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Book Publications


Collateral Damage

Based on research from more than 10,000 surveys from children and parents of divorce, Collateral Damage presents parents with an overview of the negative impact that divorce has on their children and offers ways to better serve their needs at this critical time.


True Coming of Age

A Dynamic Process That Leads to Emotional Well-Being, Spiritual Growth, and Meaningful Relationships


In this reflective and engaging book, Dr. Chirban shares exclusive personal insights from dozens of notable Americans with whom he worked, including Tom Hanks, Maya Angelou, Diane Sawyer, Lucille Balle, Ron Howard, and Tom Brokaw.


What's Love Got to Do with it

Having trouble talking to your kids about sex? Their friends at school don't...

Unfortunately, for many parents, the most important conversations are the hardest. 

Today's society churns out endless images promising sexual fulfillment but doesn't adequatley make the connection between sex and love. 


How to Talk with Your Kids about Sex

Someone is going to be teaching yo​ur kids about sex... shouldn't it be you?

Prime time television programs, retail clothing ads, Internet pop-ups, even games and cartoons—wherever we look, today’s society churns out endless sex-filled images that children have no capacity to understand, let alone process.


Holistic Healing in Byzantium

Holistic healing is a popular topic in modern times. Wherever we turn, we see modern, allopathic physicians, as well as traditional health care workers, stating confidently that healing the whole person is greater than healing a single part. Holistic Healing in Byzantium explains how this principle of holism, rooted in centuries of healing practiced by the Byzantines, applied their view of our psychosomatic nature to guide the healing process of the whole person. Additionally, this book shows how the study and application of different methodologies among healing professionals in Byzantium lends support for an interdependent approach to healing for helping professionals today.


Sickness or Sin

This book elucidates the contribution of the Christian faith for physical, emotional, and spiritual health and growth. Reminding us that "knowing what to do - and how and when to do it  - defines the task of spiritual discernment and differential diagnosis," editor John Chirban presents the healing and developmental process through the therapeutic encounter. 


Interviewing in Depth

In-depth interviews are used extensively across the social sciences by qualitative researchers and professionals. The traditional, empirical interview does not develop a relationship between the interviewer and interviewee and minimizes the interviewer's personal reaction to the interviewee. In many cases, this interviewing style is appropriate and sufficient for gathering data. However, what if the interviewer seeks a more profound exploration and fuller understanding of the individual being studied?


Faith and Health

The papers presented in this volume offer interdisciplinary sensitivity to critical matters of health from the perspectives of medicine, psychology, and religion. By drawing upon the expertise of leaders in these fields, this collection provides a holistic understanding of illness and cure. The contributions are selected from interdisciplinary conferences which argue for a return to approaching human health holistically, while maintaining the strengths of the independent dimensions of inquiry. 



Psychologists, theologians, medical doctors, and Christian clergy discuss the significance of spiritual direction and identify the problems that inhibit one's ability to reach spiritual goals in modern life. They show how the process of being in Christ in truth, life, and light results in personal freedom. The commitment to growth in these qualities provides the foundation for the critical subjects addressed in this book: spiritual discernment and differential diagnosis, identity formation, sexuality, intimacy and relationships, addictions, holistic health, and education. Melding Greek Orthodox Christianity in America with spirituality and more conventional psychotherapy and medical practice, this book makes an uncommon contribution to the religiously diverse spectrum of our ever-expanding multicultural consciousness.


Mary Lou Retton's Critical Choice

“It’s only when you get out of your comfort zone and perform that you become a real champion,” Mary Lou Retton told me recently. Retton, an Olympic gymnast who was on Wheaties boxes when this month’s crop of Olympic hopefuls was still in diapers, certainly knows what it takes to be a winner. For her, it came down to one critical choice...


Transformations of Consciousness

By Ken Wilber, Jack Engler, and Daniel P. Brown with chapters by John Chirban, Mark Epstein, and Jonathan Lieff

Drawing on modern psychology and psychiatry, as well as the world's great meditative traditions, this book presents the first 'full-spectrum' model of human development--one that includes both the conventional stages of psychological growth and the 'higher' levels of spiritual development.


Tom Hanks' Defining Moment

Given all of Tom Hanks’ accomplishments – including Oscar Awards for Best Actor for his roles in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump – few people would guess he had a difficult childhood. Hanks was only 5 years old when his parents divorced; he spent the rest of his youth under the care of his father, who married three times and was frequently too busy working to pay much attention to his son...

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