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Resources for posttraumatic growth and a reading list for people who are struggling.


Bouncing Forward offers more than 60 tried-and-true strategies actual trauma survivors have found helpful. In addition, here are some resources you might want to check out.


Reading List


Maya Angelou. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Random House, 2009.

Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly. Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope. Scribner, 2011.

Laura Hillenbrand. Unbroken. A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. Random House, 2010.

Nelson Mandela. Long Walk to Freedom. Hachette, 2008.

Cheryl Strayed. Wild. From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Random House, 2012.

Malala Yousafzai. I Am Malala. The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. Little, Brown and Company, 2013.

Robin Roberts. Everybody’s Got Something. Hachette, 2014.

John O'Leary. On Fire. The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life. North Star Way, 2016.

Allan Lokos. Through the Flames: Overcoming Disaster Through Compassion, Patience, and Determination. Tarcher, 2015.

Samantha Dunn. Not by Accident. She Writes Press, 2015.

Temple Grandin and Richard Panek. The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

Viktor E. Frankl. Man`s Search for Meaning. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1959.

Kelly A. Turner. Radical Remission. Surviving Cancer Against All Odds. HarperOne, 2015.

Jason Padgett and Ann Maureen Seaberg. Struck by Genius. How a Brain Injury Made me a Mathematical Marvel. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.


suicide lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be a lifesaver. If you - or someone you know - need help, please call 1-800-273-8255 in the US. If you are outside of the US, please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for international resources. 

what makes you stronger?

Share with us what helps you find strength in the face of challenges. Contact us via email, Twitter, or Pinterest with the hashtag #strongerbecause

Bouncing Forward Playlist

Check out Michaela's playlist of favorites with great music and meaningful lyrics for dark hours on her YouTube Channel here


Jesse and Sam Billauer by Catherine Gregory

Jesse and Sam Billauer by Catherine Gregory

Organisations featured in Bouncing Forward include:

- Jesse Billauer's Life Rolls On helps people with disabilities to surf and skate

- The Forgiveness Project explores pathways beyond vengeance

- Compassionate Friends offer support after the death of a child

- The Mind&Life Institute is committed to research that furthers understanding the brain and its powers of healing

Buddhist Wisdom

Pema Chodron. When Things Fall Apart. Shambhala Publications, 2002.

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. Emotional Rescue. TarcherPerigee, 2016.

Bernie Glassman and Rick Fields. Instructions to the Cook. Shambhala, 2013.

Sharon Salzberg. Lovingkindness. The Revolutionary Art of Happiness. Shambhala, 2002.

Sharon Salzberg and Tenzin Robert Thurman. Love Your Enemies. How to Break the Anger Habit and Be a Whole Lot Happier. Hay House, 2013

Jon Kabat-Zinn. Full Catastrophe Living. Bantam Books, 2013.

Toni Bernhard. How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness: A Mindful Guide. Wisdom, 2015.

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and Eric Swanson. Joyful Wisdom. Embracing Change and Finding Freedom. Harmony, 2009


Judith L. Herman. Trauma and Recovery. The Aftermath of Violence—from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror. Basic Books, 1997.

Robert Brooks and Sam Goldstein. The Power of Resilience. McGraw-Hill, 2004.

Lawrence G. Calhoun and Richard G. Tedeschi. Posttraumatic Growth in Clinical Practice. Routledge, 2012.

Linda Graham. Bouncing Back. Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being. New World Library, 2013.
- Resilience. Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and Disaster. New World Library, 2018.

Stephen Joseph. What Doesn’t Kill Us: The New Psychology of Posttraumatic Growth. Basic Books/Perseus, 2011.

Peter A. Levine. In an Unspoken Voice. How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness. North Atlantic Books, 2010.

George A. Bonanno. The Other Side of Sadness. Basic Books, 2009.

Ann Masten. Ordinary Magic. Resilience in Development. Guilford Press, 2014.

Carol Dweck. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Random House, 2006.

Martin E. P. Seligman. Flourish. A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being. Atria, 2013

Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatté. The Resilience Factor. Seven Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life`s Hurdles. Broadway Books, 2002

Robert Emmons. Gratitude Works! A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity. Jossey-Bass, 2013.

Barbara Fredrickson. Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the 3 to 1 Ratio That Will Change Your Life. Harmony, 2009.

Andrew Zolli. Resilience. Why Things Bounce Back. Free Press, 2012.

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