From Tracie: Anatomy of the Soul

Friday, June 25, 2010

Anatomy of the Soul

Anatomy of the Soul - Surprising Connections Between Neuroscience and Spiritual Practices that can Transform Your Life and Relationships by Dr. Curt Thompson

The main title is a bit misleading, because it isn't really about the soul, it is about the brain. That didn't make it less interesting though. There is lots of great information about how to rewire your brain, or create new neural pathways. Lots of scientific explanations of exactly how this works and why it can be helpful. I was hoping that the book would address that specific topic, so I was pleased with that. I was also pleased that Dr. Thompson didn't dumb down the information, but really explained it well. This isn't a fluffy self help book, but it is readable.

On the spiritual side of the book, there are moments when I felt like Dr. Thompson was stretching a bit to work in scriptures that don't completely fit and that was unfortunate because it took away from the integrity of the material.

I would say that this book is a great resource to learn about the brain and how it works as well as some practical suggestions and exercises that will help you be more intentional about your thinking processes and patterns and how they affect your life.

*I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale, but was not paid for this review. I was also not required to say nice things.

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