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Educational Resources



Fr. Derek Sakowski

director of the "Rebuild My Church" initiative for the Diocese of Lacrosse.

Abiding in Truth and Love-

Abiding in Love and Truth incorporates themes of personal healing and healthy relationships, all deeply informed by Fr. Sakowski’s personal experiences and expertise in theology and philosophy. His storytelling is compelling, instructional, and connected to the challenges of daily life.

Brave Shepherds-

Fr. Sakowski’s second blog, Brave Shepherds, written primarily for priests “offers a combination of teaching and personal story. The teaching seeks to integrate Scripture, Catholic Tradition, and all the latest insights from research on neurobiology and trauma. The personal story is offered to put flesh onto the teaching, and to invite the readers to be curious about their own story.” *

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Book Recommendations

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The Body Keeps the Score

Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
Bessel van der Kolk M.D.

Be Healed

A Guide to Encountering the Powerful Love of Jesus in Your Life

Bob Schuchts



When to say Yes, When to Say No, and How To Take Control of Your Life

Drs. Henry Cloud, John Townsend

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Waking the Tiger

Healing the Trauma 

Peter A. Levine   

Restoring the Pleasure

Helping Couples Overcome the Most Common Sexual Barriers

Clifford L. Penner, PhD

Joyce J. Penner, RN, MN

Waking the Dead

The Glory of a Heart Fully Alive 

John Eldredge

What is PTSD? Should I seek help?

It's normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after a traumatic event. At first, it may be hard to do normal daily activities, like go to work, go to school, or spend time with people you care about. But most people start to feel better after a few weeks or months. If it's been longer than a few months and you're still having symptoms, you may have PTSD. For some people, PTSD symptoms may start later on or symptoms may come and go over time.


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