Anatomy of the Soul: Surprising Connections between Neuroscience and Spiritual Practices that Can Transform Your Life and Relationships

by Curt Thompson. Tyndale Momentum, 2010.
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Christian psychiatrist Curt Thompson weaves together narratives about the healing journey of his clients with relevant discoveries of neuroscience to illustrate what it and the practice of certain holistic disciplines are teaching us about living an integrated life. His counseling methods which incorporate education about the brain, attentiveness, attachment patterns and spiritual practices help many of his clients achieve higher levels of wellness. While valuing both medical and nonmedical therapeutic treatments, Thompson admits that some individuals have "neurobiological systems that seem to outflank nonmedical interventions." Provocative chapter titles include Are You Paying Attention?; Emotion: The Experience of God; Attachment: The Connections of Life; The Prefrontal Cortex and the Mind of Christ; Neuroscience: Sin and Redemption; The Rupture of Sin; The Repair of Resurrection. An epilogue provides questions for reflection. Thompson's book will help clergy and caregivers better understand the interplay of brain biology, human behavior, relationships and spiritual development.