The Body Keeps the Score

by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.. Penguin Books, September 2015.


This psychology-based book shares the prevalence of trauma, how it impacts the brain and the body, and how we can heal.


medical insights to PTSD in veterans, the brain-body connection, survivors of child abuse, trauma and memory, strategies and practices to heal: self-ownership, counseling, self-leadership, community, life rhythms

Recommended Audience

clergy leaders, veterans, and parent


Purchase as book, e-book, or audio book

Practical Applications

  • Build stronger relationships with congregants by understanding how life's trauma influences behavior.
  • Learn healing practices such as yoga and life rhythms to support a healthy mind and body.

About the Contributor

Ben Tapper

Ben Tapper is an associate for resource consulting with the Center for Congregations. Ben has a passion for communal healing and restoration. He is also a consultant on CRG Chat and helps with social media.  

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