Recommended Books on DisAbility


  • “Special Needs Parenting: From Coping to Thriving,” written by the Rev. Lorna Bradley, can be used for starting a support group


  • Adam: God’s Beloved, by Henri J. M. Nouwen. Living with a man with severe disabilities is a much more rewarding relationship than most people would expect.
  • Amazing Gifts: Stories of Faith, Disability, and Inclusion, by Mark I. Pinsky. First-hand accounts that inspire and empower work for inclusion. A rare treat!
  • Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome, by Rudy Simone. A first-hand, well-informed account of life as a woman with Asperger’s Syndrome. Includes tips for girls and young women and their parents as well.
  • The Bible, Disability, and the Church: A New Vision of the People of God, by Amos Yong. A readable work on disability theology that is meaningful for the work of the church today.
  • The Disabled God: Toward a Liberatory Theology of Disability, by Nancy Eiesland. The foundational work on disability theology. Shows that Christ saved us not from a position of power but from a position of weakness. Opens minds and hearts.
Awareness (cont.)

  • A Healing Homiletic: Preaching and Disability, by Kathy Black. Helps preachers and laypeople understand another way of looking at the healing passages of the Gospels. Gives a more complete understanding.
  • Riding the Bus with My Sister, by Rachel Simon. An honest story of what a young woman learned about her sister’s gifts and compassionate heart. Profound and moving.
  • Searching for Normalcy, by Steven G. Chance. A young man with cerebral palsy tells his own story of trying to understand where God was on the day he was born.
  • Speaking Out: Gifts of Ministering Undeterred by Disabilities, Robert L. Walker, ed. A collection of true stories written by members of the United Methodist Association of Ministers with Disabilities.
  • Unexpected Guests at God’s Banquet: Welcoming People with Disabilities in the Church, by Brett Webb-Mitchell.


  • Autism and Your Church: Nurturing the Spiritual Growth of People with Autism Spectrum Disorders, by Barbara J. Newman. For those who want to be more inclusive of people who are autistic.
  • Disability Awareness—Do It Right! Your All-in-one How-to Guide, Mary Johnson, ed. Ways to help people without disabilities become more aware of the challenges and the strengths of people with disabilities.
  • Same Lake, Different Boat: Coming Alongside People Touched by Disability, by Stephanie O. Hubach. Insights into the ways that parenting a child with disabilities is the same as raising any child, and how it is different. A very honest and open book.