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The Humanitarian Disaster Institute (HDI) offers resources for disaster spiritual and emotional care, disaster ministry, and for humanitarian development. These resources are intended for lay helpers, congregations, and faith-based organizations, as well as for students and professionals in the fields of public health, mental health, and disaster management.


A Walking Disaster Book Cover ResizeAten, J. A Walking Disaster: What Surviving Katrina and Cancer Taught Me About Faith & Resilience, Templeton Press, January 2019

Disaster Ministry Handbook by Jamie D. Aten and David M. BoanAten, J., & Boan, D. Disaster Ministry Handbook, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, January 2016 

Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapy for TraumaWalker, D., Courtois, C., & Aten, J. (Editors) Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapy for Trauma, American Psychological Association, October 2014 

YouWelcomedMe_150x220Annan, Kent. You Welcomed Me: Loving Refugees and Immigrants Because God First Loved Us: Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, November 2018

Slow Kingdom ComingAnnan, Kent. Slow Kingdom Coming: Practices for Doing Justice, Loving Mercy and Walking Humbly in the World: Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, May 2016 

After ShockAnnan, Kent. After Shock: Searching for Honest Faith When Your World Is Shaken, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, February 2011

Following Jesus Through the Eye of the NeedleAnnan, Kent. Following Jesus Through the Eye of the Needle: Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, December 2009

Refuse to Do Nothing book coverMoore, Shayne & McOwen Yim, Kimberly. Refuse to Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery: Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, December 2012

Global Soccer Mom book coverMoore, Shayne. Global Soccer Mom: Changing the World Is Easier Than You Think: Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, November 2016

Journal Special Volumes

Journal of Psychology and Theology CoverJamie Aten guest edited the Journal of Psychology and TheologyVolume 40, Winter 2012 special issue on spirituality, religion, and trauma. He also guest edited the Journal of Psychology and Christianity, Volume 37, Spring 2018 special issue on disasters, religion, and spirituality with HDI Faculty Fellow Ward Davis.

HDI research was featured in a special issue of Psychological Trauma, Volume 11, Issue 6, September 2019, on the psychology of religion/spirituality and disasters. 


Christianity Today Magazine Cover

Dr. Aten and other HDI faculty, staff, and contributing scholars regularly publish articles in popular publications including The Washington Post, Christianity Today, Psychology Today, Church Law & Tax, Relevant, and more. 

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Professional Psychology: Research and Practice

HDI regularly publishes peer-reviewed research articles in professional journals. 


Kent Annan Speech

See full videos of past Disaster Ministry Conference presentations at our YouTube channel.


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