Doc Hunsley’s Resource List!

As one of the national experts on special needs resources, Doc is consistently asked for his opinions and expertise in specific areas.

Check out his list of resources in these areas:

Book Recommendations
Mental Health | Depression | Trauma
Suffering | Grief | Aging
Marriage
General Information
Special Needs Ministry

This list is constantly updated, so please check in often!  Enjoy!

Book Recommendations

PARENTS
  • A Different Dream for My Child: Meditations for Parents of Critically or Chronically Ill Children by Jolene Philo
  • Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief by Pauline Boss
  • Angels & Idols by Regie Hamm
  • Ausomely Blessed by Beth Frank and others (Includes a chapter by Doc Hunsley – Ausome Potential)
  • Badges of Motherhood: One Mother’s Story about Family, Down syndrome, Hospitals, and Faith by Evana Sandusky
  • Bella’s Gift by Rick Santorum
  • Bundle of Joy: A Devotional to Accompany your Child’s Diagnosis by Melanie Gomez
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul – Children with Special Needs: Stories of Love and Understanding for Those Who Care for Children with Disabilities by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Heather McNamara, and Karen Simmons
  • Dancing With Max: A Mother and Son Who Broke Free by Emily Colson
  • Different Dream Parenting: A Practical Guide to Raising a Child with Special Needs by Jolene Philo
  • Disability & the Gospel: How God Uses Our Brokeness to Display His Grace by Michael S. Beates
  • Discipline that Connects with Your Child’s Heart  by Jim & Lynne Jackson
  • Embracing This Special Life: Learning to Flourish as a Mother of a Child with Special Needs by Jenn Soehnlin
  • Faith at Home Revealed: An Inside Look at Churchgoing Parents by Mark Holmen
  • Faith Begins at Home by Mark Holmen
  • Fall Devotions for Special-Needs Families by Key Ministry Writing Team
  • Get Your Joy Back by Laurie Wallin
  • Held: Learning to Live in God’s Grip: A Bible Study for Special Needs Parents by Lee and Sandra Peoples
  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  • Life on the Spectrum: Faith. Hope. Love. Autism. By Deborah Abbs, Kelli Ra Anderson, and Kevin O’Brien
  • No Greatness Without Goodness by Randy Lewis
  • No More Peanut Butter Sandwiches by Jeff Davidson
  • Not Worth Saving: How a Severely Handicapped Boy Transformed Lives by Ann Joyner
  • Perfect: Sacred Stories from the Heart of a Dad by John Wagner
  • Radical Inclusion by Andrea Moriarty
  • Raising the Perfectly Imperfect Child by Boris Vujicic and Nick Vujicic
  • Refresh: Spiritual Nourishment for Parents of Children with Special Needs  by Kimberly M. Drew and Jocelyn Green
  • Sand in My Sandwich and Other Motherhood Messes I’m Learning to Love by Sarah Parshall Perry
  • Sexuality: Your Sons and Daughters with Intellectual Disabilities by Karin Melberg Schwier
  • Sharing Love Abundantly in Special Needs Families: The 5 Love Languages for Parents Raising Children with Disabilities  by Gary Chapman, PhD, and Jolene Philo
  • Special Needs Parenting: From Coping to Thriving  by Lorna Bradley
  • Still Life: A Memoir of Living Fully with Depression  by Gillian Marchenko
  • Sun Shine Down: A Memoir  by Gillian Marchenko
  • The Live We Never Expected: Hopeful Reflections on the Challenges of Parenting Children with Special Needs by Andrew & Rachel Wilson
  • The New Strong-Willed Child: Birth through Adolescence by Dr James Dobson
  • The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder by Carol Kranowitz
  • The Potty Journey: Guide to Toilet Training Children with Special Needs, Including Autism and Related Disorders by Judith Coucouvanis
  • The Spiritual Art of Raising Children with Disabilities by Kathleen Bolduc
  • Unbroken Faith: Spiritual Recovery for the Special Needs Parent by Diane Dokko Kim
  • Unexpected Blessings by Sandra Peoples
  • Unexpected Journey, When Special Needs Changed Our Course by Dr Joe and Cindi Ferrini
  • Uncommon Man, Extraordinary Call by Jeff & Becky Davidson
  • Wrestling With an Angel: A Story of Love, Disability, and the Lessons of Grace by Greg Lucas
  • Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief by Pauline Boss
  • Annie’s Message by Diane Smit
  • Darby Boings has an Adventure and Meets a Person with Disabilities by Michelle Bain
  • Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes by Jennifer Elder
  • Don’t Call Me Special by Pat Thomas
  • Don’t Laugh at Me by Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin
  • Ella Autie: A Book About Autism by an Autistic Person Written and Illustrated by Catlaina Vrana – a SOAR participant!
  • I Have Needs Too! Supporting the Child Whose Sibling has Special Needs by Elizabeth Batson
  • Jesus, Let’s Talk by Lisa Jamieson
  • Just the Way I Am by Krista Horning
  • My Brother is Very Special by Amy May
  • One-Track Mind: 15 Ways To Amplify Your Child’s Special Interest by Andrea Moriarty
  • Sibshops: Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs by Don Meyer and Patricia Vadasy
  • Sharing Love Abundantly in Special Needs Families: The 5 Love Languages for Parents Raising Children with Disabilities  by Gary Chapman, PhD, and Jolene Philo
  • Sophie Gets Real by Nancy Rue
  • Special People, Special Ways by Arlene Maguire
  • Special Siblings: Growing Up with Someone with a Disability by Mary McHugh
  • The Alphabet War by Diane Burton Robb (Dyslexia)
  • The Potty Journey: Guide to Toilet Training Children with Special Needs, Including Autism and Related Disorders by Judith Coucouvanis
  • Timster’s World: So What Makes You So Special? By Timothy Boykin – a SOAR participant!
  • Views from Our Shoes: Growing Up with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs by Donald Meyer
  • Under the Armor by Tami Brumbaugh
  • What’s Wrong with Timmy? By Maria Shriver
MENTAL HEALTH | DEPRESSION | TRAUMA
  • Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal by Donna Jackson Nakasawa
  • Does My Child Have PTSD? by Jolene Philo
  • Grace for the Afflicted: A Clinical & Biblical Perspective on Mental Illness by Matthew Standord
  • Mental Health & the Church by Dr. Stephen Grcevich
  • Parenting from the Inside Out: 10th Anniversary Edition by Daniel J. Siegel and Mary Hartzell
  • Reframing Life: Focusing on God When Life Gets Sideways (Revised and Expanded edition) by Colleen Swindoll Thompson
  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk
  • The Connected Child by Karyn Purvis, David Cross, and Wendy Lyons Sunshine
  • Too Scared to Cry: How Trauma Affects Children…and Ultimately Us All by Lenore Terr
  • Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes by Peter A. Levine and Maggie Kline
  • Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Families by Jayne Schooler
SUFFERING | GRIEF | AGING
  • Aching Joy: Following God through the Land of Unanswered Prayer by Jason Hague
  • Beside Bethesda: 31 Days Toward Deeper Healing by Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Choosing to See by Mary Beth Chapman
  • Chronic Sorrow: A Living Loss by Susan Roos
  • Collision with Joy by Melody Richards
  • Dementia: Living in the Memories of God by John Swinton
  • Disability & the Gospel: How God Uses Our Brokeness to Display His Grace by Michael S. Beates
  • Disability & The Sovereign Goodness of God by John Piper (FREE DOWNLOAD)
  • Finding Glory in the Thorns by Larry and Lisa Jamieson
  • Holding On to Hope: A Pathway through Suffering to the Heart of God by Nancy Guthrie
  • How Can God Be Sovereign and Good and Allow Suffering? from “Ask Pastor John” Podcast 
  • Life After the Death of my Son: What I’m Learning by Dennis Apple
  • Second Forgetting: Remembering the Power of the Gospel During Alzheimer’s Disease by Dr. Benjamin Mast
  • Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings by L.B. Cowman
  • The Beyond Suffering Bible (New Living Translation), Joni & Friends
  • The Live We Never Expected: Hopeful Reflections on the Challenges of Parenting Children with Special Needs by Andrew & Rachel Wilson
  • When God Weeps by Joni Eareckson Tada and Steve Estes
  • When Your Rope Breaks by Ruth Graham, Jerry Sittser and Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Why God Why: Drawing Near to God When Life Hurts by Dr Nathan Sommer
MARRIAGE
  • Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story by Joni Eareckson Tada and Ken Tada
  • Marriage Makeover: Minor Touchups to Major Renovations by George Kenworthy
  • Married with Special-Needs Children: A Couples’ Guide to Keeping Connected by Laura Marshak
  • Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
  • Sheet Music: Uncovering the Secrets of Sexual Intimacy in Marriage by Kevin Leman
  • Thriving Despite a Difficult Marriage by Michael Misja PhD. And Chuck Misja PhD.
GENERAL INFORMATION
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Inclusive Classroom by Barbara Boroson
  • Carly’s Voice: Breaking Through Autism by Arthur Fleischmann with Carly Fleishmann
  • I Am Strong: The Life and Journey of an Autistic Pastor by Lamar Hardwick
  • Kids in the Syndrome Mix of ADHD, LD, Autism Spectrum, Tourettes’s, Anxiety, and More – 2nd Ed by Martin L. Kutscher, M.D.
  • Loud Hands: Autistic People, Speaking by The Autistic Self Advocacy Network
  • Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability by Shane Burcaw
  • Nuts & Bolts of Inclusive Education by Barbara Newman
  • One Step at a Time: ABA and Autism in the Classroom
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • The Joy of Signing by Lottie Riekehof
SPECIAL NEEDS MINISTRY
  • Accessible Gospel, Inclusive Worship by Barbara Newman
  • Autism and Alleluias by Kathleen Deyer Bolduc
  • Autism and Your Church: Nurturing the Spiritual Growth of People with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Barbara Newman
  • Body Building – Devotions to Celebrate Inclusive Community by Barbara Newman
  • Disability & the Gospel: How God Uses Our Brokenness to Display His Grace by Michael S. Beates
  • Every Child Welcome: A Ministry Handbook for Including Kids with Special Needs by Katie Wetherbee and Jolene Philo
  • Helping Kids Include Kids with Disabilities – revised ed by Barbara Newman
  • Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities by Erik W. Carter
  • Inclusion Handbook, Everybody Belongs, Everybody Serves edited by Terry A DeYoung and Mark Stephenson
  • Leading A Special Needs Ministry: A Practical Guide to Including Children and Loving Families by Amy Fenton Lee
  • Mental Health & the Church by Dr. Stephen Grcevich
  • My Friends, My Teachers by Ryan Wolfe and Gary Sprangler
  • Same Lake, Different Boat: Coming Alongside People Touched by Disability by Stephanie Hubach
  • Sibshops: Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs by Don Meyer and Patricia Vadasy
  • Special Needs Smart Pages by Joni & Friends
  • The Irresistible Church Series by Joni & Friends – FREE downloads at joniandfriends.org – Also available in Spanish!
    1. Start with Hello: Introducing your Church to Special Needs Ministry
    2. We’ve Got This!: Providing Respite for Families Affected by Disability
    3. Engaging Game ChangersL Recruiting and Coaching Volunteers for Disability Ministry
    4. Call Me Friend: Building Compelling Relationships Through One-On-One Ministry
    5. Pathways to Belonging: Creating Inclusive Ministry Environments for All Ages
    6. Shout for Joy! Engaging the Whole Church for Accessible Worship
    7. Are You Ready? A Personal Guide to DIsability Ministry for the Reluctant Leader
    8. Doing Life Together: Building Community for Families Affected by Disability
    9. Responding to Compassion: Navigating Challenging Behaviors in Special Needs Ministry
    10. Go Make Disciples: Embracing People Affected by Disability Through Mentoring Relationships
    11. Helping with Life Transitions: Engaging Young Adults with Disabilities into the Life of Your Church
    12. Beyond Our Church Walls: Bridging the Gap to Those Affected by Disability
SPECIAL NEEDS MINISTRY CURRICULUM – CHILDREN
  • Ability Ministry: Currently has 3 series: God has a Plan for Me; Generosity, and God is Real;  and a VBS curriculum: The Greatest Party Ever. Curriculum is all digital and easy to download. It is good for either small group or a Sunday School class setting. Easy to use, the PowerPoint lessons include a Bible memory verse which you also learn in sign language, and discussion questions. Perfect for elementary. http://www.abilityministry.com/curriculum/ 
  • Bethesda Ministries (Bethesda Lutheran Community) – Time With God Devotional Series: Holidays and Celebration,  Living with Jesus, Learning with Jesus, People and Stories from the Bible Vol 1 & 2; Building on the Rock Curriculum: Confirmation, Baptism, Communion, Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer. All written for all ages at a 3rd-4th grade level. https://bethesdalc.org/what-we-do/faith-resources/
  • Chirp: by Christie Priem (a speech pathologist) – written for children with cognitive and language disorders. It is highly visual. 4 units: 1. Who is God? 2. Who is Jesus? 3. Living Life with Jesus 4. The Holy Spirit Changes Me. Each lesson is a 4 week format. It is concept based and created in partnership with Mayer-Johnson Boardmaker using their icons in all of the classroom materials. Written from a child’s perspective and created to help verbal learners understand biblical truths. http://www.chirpcc.com 
  • Finding God: Produced by Loyola Press – Catholic Based; designed for 1st-8th grade. Also in Spanish. Has three levels:
    1. Regular: neurotypical individuals
    2.  Adapted: hands on – good for special needs individuals
    3.  Modified: good for those who are learning disabled https://www.loyolapress.com/faith-formation/finding-god/finding-god-2013
  • Heartshaper: By Standard; Special Needs “friendly” symbol in each lesson to mark activities geared towards special needs ages 1-12 y/o. http://www.heartshaper.com/
  • Lifeway: Bible Studies for Life: Kids Special Buddies: 1st-6th grade level; activities are sensory based and already have built-in modifications that you see when trying to adapt traditional curriculum. Matches up to LifeWay’s mainline curriculum, Bible Teaching for Kids. Available by the quarter. https://www.lifeway.com/en/shop/bible-studies-for-life/kids/special-buddies
SPECIAL NEEDS MINISTRY CURRICULUM – TEENS/ADULTS
  • Ability Ministry: Currently has 6 series: Emotions, Friendship, God & Me, P.A.L.S (Pray, Act, Learn, Serve), Prayer, and Seasonal (Christmas and Easter);  and a sermon: Jesus the Author of Disability. Curriculum is all digital and easy to download. It is good for either small group or a Sunday School class setting. Easy to use, the PowerPoint lessons include a Bible memory verse which you also learn in sign language, and discussion questions. None of the curriculum is childish or animated! Perfect for teens/adults. http://www.abilityministry.com/curriculum/ 

Video Recommendations

SPECIAL NEEDS MINISTRY
  • Inclusion Tool Box: 52 Practical Ideas to Include Individuals with Disabilities Presented by Barbara Newman produced by All Belong.
  • Making Room: Cultivating Communities of Inclusion G.L.U.E. Training DVD Presented by Barbara Newman produced by All Belong. Includes DVD and Manual.
  • Surviving to Thriving: Successfully Including the Child with Special Needs by Amy Fenton Lee, Orange, 2012.