing Prisons" by John J. Dilulio, Jr. 
  • "Death Row Chaplain" by Byron Eshelman and Frank Riley
  • "Good News About Injustice" by Gary A. Haugen
  • "A Living Tradition, Penitentiary Chaplaincy" by J.T.L. James
  • "The Pains of Imprisonment" by Robert Johnson and Hans Toch, eds.
  • "The Crime of Punishment" by Karl Menninger
  • "How to Establish a Jail and Prison Ministry" by Duane Pederson
  • "Victimology: The Victim and His Criminal" by Stephen Schafer
  • "The Crime of Imprisonment" by George Bernard Shaw
  • "Justice and Mercy" by Donald Smarto
  • "Crime and the Responsible Community" by John Stott and Nick Miller, eds.
  • "As Though You Were in Prison With Them" by Ricard A. Symes
  • "Crime and its Victims" by Daniel W. Van Ness
  • "Real Justice: How We Can Revolutionize our Response to Wrongdoing" by Ted Wachtel
  • "Changing Lenses" by Howard Zehr
  • "Retributive Justice, Restorative Justice" by Howard Zehr
  • "The Christian as Victim" by Howard Zehr and Dave Jackson
  • "So What's the Difference?"  by Fritz Ridenour
  • "Shattered Dreams:  God's Unexpected Pathway to Joy" by Larry Crabb
  • "Houses of Healing:  A Prisoner's Guide to Inner Power and Freedom" by Robin Casarijan
  • "The Wounded Healer" by Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • "Let your Life Speak:  Listening for the Voice of Vocation" by Parker J. Palmer 
  • "The Active Life:  A Spirituality of Work, Creativity, and Caring" by Parker J. Palmer
  • "The Way of the Heart:  Desert Spirituality and Contemporary Ministry" by Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • "Spiritual Direction:  Wisdom for the Long Walk of Faith" by Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • "Out of Solitude:  Three Meditations on the Christian Life" by Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • "The Potter's Rib: Mentoring for Spiritual Formation" by Brian A. Williams
  • "Spiritual Mentoring: A Guide for Seeking and Giving Direction" by Kieth R. Anderson & Randy D. Reese
  • "Grief, Transition and Loss: A Pastor's Practical Guide" by Wayne E. Oates
  • "When Faith is Tested: Pastoral Responses to Suffering and Tragic Death" by Jeffrey R. Zurheide
  • "Crisis Counseling" by Howard W. Stone
  • "A Primer in Pastoral Care" by Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner
  • "On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss" by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross & David Kessler
  • "Challenging the Impossible" by Joe Fauss
  • "Ministry to the Incarcerated" by Henry G. Covert

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