Review This is Your Brain on Joy

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A Revolutionary Program for Balancing Mood, Restoring Brain Health, and Nurturing Spiritual Growth

by Earl Henslin (Author), Daniel Amen (Foreword)

Hardcover: 240 pages
Thomas Nelson (January 6, 2009)

Description (from publisher website)

A break-through guide to help people experience lasting joy by restoring brain health.

What does the latest research in brain science and brain imaging say about our ability (or inability) to experience joy and happiness? Is our lack of joy a sin problem or a brain problem? In this life-altering book, Dr. Earl Henslin reveals that to enjoy our lives to the fullest, to become more loving, more Christ-like, we need to become more capable of healing and nourishing our brains. Many problems, long thought of as spiritual in nature--anger, depression, mood swings, anxiety, addictions--are often the result of a sick brain that cannot comprehend a good and loving God. This Is Your Brain on Joy shares exciting new findings in neuroscience that are spiritually sound, showing us how to care for our brains so we not only more effectively use them to glorify God but also experience His love.

  • Identifies and gives advice on controlling the 5 mood centers of the brain
  • Reveals the apostle Paul's real secret of Joy
  • Offers a practical list of "joy boosters"
  • Features easy to understand knowledge about brain function
  • Contains numerous pictures of actual brain scans
  • Foreword by Dr. Daniel Amen
What a wonderful book! For anyone, especially Christians, who have been plagued by ADD, ADHD, PTSD, or any other learning or emotional disorder like depression, the book is an eye opener - something for everyone around them to reference. For so long people have been told their faith isn't strong enough, or if they'd just pray they'd be healed. Many people have lived very frustrated lives trying to overcome these problems.

This book, written by a Christian doctor, shows us that there is a physiological difference between a happy, healthy brain and one that suffers from one of the above disorders. Dr. Henslin reinforces the fact that just prescribing medicine is not enough to take care of the problem.

This is one of the first books like this that I've seen that is written so that the average person will understand it. And it's written from a Christian standpoint. This is one of those references that every new seminary student should have as required reading! And it should be on the shelves of every church library.

Highlighted by actual brain scans showing the differences, I was a bit disappointed , as I thought it would have been nice to have color pictures of the brain scans. It is also disappointing that this technology is not available all across the country. But I think the overall message of the book is a breakthrough for many people. It's about time the religious community started realizing that people have actual problems and it's not something they can pray away. I think this will change the lives of a lot of people, and change the minds of how a lot of Christians view others.


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