The Foundation's staff and volunteers review books related to IBD appropriate topics in an effort to provide patients with as many resources as possible. Here you will find the books that received our stamp of approval based on appropriateness and value of the information for patients and families listed below in date order. The books are presented in a variety of categories:
Cooking, Diet and Nutrition
Coping with Illness
Families and Children
General Information
Personal Stories 

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Cooking, Diet, and Nutrition 

The Low-FODMAP 6-Week Plan and Cookbook: A Step-by-Step Program of Recipes and Meal Plans
Suzanne Perazzini, 2018

Low FodmapIrritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a t epidemic levels. Moreover, it is a debilitation condition that leaves its sufferers unable to enjoy many of the normal activities of life. However, the Low-FODMAP diet is promising real relief to those who supper from IBS and other related digestive disorders.

Like many elimination diets, the Low-FODMAP approach can be confusing and daunting for those new to it. The Low-FODMAP Diet 6-Week Plan & Cookbook gives you a step-by plan for integrating the L0FODMAP diet into your life. Each week includes recipes, meal plans, worksheets, and diary pages to track symptoms and successfully identify trigger foods. You’ll learn lifestyle changes that will support you in successfully maintain the diet over the long-term. Plus, you’ll be eating deliciously with 100 recipes that are nourishing and friendly to your digestion…

The LOW-FODMAP Cookbook
Diane Fastenow Benjamin, 2016

Low Fodmap Cookbook 2016

FODMAPs are carbohydrates that cannot be properly absorbed in the small intestine by people with digestive difficulties such as IBS. Once these carbohydrates reach the large intestine, they cause uncomfortable symptoms such as gas, bloating, and pain. The forbidden list of foods may seem extensive, but the Low-FODMAP Cookbook combines flavor and nutrition for nourishing meals. These recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are so delicious, they’ll appeal to the whole family!

Nutrition in Immune Balance (NIMBAL) Therapy
David L. Suskind, MD, 2016

Nutrition in Immune Balance (NIMBAL) TherapyEach year in America, thousands of kids and adults are diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in the form of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s diseases. The incidence of IBD continues to rise, and a major culprit is our food environment. Our diets affect or microbiomes and our natural digestive bacteria. What we eat can cause these bacteria to get out of balance and trigger our immune systems to attach our bowels.

But nutrition and diet are frequently overlooked in medicine and science. Nutrition in Immune Balance (NIMBAL) therapy is a standardized method to incorporate dietary therapy into current medical practice. With friendly, practical advice, tips and recipes, this groundbreaking book supports IBD patients, families, and healthcare providers alike who want to pursue dietary interventions.

The Quiet Gut Cookbook
Sonoma Press, 2015

The Quiet Gut

Put the pleasure back into eating with The Quiet Gut Cookbook, a delicious solution for those who want to avoid a lifetime of bland meals. Suitable for many sufferers of IBS, IBD, or Celiac disease, the low-FODMAP diet relieves common IBS-like symptoms such as gas and diarrhea.  For the many sufferers of IBS, IBD, and Celiac disease who frequently present IBS-like symptoms, this can reduce overall digestive distress. The Quiet Gut Cookbook offers everything you need to prepare delicious, healthy, low-FODMAP meals without spending a lot of time or money.

• 135 low-FODMAP recipes that also exclude common food allergens like eggs, dairy, shellfish, nuts and soy
• A special chapter of calming recipes that provide symptomatic relief during painful flare-ups
• A 4-week elimination diet and food reintroduction plan to help you heal the gut
• A Symptom Tracker so you can customize your diet according to your body's unique needs
• Detailed food lists and guidelines that make it simple to avoid FODMAP-containing foods
• Substitution tips that add freedom, flavor, and creativity for a less restrictive diet.

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: A Journey Through Life - Ulcerative Colitis and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet™
Tucker Sweeney & Carol Thompson, 2011

“Two Steps Forward, One Step Back chronicles the true story of a young man’s struggles through the darkness of ulcerative colitis and the trials and triumphs of managing his disease through the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) ™.  The book follows Tucker Sweeny who was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at age 23.  The book includes information on his ups and downs of living with the disease and includes practical and personal accounts on his daily functioning and life on the SCD along with cooking, travel and life with IBD.

Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet ™: The Grain-Free, Lactose-Free
Raman Prasad, 2008

Grain Free diet

Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet ™ offered the most diverse and delicious collection of SCD-friendly recipes you’ll find anywhere. From savory breakfast dishes to desserts that will soothe your sweet tooth, you’ll see that there’s no reason to feel restricted-and every reason to feel satisfied!

Beat Crohn's! Getting to Remission with Enteral Nutrition
Margaret A. Oppenheimer, 2009

An easy to read guide to enteral nutrition, an effective dietary treatment for Crohn's disease. Provides practical tips on implementing the diet and explains how it compares with medications. One chapter focuses on the use of enteral nutrition in children, especially those with growth delays, and another addresses its use in treating fistulas, short bowel syndrome, and other complications of Crohn's. Includes stories of kids and adults who have tried enteral nutrition. Also evaluates food-exclusion diets and supplements (probiotics, fish oil, etc.).

Crohn's & Colitis Diet Guide
A. Hillary Steinhart, M.D., MSc, FRCP(C) and Julie Cepo, BSc, BASc, RD, 2008

An informative and easy-to-understand manner, this book gives you guidelines regarding specific foods that might cause problems, as well as delicious and nutritious recipes that can be enjoyed without compromising your condition. With reliable answers to your questions about diet and IBD, you'll learn how managing your diet can hlep give you a sense of well-being when you're living with this unpredictable disease.

Healing Foods: Cooking for Celiacs, Colitis, Crohn's and IBS 
Sandra Ramacher, 2008

Based on the author's experience of using Elaine Gottshall's Specific Carbohydrate Diet® to treat ulcerative colitis. The cookbook has over 200 recipes to be used after adhering to the introductory diet outlined in Breaking the Vicious Cycle; every recipe is grain free, gluten free, sugar free, and lactose free.

What to Eat with IBD: A Comprehensive Nutrition and Recipe Guide for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
Tracie Dalessandro, MS, RD, CDN., 2006

Based on the author’s own experiences using diet in conjunction with traditional medicine to control IBD. Goal is patient self-empowerment and achieving optimal health by learning about the importance of good nutrition and what foods reduce the risk of inflammation and/or can help improve the immune system. Discusses the principles of eating well with IBD, food safety, meal planning, and the importance of vitamins/minerals and dietary supplement; contains over fifty IBD-friendly recipes.

Coping with Illness 

The Write Prescription
Judith Hannan, 2015

The Write PrescriptionA hands-on-, hearts-on guide to writing about illness.  Using intimate prompts and personal stories, Judith Hannan takes the reader and emerging writer on a journey through what it means to reckon with illness.  Having gone through her daughter’s cancer diagnosis and treatments, Hannan is an experienced, thoughtful, and caring guide for anyone wanting to find a way through the labyrinth of the illness experience.

Business from Bed: The 6-Step Comeback Plan to Get Yourself Working After a Health Crisis
Joan Friedlander, 2013 

What happens to your business or career once you've experienced a health crisis? The 6-step comeback plan in Business from Bed, based on Friedlander’s personal experience redesigning her career after a Crohn’s disease diagnosis and her work coaching hundreds of business clients, provides exactly the kind of tips, tools, resources, hope, and encouragement needed during this challenging time. You’ll receive valuable advice on how to put a business/career back together in new ways that are satisfying, sustainable, and mindful of your health. 

Tasting Life, A Story of Courage, Strength, Humor and Love
InaLee Koonin, 2012

For 35 years Lee was eating normal meals, the last 20 she was not able to eat enough to maintain her system, it was just not being absorbed. Lee was slowly starving to death. The answer for her was to receive most of her nutrition by vein while only tasting food. She was determined to fully live, but first needed to “pay it forward” and tell those suffering as she had been know there was an answer. Lee’s story is a real tribute to the human spirit, not for just those with digestive disease, but anyone with a chronic illness. It is for those who feel that life is too tough to deal with each day. This book is a non-addictive anti-depression answer. Tasting Life is an uplifting story of courage and love with surprising humor in the face of an unbelievable chronic illness. You will gain strength by just reading her amazing story.

Know Your Rights: A Handbook for Patients with Chronic Illness
Jennifer C. Jaff, Esq., 2012

The author, an attorney and patient advocate, provides general information for patients, doctors, lawyers, family members, and employers on the ways in which various areas of law work in the context of chronic disease. Learn about health and disability insurance, Social Security disability, employment discrimination, family and medical leave, education equity, fair housing act, and more for patients with chronic disease. The appendices summarize state laws, give sample health and disability appeal letters and sample SSDI application papers. 

Coping with Prednisone* (*and Other Cortisone-Related Medicines)
Eugenia Zukerman, and Julie R. Ingelfinger, M.D., 2007

Practical guide to making treatment with high-dose steroids as effective and trouble-free as possible. It includes "everything your doctor didn't have time to tell you" about Prednisone's side effects and how to deal with them: recipes, exercises, and tips based on personal experience. Topics include: how glucocorticoids work and why they are used; side effects such as depression, weight gain, and skin changes; diet and nutrition while on prednisone; glucocorticoid treatment in the very young and the very old; withdrawal; and life after steroids.

Coping Successfully with Ulcerative Colitis
Peter Cartwright, 2005

Aims to give clear and concise information about UC, to explain how to reduce the effects of UC on daily life, and to describe the potential of new treatments. Gives basic information about diagnosis, medications, diet, complications, surgery, ileostomy, etc., interspersed with personal stories of living with UC, advice, and coping strategies. Also discusses children with UC, pregnancy and fertility, and probiotics and prebiotics.

Just Fine: Unmasking Concealed Chronic Illness and Pain 
Carol Sveilich, MA, 2004

Just Fine discusses the dichotomy of looking one way while feeling quite another. This topic is explored not only with words, but with original portraits, because the true story of looking one way while feeling quite differently requires both. Sveilich interviewed and photographed over 50 people of all ages and walks of life who live with a wide variety of concealed disorders. She also consulted with numerous medical and mental health professionals to explore the juxtaposition of looking one way while feeling quite another. 

Families and Children

Your Child with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Family Guide for Caregiving 
Maria Oliva-Hemker, MD, David Ziring, MD, Shehzad A. Saeed, MD, and Athos Bousvaros, MD, MPH 2017 (second edition)  

North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition edited by Maria Oliva-Hemker, MD, David Ziring, MD, Shehzad A. Saeed, MD, and Athos Bousvaros, MD, MPH 

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a common condition in children and adolescents. Parents and other family members typically have many questions about the diagnosis, symptoms, and treatments associated with various forms of IBD including Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and indeterminate colitis.
In this book, medical experts explain all you need to know about IBD and answer important questions, including: 
• What are inflammatory bowel diseases, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis?
• Is there a cure for IBD?
• How is IBD going to affect my child’s daily life?
• Will my child’s diet change?
• Can my child still play sports?
• Will my child need surgery?
• What are the side effects of commonly prescribed medications?
• What challenges may my child face at school and socially, especially as he or she grows older? 

This new edition has been thoroughly revised with updated scientific evidence. The chapters on medical therapies have been expanded to include robust discussions of emerging biologic medications and forms of nutrition used for treating IBD. A new chapter on complementary and alternative therapies expands on this topic.

A New Normal
Carly Menker, 2016

A New NormalThe book is about Laura, a young girl who battles IBD. Laura has her version of what’s normal and lets nothing stop her from doing what all the other kids can do, even if her illness is trying to hold her back. Her “normal” is a reminder to all that, despite any challenges a person may encounter, it is always possible to overcome that adversity. This book was written to not only raise awareness but also to provide hope to children battling chronic illnesses, to show that they can do everything other kids can. Everyone needs to find their own, new normal, and once they do, the possibilities are limitless.

According to the author, “this book is more than just a book to me. I wrote it while undergoing numerous treatments, during which I would ponder how to help other kids in my situation. A New Normal is something I would have wanted when I was first diagnosed with Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. It would have shown me that, although my life would drastically change, it could actually be for the better. There weren’t really any books like A New Normal out there, so I took the initiative to create one. My hope is for all those who are lost when they’re newly diagnosed or even struggling with a flare is that my book can be something to turn to for them to realize that their disability doesn’t have to define their life and that just because they have IBD there is no reason they should be limited in what they can or can't do."

Living Well with IBD: A Self-Management Handbook for Patients and Families
Editors, Wallace Crandall, MD; Kevin A. Hommel, PhD; Maria E. Perez, DO, 2011 

This free handbook is the result of an extensive collaborative effort by healthcare professionals who understand IBD from a pediatric perspective. It is a resource for parents and children with IBD of all ages. Contributing authors include pediatricians, a nurse practitioner, social worker, pediatric gastroenterologist, psychologist and dieticians. This tool is intended to help families facing the challenges that may present in the course of pediatric Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. The book will provide information to help families and children gain greater control of their health while living with IBD.

What Does Super Jonny Do When Mom Gets Sick?
Simon Colwill and Jasmine Ting, 2014

What Does Jonny Do“Johnny is a little Superhero with a BIG problem.  His mom is sick.  How can he help?

When Auckland mother of four, Simone Colwill was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease life changed.  All of a sudden I found myself in the sub-world of the chronically ill”, She says.  Hospitals admissions, medications, and on-going monitoring".   Simone went looking for a book to teach her children about hospitals AND empower them to help.  Unable to find one, she wrote Super Jonny”.  “I was having trouble finding an angle to tell the storey, she explains, then one day, my youngest son came to the hospital dressed in his superhero suit.  Supper Jonny is his story.  Kids come up to the hospital, and simply don’t know what to do, explains Simone.  My book helps them find their role”.

¿Qué hace Super Jonny cuando su mamá se enferma?: Un cuento para dar ánimo (Spanish Edition)2016

Hold the Cheese Please! A Story for Children About Lactose Intolerance
Frank J. Sileo, PhD, 2009

Danny is tired of feeling different because he is lactose intolerant. After being teased by a classmate at lunch, Danny reacts by eating ice cream and drinking milk during a class party even though he knows he will have tummy troubles. With the help of the school nurse, Danny is able to teach others about lactose intolerance. "Hold the Cheese Please!" explains lactose intolerance to children between the ages of six through twelve years. The book contains an introduction to parents, a glossary, a list of non-dairy calcium rich foods and resources for more information. As Danny says, "When you learn to accept things in your life they seem less scary." This book offers a great message for children dealing with bullying and being different due to lactose intolerance.

Toilet Paper Flowers: A Story for Children About Crohn's Disease
Frank J. Sileo, Ph.D., 2006 

Story about a child who tells a new friend that she has Crohn's disease. Lesson is to have a "fighting attitude:" there will be good and bad days; to be hopeful despite adversity; to take an active role in one's own health care; etc. Written to help children struggling with Crohn's find validation for their feelings and learn more about the disease; also can be used with siblings and friends.

Break It Down: The Digestive System (Body Talk/ Freestyle Express)
Steve Parker, 2006

This book provides and illustrated and easy-to-read navigation through the digestive system. It gives an overview of nutrition, anatomy and roles of the different organs throughout the digestive tract. This includes a glossary of terms for reference. Although this does not include disease information on IBD, it offers valuable information on related digestive knowledge.

General Information

A Patient’s Guide to Managing a Short Bowel, 4th Edition
Carol Rees Parrish, MS, RD, 2016

A Patient's Guide to Managing a Short Bowel, 4th EditionThis updated edition is free guide for patients with short bowel syndrome (SBS). SBS is a disorder that affects people who had large portions of their small intestine surgically removed. The information in the guide can help patients and families understand their gastrointestinal track (GI) and how to maximize what is left of theirs. There are things that can be done with diet and medications that will help the GI track work more effectively. The guide provides helpful and valuable information. 

Crohn's & Colitis for Dummies
Tauseef Ali, MD, 2013 

"Full of expert advice, Crohn's & Colitis For Dummies is the complete resource for those looking to understand these inflammatory bowel disease and the various treatments available. This reassuring, informative guide helps you to actively recognize symptons of Crohn's and Colitis and explains in plain English the procedures doctors use to diagnose the disease. It outlines how the body is affected and the consequences you'll face if the disease goes untreated. With authority and compassion, it covers how you can control your disease through changes in your diet, and explores the treatment options available, filling you in on the risk and benefits of each."

Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, Everything You Need to Know, The Complete Practical Guide, 3rd Edition
Fred Saibil, M.D., 2011.

This book “is a treasure trove for those who are new to the illnesses, and a wonderful reference even for those who have long experiences with them.” [Bruce E. Sands, M.D. M.S., Dr. Burrill B. Crohn Professor of Medicine and Chief of Gastroenterology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. Dr. Fred Saibil, a renowned expert on IBD, explains complex medical conditions in plain English, with a straight-forward, easy-to understand style. This fully updated and expanded bestseller provides the latest practical information on Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and related conditions. This new edition contains 7 added tables and drawings to guide you.

This 3rd edition contains the latest on topics such as: why people get IBD, including the “hygiene hypothesis”; the effects of diet, including foods and food components that can cause diarrhea and gas; the latest diagnostic methods, including enteroscopy, capsule endoscopy, CT, MR, and PET scans; a whole new chapter on self-management – how to help your medical team help you, with specific scenarios, and suggestions; the expanding choice of drugs, plus probiotics and prebiotics; how to take care of your bones; and issues specific to children with IBD.

Questions & Answers About Crohn's Disease
Francis A. Farraye, MD, MSc., 2012

This book is packed with important information and is a helpful guide for anyone living with Crohn's disease. The format is well laid out, answering a wide range of questions from common to unique, and is filled with interesting visuals, diagrams and charts.

Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Digestive Health
Gerard E. Mullin, MD; and Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RD, LDN, 2011

For those seeking a well-presented broad view of the gut, Inside Tract may be just the book. Not specifically focused on IBD, this guide to digestive health covers complementary approaches to a number of digestive diseases. These include IBS, GERD, celiac disease, and gluten sensitivity. It includes a questionnaire and evaluation point system for self-help to digestive health. 

Questions & Answers About Ulcerative Colitis
Francis A. Farraye, MD, MSc., 2010

This free guide is for patients with short bowel syndrome (SBS). SBS is a disorder that affects people who had large portions of their small intestine surgically removed. The information in the guide can help patients and families understand their gastrointestinal track (GI) and how to maximize what is left of theirs. There are things that can be done with diet and medications that will help the GI track work more effectively. The guide provides helpful and valuable information. 

The Microbiome Solutions: A Radical New Way to Heal Your Body from the Inside Out

Robynne Chutkan, MD, 2015

The Microbiome Solutions: A Radical New Way to Heal Your Body for the Inside OutThe Microbiome – the collective name for the trillions of bacterial that live in our digestive trac – is today’s hottest medical news topic.  But what does this groundbreaking resarch really mean for our everyday health? Synthesizing the latest findings, Dr. Robynne Chutkan, a preeminent gastroenterologist, explains how the standard Western diet and our super-sanitized life-styles are starving our microbiomes, depleting the “good bugs” that are crucial for keeping us healthy, and encourging overgrowth of exactly the wrong types of bacteria. The resulting imbalance makes us vulnerable to a host of autoimmune and chronic health conditions. But, as Dr. Chutkan explains, there are effective lifestyles and diet changes we can make to reverse this damage. Dr. Chutkan has helped thousands of patients suuffering from disordered microbiomes with her comprehensive Live Dirty, Eat Clean Plan, designed to remove damaging medications and foods, replace importanc bacteria that have been lost, and restore health. Here she shares her poweful program to help readers everywhere recover and heal.

100 Questions and Answers About Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis: A Lahey Clinic Guide
Andrew S. Warner, M.D., and Amy E. Barto, M.D., 2010 

Provides answers to common questions asked by patients, family members, and friends, based on scientific information and the authors' experiences treating IBD. Also includes insights about living with IBD from the patient's perspective. Topics include: how IBD is diagnosed and treated; complications including dysplasia and cancer; when to have surgery and the different types of operations used to treat IBD, diet and nutrition; lifestyle; and reproductive issues and pregnancy.

IBD Self-Management: The AGA Guide to Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
Sunanda V. Kane, M.D., MSPH 2014

Receiving the Foundation's stamp of approval, IBD Self-Management, Second Edition is a great resource for patients and families. Through the personal stories of patients, you will learn how to prepare for emergencies, flares, treatment failures, surgeries, and all the "what ifs". Dr. Kane's patients have taught her that one size doesn't fit all when it comes to IBD treatment. She delivers straight talk that dispels myths on medication and nontraditional treatments, "healthy gut" diets and diets for flares, and cancer prevention. She'll help you understand what your doctor is telling you about testes and surgery so you can pinpoint your options.

Personal Stories 

Courage Takes Guts: Lessons Learned From a Lost Colon
Lois Fink, 2017

Courage Takes Guts: Lessons Learned from a Lost Colon is a powerful, insightful, and inspiring story of one woman’s journey with Crohn’s disease.

Lois’ journey begins as young teen experiencing symptoms of Crohn’s disease and as they steadily worsen, numerous physicians over a nearly two year period, continue discounting her severe diarrhea, alarming weight loss, crippling abdominal pain, fevers, and arrested physical development as “nervousness.” She was seventeen, critically ill, in a hospital when she heard the paralyzing words, “you have Crohn’s disease.”

With straightforward honesty and laser precision we witness Lois struggle with a disease that systematically and relentlessly destroys her colon and rectum while she valiantly tries to maintain and adapt to her illness. Nineteen years later she faces the biggest decision of her life: let Crohn’s beat her or take her life back into her own hands.

Lois’ humor shines brightly in a story unfolding as a young teen battling illness and insecurity to a young woman becoming confident and secure after she makes the decision to undergo ostomy surgery.

This is a book that helps those facing the fear a diagnosis of IBD can bring, and a must-read to realize you aren’t alone, and can live life to the fullest after ostomy surgery.

Crohn's Disease: Surely It can't Happen to Me?...I'm a Doctor
Dr. Ihsan Rashid, MBchB MRCGP, 2017

Dr. Ihsan Rashid writes “This is not just another factual medical textbook about Crohn’s disease or another typical story.   This is a unique, intriguing, and inspirational real-life story about me, a fully qualified doctor, suffering from severe, complex Crohn’s disease with major complications.  I take you through my journey with debilitating Crohn’s disease, which has led to several surgeries and put my life in danger.   I explain how my skin literally became allergic to water contact ---“yes, that’s right.”

This book is about hope and my ongoing battle for survival through extreme circumstances that could have led to breaking point.  Even medical specialists have been astounded and inspired by the quality of life I have managed to achieve, given what I have had to endure.

I have relied on years of professional medical experience and more importantly, years of personal experience as a patient to come up with a strategy that has helped my recovery and helped me to improve my quality of life profoundly.

I want to share my journey and strategy that helped me get my life back on track.  I hope that other Crohn’s sufferers, or indeed anybody suffering from a chronic disease, will be inspired by my story. Through my journey, I realized that “my” road to recovery actually lay within the diagnosis itself.”

The Complete Guide to Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis: A Road Map to Long-Term Healing
Alexa Federico, NTP, 2017

Complete Guide to Crohn's

Alexa Federico was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at the age of 12 and has lived with the disease for over a decade. The book provides disease information, and based on the author’s experience outlines lifestyle factors that Crohn’s & Colitis patient should address in order manage their disease and to get on a path to healing.

Go Your Crohn Way, A Gusty Guide to Living with Crohn’s Disease
Kathleen Nicholls, 2016

“For Kathleen Nicholls, life with Crohn’s Disease has been a constant battle against her bowels. Go Your Crohn Way follows the highs and lows of Kathleen’s experiences, and is full of useful advice for maintaining self-confidence and positivity while navigating the world of work, relationships, and those conversations. A specially created phase book even proves that so long as you know how to ask for the nearest bathroom, globe-trotting is still firmly on the agenda”

We Were Never Here
Jennifer Gilmore, 2016

We Were Never Here

“DID YOU KNOW YOUR ENTIRE LIFE CAN CHANGE IN AN INSANT? For sixteen-years- old Lizzie Stoller that that moment is when she collapse, out of the blue. The next thing she knows she e’s in a hospital with an illness she’s never heard of.”

“But that isn’t the only life-changing moment for Lizzie. The other one is when Connor and his dog, Verlaine, walk into her hospital room. The last thing Lizzzie wants is for this beautiful, golden boy to see her at her worst, to have him think she is just another one of the sick pitiable people he visits when he volunteers at the hospital. Only, as they spend more time together, sharing their stories, their music their dreams, it becomes clear that Connor doesn’t see her that way. That he sees her as something more."

“Lizzie isn’t sure how it’s possible to have the best thing in her life come out of the worst, but as she starts falling for Connor, it’s hard not to think of him as her salvation. The one thing keeping her world together.”

“Until she begins to realize that her perfect boy isn’t so perfect. That he has secrets and a deep pain of his own…. And that while being with him has the power to make Lizzie feel better, being with her might tear Connor apart.”

Solving the Crohn’s & Colitis Puzzle: Piecing Together Your Picture of Optimal Health & Vitality
Barbara Steingas, 2015

Solving the Crohn’s & Colitis Puzzle: Piecing Together Your Picture of Optimal Health & VitalitySolving the Crohn’s & Colitis Puzzle is a workbook writing by Steingas to pinpoint the top 7 body mind and emotional, and spiritual strategies she used to piece together her picture of optimal health and vitality. It is designed to help the reader quickly identify ways to improve their own picture of optimal health. The book chronicles her inspirational journey of healing from Crohn’s Colitis, an autoimmune disease deemed incurable by the traditional medical field, and how the unconditional love of her late husband solidified the mind, body and spiritual pieces of her puzzle.

Gut Feelings
Ahmed Mutalib, 2015

Gut Feelings

The heart-wrenching story of Dr. Mutalib’s son’s battle with ulcerative colitis is a griping tale of a father’s quest to save his son’s life.  The book beautifully couples the hard scientific medical facts about ulcerative colitis with the human warmth of a father fighting to saving the life of his son.  This is not only a medical textbook filled with educational information but, above all else, it is a heart-warming epic love story between a father and his son.

Gut Feelings: Social and Emotional Struggles with Crohn’s And Colitis
Linda Kriger, 2015

Gut Feelings: Social and Emotional Struggles with Crohn’s & Colitis is a groundbreaking book that examines the inner shame and isolation that many patients experience while coping with the ups and downs of Crohn’s and Colitis. It is based on more than 100 interviews with patients, parents, siblings and romantic partners. Gut Feelings describes the ways patients and their loved ones navigate Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), perhaps the most taboo chronic illness to talk about, because it involves the body’s waste disposal system.

Gut Feelings: A guide for Crohn’s and Colitis Patients
Rafael Moreno, 2015

Gut Feelings is an autobiographical book that takes the reader by the hand along the winding path of inflammatory bowel disease. In all its ups and downs, its twists and turns, it presents an underlying promise of a better understanding of the disease, as well as a better understanding of themselves for readers, for whom it is a collection of useful advice in self-help and personal growth. Rafael Moreno’s personal story touches the soft underbelly of those who have inflammatory bowel disease as well as their family members, and helps them in clarifying medical and personal issues equally well.

Straight From The GUT: Battling Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Vivek Sardana, 2014

This personal memoir tells the inspirational story of an Indian immigrant’s battle with inflammatory bowel disease.  Despite decades of debilitation pain and numerous surgeries, author Vivek Sardana never lets go of the notion that however hopeless one’s position may seem, it can always be improved.  Tough choices confront him at every turn, with experts sometimes recommending different course of action.  What keeps his hopes alive is his dogged determination to uncover everything known about his condition through painstaking research and his willingness to try anything that might improve his quality of life.No matter how serious the life challenges you’re facing, Sardana’s story will encourage you to build a network of support and wake up each morning prepared to fight for your life.

Questioning Protocol
Randi Redmond Oster, 2014

Questioning ProtocolQuestioning Protocol is an intimate portrait of how one mom navigates the health care system when her teenage son’s illness brings everyday life to a screeching halt.  Author Randi Redmond Oster – trained as an electrical engineer and experienced with top secret combat systems- uses her corporate expertise to guide her son’s care and help make decisions in the hospital.  This book chronicles the family’s funny, scary, honest, poignant journey.

On Eagle's Wings: The Inspirational Life of Annie Stites, Crohn's Survivor

Gail Parker, 2014

On Eagle's WingsMeet Annie.  Animal lover. Compassionate teacher and Avid sailor.  Charity founder.  Crohn’s fighter.  With her soul mate and husband, Glenn, and their menagerie of rescued animals at her side, she lived life to the fullest, in spite of sever Crohn’s disease. Throughout her lifetime Annie had twenty-eight surgeries and the majority of her bowels removed, resulting in an ostomy.  She endured months at a time of no eating and no drinking, receiving all of her nutrition through an IV.  Over one million Americans suffer from some form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a group of chronic, life-long conditions including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.  For many, a diagnosis is accompanied by a loss of freedom, loss of sexuality, and loss of hope. But—take if from Annie—it doesn’t have to be. Whether you suffer from a chronic medical condition or are the picture of health, Annie’s story offers valuable lessons on how to tap into the power found in laughter, love and faith.

The Mirror Inside: -A Memoir- A Journey to Finding Answers to Ulcerative Colitis From Within
Zoe Chloe Douglas, 2014

The Mirror InsideThrough a moving yet informative presentation, Zoe Chloe Douglas explores a variety of sources in her search to deal with Ulcerative colitis.  Not only does she offer some interesting studies for consideration, but she also gives advice to those living with UC and the loved ones surrounding them.   Through her own personal experiences and trial and error, she has determines that there is one thing that has the strongest, most unexpected effect on UC symptoms: people.  Her personal and interpersonal struggles with relationships, treatments and just plain mentality have truly shone through as she develops her book – ultimately a guide to living with Ulcerative Colitis.

GI: A Brief History of the Weird Battle Raging Inside Me
John S. Tonello, 2014

GI: A Weird BattleWhat started as embarrassing cramps and mad dashes to the bathroom turned out to be the onset of ulcerative colitis, a chronic and incurable irritable bowel disease.   Over the course of six months I’d learn about this gastrointestinal (GI) disease, experience my first colonoscopy, spend time in the hospital, and grapple with what it meant to live running from bathroom to bathroom”…..This is a sometimes funny, always intimate look at what ulcerative colitis cab be like at its worst, how I dealt with the early unknowns, and how I manage to find humor in it all.

Living with the Bully of Crohn's Disease
James Patterson, 2014 

Living with the Bully of Crohn’s Disease” is my 47 year history of living with this chronic lifelong ailment and includes some of the mistakes I made and the difficulties I overcame. I describe many tools and ideas I have used in order to promote healing and live a productive and fulfilling life, even in the presence of severe Crohn’s. I discovered some useful tools to manage the physical challenges of Crohn’s but my personal battles of anger, fear, or guilt were the most challenging. I recognized I needed to find better ways to manage my poor responses to this ailment and build healthier qualities such as joy, gratitude and forgiveness. My hope is that others will benefit from some of my experiences.

This is a thoughtful, intelligently written self help book. The author/patient writes in a style that could appeal to any reader. He stresses step by step the value of developing a strong family, friend, health provider and spiritual network with the claim that support from all of these aspects has helped him to survive through the terrible ordeal of living with Crohn's Disease for many years. 

The IBD Fitness Solution: The First Strength-Training Program for Building Muscle, Getting Stronger and Living a Healthier Life with Ulcerative Colitis  
Joseph Morstad, 2012

The IBD Fitness Solution will answer many questions including: How to gain muscle and improve strength? Is it safe to exercise again? and What should patients avoid? Inside you will find a 4 month full body training program. Each month will help guide and progress you towards finding your strength and rebuildiing muscle.

MIsadventures of a Garden State Yogi
Brian Leaf, 2012

A story of the authors humble quest to heal his colitis, calm his ADD, and to find the key to happiness.  Leaf educates, inspires, and entertains as he shares his personal story, while at the same time explaining yoga’s true healing power and what it can offer anyone interested in living a healthier life.

The Man Who Couldn't Eat, A Memoir 
John Reiner, 2011

In 2009, following emergency surgery for his Crohn’s disease John Reiner underwent Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) for a three month period.  In his memoir he describes a bumpy and personal journey that will be inspiring to all patients and families, while it increases awareness of the seriousness of Crohn’s disease for many others.  The book also discusses the healthcare system through the eyes of a chronic patient along with the stress to marriage and family life brought on by chronic illness.

Coming Back to Life
Valencia Hardaway, 2011

Coming Back to Life is an inspirational memoir through Velencia Hardaway’s life living with ulcerative colitis.  It is also a story of faith.  After numerous operations and staring death in the face, Velencia was given another opportunity to live her life.  Once she came off life support, Velencia not only wanted to survive, but she wanted to live a productive life.  Ms. Hardaway was determined to live a fulfilling life with love and support of her family.

The Foul Bowel: 101 Ways to Survive and Thrive with Crohn's Disease 
John Bradley, 2010

This book combines a humorous, personal look at the author’s experience with Crohn’s Disease with useful advice on coping with this chronic illness and the health care system.  Bradley’s description of procedures and hospitalization will resonate with all who have had similar experiences.  His candid sharing of the details of living with CD offers many pointers not found in typical literature.

Game, Set, Life: My Match with Crohn's and Cancer
Wayne J. Street, JR 2010

High school is hard enough without worrying about your reputation, but teen embarrassment reaches new levels for Wayne J. Street Jr. What starts as severe stomach cramps quickly sidelines the tennis standout for fear of losing control of more than just his serve. Written with Wayne's wit and dry humor, what could easily be a sob story of agonizing treatments quickly evolves into a story toned with personality and perseverance.

Get Fit to GO 
Laura O-Reilly, 2010

In 1988 Laura O'Reilly was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. During her worst flares she experienced debilitating pain and excessive weight loss. She knows that by managing stress, diet and adapting good exercise habits, she has a better chance of preventing disease and illness. In her book she shares important strategies. Get Fit to Go is an easy to read, people friendly guide to better diet and exercise for anyone who is ready to take the bold first step toward improved health and fitness. 

Colitiscope: Living With Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
Andrew Tubesling, 2009

More of an adventure story than an encyclopedia, this resource for Crohn's and colitis patients weaves humor with introspection and information with observation. Written by a sufferer of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the guide shares common tales and insights while also covering symptoms, medications, and procedures, from a uniquely entertaining viewpoint. Humor and frankness are used as a coping method, helping to illustrate and conquer common difficulties brought on by the chronic illness.

I Still Dream Big
Penny B. Wolf, MSW, 2009

In I Still Dream Big seventeen young people share their personal stories of being a teenager living with a chronic illness including, Crohn’s, Diabetes, Lupus and Multiple Sclerosis. No matter what the diagnosis, these young people share one thing in common: their lives have been changed dramatically by illness. The stories of the teens in this book are filled with optimism and hope despite the very real challenges they face. I Still Dream Big is a celebration of life and a reminder to all of us to hold onto our own dreams for the future—and to remember to DREAM BIG.

Together on Top of the World: The Remarkable Story of the First Couple to Climb the Fabled Seven Summits
Phil and Susan Ershler, 2007

The moving and inspirational account presents Phil and Susan Ershler, the first couple in history to scale the fabled Seven Summits. In mountains on every continent they learned to trust each other and to put their lives in each other's hands. Phil was a professional mountain guide who had never revealed his darkest secret: that he suffered from Crohn's disease, a debilitating lifelong illness. Susan was a corporate executive who, at the age of thirty-six, had neither hiked nor climbed. But drawn together by their life-affirming zest for challenge, Susan and Phil formed a true soul connection.

Gut Help: Guide to Breaking Free of IBD and IBS
Stephen Demirjian, 2006

Describes the author's personal experiences living with ulcerative colitis and struggling to find a combination of diet, medication, probiotic supplements, and exercise to control his disease; a memoir of everything he did and what happened to him physically and spiritually, intended to inspire others to care about and take an active role in their health. Details the Gut Help program he created, gives tips for following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, gives examples for how to keep food and symptom journals, and describes coping strategies.

Living with IBD and IBS: A Personal Journey of Success
Elizabeth A. Roberts, 2006

Story of how the author learned to live with IBD and IBS. Discusses special diets; support groups; the role of yoga, meditation, and exercise; dealing with emotional factors and stress; helping your family and friends adjust; and living positively. Provides lots of tips and ideas for adjusting your lifestyle to deal with IBD, as well as information on additional resources.



The selection of resources provided in our book store includes titles on a wide range of subjects. This list has been created for patients and families affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and healthcare professionals who work with them. The list is not exhaustive and does not include every book on IBD.

This book list is provided for informational purpose only and is not a substitute for reviewing treatment options, symptoms and management of illness with your health care provider. We encourage you to review relevant informational material with your healthcare professional.

The views and opinions expressed in the books are those of authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.