Resources for Parents and Others Who Care

This page is full of resources curated for the parents/family/support person connected to a person who is struggling and needs help.  We encourage you to pray and seek guidance from the Lord regarding your own healing journey and utilize these resources during the same time your child or loved one is getting help.  If you are reading this because your son or daughter needs help or support, we want you to know that it is crucial for the entire family to seek help together. Avoiding your child, or detaching from their issue, is an ineffective approach—ignoring the facts will not make them disappear. It is important to keep in mind that confronting the roots of what your child is struggling with as a family is what will help bring about resolution.

While many circumstances are out of your control, prayer and guidance are within your control. Supportive confrontation, without judgment, is the best way to foster positive change in your child’s life; he/she needs to know that you love them regardless of their behavior. The Bible says that love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8). When your approach and concern for your son or daughter comes from the unconditional love and leading of the Holy Spirit, you will begin to see results that are long lasting. Approach your child with compassion and open communication, and let God lead you throughout the process of healing.

Practical Tips for Supporting Others

Keys to Freedom: Principles of freedom learned by residential and outpatient participants

MercyTalk Podcasts

Mercy Talk Podcasts that we recommend:

Start with Keys to Freedom:  Overview of principles of freedom your loved one is learning.

  1. Commitment to Christ
  2. Renewing the Mind
  3. Healing Life’s Hurts
  4. Choosing to Forgive
  5. Breaking Generational Patterns
  6. Using your Authority in Christ
  7. Maintaining Lifelong Freedom

Books

Anatomy of the Soul – Curt Thompson

Finding Father – A. J. Jones

People to Be Loved – Preston Sprinkle

Safe People – Townsend and Cloud

Scripture and the Skeptic – Eric Huffman

Soul of Shame – Curt Thompson

Secular resources that complement the spiritual

Brain Storm – Daniel J. Siegel

The Body Keeps the Score – Bessel van der Kolk

Whole Brain Child – Daniel J. Siegel

Other Podcasts – Resources Used in the Mercy program

Boundaries – Townsend and Cloud

https://www.boundaries.me/podcast

Episodes of The Boundaries.me Podcast are short and direct stories from highly accomplished people, deconstructing the most important boundaries in their lives. These boundaries enable them to create great work, to help others, and to protect what matters to them most — their relationships, their time, and their hearts. This podcast shows you how boundaries work.

Being Known Podcast – Curt Thompson, MD

https://curtthompsonmd.com/podcast/

With the Being Known Podcast, you will discover what it means to be truly known, exploring the intersection of interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB) and Christian spiritual formation.

The REBOOT Recovery Show

https://my.rebootrecovery.com/podcast/

ReBoot Recovery is for people impacted by trauma and mental health challenges.