“Encouraging and Supporting Women Physicians and Dentists

Through Connecting, Inspiring and Equipping.”

Join us on November 13 from 8:00 p.m. -9:30, free for all interested WPDCers. The subject we will look at and discuss is “The Art of Goal Setting for 2023!” You must be registered to attend.

If you were a speaker and do not see your Powerpoint slides posted, please email them to wpdc@cmda.org and we will get those added.

Thank you!

January 2023 Mission Trip

WPDC has been used mightily by God to show His love to prostitutes and trafficked women in Nicaragua through a commitment we made to the women there at House of Hope. Various women have made 16 trips thus far, and we are thankful that can now plan to return, this time through the sending agency Go International. If you are interested in being part of the group or supporting your sisters in prayer, click here: Patti Francis, MD or supporting the trip financially click here: https://give.cmda.org/WPDCNic. (Tax deductible). We appreciate any amount. Thank you.

An interview with our WPDC Past Chair, Regina Frost MD

Women Physicians & Dentists in Christ (WPDC) is an outreach ministry to provide resources for Christian women physicians and dentists to integrate their personal, professional and spiritual lives. We encourage and support Christian women and physicians as we share the unique challenges of our multiple roles. To learn more about our ministry and stay abreast of events, subscribe to our monthly newsletter, the PULSE. And be sure to plan to attend our annual conferences and virtual conferences.

Women Physicians and Dentists in Christ provides a ministry of true belonging, support and equipping to address the unique challenges of women physicians desiring to glorify God.

Women physicians complete in Christ ministering through medicine.

Biblical Authority  – 2 Tim 3:16, All scripture is inspired

Integrity – Titus 2:7, Colossians 4-6

Authentic Friendships – John 15:12-13, Love one another

Grace-filled Haven – Hebrews 4:16, Grace in time of need, Women physicians complete in Christ, thriving in service

In April 1992, Rev. Marti Ensign became the first director of this outreach, which provided resources directed toward women physicians and dentists, conferences to meet their specific needs and a close-knit network to help them share and grow in Christ. In 1993, members of the (newly formed) WIMD Commission attended the American Medical Women’s Association meeting, where many expressed an interest in CMDS. In April 1994, the first CMDS/WIMD national convention was held in Philadelphia.

In 2000, Rev. Marti Ensign retired from the leadership of WIMD and Harriet Askew became the new director. She worked on behalf of the ministry from 2000-2002. Since 2002, WIMD has created a monthly e-newsletter that is sent out to thousands of women. With the e-newsletter, WIMD can reach women all over the world and in return receives many responses including prayer requests, needs and useful suggestions.

In 2002, the Commission members realized their desire to personally minister to the women professionals of CMDA, and therefore, the ministry paradigm was restructured. The WIMD Commission hired its first administrative assistant in the fall of 2002 and its first full-time administrator in January 2014. WIMD now has yearly conferences in different regions of the United States to minister to the growing number of women physicians, dentists and medical and dental students.

In 2021, the name was changed to Women Physicians and Dentists in Christ (WPDC) in order to reflect the heart of the organization, Jesus Christ. The mission of this commission has not changed—the ministry continues to be focused on Christian women physicians, dentists and the students in these professions.

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  • Darilyn Falck, MD – 2000-2004
  • A.J. Demlow, MD – 2004-2006
  • Gloria Halverson, MD – 2006-2008
  • Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD – 2008-2010
  • Cara Brown, MD – 2010-2012
  • Leslie Walker, MD – 2012-2014
  • Holly Austin, MD – 2016-2018
  • Patti Francis, MD - 2018 – 2020
  • Regina Frost, MD - 2020-2022
  • Connie Hahn, DO - 2022-2024
  • Sarah Rahkola, MD - 2024-2026


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Connie Hahn, DO


Connie Hahn, DO, is a family medicine physician in group practice at Bozeman Deaconess Health Group in Bozeman, Montana. After spending the first part of her career life in the airline industry and as a ski instructor in Lake Tahoe, Connie decided to return to her education in her 40s. Her husband Chris was her main source of encouragement as she found herself applying to medical school later in life. Connie was an officer in her CMDA chapter while in training and later became involved, as a new physician, with what is now Women Physicians and Dentists in Christ. She attended UC Davis family medicine residency in Merced, California and was treated for cancer during that time. As a survivor, and experiencing the dual role of being a patient and physician at the same time, Connie witnessed God at work in a very big way. This helped shape her practice and her compassion for her patients, while leaving her with two mottos in life: 1) You may not ever be able to give back enough, but you can always pass it forward; and 2) At the end of the day, no one will remember what you said or accomplished, but they will always remember how you made them feel. She incorporates her faith into her practice and gives public lectures on this subject as well as behavior health. Her husband has a PhD in mental health and works as a mediator for families, the church and natural resource disputes. They have two grown children, one living in Australia and another in Lake Tahoe.

Regina Frost, MD

Past Chair

Dr. Regina Frost is an OB/Gyn and works out of St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan. She has been in practice for over 10 years, the majority of which was spent as the owner and solo physician of her former private practice. Regina enjoys educating women about their health and seeing God work in the lives of her patients. She is married to Darren Clark and enjoys serving at church, cooking/eating, reading, exercising, listening to music and spending time with friends and family.

Patti Francis, MD


Patti Francis, MD, has been in private practice in a partnership at Lamorinda Pediatrics since 1985, located in Lafayette CA. Patricia (Patti) graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara, completed her medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine and her residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital in Oakland. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics; was a founder and chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Women in Medicine and Dentistry from 1990-1996; and is a member and past chair of the Marriage Enrichment Commission. She has served on the Physicians Resource Council of Focus on the Family, as an Advisor Board Member of the Medical Insitute and DiscoveryHealth.com Disease and Conditions; and has worked on missions with Samaritan’s Purse, GHO, Kids Alive International, and Women of Vision/World Vision. She is married to Ron and has two daughters—Corrie and Erica.

Holly Austin, MD

Holly B. Austin, MD, is a Pediatrician in Urgent Care at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Overland Park, Kansas. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she attended college at Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois and then went to Medical School at University of Missouri-Columbia. She did her Pediatric Residency at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. She is one of 5 doctors in a Pediatric practice that has been together for 22 years. Married with four dogs and one cat, Holly loves bicycling, skiing and music and is involved in church and community activities. She has a handicapped sister born when she was 9 years old, and has extensive experience with handicapped children in both private practice and on a personal level. She was chosen as one of the top three pediatricians in the greater Kansas City area (pop. 1.5 million with over 270 pediatricians) by a poll of physicians published in Squire Magazine in 2000 and 2003. (poll was completed every two years but magazine is no longer published).

Marilyn Whitney, MD


Marilyn Whitney is a family practice physician in Ossian, Indiana. She attended medical school at Indiana University, and she has been practicing for 26 years in a small-town private practice. With interests in disaster medicine and adult mood disorders, she continues her adjustment as an employed physician in a town of 3,000 people.

Tiffany Owens, MD


Tiffany Owens is an allergist/immunologist and hospitalist pediatrician from Johnstown, Ohio. Tiffany received her undergraduate degree from Capital University and has been a CMDA member since starting medical school at Wright State University. While serving as an officer in the United States Air Force, she completed residency training at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, survived being a chief resident, was assigned to be a staff pediatrician, and later attended fellowship at San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, finishing 8 years as a military physician. CMDA meetings, mentorship, and Bible studies have helped Tiffany, her husband, Bobby Owens, and their three children to feel better equipped to deal with the challenges of medicine, marriage, military life, and lay ministry. WPDC is like a balm for Tiffany’s soul when her heart is weary and, while serving on the Commission, she hopes to assist others to further develop meaningful relationships among the remarkable ladies of WPDC.

Madie Hartman, DO

Madie Hartman was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa. She attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and did her residency at Altoona Family Physicians where she was trained in full spectrum family medicine. She is passionate about obstetric and pediatric care in family practice. Dr. Hartman currently practices at the Penn State Middletown Office. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and three wonderful children as well as crocheting and playing the piano. She is excited about helping with the WPDC ministry as a member of the commission.

Lynn Hickman, MD

Lynn Hickman received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, with residency at Methodist Hospitals of Dallas, serving as Chief Resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She also received training from the Academy of Pain Research Acupuncture Training in San Francisco. Dr. Hickman now practices as a Perinatal Laborist at St. Luke’s Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialists in Kansas City and an OB Hospitalists at Lester Cox Medical Center in Springfield, MO. Dr. Hickman first attended a WPC conference in 2014 in Philadelphia and feels that she has now “found a group of kindred spirits I had been searching for and did not even know existed.” She joined the commission to “help as many female physicians as possible find this ‘support and encouragement group’.”

Martha Grace Courtright, MD

Martha Grace is a Family Medicine physician in Hayward, Wisconsin where she practices full spectrum medicine. She is originally from Monroe, Louisiana. Her parents are both Family Medicine physicians and members of CMDA. She attended Wheaton College where she majored in Theology and attended Medical College of Wisconsin- Green Bay for medical school. She is married to Kyle and has two kids, Isabelle and Liam. She enjoys hiking, camping, reading, crafting, and playing board games. She previously served as the resident representative and now continues to work with the student/resident ministry as a member of the WPDC Commission.

Elisa M. Ghezzi, DDS, PhD

Elisa M. Ghezzi, DDS, PhD has practiced geriatric dentistry for 25 years, providing dental care for residents of assisted living facilities in southeastern Michigan. She graduated from and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan (UM) School of Dentistry and holds a PhD in Epidemiology from UM School of Public Health. Elisa has been married for 24 years to Steve, a pediatric dentist. They have six children: Elena, Joseph, Luke, Natalie, Dominic, and Michael. Elisa has been a member of CMDA since 1991 and has served as Resident Trustee, on the Dental Ad Hoc Committee, and on the Women in Medicine and Dentistry Commission (2001-2005).

Katherine Bertolini

Katherine is a second year medical student through the University of Washington: WWAMI program. Katherine grew up in “God’s Country” on her family’s fifth-generation cattle ranch in rural Montana with her sisters. She contributes her passion for serving others to her parents and community; with many of her earliest, most fond memories coming from the weekends assisting her mother, a mixed-practice veterinarian, with low-cost vaccination and spay/neuter clinics across Montana. When not buried in medical textbooks, Katherine loves to explore the world, cook and bake, work on her family’s ranch, and spend time with her large extended family. She is ecstatic to join the WPDC Commission, especially to learn from other Christ-following physicians and to support her medical student peers through the challenges of training.

Sarah Rahkola, MD

Dr. Sarah Rahkola is an internist and clinic medical director at Providence Medical Group, Newberg, Oregon. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and serves as the chair of the finance committee of the Oregon chapter. Her clinical interests are in geriatric medicine, substance use disorder, and team-based primary care. Her husband Rauha and three children Thomas, James and Miriam join her in loving music, reading, traveling, and exploring the outdoors. She has a passion for classical Christian education and for teaching her Sunday school students how to read and interpret scripture.

Andrea Braun, MD, PhD

Dr. Andrea Braun received her MD and PhD degrees from the University of Heidelberg in Germany. After medical school, she trained in England for a brief period of time, then in Germany in nephrology, then moved to the US for an internal medicine residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a nephrology fellowship at Harvard in Boston, MA, and a critical care fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Nephrology and Critical Care Medicine and currently practices as an Intensivist (doctor for critically ill patients) at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, TX. She is an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, in Houston, TX and Associate Program Director for the Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program. Dr. Braun has an interest in theology and holds a Graduate Diploma of Christian Studies from Regent College, Vancouver, BC, Canada. She enjoys serving in short-term medical missions and in the local CMDA Houston chapter. In her free time, she likes to travel, go hiking, read theology books, and recently took up running as a new hobby.

Nancy Mabe, MD

Nancy Mabe is a 1994 graduate of the University of Missouri school of Medicine.  She joined CMDA during her first year of medical school.  She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in 1997.  She joined a private practice in Arlington Heights, IL.  In 2001, she moved to Wentzville, Mo, also practicing community medicine and in 2015 she joined the faculty of the University of Missouri.  She has been an active member of the WPDC since 1998. Nancy is a fellow of the American College of Physician's and serves on the Missouri ACP Governor's Council. She and her husband Dan have 3 girls:  Kaitlyn, Christa, and Allison.

Mike Chupp, MD


Mike Chupp, MD, Mike was drawn to the orthopedic surgery service as Tenwek had no long-term bone surgeon. He was also named Medical Director in mid-1997. Tenwek grew remarkably during Mike’s tenure as surgeon and medical director to a clinical staff of over 80 physicians and clinical officers and more than 700 total staff. Training programs for interns, family medicine, general surgery and orthopedics were also developed and launched during those years.

Mike and Pam left for Kenya in August 1996 with two small children and added two more while at Tenwek Hospital: Steven, Melody, Kayla and Ashley.

In 2015, Dr. David Stevens invited Mike to consider returning to the U.S. to assume the role of CMDA Executive Vice President. After seven months of prayer and seeking counsel from mission leaders, mentors and close friends, Pam and Mike decided to leave their Kenya home and mission life of 20 years and moved to Bristol, Tennessee in July 2016. Mike has counted it an amazing privilege to serve alongside David Stevens and Gene Rudd and all the national CMDA staff for nearly three years. In September 2018, after an eight-month CEO search process, the Board of Trustees asked Mike to become the next CEO of CMDA, beginning September 1, 2019, when Dr. Stevens steps down. Mike’s life verses are from 2 Timothy 1:6-7: “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (ESV). 


We are excited that these groups are a local resource for women involved in WPDC. If you know of any such groups in your area, we would appreciate hearing about them so we can also post them. Please contact the WPDC Administrator.

    • California
      Where: Walnut Creek location varies – in Lafayette or Alamo (San Francisco Bay area).
      When: Once a month (date set at end of each mtg.) Usually last Thursday of the month for lunch.
      Contact: Patti Francis, MD
    • California
      Where: Location varies (Sacramento area).
      When: Meets periodically. Contact Darilyn for details.
      Contact: Darilyn Falck, MD
    • California
      Where: Fresno, Clovis and surrounding areas.
      When: 1st meeting June 1st.
      Contact: Janice Stain, MD
    • Colorado
      Where: Dr. Hotchkiss' home in Greenwood Village.
      When: Academic year, every Monday 6:30-8:30 pm; Summer, Saturday twice a month brunch 10-12 noon.
      Contact: Nahid Hotchkiss, PhD, 303-941-6348
    • Florida
      Where: “Nurturing Hearts Café” group meets at Panera or at homes, Orlando.
      When: Monthly beginning in the fall.
      Contact: Dr. Amaryllis Sánchez Wohlever (Dr. Mari)
    • Georgia, Atlanta
      Welcomes physicians, dentists and all female healthcare professionals Meets once a month for dinner, fun, fellowship, laughter, encouragement and games. Location varies/usually held on a weekday evening.
      Contact: Natalie
    • Georgia
      Where: Dr. Polite's home in Marietta.
      When: Once a month, Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.
      Contact: Natalie Ali, NP
    • Illinois
      Where: North suburbs of Chicago.
      When: various days and times.
      Contact: Karyn Herndon, MD
    • Illinois
      Where: Wheaton
      When: One Saturday Monthly 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
      Contact: Beth Larson, MD
    • Kansas
      Where: Greater Kansas City area, meetings held at Dr. Hickman's home in Gardner, Kansas (southern suburb).
      When: Every other month, Sunday afternoon. Call Lynn for address.
      Contact: Lynn Hickman
    • Michigan
      Where: It varies; Grosse Point/St. Clair Shores in suburban Detroit.
      When: quarterly / 2nd Wed of Jan/April/July/Oct, 6:45-9 p.m. Usually on 2nd Wednesday but subject to change.
      Contact: Dr. Regina Frost
    • Minnesota
      Where: Brenda Abraham’s home, Minneapolis/St. Paul.
      When: 2nd Wed. of each month, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
      Contact: Barb Bittner, MD
    • Missouri
      Where: Dr. Josephine Glaser's home.
      When: Now meeting quarterly for Saturday breakfast and fellowship.
      Contact: Josephine Glaser, MD
    • New York
      Where: Rochester, NY at the home of Heather Ma.
      When: First Friday of each month.
      Contact: Heather Ma
    • Ohio
      Where: Home of Dr. Leslie Walker in Shaker Heights, OH.
      When: 7:30 p.m. every 2nd Friday.
      Contact: Dr. Leslie Walker
    • Ohio
      Where: Panera Bread, Clintonville.
      When: Monthly, every 3rd Friday.
      Contact: Joy Walton, MD
    • Texas
      Where: San Antonio
      When: Every other Monday evening.
      Contact: Mitzi Roberts
    • Texas
      Where: Houston
      When: Monthly
      Contact: Dr. Andrea Braun, Dr. Pam Liang
    • Wisconsin
      Where: Home of Dr. Kristin Whitaker, MD in Wausau, WI.
      When: First Sunday nights of February, April, June, August, October, and December from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (upcoming dates 2020: October 4, December 6). (2021 Dates: February 7, April 4, June 6, August 1, October 3, December 5).
      Contact: Dr. Kristin Whitaker, MD


WPDC Annual Conference

An annual four-day conference for Women Physicians and Dentists in Christ providing opportunities for fellowship, continuing education, networking and spiritual growth & refreshment. The conference offers 12 hours of CME credits each year.

Online registration and the downloadable form are available using the button below.

WPDC GPS Retreats

"The GPS Retreat was just what the doctor ordered. I was stressed, overwhelmed with work, church and home duties. The world and it cares were weighing me down. I could not wait for the long weekend to get here, if only for a chance to “get away from it all”. But GPS is so much more.

See, the S is for Surrender. And that’s what we, as Christian women physicians, sometimes forget to do. Our calling is to not always be in charge at home and at work, but to sit at Jesus’ feet and surrender to His authority. We need a chance to be fed, be heard, be prayed over. This is when we start to grow and dig deeper into what God has in store for us. I highly encourage anyone who needs recharging to participate in a GPS weekend." -- Joanna Stacey

For the June WPC Grasping Power through Surrender (GPS) event in Hocking Hills, Ohio, God brought together 6 very different women. There were women from all over the country (Michigan to Texas), wide age ranges (30s to 60s), varied specialties (Emergency Medicine to general medicine on the mission field), single and married, and mothers of There were women from all over the country (Michigan to Texas), wide age ranges (30s to 60s), varied specialties (Emergency Medicine to general medicine on the mission field), single and married, and mothers of toddlers to grandmothers...all with one common purpose: to focus on and encourage one another in  spiritual growth.

Through games, hikes, shared meals, discussion, prayer time, and personal reflection, we explored our walks with Christ and sought to deepen them. As only fellow Christian physicians can do, we listened, prayed, and supported one another. Grasping Power through Surrender (GPS) is truly the mission of these retreats, and of each of our lives as Christians!

If you are interested in having a GPS retreat in your area, get together two or three interested graduate physician colleagues and let us know by emailing us at wpdc@cmda.org. WPDC will provide the facilitator, support and advertising to bring together 6-8 female physicians for a Thursday-Sunday GPS retreatt. Or if you would like to attend a future retreat in a different area, please email us.

If you’d like to hear about GPS from a recent attendee, Dr. Angie Flores, click here.

WPDC at the CMDA National Convention

Women Physicians and Dentists in Christ holds events throughout the CMDA National Convention specifically for WPDC members to fellowship and renew their faith.




All WPDC events are open to any female healthcare professional attending the CMDA National Convention.

Local Bible Study Groups

A local resource for women involved in WPDC to fellowship in their local communities.

Marriage Enrichment Weekend

A weekend conference provided by CMDA's Marriage Commission specifically for WPDC members and their spouses. This weekend offers an opportunity for participants to grow and nurture their marital relationship.

Mission Trips

History of missions with WIMD/WPC/WPDC:


2008 - GHO trip to Cuenca, Ecuador 

2011-2018 - GHO trips to House of Hope Managua, Nicaragua 

2019- GHO trip to Women of Hope, Honduras

2020 - Independent Team trip to House of Hope, Nicaragua

2023 - Go International trip to House of Hope, Nicaragua 

WPDC has been used mightily by God to show His love to prostitutes and trafficked women in Nicaragua through a commitment we made to the women there at House of Hope. Various women have made 16 trips thus far, and we are thankful that can now plan to return in January 2023, this time through the sending agency Go International. If you are interested in being part of the group or supporting your sisters in prayer, click here: Patti Francis, MD or supporting the trip financially click here: https://give.cmda.org/WPDCNic. (Tax deductible). We appreciate any amount. Thank you.


Global Health Outreach Mission Trips

Global Health Outreach, a ministry of CMDA, organizes 50-60 mission trips to various locations around the world annually. Many of these mission trips offer WPDC members an opportunity to share their faith and medical knowledge. Trips especially of interest to the women of WPDC would be:

Zambia/Orphan Care

General medical and dental care mission focusing on orphan care in Ndola, Zambia. This mission will be a week and a half and put the orphans first each day. After they are seen and treated, the mission team will continue to care for those in the surrounding community. We will extend our outreach the second week into an area of Ndola where our national partners are hoping to do a church plant. This area has essentially no Protestant church, and they are hoping to establish a home church to begin serving this community.

Guatemala/Human Trafficking

This mission is partnering with Tamar’s Hope to serve in the La Linea red-light district of Guatemala City. This mission will have a general medical and dental component as well as a smaller team heading into the trafficking area to serve this much needed community.

Greece, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan/Refugee Care

These missions serve primarily Syrian refugees but those from other countries as well. We will care for those destitute and displaced from their home countries. Many have been through a great deal of trauma, trafficking, abuse and separation of their families. This is a unique opportunity to reach Muslims for Christ and introduce them to Jesus the Messiah. These missions need female healthcare professionals to allow the women and their children to come to our medical clinic. These missions will stretch you spiritually like no other.

Trips fill fast, so check the GHO trip calendar for status HERE.


Recommended Resources

A library of resources that we recommend to our members focusing on a variety of today's current topics and issues.

This monthly e-newsletter from WPDC is designed to encourage women in medicine and dentistry as they face the unique challenges of women in healthcare, serving as a key resource for women in integrating their personal, professional and spiritual lives. Each month, the WPDC Pulse includes a note from the WPDC Chair, information about upcoming events and a short devotional.

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This monthly e-newsletter from WPDC is designed to encourage women in medicine and dentistry as they face the unique challenges of women in healthcare, serving as a key resource for women in integrating their personal, professional and spiritual lives. Each month, the WPDC Pulse includes a note from the WPDC Chair, information about upcoming events and a short devotional.


Many of these books are available through the CMDA bookstore. (Quotation marks indicate that the review is quoted from the book jacket. All books listed are recommended based on the personal experience of WPDC leadership or conference speakers.) Be sure to get your copies of the devotional booklet written by many WPDCers: Hearts in Healthcare – Devotions by Women in Medicine & Dentistry.

  • Forbidden Grief by Theresa Burke and David Reardon – “For more than thirty years, our nation has argued about abortion. In that time, over 30 million women have had one or more abortions. While the political battle rages, little has been done to address the emotional needs of those who struggle with feelings of grief, shame, guilt, and feeling judged by others.”
  • The Four Steps to Healing by Martha Shuping, MD and Debbie McDaniel – “If you or someone you care about has experienced the pain of unresolved grief after abortion, you know how hard it can be to find help…The Four Steps to Healing sheds new light on an issue that has touched the lives of many but is talked about by few...Filled with practical suggestions, prayers and stories of hope, it is a resource for those who want to be healed and for those who want to help.”
  • Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives by Richard Swenson – From popular CMDA physician and author Richard Swenson. “This book is for anyone who yearns for relief from the pressure of overload. The benefits can be good health, financial stability, fulfilling relationships, and availability for God’s purpose. Reevaluate your priorities, determine the value of rest and simplicity in your life, and see where your identity really comes from.”
  • In Search of Balance by Richard Swenson, MD – “Dr. Swenson offers not only important organizing principles for making sense of our priorities but also scores of practical tips for finding rest and contentment in a world that emphasizes materialism and busyness. His advice is grounded in the daily realities we all experience, but his wisdom has been honed by the big-picture perspective of an exhaustive study of the stresses of modern life.”
  • Adverse Events, Stress and Litigation by Charles and Frisch 2005 Oxford University Press – "The book educates physicians about the legal steps they can expect and provides information on how lawyers think and work to help defendants. The book also covers the controversial topic of disclosure."
  • Overcoming Secondary Stress in Medical and Nursing Practice by Robert J. Wicks 2006 Oxford University Press – "Like most of Wicks' works, this book is easily accessible, presented with real-life examples and interviews, and packed with practical self-help advice. For those who wish to pursue any particular themes touched on in this guide, there are plenty of links to follow."
  • Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald – “One of the great battlegrounds of the new century is within the private world of the individual. The values of our Western culture incline us to believe that the busy, publicly active person in ministry is also the most spiritual. In Ordering Your Private World, Gordon MacDonald equips a new generation to live life from the inside out, cultivating the inner victory necessary for public effectiveness.”
  • Women Who Do Too Much by Patricia Sprinkle – “Are you tired of being all things to all people? Are you overwhelmed by busyness, guilt, and stress? Women Who Do Too Much has already helped thousands of high-pressured women depressurize.”
  • When Women Long for Rest: God’s Peace for Your Overwhelmed Life by Cindi McMenamin – “An invitation for women to find their quiet place at God’s feet—a place where they can listen to Him, open their hearts to Him, and experience true rest.”
  • When You’re Running on Empty: Hope and Help for the Overscheduled Woman by Cindi McMenamin – “Many Christian women give of themselves relentlessly. In the midst of their many responsibilities they get tired, yet there’s simply no time to stop and become refreshed. What can a woman do when she’s running on empty? Cindi McMenamin shares how women can renew their energy and passion and press on.”
  • The Virtuous Woman: Shattering the Superwoman Myth by Vicki Courtney – “Does the woman in Proverbs 31 make you feel like a sluggard? For years Christian women have struggled to understand what the Proverbs 31 woman was all about….Vicky Courtney believes that this passage is not in the Bible by accident and that a virtuous woman is a rare find in today’s world.”
  • Working Families by Joy Jordan-Lake – “Who hasn’t heard a lot about juggling, balancing, and surviving? Navigating parenthood and professional life is all those things. But amidst the struggle, a life of kids, careers, and busy-craziness can be a privilege–and a tremendous reward. Working Families shows you how.”
  • Rebekah Ann Naylor, MD: Woman Surgeon in Changing Times by Camille Hornbeck – Dr. Naylor became a surgeon at a time when women didn’t do so. Then she went to the mission field as a single woman, likewise at a time when this wasn’t done. Her story is a testament to God’s call on an individual life and how He can impact the world through us if we are willing.
  • Vision for God by Margaret Brand, MD with Dr. James L. Jost – Dr. Brand and her late husband Paul Brand, MD served on the mission field in India, where God used them to impact the lives of Indian people suffering from leprosy. This biography tells that part of the story, but it also vulnerably demonstrates the challenges of being a wife, mom, doctor, and missionary.
  • The Transforming Power of Story by Elaine Eng, MD and David Biebel – “This book demonstrates, through multiple true life stories, how sharing one's story, especially in a group setting, can bring hope to listeners and healing to the one who shares. As Christians believe that "history" is "His story," we also believe that the smaller personal stories of our lives contribute to the larger story of God's grace and healing power throughout history and beyond. Designed for group use, individuals facing difficulties will find this book greatly encouraging. Any reader will find it inspirational.”
  • Lone Woman: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell, the First Woman Doctor by Dorothy Clarke – “The fascinating true story of Elizabeth Blackwell the first woman doctor (in America).”
  • Too Scared to Cry by Lenore Terr, MD – “When children witness or experience sudden, shocking events, how do they assimilate the horror?...The stories here will break your heart, but Terr's advice for aiding traumatized children can help counter the blows of a violent world.”
  • Treatment of Child Abuse edited by Robert M Reece, MD
  • Outgrowing the Pain by Eliana Gil, PhD – “This much-needed book pinpoints the typical problems abused children experience when they become adults. The information is presented in a friendly and thorough manner for victims and professionals.”
  • Practice by the Book by Eugene Rudd, MD and Al Weir, MD – A guide for Christian physicians as they live, serve, and minister in the profession to which God has called them. Covers many practical topics and includes devotionals and Scriptures.
  • The Call by Os Guinness – “Why am I here? What is God's call in my life? How do I fit God's call with my own individuality? How should God's calling affect my career, my plans for the future, my concepts of success?... According to Guinness, "No idea short of God's call can ground and fulfill the truest human desire for purpose and fulfillment." With tens of thousands of readers to date, The Call is for all who desire a purposeful, intentional life of faith.”
  • Jesus, MD by David Stevens, MD and Gregg Lewis – “Jesus—the ultimate doctor. His touch extended grace to the sick and sinful of ancient Palestine and left a miracle in its wake. And his ministry hasn't ceased. Today, he looks for willing hearts and hands through which he can heal a needy world.”
  • God’s RX for Your Finances – study guide available through CMDA
  • Debt Free Living by Larry Burkett – “This updated resource will teach the consumer about the origin of most financial troubles and help him or her break the 'debt cycle.' Debt-Free Living is a necessary resource to battle the temptation and trappings of debt that are weighing you down.”
  • Master Your Money by Ron Blue – “Finally...a financial planning book that presents concepts in an easy-to-understand format. Do you know if you have enough? Do you know how much is enough? If you can't answer these questions, The New Master Your Money is for you. Ron Blue extracts principles from God's Word and applies them to your financial portfolio. Ron's professional experience in financial planning will be an asset to you and to your family for generations to come. This new edition includes important updates and new content you won't want to miss.”
  • New Light on Depression by Dave Biebel and Harold Koenig – “What is depression really? A psychological disorder? An emotional problem? A case of negative self-talk? Whether you need a lifeline to cling to, knowledge to clear confusion, help determining the next step, or strength to help a loved one, New Light on Depression offers hope and healing.”
  • Why ADHD Doesn’t Mean Disaster by Dennis Swanberg and Diane Passno – “Why A.D.H.D. Doesn't Mean Disaster gives parents of children with A.D.H.D. just what they need: a strong dose of encouragement from fellow parents who have children with A.D.H.D., support for valuing the benefits of having a child with an attention disorder, and just the right amount of practical medical advice needed for understanding.”
  • Focus on the Family Complete Guide to Caring for Aging Loved Ones (Tyndale) – “Whether you're preparing for the responsibility or are in the midst of caring for an elderly loved one, this complete guide from Focus on the Family provides the practical information you need—and a spiritual and emotional lifeline.”
  • When Your Doctor Has Bad News by Al Weir, MD – “A medical doctor with a pastor's heart, Dr. Weir knows from experience that it's the patient's focus, not the diagnosis, that indicates whether one will slip into despair and hopelessness or have the courage to live each day fully. Resilience of spirit can powerfully influence recovery and healing, and within our crisis, the choices we make are important. When Your Doctor Has Bad News offers no easy answers, no quick outs. But it does equip you to weather the storm you are facing and emerge whole again.”

WPC has adopted human trafficking, particularly the trafficking of women and children, as its major focus of support. We support efforts to end human trafficking in several meaningful ways:

  • Monetary – We collect an offering at every WPC conference which supports a human trafficking ministry.
  • Educational – Several of our involved members lecture widely on the issue of human trafficking.
  • Hands-on ministry – We co-sponsor an annual mission trip with GHO (CMDA’s short-term missions arm) to House of Hope (Nicaragua), a vocational rehabilitation center and shelter for women rescued from sex trafficking.
    • Restavec: From Haitian Slave Child to Middle-Class American by Jean-Robert Cadet – "This autobiography of a young man who escaped the most foreboding of circumstances and raised himself up by his own bootstraps will appeal to a wide range of readers... His courage in dealing with and overcoming a wretched existence in Haiti and the dehumanizing effects of racism in the United States will stimulate much reflection on the nature of these two societies."
    • Not for Sale by David Bastone – An overview of human trafficking around the globe, including sex trafficking, child soldiers, factory workers, and others. Difficult to read emotionally, but very educational and motivational.
    • The Slave Across the Street by Theresa Flores – A harrowing autobiography of an American teen’s experience with sex trafficking the U.S.
    • Terrify No More by Gary Haugen – “Haugen, president of the Christian humanitarian organization International Justice Mission, peoples this account of IJM's efforts to rescue young girls from forced prostitution in Svay Pak, Cambodia, with larger-than-life heroes and villains. Written with the aid of communications consultant Hunter, the story, played for all its terrible drama, tells of girls sold into sex slavery by their families or tricked into it by the promise of legitimate work.”
  • The Infertility Companion by Sandra Glahn, ThM and William Cutrer, MD – “An all-encompassing guide for the Christian infertility patient. Where other books fall short, this 'companion' aids the patient not only with the physical and emotional aspects of this journey, but also helps answer the tough spiritual and ethical questions that arise in a couple's desire to conceive.”
  • The Complete Book of International Adoption by Dawn Davenport – “Davenport, an attorney, has firsthand experience with international adoption; she's the mother of four children, one of whom was adopted from Korea. An attorney and avid researcher, Davenport leaves no stone unturned as she guides parents through the adoption process…She also delves into emotional issues...”
  • Stepping Stones by Bethany Christian Services – “The Stepping Stones newsletter offers information, encouragement, and support to couples facing fertility challenges. Stepping Stones is published bimonthly by Bethany Christian Services.”
  • The Strength of Mercy by Jan Beazely – “In a world where suffering and injustice abound, we yearn for evidence that God has not forgotten His children, that He knows each one by name. We, long, too, to know that God guides and directs our lives, that He desires to use each of us in His plan to bring light to the nations. This is the life-changing message of The Strength of Mercy. Within these pages, you'll witness God's compassion as He leads a family to Romania in search of one special child. You'll see His interest and involvement as He orchestrates a dramatic series of events that would bring help and hope to abandoned children around the world. And your faith will be bolstered by this powerful, modern-day example of how God speaks to us...and asks us to risk for Him.”
  • For Women Only by Shanti Feldhahn – “What's going on in there? Ever been totally confused by something your man has said or done? Want to understand his secret desires and fears, his daily battles that you know nothing about? In a woman-to-woman conversation you’ll never forget, Shaunti Feldhahn takes you beneath the surface into the inner lives of men. This book is about the things we just don’t ‘get’ about guys.”
  • A Celebration of Sex by Douglas Roseneau - Dr. Douglas Rosenau is a licensed psychologist, and a Christian sex therapist who has for the past seventeen years used his training in theology and counseling to help Christian couples enrich and reclaim God's wonderful gift of sexuality within marriage. A Celebration of Sex answers specific, often unasked questions about sexual topics, presents married couples with detailed techniques and behavioral skills for deepening sexual pleasure and intimate companionship, and is an excellent tool for premarital education.
  • Intimacy Ignited by Linda Dillow and Lorraine Pintus - "A masterful interpretation of the Song of Solomon, this book makes marital sex exciting, freeing, healing, and romantic."
  • The 5 Love Needs of Men and Women by Gary and Barbara Rosberg – “Gary and Barbara Rosberg, a dynamic husband-and-wife team, share surprising new research about the unique needs of men and women. In this popular book (over 15,000 sold in hardcover), Gary talks to women, and Barbara talks to men about the top five love needs of men and women. Readers will discover how truly unique men and women are. The Rosbergs' honesty, vulnerability, and practical suggestions inspire couples to new levels of sacrificial, Christlike love.”
  • The 5 Sex Needs of Men and Women by Gary and Barbara Rosberg – “A perfect follow-up book to the Rosbergs' widely read book 5 Love Needs of Men & Women. The 5 Sex Needs provides a straightforward and candid look at the different sex needs that both men and women bring to a marriage.”
  • Secrets of Eve by Archibald Hart – “Offers a fuller comprehension of female sexuality that will help bridge the gap between the sexes and strengthen our resolve to celebrate God's design for our sexuality.”
  • You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation by Deborah Tannen – “Ever been baffled by his behavior, perplexed by his posturing, unnerved by his missed understanding? You're not alone. As a sociolinguist, Deborah Tannen's focus is not just on language, but on how communication styles either facilitate or hinder personal interactions.”
  • The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman – “Marriage should be based on love, right? But does it seem as though you and your spouse are speaking two different languages? New York Times bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman guides couples in identifying, understanding, and speaking their spouse’s primary love language—quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, or physical touch.”
  • Finding the Hero in your Husband by Julianna Slattery – An excellent resource for strong, assertive women who seek to understand what it means to be a godly wife without sacrificing or compromising their God-given personalities.
  • Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More than to Make Us Happy? by Gary Thomas – “Your marriage is more than a sacred covenant with another person. It is a spiritual discipline designed to help you know God better, trust him more fully, and love him more deeply. Scores of books have been written that offer guidance for building the marriage of your dreams. But what if God's primary intent for your marriage isn't to make you happy...but holy? And what if your relationship isn't as much about you and your spouse as it is about you and God?”
  • Sacred Influence: How God Uses Wives to Shape the Souls of their Husbands by Gary Thomas – “If you're sick of all the ways you've tried to bring about change in your marriage—the silent treatment, nagging, one-way discussions, or pleading—it's time to set aside those broken methods for a Christ-based approach. This book demonstrates how women can inspire, influence, and help their husbands move in positive directions. Replacing your plan of action with God's leads to a marital transformation where both partners are moving in sync, the way God intended.”
  • Married but Not Engaged: Why Men Check Out and What You Can Do to Create the Intimacy You Desire by Paul and Sandy Coughlin – “Frustrated over your stalled marriage? Tired of enduring a less-than-satisfying relationship with your husband? Feeling anger or guilt about wanting more from your passive "nice guy"? Paul and Sandy Coughlin understand the life you're leading, because once Paul was a Christian Nice Guy husband and Sandy was his frustrated wife. Their freeing message will help you understand the inner life of your emotionally detached husband as well as what you can do--and shouldn't do--to create a more satisfying relationship. They'll help you understand the forces that make men passive, how to handle issues of anger, respect, and resentment, and learn practical ways to nurture intimacy.”
  • Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs – “Based upon Ephesians 5:33 and extensive biblical and psychological research, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs reveals the power of unconditional love and unconditional respect and how husbands and wives can reap the benefits of marriage that God intended.”
  • Fighting for Your Marriage by Howard Markman, Scott Stanley, and Susan Blumberg – “This book can help you and your partner beat the odds and master the skills that can prevent marital distress and divorce.”
  • New Light on Depression by Dave Biebel, DMin and Harold Koenig, MD – “What is depression really? A psychological disorder? An emotional problem? A case of negative self-talk? Whether you need a lifeline to cling to, knowledge to clear confusion, help determining the next step, or strength to help a loved one, New Light on Depression offers hope and healing.”
  • Healing the Wounds: A Physician Looks at His Work by David Hilfiker – “Hilfiker details the frustration, stress, and fear of failure inherent in the practice of medicine and the fact that medical schools overlook the emotional and human side of the physician during training. He explores why misunderstandings occur between doctor and patient and makes suggestions for what might be done to improve the relationship.”
  • Martha, Martha: How Christians Worry by Elaine Eng, MD – Dr. Eng “bridges the rift between psychology and theology [to educate] the Christian community in recognizing anxiety disorders….uses fictional narratives in tandem with current psychiatric diagnostic information to help the reader understand anxiety disorders and how they may manifest in personal or church life.”
  • Fatal Flaws: Navigating Destructive Relationships with People with Disorders of Personality or Character by Stuart Yudofskey – “Captures the rapidly increasing body of clinical and research information about people with severe and persistent personality and character disorders…Written for an unusually broad audience, from mental health students and trainees of all disciplines, to highly experienced clinicians, to patients who suffer from or are in destructive relationships with people with personality disorders.”
  • The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse by David Johnson and Jeff Van Vonderen – “The authors address the dynamics in churches that can ensnare people in legalism, guilt, and begrudging service, keeping them from the grace and joy of God's kingdom.”
  • Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men by Lundy Bancroft – “This fascinating investigation into what makes abusive men tick is alarming, but its candid handling of a difficult subject makes it a valuable resource for professionals and victims alike.”
  • Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman – “When Trauma and Recovery was first published in 1992, it was hailed as a groundbreaking work. In the intervening years, Herman’s volume has changed the way we think about and treat traumatic events and trauma victims…[It] brings a new level of understanding to a set of problems usually considered individually. Herman draws on her own cutting-edge research in domestic violence as well as on the vast literature of combat veterans and victims of political terror, to show the parallels between private terrors such as rape and public traumas such as terrorism.”
  • The Dance of Anger by Harrich Lerner - “‘Anger is a signal and one worth listening to,’ writes Dr. Harriet Lerner, in her renowned classic that has transformed the lives of millions of readers. While anger deserves our attention and respect, women still learn to silence our anger, to deny it entirely, or to vent it in a way that leaves us feeling helpless and powerless. In this engaging and eminently wise book, Dr. Lerner teaches women to identify the true sources of our anger and to use anger as a powerful vehicle for creating lasting change.”
  • EMDR by Francine Shapiro – “EMDR, or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, is a new, nontraditional, very short-term therapy for treating trauma victims that utilizes rhythmical stimulation such as eye movements or hand taps. Shapiro, a clinical psychologist and fellow at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, Calif., who developed the approach, reports cases in which as few as three 90-minute EMDR sessions have relieved patients' disabling anxiety.”
  • Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy by Ken Pargament – “From a leading researcher and practitioner, this volume provides an innovative framework for understanding the role of spirituality in people's lives and its relevance to the work done in psychotherapy. It offers fresh, practical ideas for creating a spiritual dialogue with clients, assessing spirituality as a part of their problems and solutions, and helping them draw on spiritual resources in times of stress. Written from a nonsectarian perspective, the book encompasses both traditional and nontraditional forms of spirituality. It is grounded in current findings from psychotherapy research and the psychology of religion, and includes a wealth of evocative case material.”
  • Eating Disorders: A Guide to Medical Care and Complications by Philip Mehler, MD and Arnold Anderson, MD - “An excellent guide to the medical issues connected with eating disorders.”
  • Medical Management of Eating Disorders by C. Laird Birmingham – “This text is designed to provide all health professionals with the practical information they need to treat patients with anorexia nervosa and related eating disorders. A user-friendly structure allows the reader to access information on the basis of physical complaint. The book is divided into five sections, each consisting of a case, discussion of the topic and a summary of key points.”
  • Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas – “Parenting is a school for spiritual formation—and our children are our teachers…Instead of discussing how parents can change their kids, Sacred Parenting turns the tables and demonstrates how God uses our kids to change us.”
  • Mom, Everyone Else Does! by Sharon Hersh and Nancy Rue – “Many parents believe the best they can do is to teach their daughters right from wrong and hope for the best. But there is more that you can do. Because while peer pressure may be the biggest influence for girls who choose to use substances, parental involvement is the single most important factor for those who decide not to.”
  • God’s Design for Sex Book Series by Carol Nystrom and Brenna Jones – “It's never too early to begin giving your child a practical understanding of his or her unique, beautiful body and why God designed it to be exactly the way it is.” Each book addresses age appropriate aspects of sex, with the first book beginning at age 3 to 5 years.
  • A Chicken’s Guide to Talking Turkey with Your Kids About Sex by Kevin Leman, PhD – “What are you going to communicate to your kids about sexual issues, knowing that they are sexual creatures today? Your kids need you to talk with them about sex. No one else will do.”
  • Focus on the Family Complete Book of Baby and Child Care (Tyndale) – “An extensive child-care volume with full-color illustrations, photos, and foreword by Dr. James Dobson. Developed and approved by the Physicians Resource Council, this volume covers everything from preparing for parenthood to your child's adolescent years.”
  • My First White Friend by Patricia Raybon – Newspaper columnist, writer and NPR commentator Patricia Raybon admits that she hated whites for years. She even tried unsuccessfully to whip up a similar rage in her parents. But anger got her nowhere. Eventually, in the philosophies of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi, she found an alternative: forgiveness. The first part of the book is a series of essays on the life experiences of herself and her father, and the racial history of the country; it ends with "Letter to My First White Friend," a grateful acknowledgment of a white girl at her mostly white high school. In part two of the book, further essays explore the process of moving beyond hate, and the new world it has opened up for Raybon.
  • Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare by Institute of Medicine, 2003.
  • National Standards on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services – Final Report by US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, 2001.
  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman – “Lia Lee was born in 1981 to a family of recent Hmong immigrants, and soon developed symptoms of epilepsy. By 1988 she was living at home but was brain dead after a tragic cycle of misunderstanding, overmedication, and culture clash: “What the doctors viewed as clinical efficiency the Hmong viewed as frosty arrogance.” The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is a tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions, written with the deepest of human feeling. Sherwin Nuland said of the account, ‘There are no villains in Fadiman's tale, just as there are no heroes. People are presented as she saw them, in their humility and their frailty--and their nobility.’”
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot – “From a single, abbreviated life grew a seemingly immortal line of cells that made some of the most crucial innovations in modern science possible. And from that same life, and those cells, Rebecca Skloot has fashioned in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks a fascinating and moving story of medicine and family, of how life is sustained in laboratories and in memory. Henrietta Lacks was a mother of five in Baltimore, a poor African American migrant from the tobacco farms of Virginia, who died from a cruelly aggressive cancer at the age of 30 in 1951. A sample of her cancerous tissue, taken without her knowledge or consent, as was the custom then, turned out to provide one of the holy grails of mid-century biology: human cells that could survive—even thrive—in the lab. Known as HeLa cells, their stunning potency gave scientists a building block for countless breakthroughs, beginning with the cure for polio. Meanwhile, Henrietta's family continued to live in poverty and frequently poor health, and their discovery decades later of her unknowing contribution—and her cells' strange survival—left them full of pride, anger, and suspicion. For a decade, Skloot doggedly but compassionately gathered the threads of these stories, slowly gaining the trust of the family while helping them learn the truth about Henrietta, and with their aid she tells a rich and haunting story that asks the questions, Who owns our bodies? And who carries our memories?”
  • Not Just Science: Questions Where faith and Natural Science Intersect (Zondervan: Editors Dorothy Chappell and E. David Cook) – “This book argues that it is possible for our study of the natural world to enhance our understanding of God and for our faith to inform and influence our study and application of science…Not Just Science fills a gap in the discussion about the relationship between faith and reason.” One of the contributing authors, Jennifer Wiseman, PhD, spoke at the 2010 WIMD conference.
  • More Than Meets the Eye by Richard Swenson, MD – Both the book and the DVD by the same title celebrate the evidence of God’s handiwork throughout creation.
  • Revelations of a Single Woman: Loving the Life I Didn’t Expect by Connally Gilliam – “Turning our culture's Sex in the City worldview completely upside down, Revelations of a Single Woman celebrates God's enticing, life-giving promises, even when life takes you down a path you didn't plan for.”
  • Ruthless Trust by Brennan Manning – “We suffer from the disease of melancholy, the sickness of self-hatred, the darkness of doubt. Yet, author Brennan Manning sees the place of our worst despair as a tangible starting point for the remedy: a ruthless trust in God. In his sequel to The Ragamuffin Gospel, Manning pries us loose from our shame, our mistakes, and our doubts and encourages us to let go and trust God—ruthlessly.”
  • The Search for Significance by Robert McGee – “Robert McGee's best-selling book has helped millions of readers learn how to be free to enjoy Christ's love while no longer basing their self-worth on their accomplishments or the opinions of others.”
  • Changing For Good by Prochaska, Norcross, Diclemente – “From deep within the ore, great changes must be made to reveal the hidden diamond. Similar hard work is just as essential in changing human behavior, especially addictive behavior...Espouses a sound therapeutic approach based on the authors' years of professional work with people in all sorts of damaging behavioral patterns, including smoking, overeating, alcohol abuse, and toxic relationships.”
  • Sit, Walk, Stand by Watchman Nee – “An inspiring look at Ephesians, opening our eyes to the process of Christian living and maturity in three words: Sit our position in Christ; Walk our life in the world; Stand our attitude toward the Enemy.”
  • Grace For Grace by Watchman Nee – “In this volume Watchman Nee presents first the series of parables dealing with the new and the old. He then proceeds to show what grace does to us as seen in the blood of Jesus, and how grace draws us into communion with God.”
  • The Journey of Desire by John Eldredge and Kelly Ryan Dolan – “Sometimes it seems we just can't get what we want. Circumstances thwart our best-laid plans. We struggle to live a heartfelt life. Worst of all, says Eldredge, the modern church mistakenly teaches its people to kill desire (calling it sin) and replace it with duty or obligation (calling it sanctification). As a result, at best Christians tend to live safe, boring lives of resignation. At worst, their desire eventually breaks out in destructive ways such as substance abuse, affairs, and pornography addictions. In The Journey of Desire, Eldredge invites readers to rediscover God-given desire and to search again for the life they once dreamed of.”
  • Prayer: Does it Make Any Difference? by Philip Yancey – “Yancey strikes a moving chord with this book that is more full of yearning and wonder than it is of easy answers. Prayer, he writes, is our partnership with God, our chance to join forces with God's power to confront suffering and evil head-on. Yancey is candid about his nagging sense of failure in prayer, but the book is suffused with a cautious hope; he writes of his growing confidence and joy as his prayer life has deepened from a spiritualized to-do list to a conversational communion with God. The key, Yancey writes, is that prayer is a window into knowing the mind of God, whose kingdom is entrusted to all of us frail, selfish people on earth.”
  • Inside Out by Larry Crabb – “You don't have to pretend you've got it all together...when you don't. You don't have to pretend your best relationship deeply satisfies...when it doesn't. You don't have to pretend your struggle with sin is a thing of the past...when it isn't…That's because real change is possible only when you face the realities of your internal life and let God mold you into a person who is free to be honest, courageous, and loving.”
  • When God Pursues a Woman’s Heart by Cindi McMenamin – “Within the heart of every woman is the desire to be pursued, cherished, and loved. When God Pursues a Woman’s Heart invites women on a personal journey of discovery that looks at the many ways God loves them, and how He shows that love.”
  • The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges – “What does holiness look like? For starters, it doesn't look anything like perfection. And it doesn't necessarily look like victory. Mostly, it consists of effort, prayer, grace, and obedience. "Scripture speaks of both a holiness we have in Christ before God, and a holiness we are to strive after," writes the author. We can ignore neither Christ's role nor our own if we are to successfully pursue holiness.”
  • Peacemaking Women: Biblical Hope for Conflict Resolution by Tara Barthel and Judy Dabler – “As professional Christian conciliators, Barthel and Dabler have seen individuals struggle with addiction, friendship and sexual sin; they've seen churches on the verge of schism, looming lawsuits and businesses gone awry. Now they apply principles of reconciliation and peace specifically to women.”
  • How to Find Your Mission in Life by Richard Bolles – “In this intimate treasury of wit and wisdom, Richard Bolles, author of the job-hunting bible: What Color Is Your Parachute?, explores the spiritual aspects of finding one’s place in the work world.”
  • A Resilient Life by Gordon McDonald – “At a young age, Gordon MacDonald recognized that he had inherited a "quitter's gene," and because of this-and an influential track coach-he began a lifelong quest for answers. "Why," he had to ask, "do some people finish what they start, persevere in moments of adversity, push themselves in the direction of their potential, and often make their greatest contributions in the latter half of life? Why do others expect to retire from life when they reach their senior years?" The key element in those who don't quit is resilience. Those who have it, MacDonald insists, have gathered all the lessons from life-successes and failures-to build a foundation of strength and character, preparing them to face anything.”
  • Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman – “In a barren wilderness, L. B. Cowman long ago discovered a fountain that sustained her, and she shared it with the world, Streams in the Desert—her collection of prayerful meditations, Christian writings, and God's written promises—has become one of the most dearly loved, best-selling devotionals of all time since its first publication in 1925. Filled with insight into the richness of God's provision and the purpose of His plan, this enduring classic has encouraged and inspired generations of Christians.”
  • Going Public with Your Faith by William Peel, PhD and Walt Larimore, MD – “How to take evangelism out of the religious box and weave it into your life at work In every part of the world, people are looking for spiritual answers and resources as never before. But you don't need to travel to some exotic foreign mission field to find hungry hearts. You spend hours every day in the most strategic place of impact in the world—your workplace. Going Public With Your Faith offers a proven model for evangelism that respects the unique relationships you have with your coworkers, clients, or customers. It shows how you can be authentic instead of artificial when sharing what you believe, build trust with even the most skeptical person, and cultivate caring connections with those who have not yet come to a saving faith in Christ.”
  • I Told the Mountain to Move by Patricia Raybon – “In her search for a more authentic prayer life, award-winning author, journalist, and educator Patricia Raybon set out to learn the secrets of prayer, searching for a connection with God that could transform her life and impact others. In I Told the Mountain to Move, Raybon reflects on her upbringing in a strict, churchgoing family, her departure from her childhood faith, and her struggle to return to God in adulthood. This wonderfully written book reaches across racial, denominational, and cultural lines, as Raybon discovers that prayer is a deliberate discipline that draws the prayer warrior into a life-changing relationship with God.”
  • Where is God When it Hurts by Phillip Yancey – “Using examples from the Bible and from his own experiences, Yancey looks at pain—physical, emotional, and spiritual—and helps us understand why we suffer. Where Is God When It Hurts? will speak to those for whom life sometimes just doesn't make sense. And it will help equip anyone who wants to reach out to someone in pain but just doesn't know what to say.”
  • Joni, Joni Eareckson: Her Story, or Joni’s Story by Joni Eareckson Tada – Paralyzed in a diving accident as a teenager, Joni’s honest grappling with pain and suffering give us new insight into God’s mercy and grace.
  • A Christian Approach to Overcoming Disability by Elaine Eng, MD – “Learn how faith and psychological insight can combine to help Christians overcome physical disabilities.”
  • Shattered Dreams: God's Unexpected Pathway to Joy by Larry Crabb – “‘Shattered dreams,’ writes Dr. Larry Crabb, ‘are never random. They are always a piece in a larger puzzle, a chapter in a larger story. The Holy Spirit uses the pain of shattered dreams to help us discover our desire for God, to help us begin dreaming the highest dream.’ To help you understand this neglected truth in the deepest and most helpful way, author and counselor Larry Crabb has written a wise, hopeful, honest, and realistic examination of life’s difficulties and tragedies. He wraps insights around the bold story of Naomi in the Bible’s book of Ruth.”
  • A Place of Healing by Joni Eareckson Tada – “Just as I said to God years ago when I was first injured, I find myself praying, Lord, I can’t live like this for the rest of my life! This ongoing urgency has forced me to look back on familiar scriptures and examine them from new angles. Does God miraculously intervene in the lives of all who pray for release from migraine headaches, multiple sclerosis, cancer—or, in my case, chronic pain? And if not, why not?”
  • Plan B: What Do You Do When God Doesn’t Show Up Like You Thought He Would? by Pete Wilson – “What do you do with a shattered dream? Or an unmet expectation? What do you do when your life isn't turning out the way you thought it would? What do you do when you have to turn to Plan B? In Plan B pastor and author Pete Wilson uses real life stories of disappointments and hurts along with the biblical stories of men and women like David, Joseph, and Ruth to help readers come to grips with the truth that they will face situations that in themselves they are completely unable to handle but that in them God is simply trying to get them to surrender their plans so that they can receive His.”
  • When God Doesn’t Make Sense by James Dobson, PhD – “Every person who lives long enough will eventually encounter circumstances that are difficult to explain theologically. From years of counseling experience, Dr. James Dobson offers assurance of God's constant care, even when human suffering is beyond our comprehension.”
  • Wild at Heart by John Eldredge – “If Christian men are going to change from a pitiful, wimpy bunch of ‘really nice guys’ to men who are made in the image of God, they must reexamine their preconceptions about who God is and recover their true ‘wild’ hearts…Eldredge throws down the gauntlet—men are bored; they fear risk, they refuse to pay attention to their deepest desires. He challenges Christian men to return to authentic masculinity without resorting to a ‘macho man’ mentality.”
  • Why Men Hate Going to Church by David Murrow – “Just 35% of American men say they attend church weekly…and women make up more than 60% of the typical congregation on a given Sunday. Murrow contends that the church caters to women, children and the elderly by creating a safe, predictable environment. This alienates anyone fond of risk taking, including young men and women, but men are affected most.”
  • For Men Only by Shanti Feldhahn – “Women: complicated and impossible to understand? Do you love and want to please the woman in your life, but just can’t seem to figure her out? That was before For Men Only. Now at your fingertips is the tool that will unlock the secret to her mysterious ways.”
  • No More Christian Nice Guy by Paul Coughlin – “Christian nice guys aren't always so nice. In the name of appearing Christian by being agreeable, they can lie, keep secrets, manipulate, duck responsibility, and much more. Using the biblical model of Christ as his example of a real man, Coughlin shows men how to become both gentle and bold.”
  • On Writing Well by William Zinsser – “On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet. Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, business, sports, the arts or about yourself in the increasingly popular memoir genre, On Writing Well offers you fundamental priciples as well as the insights of a distinguished writer and teacher. With more than a million copies sold, this volume has stood the test of time and remains a valuable resource for writers and would-be writers.”
  1. Just Add Water: Achieving Balance/Living with Joy - Autumn Dawn Galbreath, MD
  2. Just Add Water: Overview of Human Trafficking - by Jeff Barrows, DO - A CMDA-produced video resource for your small group meeting with colleagues or students, this DVD presents an overview of the problem of human trafficking, its consequences, and what health care professionals can do about it.
  3. Just Add Water: The benefits and challenges of mentoring/Who says you can’t do it all? - Inis Bardella, MD and Elisa Ghezzi, DDS – A CMDA-produced video resource for your small group meeting with colleagues or students, this DVD contains two presentations, the first on mentoring those behind you in training, and the second on avoiding over-commitment.
  4. Just Add Water: Science and the Sovereignty of God by Richard Swenson, MD - A CMDA-produced video resource for your small group meeting with colleagues or students, this DVD explores the intersection of faith and science as Dr. Swenson looks at how science reflects the sovereignty of God.

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We have all of the following audio files. If you would like any of them, please contact wdpc@cmda.org and request by title.


Plenary Speaker Interviews

Cara Brown, MD Introduces 2011 Plenary Speaker Patricia Raybon 

David Stevens, MD Interviews Carolyn Custis James – WPC Promo: 2012 Conference Speaker



CDD Interviews on Human Trafficking

January 2012 – Dr. Bill and Laurie Bolthouse: Trade of Innocents

January 2012 – April Havlin: House of Hope

February 2007 – Jeff Barrows, MD: Human Trafficking

April 2006 – Jeff Barrows, MD: Human Trafficking



April 2012 – Cara Brown, MD: WPC Update
November 2011 – Drs. Jay and Charlotte Hollman, MD: Special Needs Children
August 2008 – Carol Spears, MD: Personal Testimony
November 2006 – Leslie Walker, MD: Depression in Physicians
April 2005 – Amy Givler, MD: Hope in the Face of Cancer
November 2005 – Elaine Eng, MD: A Christian Approach to Overcoming Disabilities
May 2004 – Sally Knox, MD: Breast Cancer Care Book
September 2003 – Kathi Aultman, MD: From Abortionist to Pro-Life Activist
October 2003 – Patricia Sulak, MD: Worth the Wait
February 2002 – Anne Peterson, MD: Global Health

Other Women on CDD

May 2006 – Jill Briscoe: A Little Pot of Oil


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