Christianity, Disability and Mental Illness

Introductory Books

Albers, Robert H., William Meller, and Steven D. Thurber, eds. Ministry with Persons with Mental Illness and Their Families. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012.*

Batshaw, Mark L., Nancy J. Roizen, and Gaetano R. Lotrecchiano, eds. Children with Disabilities. 7th ed. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Pub, 2013.

Brock, Brian, and John Swinton, eds. Disability in the Christian Tradition: A Reader. Grand Rapids, Mich: William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co, 2012.*

Burack, Jacob A., Robert M. ‎Hodapp, Grace Iarocci, and Edward Zigler, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Intellectual Disability and Development. 2nd ed. Oxford library of psychology. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Creamer, Deborah Beth. Disability and Christian Theology: Embodied Limits and Constructive Possibilities. Academy series. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Davis, Lennard J. The Disability Studies Reader. 4th ed. New York, NY: Routledge, 2013.

Waters, Larry J., and Roy B. Zuck, eds. Why, O God? Suffering and Disability in the Bible and the Church. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2011.*

Wehmeyer, Michael L., ed. A Comprehensive Guide to Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Second edition. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing, Co, 2017.

Young, Frances Margaret, ed. Encounter with Mystery: Reflections on L’Arche and Living with Disability. London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1997.*


Burch, Susan, and Michael A. Rembis, eds. Disability Histories. Disability histories. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2014.

Hanes, Roy, Ivan Brown, and Nancy E. Hansen, eds. The Routledge History of Disability. The Routledge histories. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY: Routledge, 2017.

Kayama, Misa, and Wendy L. Haight. Disability, Culture, and Development: A Case Study of Japanese Children at School. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Metzler, Irina. A Social History of Disability in the Middle Ages: Cultural Considerations of Physical Impairment. Routledge studies in cultural history 20. New York: Routledge, 2013.

Millon, Theodore, Seth Grossman, and Sarah E. Meagher. Masters of the Mind: Exploring the Story of Mental

Nielsen, Kim E. A Disability History of the United States. Paperback edition. Revisioning American history. Boston: Beacon Press, 2012.

Porter, Roy. Madness: A Brief History. Nachdr. Oxford: Univ. Press, 2010.

Stiker, Henri-Jacques. A History of Disability. Corporealities. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1999.

Mental Illness

Grcevich, Stephen. Mental Health and the Church: A Ministry Handbook for Including Families Impacted by Mental Illness. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2018.*

Greene-McCreight, Kathryn. Darkness Is My Only Companion: A Christian Response to Mental Illness. Second edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2015.*

Hinshaw, Stephen P. The Mark of Shame: Stigma of Mental Illness and an Agenda for Change. New York, N.Y.; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Kaufman, James C. Creativity and Mental Illness. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Accessed November 22, 2017.

Pandi-Perumal, S. R., and Milton Kramer, eds. Sleep and Mental Illness. Cambridge medicine. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Simpson, Amy. Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsityPress, 2013.*

Stanford, Matthew S. Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical and Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness. Revised and expanded. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2017.*

Swinton, John. From Bedlam to Shalom: Towards a Practical Theology of Human Nature, Interpersonal Relationships, and Mental Health Care. Pastoral theology vol. 1. New York: P. Lang, 2000.*

Swinton, John. Resurrecting the Person: Friendship and the Care of People with Mental Health Problems. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2000.*

Swinton, John. Spirituality and Mental Health Care: Rediscovering a “Forgotten” Dimension. London ; Philadelphia: J. Kingsley Publishers, 2001.*

Tan, Siang-Yang, and John Ortberg. Coping with Depression. Rev. and expanded. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Books, 2004.*

Roth, Ilona, and Payam Rezaie, eds. Researching the Autism Spectrum: Contemporary Perspectives. Cambridge, UK ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Wood, Stephen J., Nicholas B. Allen, and Christos Pantelis, eds. The Neuropsychology of Mental Illness. Cambridge medicine. Cambridge, UK ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Monographs/Multi-Authored Books

Beates, Michael S. Disability and the Gospel: How God Uses Our Brokenness to Display His Grace. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2012.*

Black, Kathy. A Healing Homiletic: Preaching and Disability. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1996.*

Brownlee, Kimberley, and Adam Steven Cureton, eds. Disability and Disadvantage. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Carter, Erik W. Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities: A Guide for Service Providers, Families, & Congregations. Baltimore, Md: Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co, 2007.*

Dollar, Ellen Painter. No Easy Choice: A Story of Disability, Parenthood, and Faith in an Age of Advanced Reproduction. 1st ed. Louisville, Ky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2012.*

Eiesland, Nancy L. The Disabled God: Toward a Liberatory Theology of Disability. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1994.*

Eiesland, Nancy L., and Don E. Saliers, eds. Human Disability and the Service of God: Reassessing Religious Practice. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1998.*

Glover, Jonathan. Choosing Children: Genes, Disability, and Design. Uehiro series in practical ethics. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2006.

Goodley, Dan. Disability Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction. Los Angeles, Calif ; London: SAGE, 2011.

Hall, Kim Q., ed. Feminist Disability Studies. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011.

Hauerwas, Stanley, and John Swinton, eds. Critical Reflections on Stanley Hauerwas’ Theology of Disability: Disabling Society, Enabling Theology. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Pastoral Press, 2004.*

Heymann, Jody, Michael Ashley Stein, and Gonzalo Moreno, eds. Disability and Equity at Work. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Hubach, Stephanie O. Same Lake, Different Boat: Coming alongside People Touched by Disability. Phillipsburg, N.J: P&R Pub, 2006.*

Kabue, Samuel, ed. Disability, Society, and Theology: Voices from Africa. Zapf chancery tertiary level publications. Limuru, Kenya: Zapf Chancery Publishers Africa, 2011.*

Mackelprang, Romel W, and Richard O Salsgiver. Disability: A Diversity Model Approach in Human Service Practice, 2016.

MacKinlay, Elizabeth, ed. Ageing, Disability, and Spirituality: Addressing the Challenge of Disability in Later Life. London ; Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2008.*

Reinders, Hans S. Disability, Providence, and Ethics: Bridging Gaps, Transforming Lives. Studies in religion, theology, and disability. Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2014.*

Reinders, Hans S. “Is There Meaning in Disability? Or Is It the Wrong Question?” Journal of Religion, Disability & Health 15, no. 1 (2011).*

Reinders, Hans S. Receiving the Gift of Friendship: Profound Disability, Theological Anthropology, and Ethics. Grand Rapids, Mich: William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2008.*

Reinders, Hans S. The Future of the Disabled in Liberal Society: An Ethical Analysis. Revisions. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2000.*

Reynolds, Thomas E. Vulnerable Communion: A Theology of Disability and Hospitality. Grand Rapids, Mich: Brazos Press, 2008.*

Scully, Jackie Leach. Disability Bioethics: Moral Bodies, Moral Difference. Feminist constructions. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008.

Tataryn, Myroslaw I. Discovering Trinity in Disability: A Theology for Embracing Difference. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2013.*

Wilder, Courtney. Disability, Faith, and the Church: Inclusion and Accommodation in Contemporary Congregations. Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2016.*

Yong, Amos. The Bible, Disability, and the Church: A New Vision of the People of God. Grand Rapids, Mich: W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co, 2011.*

Yong, Amos. Theology and Down Syndrome: Reimagining Disability in Late Modernity. Waco, Tex: Baylor University Press, 2007.*

*Refers to those written from a Christian perspective.