Recommended Resources on Story

by Jun 21, 2023Downloads

As a leader, you need to reflect on your own story to create healthier relationships with yourself, God, and the people you serve. We’ve assembled over 30 of our favorite articles, podcasts, and books that can give you further insight into exploring your own story and how it informs the ways in which you interact with the world. Browse them below, or download this list as a PDF here.

Read: Articles

The 3 Central Questions of the Story Workshop by Dan Allender

A Theology of Stories by Kate Rae Davis

Room (2015), Transitions, Gratitude, and Forgiveness by Kate Rae Davis

Ambiguous Loss & The Liturgies of Lament by Brittany Deininger

Retelling Hagar’s Story: Reading Trauma in Genesis 16 by Marina Hofman

The Importance of Inner Work by Blaine Hogan

Lay Your Tired Stories to Rest by Charlie Howell

Accepting Your Darkest Emotions is the Key to Psychological Health by Lila MacLellan

Living the Questions: Knowing Your Story by Matt Morrissey

How Christian theology and practice are being shaped by trauma studies by Shelly Rambo

The Trauma of God by Frank Seeburger

Chronic Stress as Trauma: Resilience in the Time of COVID-19 by Andrea Sielaff

Disillusionment, Posttraumatic Growth, and Resilience in Pandemic by Andrea Sielaff

Why Trauma & Theology? by Chelle Stearns

God’s Child: A New Imagination in Trauma Healing by Margaret Trim

9 Theology and Trauma Books to Read from The Seattle School

Circles of Support – a free downloadable resource


Read: Books

To Be Told: Know Your Story, Shape Your Life by Dan Allender

Know Your Story and Lead with It: The Power of Narrative in Clergy Leadership by Richard L. Hester, Kelli Walker-Jones

Leading with a Limp: Turning Your Struggles into Strengths by Dan Allender

Finding Our Story: Narrative Leadership and Congregational Change by Larry A. Golemon

Trauma and Grace: Theology in a Ruptured World by Serene Jones

Spirit and Trauma: A Theology of Remaining by Shelly Rambo


Listen: From the Allender Center Podcast

Why Should I Look at My Story? 

The Role of the Past in Current Relationships

What If I Don’t Have a Story?

How Do I Trust My Memory?

What If I Fear My Story?

More Story Questions

Resilience, Trauma, and the Hope of the Church: a conversation with Shauna Gartier, Kate Davis, Laura Wade Shirley



Pain & Art: Write What You Honestly Know by Ryan Gattis

What Trauma Taught Me About Resilience by Charles Hunt

Where is the Wounding? by Dr. Stephanie Neil



To learn more about how to reflect on your own stories to create healthier relationships with yourself, God, and the people you serve, download our free PDF: Effective Small Groups for Pastors and Christian Leaders.

We break down how we structured our narrative process cohorts, now called Circles, back in 2017 – and the eye-opening ways in which they supported clergy resilience.