Dr. Mike Emlet, author, counselor, and faculty member at Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF), has studied and written much on scrupulosity, approaching the disorder from a compassionate, biblically-rich, and grace-saturated perspective. Not only have these resources been helpful in my understanding of scrupulosity, but I’ve found them to be great resources to pass along to my community for their better understanding. You can purchase his article and two hour-long conference talks at CCEF.org.
- Scrupulosity: When Doubts Devour (audio)
- Scrupulosity: When Doubts Devour (article) (this article is an expanded, developed version of the above conference talk)
- Religious OCD (audio)
- Help My Unbelief: Devotional Poems & Prayers.
- Grace Abounding: Songs of Mercy for Seasons of Doubt
- A Spotify playlist composed of songs that have been personally encouraging and helpful, whether they engage deeply with doubt, uncertainty, anxiety, and suffering; bring their protests and questions to God; or highlight God’s character and affirm Christ’s heart for his suffering saints. These songs have carried me through many sleepless nights and long, panic-stricken days, putting words to my experience and orienting me toward the Lord. I hope they may do the same for you.
- OCD and Christianity
- Dr. Ian Osborne has also written on OCD from a Christian perspective (see his book below). I’ve found his site helpful in its description of OCD and its manifestations, causes, and cures. There is also a blog section on the site where he writes monthly blog posts on the topic.
- Scrupulosity, Part 1
- The OCD Center of Los Angeles has helpful resources on OCD. Here is part 1 of a 3-part series on scrupulosity that I’ve found to be helpful.
These books are written about OCD.
- Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners (John Bunyan)
- A spiritual autobiography detailing Bunyan’s personal struggle, which seems a lot like scrupulosity. This book was simultaneously triggering and encouraging to me; triggering because it brought up specific thoughts and encouraging because it was the first thing I read that made me realize I’m not alone.
- The Doubting Disease (Joseph W. Ciarrocchi)
- A helpful explanation of scrupulosity, though not from a Protestant perspective. Most helpful to me was the detailed treatment for OCD, which helped reinforced what I talked about with my counselor.
- Can Christianity Cure Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? (Ian Osborn)
- A helpful explanation of OCD in general through the lens of Christianity. Most encouraging for me were the specific examples from the lives of other strugglers such as Martin Luther, John Bunyan, and others.
While the following books are unrelated to OCD/scrupulosity, they have been very encouraging and helpful for reminding me who God is and how he views me, which has helped in my struggle.
- Gentle & Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sufferers and Sinners (Dane Ortlund)
- The Heart of Christ (Thomas Goodwin)
- God’s Grace in Your Suffering (David Powlison)
- The Prodigal God (Timothy Keller)
- A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 (Phillip Keller)
Below are books about assurance. The first is a helpful guide for lack of assurance, including an exploration of the common evangelical saying, “Ask Jesus into your heart.” We with scrupulosity must be careful that such books do not lead to further rumination; however, I found this book’s emphasis on Christ’s finished work and the objective truths of the gospel to be helpful. The second book is a devotional, which again requires caution but can be helpful as it focuses on Christ’s responsibility in salvation.
- Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart (J. D. Greear)
- Assurance (William Smith)
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