Anatomy of the Soul: Surprising Connections Between Neuroscience and Spiritual Practices   -     By: Curt Thompson
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Everybody wants healthy relationships---but we're often disappointed in our efforts to connect with family, friends, and lovers. Weaving together scientific findings, Scripture, and real-life stories, psychiatrist Thompson shows how spiritual practices can alter our brain patterns---improving our relationships and making us more like the people God intends us to be. Includes discussion questions. 256 pages, softcover from SaltRiver.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 141433415X
ISBN-13: 9781414334158
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Do you want to improve your relationships and experience lasting personal change? Join Curt Thompson, M.D., on an amazing journey to discover the surprising pathways for transformation hidden inside your own mind. Integrating new findings in neuroscience and attachment with Christian spirituality, Dr. Thompson reveals how it is possible to rewire your mind, altering your brain patterns and literally making you more like the person God intended you to be. Explaining discoveries about the brain in layman’s terms, he shows how you can be mentally transformed through spiritual practices, interaction with Scripture, and connections with other people. He also provides practical exercises to help you experience healing in areas where you’ve been struggling. Insightful and challenging, Anatomy of the Soul illustrates how learning about one of God’s most miraculous creations—your brain—can enrich your life, your relationships, and your impact on the world around you.

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  1. Kathy
    Rock Hill, SC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 10, 2010
    Kathy
    Rock Hill, SC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    This book compares spiritual and scientific findings surprisingly defends spiritual actualities of renewed spirit and mind through Christ. As one who has experienced this first hand, the intellectual has a book to now understand what actually takes place in the spirit realm.
  2. Momof4
    Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    July 20, 2010
    Momof4
    Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    I have just finished reading the book, Anatomy Of The Soul, by Author Curt Thompson, M.D. I couldn't wait to get this book in the mail, and started reading it as soon as it came. This book had me intrigued, it was going to be dealing with the connections between the brain and our spiritual practices...and I was all ears. I started to read the book and unfortunately after the third chapter I had a very hard time keeping my mind in the book. I thought maybe I should wait for a few days and continue with my reading, to see if a change in schedules would help. I did find many good examples to help deepen my relationship with the Lord. The book teaches some good techniques to help with letting go of past experiences, and moving forward in your spiritual life. I believe that this book would be very helpful if you were wanting to look deeper into the inner workings of the brain. I found I had to push through the reading of this book, and although I found most of the material new and intriguing, I found the book more in depth medically speaking than I was expecting. I would give this book two stars. Tyndale Publishers has provided me with a free copy of this book for purpose of review.
  3. blue raindrop
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    July 2, 2010
    blue raindrop
    Anatomy of the Soul by Curt Thompson was a rough book to get through.In all honesty, if I hadnt received the book from Tyndale House for reviewing the book, I would have put it down and given up on it before Id finished the third chapter.It starts off ok... the introduction and the first chapter are interesting, and had me eagerly anticipating the rest of the book.From that point, the book turns into a poorly organized college textbook on the psychology with a twist of how it connects with our relationship with God. The info itself is really good, and it has some interesting things to think about, but it really takes some work to get through it to find them.The material and the phrasings seem almost to be intentionally wordy and complicated. Frequently I found myself rereading a paragraph, having missed its point the first time, and then marveling at how much more clear and simple the thought could have been expressed. The word choices are obviously not aimed at a casual reader.
  4. Rollalyn Ruis
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    July 2, 2010
    Rollalyn Ruis
    "Anatomy of the Soul" by Dr. Curt Thompson claims that it is possible to "rewire your mind" to change your life and have better relationships with others and with God. The premise of the book seemed interesting because it melds science and faith together, and I'm all for improving relationships. However, after reading the first few chapters, I was disheartened with the book and I couldn't read any further.First, the book seemed a bit too technical for me. I'm not really science-minded, so the biological and psychological jargon just went over my head. However, I think Dr. Thompson did an excellent job thoroughly explaining how the brain work and each part of the brain. Second, I disagree with the theology of the book. He uses examples of people who are living in sin and wondering why their lives are a mess. People may claim to "ask Jesus into their hearts" or believe in God, but unless they truly repent and believe in Christ alone, they will still continue to live in their sin. A person who becomes a Christian may not have victory overnight over a pet sin, but the Bible promises that Christ will give believers the power to get over their sins. (Romans 6:12-16) Yes, Christians will make mistakes and sin, but their lives shouldn't be marked by a sin-filled lifestyle. Christians should be continually growing in their faith and walk (sanctification). This is a heart problem, not a mind problem.This review has been written as part of the Tyndale Blog Network. Tyndale House Publishers has provided the complimentary copy of "Anatomy of the Soul" by Dr. Curt Thompson.
  5. Michelle Smith
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 1, 2010
    Michelle Smith
    This book was a highly interesting read. Christian psychologist Thompson sets out to not only explain the inner workings of the brain and how our childhood and background impacts our mind's natural inclinations which extends to our relationships, he also offers exercises and techniques to utilize to change ourselves.Perhaps one of the insights I found most useful was the author's insight on why some individuals have difficulty trusting God. In effect, it is because they did not develop healthy attachment to their parent(s) in childhood. This insight alone helped me understand why some friends I counsel informally have great difficulty in trusting God and forming intimacy with Him. I also found the author's insights on learning how to focus on not only one's inner emotions but also on relationships and others and how to hone one's ability to focus through suggested exercises helpful.However, although I discovered some helpful insights and some food for thought, I disagree with the author in some key areas. Thompson encourages the practice of the spiritual disciplines in a subsection of chapter nine, yet in particular in his teaching on meditation and visualization I would substitute Whitney's teachings in this area instead. Furthermore, the author's theological assertions that God is not omnipotent, and is in fact risk-taking and in some manner needs for us to be intimate with Him I would in fact disagree with strongly. For this reason, I recommend this book with caution.Disclosure: Tyndale provided me a complimentary copy of this book for review.
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