Primers on Bowen theory

Gilbert, R. M. (2004). The eight concepts of Bowen theory. Falls Church, VA, Leading Systems Press.

Gilbert, R. M. (1999). “How successful parents think: A synopsis of Bowen family systems theory for parents”. Connecting with our children: Guiding principles for parents in a troubled world. New York, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: pp. 59-123.

Kerr, M. E. (2003). One family’s story: A primer on Bowen theory. Washington, DC, Bowen Center for the Study of the Family.

Texts on Bowen theory

Bowen, M. (1978). Family therapy in clinical practice. New York, J. Aronson.

Friedman, E. H. (1985). Generation to generation: Family process in church and synagogue. New York, Guilford Press.

Gilbert, R. M. (1992). Extraordinary relationships: A new way of thinking about human interactions. Minneapolis, Chronimed Pub.

Kerr, M. E. and M. Bowen (1988). Family evaluation: An approach based on Bowen theory. New York, Norton.

Papero, D. V. (1990). Bowen family systems theory. Boston, Allyn and Bacon.

Family Systems Bibliography

Beal, Edward W. and Gloria Hochman. Adult Children of Divorce: Breaking the Cycle and Finding Fulfillment in Love, Marriage, and Family. New York, NY: Delacorte, 1991. Print.

Bowen, Murray. Family Therapy in Clinical Practice. New York: J. Aronson, 1993. Print.

Bregman, Ona Cohn and Charles M. White, eds. Bringing Systems Thinking to Life: Expanding the Horizons for Bowen Family Systems Theory. New York: Routledge, 2011. Print.

Friedman, Edwin H. A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix. Ed. Margaret M. Treadwell and Edward W. Beal. New York: Seabury, 2007. Print.

_____. Friedman’s Fables. New York: Guilford, 1990. Print.

_____. The Myth of the Shiksa and Other Essays. New York: Seabury, 2008. Print.

_____. What Are You Going to Do with Your Life?: Unpublished Writings and Diaries. New York, NY: Seabury, 2009. Print.

Galindo, Israel. The Hidden Lives of Congregations: Understanding Congregational Dynamics. Herndon, VA: Alban Institute, 2004. Print.

_____. Perspectives on Congregational Leadership: Applying Systems Thinking for Effective Leadership. Richmond, Va.: Educational Consultants, 2009. Print.

Gilbert, Roberta M. Connecting with Our Children: Guiding Principles for Parents in a Troubled World. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2012. Print.

_____. The Cornerstone Concept: In Leadership, in Life. Falls Church, VA: Leading Systems, 2008. Print.

_____. The Eight Concepts of Bowen Theory: A New Way of Thinking about the Individual and the Group. Falls Church, VA: Leading Systems, 2006. Print.

_____. Extraordinary Leadership: Thinking Systems, Making a Difference. Falls Church, VA: Leading Systems, 2006. Print.

_____. Extraordinary Relationships: A New Way of Thinking about Human Interactions. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1992. Print.

Herrington, Jim, R. Robert Creech, and Trisha Taylor. The Leader’s Journey: Accepting the Call to Personal and Congregational Transformation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2003. Print.

Kerr, Michael E. One Family’s Story: A Primer on Bowen Theory. Washington, DC: Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, Georgetown Family Center, 2003. Print.

Kerr, Michael E. and Murray Bowen. Family Evaluation: An Approach Based on Bowen Theory. New York: Norton, 1988. Print.

Marcuson, Margaret J. Leaders Who Last: Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry. New York: Seabury, 2009. Print.

Richardson, Ronald W. Becoming a Healthier Pastor: Family Systems Theory and the Pastor’s Own Family. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2005. Print.

_____. Becoming Your Best: A Self-help Guide for Thinking People. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 2008. Print.

_____. Couples in Conflict: A Family Systems Approach to Marriage Counseling. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2010. Print.

_____. Creating a Healthier Church: Family Systems Theory, Leadership, and Congregational Life. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1996. Print.

_____. Family Ties That Bind: A Self-help Guide to Change through Family of Origin Therapy. 4th ed. Bellingham, WA: International Self-Counsel, 2011. Print.

_____. Polarization and the Healthier Church: Applying Bowen Family Systems Theory to Conflict and Change in Society and Congregational Life. N.p.: Self-published, 2012. Print.

Scazzero, Peter, and Warren Bird. The Emotionally Healthy Church: A Strategy for Discipleship That Actually Changes Lives. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010. Print.

Steinke, Peter L. Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times: Being Calm and Courageous No Matter What. Herndon, VA: Alban Institute, 2006. Print.

_____. A Door Set Open: Grounding Change in Mission and Hope. Herndon, VA: Alban Institute, 2010. Print.

_____. Healthy Congregations: A Systems Approach. 2nd ed. Herndon, VA: Alban Institute, 2006. Print.

_____. How Your Church Family Works: Understanding Congregations as Emotional Systems. Herndon, VA: Alban Institute, 2006. Print.

Sternberg, Esther M. Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-being.Cambridge, MA: Belknap of Harvard UP, 2009. Print.

Titelman, Peter, ed. Triangles: Bowen Family Systems Theory Perspectives. New York: Haworth, 2008. Print.

Thomas, Frank A. Spiritual Maturity: Preserving Congregational Health and Balance. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2002. Print.

Supplemental Bibliography

De Waal, Frans. Chimpanzee Politics: Power and Sex among Apes. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2007. Print.

Fox, Leslie Ann and Katharine Gratwick Baker. Leading a Business in Anxious Times: A Systems-based Approach to Becoming More Effective in the Workplace. Chicago, IL: Care Communications, 2009. Print.

Galindo, Israel, Elaine Boomer, and Don Reagan. A Family Genogram Workbook.Richmond, VA: Educational Consultants, 2006. Print.

Harrison, Victoria. My Family, My Self: A Journal of Discovery. N.p.: Self-published,2009. Print. (

Lerner, Harriet. The Dance of Fear: Rising above Anxiety, Fear and Shame to Be Your Best and Bravest Self. New York: HarperCollins, 2004. Print.

Miller, Jeffrey A. The Anxious Organization: Why Smart Companies Do Dumb Things. 2nd ed. Tempe, AZ: Facts on Demand, 2008. Print.

Miller, Peter. The Smart Swarm: How Understanding Flocks, Schools, and Colonies Can Make Us Better at Communicating, Decision Making, and Getting Things Done. New York: Avery, 2010. Print.