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Switch On Your Brain: The Key to Peak…

Switch On Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health (udgave 2015)

af Dr. Caroline Leaf (Forfatter)

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The author offers a Christianity-based prescription for better health and wholeness through correct thinking patterns, declaring that we are not victims of our biology and sharing with readers the "switch" in our brains that enables us to live happier, healthier, more enjoyable lives in which we can achieve our goals, maintain our weight, and even become more intelligent.… (mere)
Titel:Switch On Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health
Forfattere:Dr. Caroline Leaf (Forfatter)
Info:Baker Books (2015), Edition: Reprint, 240 pages
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Switch On Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health af Dr. Caroline Leaf


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God created our brains to be amazing and powerful. I think this fact is ignored and often neglected in our daily walk. Our minds influence every aspect of our lives; mentally, spiritually, physically and emotionally. I believe we often forget this and accept whatever thoughts come into our minds as ... well okay. Scripture is filled with examples and the importance of our thoughts. Science has even verified this, but I love it that Dr. Leaf shows the scriptural truths behind what man has learned about our marvelous brains.
This is a full year of devotionals. It can even be a study if you would like. Everyday has a verse and a “brainy tip” as the author calls it. It is scientific information about our brains. These really had an impact along with the scripture on seeing the enormity of this and how it affects me. The author suggests you keep a journal. Each day write down questions you find yourself asking. Next answer them by applying them to your life. Lastly write down your personal thoughts and plans to implement what you have learned. This is far more than just a positive thinking book. It is tool to see and control your thoughts, changing your life and Christian walk. Pardon the pun but this is a “mind altering” book! I do wish the verses had been in the King James Version, but I easily looked them up.
I received this book from Baker Books in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own. ( )
  Mizroady | Nov 20, 2018 |
This is a Christian approach to the positive change of detrimental thought patterns through neuroplasticity. I appreciated the science in this book and the practical steps to brain change. I think the concepts could have been effectively explained in a 10-minute TED Talk or about 100 pages. ( )
  saresmoore | Mar 20, 2018 |
That is a pice of rare delirium.
I assume that most of those who scored this book 5 star are religious people.
For anybody else - this book will be boring, badly written and extreamly annoying with religious citations and God mentioning on every page.
When i open the book and sow 70% reviews from some church people i was surprised.
When i read this lady , so called doctor and scientists believes in God so hard and backs up all the findings and conclusion with bible - the book lost all of its illusive trustworthy.

So by now i have scanned 30% of the book and did not see any appopriate point that one expects to see in a book with such title and description. I will scan to the end in hope to find at least single usefull tip thought here. The book is not too long so i can do that.

Anyway, i do not reccomend to read this to anybody, unless you are looking into some @scientifical@ proof for God existance.

P. S. If you really want to read some good stuff on the topic, refer to -
1. The Self Illusion: How the Social Brain Creates Identity
by Bruce M. Hood
2. The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity ( )
  Billy.Jhon | Apr 25, 2016 |
I was recommended to read Switch on Your Brain by a trusted, Jesus following colleague. As an emergency services chaplain, I work in some of the most emotionally draining environments. Combine work with the pains of my past, I found myself in need of a brain "detox." It was then my colleague advise me to read this text. I appreciate her love for me and her care for my thought life, even if I did not appreciate this book as much as she thought I'd might.

I feel a need, even if only an obligatory one, to stress my faith in Jesus and in the Scriptures. I believe with certainty that the Bible is the inerrant word of God and within its pages are found truth and power for living. I do not, however, interpret the Bible through a prosperity hermeneutic; in other words, I don't buy the "name-it-and-claim-it" theology that God wants me to be healthy and wealthy if I can muster enough faith to unleash His blessings.

It seems to be that Dr. Leaf wants to grant academic credibility to this prosperity gospel. The long and the short of her book is that we are responsible for our thoughts. If we can capture our thoughts and replace all negative thoughts with Scriptures or positive belief, than we can experience healing and emotional wellness. We can even "think" our sicknesses away by believing in the promises of the Scripture. All our brains are clay in the potter's hands and we are potters.

Leaf's theology is entirely anthropocentric: man is the center of God's plan and any lack of wellness is the result of insufficient action on a person's part. God is sovereign only in as much as we allow Him to be and His omnipotence is limited by the free will of man. In Leaf's view, man chooses God, God does not choose man. There is no true dealing with the impact of original sin and an offensively simplistic approach to post traumatic stress is given (i.e., think yourself out of it). Leaf has a very high view of man, a higher view of Scripture, a low view of God's sovereignty, and a total disregard for purposeful suffering.

Theology aside, the writing is difficult to read. Perhaps the repetition is intentional, but reading the same material (over and over and over again) is exhausting. I did some individual research on the scientific topics presented in the text (with footnotes that do not include Leaf's own name or Kenneth Copeland) and found that some of the theories presented have merit, but not nearly as much merit within the scientific community as Leaf presents. Leaf sounds as if she is so excited to see science and the Scripture align (and this is indeed exciting), but she presents theories as facts and opinions as gospel (you know, the nonreligious definition of the word). I'd respect her position more if she dealt with the opposition more effectively than citing her personal interpretation of one scripture as victory for her position.

We are responsible for what we think. Sometimes we need to see a counselor to deal with thoughts that are beyond are control. Sometimes we really do medication (not a name-it-and-claim-it cure) for our ailments, including mental illnesses. Sometimes we really need to explore past trauma and ask God where He was during the process. And sometimes, we just need to adjust our thoughts. And for those latter moments, Dr. Leaf's theories apply. I'd respect her approach more if she didn't disqualify all the other circumstances as sinners who can't seem to muster the faith and courage to think well enough. She may not say those words, but oh how they are implied. ( )
  sjjohnson | Apr 8, 2016 |
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The author offers a Christianity-based prescription for better health and wholeness through correct thinking patterns, declaring that we are not victims of our biology and sharing with readers the "switch" in our brains that enables us to live happier, healthier, more enjoyable lives in which we can achieve our goals, maintain our weight, and even become more intelligent.

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