Christian Psychology

Recommended Reading

The following books are recommended to those who wish to study for themselves in the area of a biblically informed understanding of human persons and their transformation into the image of Christ. Regularly we will expand the list.

Mind (Thought)


Charles Finney - Lectures on Revival of Religion

J.P. Moreland - Love God with All Your Mind (2012)

John Calvin - Institutes of Christian Religion (viele Ausgaben)

Howard Gardner - Multiple Intelligences

A.W. Tozer - The Knowledge of the Holy

J.I. Packer - Knowing God

Edmund Husserl - Logical Investigations (an overly long, abstruse book but look for the concept of "intentionality")

Mind (Feelings)


Jonathan Edwards – Religious Affections

Jonathan Edwards – The Life of David Brainerd

Henri Nouwen – The Return of the Prodigal Son

Daniel Goleman – Emotional Intelligence

M. Scott Peck – The Road Less Traveled

Francis de Sales – Introduction to the Devout Life

Robert Emmons - Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier

David Burns - Feeling Good

Will (or Heart)


Hannah Whitall Smith – The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life

Andrew Murray – Absolute Surrender

Andrew Murray – Humility

Immanuel Kant – Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals

Søren Kierkegaard – Purity of the Heart

W.E. Boardman – The Higher Christian Life (1858)

Philip Jakob Spener – Pia desideria

Thomas Upham - A Philosophical and Practical Treatise on the Will

Roy Baumeister & John Tierney - Willpower



Dallas Willard – The Spirit of the Disciplines

Augustine of Hippo – Confessions

Michael Polanyi – The Tacit Dimension

William Law - A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life

William James - Principles of Psychology, chap. 4

Relationships (Social Context)


Paul Tournier – A Place for You (French: L'homme et son lieu)

Augustine of Hippo – The Rule of St. Augustine

Larry Crabb – Connecting

Henri Nouwen – The Wounded Healer

Thomas Groome – Christian Religious Education

Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Life Together

Robert Karen - Becoming Attached



John Ortberg - Soul Keeping

Viktor Frankl - The Doctor and the Soul

Richard Rohr und Andreas Ebert - The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective

Paul Tournier - The Meaning of Persons (French: Le Personnage et la Personne)

Aristotle - de Anima (On the Soul)

Agnes Sanford - The Healing Gifts of the Spirit

David Riesman - The Lonely Crowd

William Parker & Elaine St. Johns - Prayer Can Change Your Life

Christian Psychology and the Transformation of the Person


Leanne Payne – Restoring the Christian Soul

Dallas Willard – Renovation of the Heart

Augustine of Hippo – Confessions

John McNeill – A History of the Cure of Souls

Thomas Upham - Interior Life