Bibliography 101 for Christian Nurses

Too many books; too little time! We’ve narrowed down the list of good books to a few great ones tailored especially for the Christian nurse. These recommended books cover a variety of categories but they all point to Jesus Christ, the Great Healer of us all.


Called to CareCalled to Care: A Christian Worldview for Nursing, 2nd Edition
by J. Shelly and A. Miller, 2006, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press

Authors Judith A. Shelly and Arlene B. Miller provide vision and hope to nursing by demonstrating how Christian faith provides timeless foundations for nursing care. They describe how the role of the nurse grew out of a Christian understanding of the human person as created in the image of God, and view the body as a living unity — the temple of the Holy Spirit. While explicating a historical and theoretical grounding for a call to nursing, the authors use numerous case studies and discussion questions to enable the reader to apply the content.


Transforming Care: A Christian Vision of Nursing PracticeTransforming Care: A Christian Vision of Nursing Practice
by M. Doorboos, R. Groenhout, & Hotz, K., 2005, Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. Eerdmanns

The authors address how Christian faith shapes nursing practice. The first part of the book articulates the relationship between Christian faith and nursing practice in relation to the major concepts of nursing: nursing practice, person, health, and environment. The second part of the book applies these concepts in three areas of nursing: mental health, community health, and acute care. The blend of theoretical content with practical application adds value to this text.



Commitment and Responsibility in Nursing: A Faith-Based ApproachCommitment and Responsibility in Nursing: a Faith-Based Approach
Edited by Bart Cusveller, Agnetta Sutton and Dónal O'Mathúna, 2003, Sioux Center, IA: Dordt College Press.

This book brings together an impressive international panel of nursing scholars to explore what it means to be a Christian in nursing today. The focus is on nursing ethics with the perspective of professional responsibility. Beginning with a firm philosophical and theological base, it is also delightfully practical. The authors seek to make us more confident about our Christian values and more articulate in defending them in our work settings.

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Spirituality in NursingSpirituality in Nursing: Standing on Holy Ground, Edition 5
by Mary Elizabeth O' Brien, 2014. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers

This book is an invaluable resource for nurses researching the spiritual dimension of nursing. O'Brien's research shows a deep yearning for God in the hearts of those who face illness and points out the crucial significance of nursing intervention. She demonstrates that good nursing requires care for the whole person, including the spiritual dimension. Spirituality in Nursing provides beautiful models for expert spiritual care, as well as a basis for further research.

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A Nurse's Handbook of Spiritual CareA Nurse's Handbook of Spiritual Care: Standing on Holy Ground
Mary Elizabeth O'Brien, 2004. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

This handy pocket guide provides quick access to information to help you address the spiritual needs of patients. Designed for use in health care settings, it includes an assessment tool for measuring the spiritual needs of patients and an overview of the nurse's role in spiritual care. It covers the unique spiritual needs of the acutely ill, chronically ill, children, families, elderly and the grieving. The author explores approaches to persons of various religious traditions but writes primarily from a Christian perspective. She includes helpful meditations and prayers to use in clinical situations or personal devotions, plus an index of subjects and biblical references.


Religion: A Clinical Guide for NursesReligion: A Clinical Guide for Nurses
by Elizabeth Johnston Taylor, Ed. 2012. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Learn how to assess and talk with patients about their religiosity, appropriately support religious rituals, and understand legal and ethical implications of religious care, including the nurse's rights and personal religiosity. In the second half of the book, various contributors offer beliefs, practices, and nursing implications for 22 world religions, religious clusters, and faith traditions.

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Prayer in NursingPrayer in Nursing: The Spirituality of Compassionate Caregiving
by Mary Elizabeth O'Brien, 2003. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett

Historically, prayer has been a natural dimension of nursing. Yet it raises a host of questions: What is prayer? Why should nurses pray? How can I pray as a nurse? Will prayer affect my relationship with patients? Are prayer and healing related? These questions are addressed in this sensitive and practical book where “the ultimate goal is to explore the practice of prayerful, compassionate caregiving in the world of 21st-century nursing” (p. 3).

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The Nurse with an Alabaster JarThe Nurse with an Alabaster Jar: A Biblical Approach to Nursing
by Mary Elizabeth O’Brien, 2006. Madison, WI: NCF Press

Ointment, or oil, appears frequently in the Bible. Regarded as a sign of God’s rich blessing, oil nourishes the body as well as the soul. As Christian nurses, Jesus entrusts each of us with an alabaster jar of precious oil. We pour out this oil in daily acts of mercy and physical care, as well as through spiritual care. God gives us the privilege of breaking open the alabaster jar of the Scriptures for people who face uncertainty, suffering and death. In this comprehensive book, Sr. Mary Elizabeth O’Brien, SFCC, reveals how the Scriptures have shaped nursing from its beginning and continue to provide direction and resources for nursing care.


Quite Moments for CaregiversQuiet Moments for Caregivers and Their Families
by Betty Free, 2002, Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers

Betty Free cared for both of her parents in their last years. She wrote this book while saying her final goodbyes to her elderly mother, capturing her own thoughts, feelings, emotions and prayers during these difficult days. The book contains over fifty worship ideas, prayers, Scriptures and encouragement, with personal application for caregivers and for those receiving care. Readers are encouraged to express their honest feelings to God and recall that they are not alone.


Quite Moments for NursesQuiet Moments for Nurses
by Sharon Fish, 2000. Ann Arbor, MI: Servant Publications

This book of 90 two-page devotionals has very aptly been called “an oasis of peace.” The author personally has depended on treasured quiet moments with God during many of her experiences as a nurse in a clinical setting, teaching, caring for two parents with Alzheimer’s disease, and earning a Ph.D. Every nurse can find refreshment for his or her soul in Quiet Moments for Nurses.




Caring Across CulturesCaring Across Cultures: Preparing For Effective Missionary Nursing
by Grace Tazelaar, 2003, Madison, WI: NCF Press

Grace Tazelaar's passion for mission, combined with her experience, helps nurses think through important questions when considering short-term or long-term mission opportunities. Practical suggestions help readers prepare spiritually, emotionally, physically and professionally.





Health, Healing and Wholeness: Engaging Congregations in Ministires of HealthHealth, Healing and Wholeness: Engaging Congregations in Ministries of Health
by Mary Chase-Ziolek, 2005, Cleveland, OH: The Pilgrim Press

This resource helps congregations engage in health care ministries by emphasizing how important congregational culture is when developing faith and health partnerships. It also helps congregations identify the potential of health ministries to promote community health and integrate community development concepts. The appendices provide practical health ministry tools, including a congregational assessment guide.

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