Toxic Relationships not only break your heart, but they steal your joy and distract you from living an abundant life. And God didn’t design relationships to make your life worse, but instead to bless you and make your life richer and more satisfying.
These 20 Christian books on toxic relationships will help you identify harmful patterns, set healthy boundaries, and find healing and restoration in your connections.
Take your time, joy, and mental space back so you can pursue your God-given purpose, and enjoy all that God has blessed you with instead of focusing on one or a few draining relationships. Whether it’s family, friends, or romantic relationships, these books offer valuable guidance to navigate the complexities of human interactions while nurturing your faith and well-being. Discover the wisdom and insights you need to build positive, Christ-centered relationships and reclaim the joy and abundance God intends for you.
1. When to Walk Away: Finding Freedom from Toxic People
Don’t let toxic people hinder your life’s purpose. “When to Walk Away” by Gary Thomas combines biblical wisdom with modern stories to help you navigate toxic individuals and stay true to your God-given mission.
As Christians, we often feel the weight of meeting the needs of unhealthy people in our lives, but it’s time to shift our focus. Instead of trying to appease toxic individuals, invest your energy in completing the work God has entrusted you with and surrounding yourself with reliable people. Learn to distinguish difficult from toxic individuals and discover when to walk away from harmful situations.
2. Toxic Relationships: Taking Refuge in Christ (31-Day Devotionals for Life)
In “Taking Refuge in Christ,” Ellen Mary Dykas explores the journey from toxic relationships to healing and faith. Through thirty-one daily readings, reflection questions, and actionable steps, this book guides you in renewing your trust in the Lord and empowers you to build Christ-centered relationships. It’s a transformative resource to break free from unhealthy bonds and discover lasting confidence and inner peace in your connections.
3. Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life
“Boundaries” by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life through setting clear boundaries. Often, Christians focus so much on being loving and unselfish that they forget their own limits and limitations. These boundaries, like personal property lines, impact every area of your life:
- Physical boundaries help you decide who can touch you.
- Mental boundaries let you have your own thoughts.
- Emotional boundaries protect you from manipulation.
- Spiritual boundaries deepen your connection with God.
With biblical wisdom, this book answers tough questions and shows you how to establish healthy boundaries in various relationships. Don’t miss the chance to transform your life—get “Boundaries” today.
4. Safe People: How to Find Relationships that are Good for You and Avoid Those That
Are you tired of repeating relationship mistakes? Have you ever felt hurt or let down by those you trust? In “Safe People” by Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend, discover the key to breaking free from damaging relationships and making wiser choices.
Learn to surround yourself with people who support your journey to becoming the person you’re meant to be. “Safe People” gives you practical tools to:
- Choose better friends and partners
- Understand your attraction to certain people
- Become a safe person yourself
5. Toxic Life: The Power of Living Forward and Letting Go of Difficult People and Relationships Through Christian Living
This Christian book will help you find hope and healing amid life’s challenges. Learn from biblical stories and personal experiences to navigate emotions, deal with toxic influences, and discover your life’s purpose. Whether you want to strengthen your faith, heal from past hurts, or find meaning in life’s difficulties, this book offers valuable insights for your spiritual journey.
Discover how people like you have triumphed over adversity and deepened their faith. Learn how to handle tough situations, break free from pain, and grow through life’s challenges. Whether you want to strengthen your faith or improve your relationships, ‘Toxic Life’ is your guide to personal growth and spiritual transformation.”
6. But It’s Your Family…: Cutting Ties with Toxic Family Members and Loving Yourself
Discover how to cut ties with toxic family relationships and find healing and happiness. In “It’s Your Family,” Dr. Sherrie Campbell provides insights on identifying toxic family members, explaining your decision to others, and embracing a healthier, happier life.
By closing the door on toxic relationships, you create space to prioritize your well-being and transform your life for the better. Buy “It’s Your Family” today and start thriving!
In ‘Breaking Toxic Soul Ties,’ Tom Brown shares his personal journey of healing from rejection and offers a path to identify and heal toxic relationships. Learn to distinguish between positive and negative soul ties, and discover how to break free from the toxic wounds caused by abusive, manipulative, or rejecting relationships.
With Tom Brown’s guidance, you can anchor your self-image in the truth of your identity in Christ, ensuring lasting protection against destructive soul ties.
8. The Emotionally Destructive Marriage OR Relationship
The Emotionally Destructive Marriage: Are you trapped in an emotionally destructive marriage? Leslie Vernick understands what you’re going through. In her book, she offers practical, biblical guidance to help you identify damaging behaviors, establish boundaries, and break free from emotional abuse. Learn how to respond wisely, promote healthy change, and, if necessary, find the strength to leave. You don’t have to keep trying to be a perfect spouse in a destructive relationship. Discover how to initiate real change and restore hope for the future
The Emotionally Destructive Relationship: Leslie Vernick, a seasoned counselor, addresses the often-overlooked issue of emotional abuse in relationships. With empathy and practical wisdom, she helps listeners recognize emotional abuse, confront it with biblical principles, and find safety and healing. This resource offers vital insights for those seeking freedom from the lasting effects of emotionally destructive relationships.
9. The Christian’s Guide to No Contact: How to End Your Relationships With Narcissistic, Psychopathic, and Abusive Family and Friends, and Still be a Good
Are you struggling in abusive relationships with narcissistic or toxic individuals? Do you feel trapped by guilt or judgment from others when trying to break free?
In ‘The Christian’s Guide to No Contact,’ you’ll discover a biblical perspective on going No Contact. This book provides practical strategies for deciding when and how to go No Contact, dealing with estranged friends and family, resisting manipulation, and recovering from abuse. Loaded with scriptural references, this resource will show you that God doesn’t want his children in bondage to the wicked. Learn to end unhealthy relationships while staying true to your faith. Find everything you need to know about No Contact in one accessible guide.”
10. Healing From a Toxic Relationship Guide & Workbook
In the opening chapter of “Healing from a Toxic Relationship Workbook,” we begin by exploring the fundamental question of what love truly is. This chapter helps you define love in its purest form, distinguishing it from toxic love. You’ll also learn to recognize the signs of toxic relationships and understand how they can affect your mental health.
Additionally, the chapter delves into the 12 ways that pain can change you, providing valuable insights into the impact of toxic relationships on your overall well-being. This chapter sets the stage for your healing journey, guiding you toward self-discovery, growth, and the pursuit of genuine love and healthy relationships.
Breaking free from an abusive marriage is just the beginning of a difficult journey. In ‘Hope for Healing from Domestic Abuse,’ Karen DeArmond Gardner offers a compassionate and faith-driven approach to help women navigate the path to healing after enduring domestic violence.
Drawing from her own experiences and God’s faithfulness, Karen provides a biblically based roadmap for recovering from trauma, discovering life beyond abuse, and regaining hope and wholeness through Jesus’ healing love. This book isn’t a quick fix; it’s a guide for the long journey toward recovery and rebirth. Karen’s personal story and unwavering faith offer a comforting and relatable companion for those seeking healing and transformation.
In ‘Toxic Relationships,’ Dr. Clinton McLemore, a renowned expert on interpersonal relationships, offers a groundbreaking guide to fostering healthy and productive connections. Drawing from psychology research and Christian theology, this book provides practical strategies for enhancing communication in both personal and professional spheres.
Dr. McLemore reveals the eight common ‘default styles’ many of us use in responding to others and explores how these toxic strategies can be transformed into healthier interactions. By using biblical examples, readers can learn to recognize and change their own destructive behaviors while positively influencing others. Discover how to build loving and wholesome relationships through these proven methods, creating a more harmonious life both at home and at work.
In this transformative book, #1 New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst explores the intricacies of setting and maintaining boundaries in relationships. Drawing from extensive counseling experience and theological research, Lysa offers biblical insights to help you navigate the complexities of love, boundaries, and knowing when it’s necessary to say goodbye.
With wisdom and compassion, she addresses tough questions about love, responsibility, and when to walk away from unsafe or unsustainable relationships. Learn how to implement healthy boundaries, overcome emotional paralysis from misinterpreted scriptures, and communicate effectively to build and maintain healthier relationships. This book also features input from Lysa’s Christian counselor, Jim Cress, adding valuable therapeutic wisdom to the discussion. Discover that boundaries are not just a good idea but a God idea, and transform your relationships for the better.
When love turns toxic, leaving behind pain from rejection, betrayal, abuse, or addiction, it’s time to seek emotional freedom in your relationships. But letting go of the past isn’t always easy. Praying or giving it to God might seem vague, and forgiveness alone may not be enough. In this empowering book, you’ll discover the ‘Freedom Blueprint,’ which unveils 8 soul-strengthening secrets to redefine yourself and become the strong, fearless woman you were meant to be.
Learn to stop manipulation and control, set effective boundaries, and invite God’s healing presence into your life. Uncover the impact of bitterness on your body, identify mental handicaps that make you vulnerable to toxic relationships, trust your instincts, spot warning signs in relationships, change your self-talk, communicate clear boundaries, and find God’s strength in conflict. With truth and practical tools, you can lay down your burdens, embrace confidence and forgiveness, and truly set yourself free.
15. Whole Again: Healing Your Heart and Rediscovering Your True Self After Toxic Relationships and Emotional Abuse
“Whole Again” is a compelling and insightful guide to recovering from toxic relationships, offering valuable advice for anyone looking to heal and move forward. Jackson MacKenzie, a leading voice in this field, doesn’t focus on Christianity, but the wisdom in this book can be applied universally.
MacKenzie understands that the aftermath of toxic relationships can leave deep scars, and he addresses the symptoms of trauma that persist long after the relationship ends. From numbness and emptiness to depression and substance abuse, he explores the various ways survivors can be affected. However, the book also provides a path to healing through mindfulness, introspection, and practical exercises. It helps readers identify the protective self they’ve developed and uncover their core self, leading to a life of authenticity and love.
16. Christian Relationships: Living Around Toxic Relationships and Difficult Personalities With Conversation Tactics And Self Confidence
Discover How to Navigate Relationships with Difficult People” is an insightful article that offers practical advice for handling challenging individuals in your life. It emphasizes the importance of understanding what makes someone difficult and your role in dealing with them effectively.
The article provides valuable tips for recognizing toxic relationships and managing them in various contexts. Whether you’re facing difficult people at work, in your personal life, or elsewhere, this article equips you with the knowledge and strategies needed to protect your well-being and maintain healthier relationships. If you’ve ever wondered how to spot the signs of toxic behavior and how to respond, this article is a must-read.
17. Toxic Relationship Recovery: Your Guide to Identifying Toxic Partners, Leaving Unhealthy Dynamics, and Healing Emotional Wounds After a Breakup
Reclaim Your Life After Toxic Relationships” is your roadmap to break free from toxic bonds, heal emotional scars, and set healthy boundaries for future connections. Whether you’ve encountered red flags, crossed boundaries, deceit, or gaslighting in your past or current relationship, this book empowers you to take decisive steps forward.
In “Toxic Relationships,” you’ll confront the injustices you’ve faced in toxic partnerships and discover strategies to rebuild self-trust and trust in others. Learn to spot signs of toxicity and narcissism in potential partners, transform negative thought patterns into a positive mindset, and create space for your happiness and self-love.
As you release the grip of a draining relationship, gain insights on establishing vital boundaries and effective communication for future connections. It’s time to prioritize your well-being and regain control over your life with “Reclaim Your Life After Toxic Relationships.
18. Better Days After A Toxic Relationship: How to Leave a Narcissist and Break the Trauma Bond Through God’s Divine
“Better Days” offers a lifeline to those trapped in toxic relationships with narcissists. Drawing from her personal journey of breaking free from such a relationship, the author reveals a path to healing and hope, all with the guidance of God. With remarkable candor and vulnerability, she navigates readers through her darkest days, providing practical insights for escaping a narcissistic relationship while emphasizing faith-based healing.
Through her own experiences, the author illustrates the transformative power of God’s presence and demonstrates that a life filled with love, joy, and peace is attainable. “Better Days” serves as a beacon of hope and support for those facing similar challenges, reassuring them that they are not alone and that a brighter future is possible. It’s a powerful tool for rediscovering the life you deserve, in alignment with God’s intentions.
19. Kintsugi Heart: How To Recover From Past Toxic Relationships & Thrive In New Relationships As A Christian Empath
“Kintsugi Heart” by Elle Angel is a guide for Christian empaths seeking healing from toxic relationships. Elle Angel, an experienced coach, offers practical tools, scripture, and empathy to mend wounded hearts. It is a transformative resource to reclaim emotional well-being and find freedom from toxic relationships. Elle Angel’s compassionate words will inspire a brighter future.
For Christian empaths burdened by toxic relationships, “Kintsugi Heart” provides hope. Elle Angel draws on her coaching experience and personal journey through trauma to offer insights into sustainable healing.
The book addresses patterns of attracting toxic relationships, emphasizes God’s support, and includes relevant scripture. It also tackles childhood wounds and provides defense against spiritual attacks.
“How to Deal with Difficult Relationships” by June Hunt is a beacon of wisdom and compassion for anyone seeking guidance in navigating challenging relationships. In a world where we encounter countless connections daily, some uplifting and others draining, this book offers profound insights and solutions for finding hope, peace, and restoration.
June Hunt delves into the characteristics and root causes of problematic relationships, addressing key issues such as codependency, conflict resolution, confrontation, a critical spirit, forgiveness, and manipulation. With a foundation in Scripture, she offers practical and Christ-centered strategies to transform strained connections into harmonious ones. This addition to the Counseling Through the Bible Series maintains a high standard of biblical excellence, making it a valuable resource for those yearning for better communication and resolutions in their difficult relationships. “How to Deal with Difficult Relationships” empowers readers to embark on a journey towards healthier, more fulfilling connections.